Survival Straps™ Stories
Here’s a great story from one of our customers, Eric, who used his Survival Strap to save the day while on a rafting trip down the Delaware River. Got a story? Email it to us with pictures of how your gear was used: stories@!
Dear Survival Straps,
Two weeks ago I linked up with some friends from college as we all got together with our girlfriends to do a rafting trip (unguided) down the Delaware River. Looking back on it now, we were grossly unprepared. The mood was very relaxed and everyone was having a great time. That is, until our raft hit a few rapids and split apart on top of a rock in the middle of the river. After examining the damage for the next 5 or 10 minutes, a nasty, fast moving thunder storm rolled in with Lightning bolts flashing across the morning sky. I unwrapped my Firefighters survival bracelet and began to MacGyver two sections of the raft back together. She wasn’t pretty, but she was much better than she was and it held up long enough for us to book it out of there before any of us got struck out in the open.
Thank you survival straps for keeping my friends safe!
– Eric Proctor
New York Firefighter / EMT / Greenlawn, NY
My daughter gave me a Survival Strap bracelet as a gift (for the guy who she thinks has everything). I’ve worn it everyday since she gave it to me.
Last weekend I went on an overnight dualsport adventure motorcycle trip with one of my buddies. We ventured as far as possible from civilization as we could get. We ride approximately 180 miles riding dirt roads that turned to two track paths which later turned into game trails. We were far enough off the beaten path that we were sure no other vehicles had been in that area for a very long time (if ever). We found a dry creek bed, we decided to ride into the creek bed even farther away from civilization. We rode about 1/2 – 3/4 of a mile down the “dry” creek bed, negotiated many obstacles, and finally came to an area that required us to choose one of two paths across an obstacle. We clearly chose the wrong one, when my buddy immediately sunk his KLR 650 motorcycle up to the skid plate through what looked like dry dirt into a clay pit. His instant effort to power out of the bog sunk his rear tire so far into the clad/mud that you couldn’t see the rear tire. The from tire sunk into the clay up to the axle.
We were screwed, we knew no support vehicle would be able to reach us. We tried to push, pull, wobble the bike, only sinking it and ourselves deeper into the mud. The attached photos are taken in an (assumed) dry creek bed 1/2 – 3/4 miles down the creek bed and not at all accessible by truck.
Eventually the bike became muddy enough that it was very hard to hold onto while pulling it. I used my survival strap bracelet to tie onto a hand hold on the bike and onto a piece of wood to create a handle to pull with. It worked out. After hours of digging, pulling and sliding the bike over an improvised deck we created out of branches, flat creek stones, and other assorted natural materials. It was late afternoon, with only two hours daylight left, with forecast severe thunder storms predicted in our area which could flash flood the creek bed at any time. He just wanted his bike out of the creek bed. Without his bike we would have trouble getting both of us and our gear out of this predicament. I made several attempts to get him to take pictures, but he was too aggravated to entertain the idea until we were nearly done. I don’t think we have any usable photos of the survival strap in use. We were more concerned about the vehicle recovery and getting the hell out of that creek bed before the rains started. My buddy did take some photos after we got most of the work done. These pictures DO NOT begin to document how badly stuck this bike was earlier. I also used the paracord to hastily lash equipment back onto my bike for the ride out of the area, and later that night used it again to replace a the single guy line on my Bivy Tent. The paracord now resides with my bivy tent as a permanent guy line!
Thanks for making a great product!
BTW: My daughter was really happy she gave me the bracelet (and so am I!) I plan on ordering myself a wide fishtail metal buckle multicam bracelet next week!”
“I am an on the road Law Enforcement Sales manager for a distributor out of NY. I am also a Vet. Last night I was on the road in Kokomo, Indiana. I went out for dinner and while setting at the bar a man and a woman came in and set next to me. There really was very little conversation but a little chit chat stuff. Anyway the man got up to go to the restroom and his wife looked at my bracelet and said that her son had sent her directions how to make them but she had lost them. I said why don’t you ask him to send them again. Then I saw the pain in her face and the tears started flowing. She lost her son in Afghanistan.
I looked at her and said I am so sorry for you loss, but Thank You for your sacrifice. I then took the bracelet off of my arm and handed it to her and said this is from a fellow vet, keep it. She looked at me as if I had given her a million dollars. I left never getting her name and actually I almost felt naked because I was not wearing the bracelet so I went out today and bought another and hopefully I don’t have to give it away again, but if I ever have to I will do it with pride.
Thanks for making a great product, and giving me the opportunity to give it to someone who really needed it.”
