CPR Training & Certification

GI Joe SAR will be hosting a CPR Training & Certification event at our Headquarters. Please make sure to choose a desired date and register online at the following pages:

CPR Training & Certification 7/13/2017 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
CPR Training & Certification 7/15/2017 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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Upcoming Fundraiser Event for April!

GI Joe Search & Rescue will be hosting a fundraiser at Cha For Tea Irvine store on 4/19! Come enjoy some boba and help families with missing loved ones.

Please bring a copy of the FLYER to the location.

Details can be found at our event page:

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Thank you for your support at our 5 year anniversary balloon release!

Thank you to those who came out to support us on our 5 year anniversary on April 4, 2016. We had a great time sharing stories and honoring those we loved with you.

A special thank you to our major sponsor:

  • BJ’s of Laguna Hills
  • Starbucks
  • Whole Foods
  • LA fitness
  • Boomers of Irvine

We look forward to seeing everyone again at our next event!

The Joes

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Survival tips that can save your life!

There are four things that you will need to survive in the wilderness, especially if you don’t know when help is coming – Food, Water, Shelter, and a Fire.

Ever heard of spit fishing? All you need is a shirt and enough saliva to spit. Spit fishing is a quick way to catch minnows and small fish, which can then either be cooked up into a crunchy goulash or used as bait to catch bigger predators. All you do is wade out into the water, lift the front of your shirt to improvise a net under the water’s surface, and spit. Minnows are attracted to the spit they think is food, and when they’re clustered in front of you, jerk your shirt up out of the water.

A Dakota Fire hole could be a lot of work and energy in a survival situation but it could be very beneficial. Hypothermia is an extreme danger in It’s basically two pits dug side-by-side in the ground with a tunnel connecting them. The fire is in one pit, and the other pit allows air, and oxygen, to reach the fire from below via the tunnel. From a practical standpoint, this is also an ideal way to keep a fire going in very windy conditions. You have a source of heat, a fire to keep predators away, and a way to cook your game.

The solar still, an easy-to-make contraption that uses a tarp or a piece of plastic to collect evaporated water from dirt. All you need to do is dig a hole in direct sunlight and drape your tarp over the opening. Secure the edges with logs, rocks, boxes of tampons anything you have lying around. Then, and this is important, place a little pebble right in the middle of the tarp, so it pulls the plastic down into an upside-down pinnacle. When the sun hits the tarp, the air trapped inside the hole heats up, which in turn evaporates the moisture in the dirt. As that moisture rises, it will condense on the underside of the tarp and run down to the center, the lowest point. A cup or bowl on the floor of the hole right below this point will catch the pure, distilled water as it drips down. Dehydration is another killer in a survival situation this is just one way you could prevent it.

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Did you know?

Surviving in the wilderness is not about leisure, it is about staying alive by using all the resources you have available or is able to find. Some might be disgust by the idea but tampons and condoms are great items to carry with you. They are light weight and can serve many purposes to help you stay alive. In this blog, we will list some useful character of each item however, we will not go into details. If you would like more details on any of the following, please let us know. We would gladly blog them in detail on the next blog.

Tampon Survival tips
Tampon sare almost as useful for surviving in the wild as condoms, and as weird as that sounds, it’s not even a little bit sarcastic. A tampon has four basic parts: a plastic tube, cotton wadding, string, and an airtight wrapper. For a quick DIY fishing bobber, open the wrapper at one end, take the tampon out, then tie the wrapper closed with a bubble of air inside. If it doesn’t float, stuff some of the cotton into the bubble. Now you can tie your bobber to a fishing line and leave it while you take care of more important things, like scaring all those bears away from your campsite. It’s all about multitasking. But that’s not all you can do with a tampon. The cotton makes perfect tinder for starting a fire. Stuff the cotton into the plastic tube to make a filter straw for drinking sediment-heavy water. At the very least, the absorbent cotton makes an effective bandage for cuts and scrapes.

Surviving with a condom
Condoms can provide you with food, water, fire, and shelter, the four key elements of survival. Getting stranded with a condom shipment would be the luckiest break apart from not getting stranded at all. First, condoms make very decent water storage containers. You would be surprised at how big they can get two or three full condoms will provide enough water for a person for a week. Also, condoms also burn. A latex condom will light up instantly, making it perfect tinder for getting a fire going. And since they’re watertight by nature, they can also be used to safely carry dry tinder. In a pinch, you can use condoms as rope for shelter or, even turn them into a slingshot to hunt small game.

So the next time you venture outdoor, don’t be afraid to load up on these items!

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Water vs. Food

Which is more important to survive, Food or water? Both are key elements to wilderness survival but the lack of water will send you into the danger zone quicker than the lack of food.

1. Human needs eight cups of water each day.
2. When 1% of the total water weight of a person’s body is lost, the person will feel thirsty.
3. Sixteen drops of bleach will treat one gallon of water.
4. Approximately 4000 people are treated annually from drinking contaminated water in the United States.
5. A person can survive without water for about five days.
6. 66% of the human body is water
7. Even in cold temperatures your body needs about two liters of water to maintain itself

1. A person can survive without food for approximately 3 weeks.
2. Insects and bugs are high in protein and are great survival foods.
3. Plants could also be a source of food if you know which plant to ear from.
4. For survival purposes only, you can rely on the animals around you as a source of food. Only kill to eat.

Dehydration and starvation should be taken seriously, however, dehydration will break down your body faster than the lack of food. Your body stores fat and it will utilize it should it feel needed. The next time you decide to hit the trail, make sure to bring plenty of water and food to last your entire trip but if you were to bring extra of one or the other, water would be the ideal choice. It is easier to scavenge for food than to get enough clean water to drink. Be sure to include some water treatment tablets when you pack!

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