Mylar Blankets for Canadian Indigenous Communities
Annie and Company in collaboration with The Art For Aid Project are seeking to alleviate some of the cold winter hardship, increase outdoor safety and survival by raising funds to purchase and deliver Mylar Blankets to Northern Canadian Indigenous Communities!
Mylar blanket also known as a space blanket, emergency blanket, first aid blanket, safety blanket, thermal blanket, weather blanket, heat sheet, or commonly referred to as shock blankets is an especially low-weight, low-bulk blanket made of heat-reflective thin plastic sheeting. They are used on the exterior surfaces of spacecraft for thermal control, as well as by people. Their design reduces the heat loss in a person's body or homes.
A $5 donation will provide a community with 10 blankets
SOME OF THE MANY USES FOR MYLAR BLANKETS: - Wrapping your whole body in it for warmth. - Use as an extra layer in sleeping bag for warmth. * - Line the walls/ceiling around your woodstove to increase the heat reflection back into the room. - Stringing up as a signal device – not too tight – so it creates movement in the wind and increases your chance of being seen if you're lost. - Place it on the ground as a signal device and fold in different patterns to communicate a message. - Melt snow by placing small amounts on blanket in the sun and funnel into a container. - Small rain shelter: create buttons by looping a slip knot over the corners of blanket. - Twist or braid for extra rope material. - Build a horseshoe pack to carry small items. - Twist and loop it through pants, and tie to make a belt. - Tie off ends to create air space for an improvised flotation device. - Cut off small pieces as part of lure to catch fish (they like shiny materials). - Use sticks and foil to create a cup and boil water. Hold over the flame but not so close that it burns the foil. (The melting point of Mylar is listed at 254° C.) - Use blanket as aluminum foil to warm food near the coals of a fire in an emergency situation. - Create a sling. - Use as a tourniquet. - Use as a compression bandage. - Put in your kids' backpack carrier to give them additional warmth. - Use as gaiters, by wrapping around leg – secure with duct tape. - Using as a pack liner (inside) or cover (outside) to keep clothes dry in rainy weather. - Twist into an antenna to boost cell phone, radio, or TV reception. (no idea if this works or not) - Improvised survival clothing – be creative. - Use as a strip to tie splints for broken or sprained bones. - Use as cushion material for improvised splints. - Wrap around head to create a hood. - Use as a water carrying device. - Use as a fire reflector to maximize heat toward your direction - good on walls near a wood stove to reflect heat into the living area. - Use to reflect sun onto tinder to build a fire. - Use to reflect the sun to heat water. - Build a mini hammock for a baby to protect from cold. - Improvise a light by redirecting light from a full moon, sun or flashlight. - Line feet inside boots to keep socks dry. - Build an outdoor refrigerator by wrapping food inside as a ball, tying off, then placing in a creek. (Weigh down the end of bag with rock to prevent from floating away.) - Cut into strips and tie to trees for marking a trail.
TIPS FOR TRAPPERS: If you’re sleeping in a shelter and need some extra warmth, line your back wall and/or above you with one of these to reflect your body heat and/or the heat from your fire back down on you. As long as you don’t tear them, they’ll keep out rain quite well and keep you from losing some of the heat you’d normally use.
In a survival situation, they can be used as a ground sheet to keep the wetness from ground out and reflect heat back up to you. Just put some kind of padding underneath you or the metal sheet will pull the heat right out of you through conduction. Pine needles or anything similar that hold a lot of air pockets work well for this. If you’re sleeping in a tent, you can also slide one of these between your inner tent and the rain-fly/tarp. This works surprisingly well.
* If at all possible, put some kind of small air buffer that won’t move between you and the blanket. This will start heating that air and work as a nice insulator to the outside cold.