We love to hear stories of how our customers have used their Survival Straps in a time of need. Here’s a story from our friend John and how he used his Survival Strap.
“Hi Survival Straps,
Here is my story on how I had to use my survival strap:
I work at a large Harley Davidson store in Pennsylvania. On the night of Hurricane Sandy (Monday October 29th) I was asked to stay through the night (with one other employee, Frank) to keep an eye on things and get the generator going to keep the security and computer system running.
Well, sure enough, around 8:30 pm that night, the power went out. We jumped to action to get the generator going. We turned the choke on, I pulled the pull cord once to try to start the generator’s and the cord broke in my hand.
Frank and I worked to try to get the shortened pull cord to start the generator, but the spring used to retract the cord had also broke, so the rope would not rewind back into the pulley. We tried feverishly to get the generator started and had to take apart the pulley / pull cord setup at least 15 times to no avail.
Finally, I said to Frank, “Let’s use my Survival Strap bracelet and connect it directly to the shaft.” So I took my Survival Strap bracelet off and took it apart. I then tied a knot at one end and put the original pull handle onto the survival strap cord, then tied another knot at the other end. I hooked the end knot onto one of the holes in the 1.5 inch exposed tube shaft of the generator, then wound the rest of the cord around it, then gave it a pull. The generator turned over once, but didn’t quite start. I gave it a second try, pulling hard, and the generator fired up.
The generator stayed running all night long, keeping the store’s systems going.
Thanks Survival Straps.
John Racine, PA”
A group of our Survival Straps friends hiked up the Appalachian Trail this fall and took their Survival Bracelets with them-just in case. You never know when you’ll need to use 550 paracord to save your hide!
An emergency comes in all shapes and sizes, as we here at Survival Straps have learned by the many interesting and frankly mind-blowing stories we’ve received from our customers. We know that 550 military-issue parachute cord is handy in just about any situation, big or small. So, when a situation arose that we didn’t foresee, we were able to put our very own product into use!
Outside of our building, we raise an American flag each and every day. A few weeks ago, however, the ties broke, and we were left with no way to secure and proudly display Old Glory.
Can you take a guess at what we used? 🙂
Needless to say, the paracord worked perfectly and safely upheld our flag until a more permanent remedy could be established.
So, the question is, how will you use yours?
Visit www.survivalstraps.com to find out more or share your very own Survival Story!
Recently, we came in contact with one amazing young woman who has quite an inspirational story to tell. Alena Chesser, age 29, was practicing hand to hand combat with the US Army when she received news that she was living with a severe brain tumor. After going through one successful surgery, the tumor returned, and Alena started to experience aggressive headaches and uncontrollable seizures. She details her harrowing experience:
“January 16, 2013, I called my mom and I told her I wasn’t feeling well, then the phone went silent on her as I blacked out and fell to the kitchen floor. I became status epileptics. When I came to I was on a stretcher, and the EMS crew was looking at my Survival Strap Medical Bracelet. They hadn’t seen anything like it before but followed the ICEDOT instructions. It pulled up everything about me: allergies, medication, medical history, age, date of birth and even notified my emergency contacts. This let my mother know I was safe in EMS care and informed my best friend and roommate something was wrong.
Without my ICEDOT membership the hospital wouldn’t have had any information on me, and without my Survival Strap Medical Bracelet they would not have been able to treat me as quickly. They would not have had my medical information, known what was causing the seizures, or what to give me. Status epileptics is very dangerous and is what kills most people that have severe head trauma (from brain tumor and surgery) like myself. Some data shows that 1 out of 5 patients that become status epileptics die because the hospital is unable to gain control and stabilize the patient. I was not that person, because the hospital had all of my medical information available even though they had never seen me before.”
Alena, you are an inspiration! Our continued thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep fighting!
If you would like to purchase your own Survival Straps ® Medical Alert Bracelet, click here. You never know, it could save your life!
Even on the most well-prepared of trips or adventures, unexpected events occur that can likely throw a wrench in your plans, which is why having 550 military spec paracord on hand is ideal. Peter learned this first-hand while on boat race with friends. He shared this exciting story with us:
“I was sailing in the Bermuda Race on my boat. The race was from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda. We were going into an overnight race, and we had stocked up on everything. We had a week’s worth of food and water. We had half a dozen sails or more and many yards of line. The race was 635 miles, and we hoped to sail that in 3 to 4 days. It was the second night when the seas got rough and the winds started to pick up. I believe it was about 2 am and out of nowhere there was a giant BOOM. The main sail’s halyard had snapped. I was half asleep on the rail when it happened and was suddenly smothered by a 100 pound sail. When I emerged from the cocoon of sail, I found the halyard at the mast flopping around. I needed a line or something fast. I realized that I had my Survival Straps Survival Bracelet on and decided to use that as the fixing line. So I cut an end and unraveled the band. All the while, we are going through 10 foot swells and 20-30 miles per hour wind. So, I spliced the two lines together and fixed the line with the military grade paracord. As a result, we got through the storm and the race; we finished in fourth place over all. What was amazing was the fact that when I took the sail down, the paracord was still tough and strong – even after having thousands of pounds of pressure on it for 50 hours straight!”
