Shelton family's business helps promote awareness and safety

Husband and wife team Brian and Megan (Caldwell) Karolkowski started their Survival Cords Etc. in their basement, creating bracelets for friends and family. They were also selling them on, an online marketplace to sell handmade items.

“After a while our bracelets really started to gain some momentum, people kept telling us how we should consider selling them and rather than doing the door to door sales we had been doing, we created,” said Brian, in an email with the Herald.

The Paracord bracelets are made from military-issue 550 Paracord with anywhere from 15 feet to 20 feet of cord in each bracelet.

Unravel the bracelet

All you have to do is unravel the bracelet to instantly have a section of strong rope for any number of uses. Each bracelet comes with a plastic side release buckle, and are available in more than 50 color combinations.

If the bracelets, lanyards, keychains or monkey fists are ever used in an emergency situation, Survival Cords Etc. will replace it for free. All they ask for in return is the story of what happened.

“We know how important it is to be prepared, as parents of three young children; we have faced our fair share of moments that required the highest levels of preparedness,” Brian said.

Paracord bracelets are not just fashionable, but can also be used to carry a message of strength, hope, honor, duty, team spirit and survival.

'One of a kind'

“We have many variations of the bracelet, with our most popular being our Awareness Line,” said Brian. “These bracelets are adorned with a ribbon made of Paracord string to symbolize specific causes such as Breast Cancer Awareness and Teen Dating Violence Awareness.

"With each purchase of our Awareness Bracelets, we donate 50% of the purchase to local charities and foundations," he said.

Also offered are beaded bracelets, featuring Chan Luu inspired bracelets made with Swarovski crystals.

“These bracelets are truly one of a kind; we do not pre-make any bracelets prior to order to ensure that each bracelet is unique in its own way,” said Brian.

Megan grew up in Shelton

The Karolkowskis have lived in Shelton for about a year. Megan (Caldwell) Karolkowski grew up in Shelton.

Through the end of February Survival Cords Etc. is offering 20% off of every order through this article. Use the coupon code HERALD at checkout.

For more information, email, call 203-893-5541 or visit