This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
In a recent article, we discussed how one would prepare for a chemical attack. This item would be exactly for that purpose.
What comes in the package?
The package contains:
- The green packet is 1 active RSDL containing 21 mL of decontamination lotion to be applied to the hands, face, neck and to swipe the inside of a respirator if you are using one.
- The blue packet is a demonstration packet, which really contains no active ingredients. It is only a practice kit.
What is Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL)?
According to the RSDL website:
Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL) removes or neutralizes chemical warfare agents and T-2 toxin from the skin. What is T-2 toxin? T-2 was used from the 1970s till the 1990s for chemical warfare. According to Wikipedia, descriptions of witnesses indicated that low-flying airplanes released a yellow oily liquid (T-2 mycotoxin), also known as “yellow rain.”
Besides T-2 mycotoxin, RSDL can also neutralize these other agents:
- Cyclohexyl sarin
- Mustard gas
Also good to know:
- RSDL has been used by the military for over 10 years.
- Lightweight so you can carry it in your go bag.
- Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Acts fast – it starts working in 2 minutes.
For more information, the Dept. of Health and Human Services has a section on Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL) –
Medical Countermeasures Database.
Just like the fire escape kit we reviewed a few weeks ago, RSDL is for one use only. You’ll need to keep it sealed until needed. The shelf life is five years. It must be stored between 59-86 °F (15-30 °C), away from direct sunlight in a dry, cool area.
This is the sort of emergency supply item that you hope you never have to break open. However, if there were ever a threat of chemical agents, RSDL would be very useful to have.
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