What a view! Congrats on a successful trip, and we’re thrilled to have been a part of such a cool adventure.
Do you have a cool Survival Story to tell? Don’t forget to let us know! Email your stories and pictures to stories@here., follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and Survival Stories, and check out the many other instances where our customers used their Survival Straps gear,
Here is one use of Survival Straps that came to mind as our son was completing boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
As a family we were trying to think of a way we could show solidarity with him while he was enduring The Crucible, the 54-hour exercise that is the defining moment of a Marine’s boot training. Some families burn candles, but we didn’t want an open flame in the house when we would be at work or running errands. So we decided to each design and wear a Survival Strap and not remove it until we were sure that he had earned his Eagle Globe & Anchor.
The day before graduation our new Marine had five hours of liberty available to us, and it was a tearful moment as we saw him for the first time in 5 months. We showed us the Eagle Globe & Anchor that was awarded to him at the end of The Crucible, and we showed him the Survival Straps we wore to support his safety and success.
Attached is a photograph we took of the Survival Straps we wore that day when he showed us his EGA.
So for families of Marine recruits who want to remind themselves of what their son or daughters are enduring on all our behalves, consider designing for yourselves a Survival Strap and wear it for each hour of The Crucible as a way of helping your loved one transition from recruit to Marine.
We were so amazed and humbled to receive one very unique Survival Story this past week from US Marine Corps veteran, Jason Bellis:
“This is the story of baby Anthony, who endured survival at its earliest and rawest form and conquered and beat the odds of survival after being born 15 weeks premature. On April 5th, 2013 our friends Teila and Chris gave birth to their baby boy, Anthony, 25 weeks into their pregnancy (15 weeks early, expected due date of July 18th, 2013). The doctors informed them of the chances of survival, one that I think we all had a good idea of: the outlook of survival was not good but also not impossible. As the days moved forward and only a few close friends and family knew of the birth, my wife and I could only stand by and help comfort the parents as much as the hospital allowed while Anthony was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). My wife visited regularly and often, while I stayed home to watch our own 1 year old daughter and visited when I could.
After giving thought of how I could help more, I couldn’t think of much I could do, and then I noticed my Marine Corps Survival Straps bracelet lying across from me on our living room table. Immediately I knew I had to give this to Anthony. It may not be pulled apart and used as a tourniquet or some other physical life saving technique, but I knew that there has to be some other spiritual force that would work. “This is a Survival Strap, this is a Marine Corps Survival Strap!” I told myself. “This little boy is going to survive!!!” If there is one thing that has never failed me in my life, it has been the Marine Corps, and I hoped that the spirit of the Corps would watch over this family. It has!
Ever since Anthony’s first day of life, there has been the “typical” complications while at the NICU that, thanks to the help of a very qualified and professional medical staff, he has been able to endure and pass expectations. On August 26th Teila and Chris were able to bring their beautiful baby boy home. As of the writing of this letter, October 16, 2013, Anthony has been staying strong and surviving with only a few minor complications.
As a side note, most items given to Anthony were not allowed in the NICU or to come close to the baby for fear of germs and other things. The hospital went above and beyond and actually let Anthony hold the Survival Strap for pictures. The strap otherwise was kept in a disinfected package next to Anthony the whole time while in the NICU. During that time, I believe two doctors passed by Anthony, stopped and asked, “Where did that little boy get that?” The parents explained the story and the two doctors explained back knowing 1) It is a Survival Strap, 2) It is a Marine Corps Survival Strap and that the gift
is a huge one knowing the importance of the survival strap to the Marines (or any service branch).
Since Anthony’s first week in our wonderful world, the strap has been by his side and the “spirit” of the Survival Strap has been with him since and hopefully will be for a long time. The parents have appreciatively thanked me over and over for the gift but also thank the Survival Straps Company for giving and keeping the hope of survival for their son through the “spirit” of the strap.”
We are overjoyed that Anthony is now home and thriving and that we could play a part in uplifting the Gossen family during this time. We wish the Gossen family all the best as they begin their new life as a family.
Do you have a Survival Story to share? Please let us know at stories@.