When it comes to preparedness, a lot of people overlook one major issue: preparation for your body and family/group medically. The time is now here to prepare you and your family medically before disaster strikes. If you are not prepared medically, you will suffer or die when there is a medical issue during or after a serious disaster.
For starters, when was the last time you and your family had a full medical, physical, and dental checkup? If it has been a year or more since your last checkup, that’s too long.
MEDICAL and PHYSICAL EXAMS:
This includes a full medical examination/health checkup including a full blood workup, eye examination (get glasses as needed), chest x—ray, and (if your over forty) an ECG and stress test.
Along with getting your checkup you should get in shape if you are not in shape right now. The more a person is out of shape or overweight, the more difficult it will be for them to survive under adverse survival conditions. And if you’re obese, there is a very good chance you will not survive. During post disaster survival conditions, physical labor will be in great demand. This is when the heart attack rates go up because survivors are not use to the physical demands of survival.
This includes a full dental examination with x-rays, a full cleaning and getting all cavities filled. Having an infected and/or impacted tooth under adverse survival conditions will cause a person’s death within days to weeks.
This would include getting all your shots up to date to include but not limited to Chicken pox, Hepatitis A, B and C, Measles, Mumps, TB and Tetanus.
While there is still time, everyone needs to start building up their own immune system for when disasters strike.
Other ways to help your body is using grape seed extract, raw garlic and the natural herbs: Echinacea, Goldenseal and olive leaf extract.
DISASTER MEDICAL KITS:
This is just the first portion of medical preparedness; the next portion is a well stocked first aid/medical kit. In a post TEOTWAWKI situation (the end of the world as we know it), folks will not be able to drive down to the local drug store to restock their kits. It is crucial to have a minimum of a year’s worth of medical supplies. Some additional medical kits that a lot of folks overlook are:
It is extremely important to remember that all your supplies in your medical kits should be stored in “Weatherproof” containers in a cool, dark, and dry area. The last thing you need is some sterile bandages getting wet. They are useless when wet.
Another portion of medical preparedness that folks really need to consider is alternative medicines to support their medical supplies during a long term TEOTWAWKI survival scenario. This includes, but is not limited to, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Herbalist, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Osteopathy, and Reflexology.
And the last portion of medical preparedness is your Medical Library. In a post disaster situation where there is no 911, ER’s or doctors available, folks need to know disaster/emergency first aid or people/family members can die depending on the severity of the injury. Having a good medical library, along with the proper supplies, can mean the difference between life and death. Working in the medical field all my life and working disasters all around the world, I have found some books I would recommend:
Here are some final questions to seriously think about with no ER’s or doctors available in a post disaster situation? REMEMBER: You’re on your own – indefinitely
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