10 Basic Survival Skills You Need To Master Before SHTF
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2. How to find water and purify it . This is the most important skill everyone should learn in order to survive. As we all know it is impossible for us to survive without water so it is important to understand the importance of knowing how to get and purify water. You need to realize that unless your water source is a spring chances are your water supply will run out and you need to find an alternative source. Knowing how to purify your drinking water is also very important to ensure that it is clean and potable.
3. Learn the art of clothing repair. You need to master this skill as clothing is one of the most important elements when surviving. From basic sewing to making clothes from bolts of cloths or leather it is important to master this skill to help ensure your chances of survival.
4. Learn basic grooming skills. Basic grooming skills are very important to learn to keep your family clean and healthy in a survival situation. Keep in mind that being healthy is one of the most important factors in ensuring you and your family’s survival.
5. Learn first aid. During a disaster situation you cannot expect to get medical professional help so it is important to know how to treat yourself and others as it will be your only chance in a emergency situation. Every household or group should have a good first aid manual and kit before and during a disaster situation.
6. How to start and maintain a fire. This is one of the most essential skills you need to learn in order to ensure your survival either indoors or outdoors. Learning how to start a fire and have it going when you need it can mean the difference between life and death in a survival situation. Fire can be used to cook food and purify water not to mention keep you and your family warm ensuring your chances of survival.

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If the Stuff Hit’s The Fan (SHTF), what would your profession be?

What would you do if you didn’t have your ‘day job’? I don’t mean “How would you survive.”  At least for a while a prepper should have food and shelter covered. But what would you do as a means of earning the services or goods of others that you might need or want? How would you add value to your community? What would be your new profession?

This kind of thinking can be useful in every kind of prepper situation, be it the personal Stuff Hits The Fan (SHTF) of a job loss or the End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI). All of us either have or can develop skills that could be of value to others. We’d all be wise to figure out what they are, develop them, and be ready to employ them. Expanding your skill set is also highly portable and very much a stealth prep.

Regular professions can be prepper professions

Having a conversation isn’t really an option when you’re getting your teeth cleaned. You’ve got time to think. What I was thinking this morning was “Hey, if she had her own tools, a way to sterilize them, and a mirror arrangement for light, she’d have a great service to provide if there weren’t government regulators looking over our shoulders.” 

Professions dentist

She started it. Even if the American Dental Association folded, I’d still need the services of my dental hygienist.

Some people already have great skills that they currently employ for pay; but could freelance if the job went away. If, that is, they are properly supplied with the tools of their trade. Is this you? If so, what would you need to ply your profession on your own behalf? Those things might make great preps; especially if you get versions that will work even if the usual utilities are unavailable. 

Besides tools, there are also supplies. A good seamstress can do a lot using repurposed fabric, but she probably can’t produce a zipper or good quality thread in the quantity she’d need. A carpenter’s tools can last a lifetime, but he’s got to leave screws, nails, and hinges behind in each job. Physical therapy can do a lot of good for low-tech, but a selection of walking boots, braces and the like would be a great help. What does your profession need that you know how to use but would have to use up?

Extending your profession

Professional skills can be employed to meet new needs. A dog trainer today works a lot on keeping dogs from eating the couch and jumping on strangers. She could also teach a dog to be a good sentinel or herd the ducks back into the coop. (In fact, dog herding competitions often use ducks; they’re easier to transport than sheep.) A baker who does fancy cupcakes now might make a good business of baking bread. A landscaper that mostly works with ornamentals can surely help fruit trees thrive.

professions dog training

You rock at teaching him to not chew shoes. Are you ready to teach him to guard?

This approach does call for some additional preparation. Herding training probably requires some special techniques; one a dog trainer could easily incorporate but might want to study up on first. I’d probably want some of those big paddy suits if I were to train attack dogs, but then I’m a wimp that way. This sort of thing is probably good professional development anyway. I’ve certainly learned a lot relevant to my day job as I worked to extend my expertise in a prepping direction.

Hobbies can become professions

Sadly, most of us don’t get paid for fishing. If food were tight, you might; particularly if you were good at it. Love trees? Maybe playing around with learning to graft would be fun. Lots of folks like to tinker, fix, and refurbish. Stock a good set of tools and some of the relevant spare parts and those could be *very* valuable skills. Gunsmithing and reloading are obvious good choices in this category too.

I know a lot of people who really like to cook (none of them named Salty or Spice). If we were living off of our stores, I’d happily give some of them a share of the materials for making something actually nice to eat out of them. And that baker? Heck yes, here’s some hard red wheat; feel free to take your tithe! But that’ll only work if the cook/baker has the materials and expertise to make do with emergency contingencies. I know several people who have real fun (their style) cooking while camping, so perhaps that’s a skill to develop for some of you?

Then there’s the people who are into historical re-enacting. Here in northeast Missouri we have a Viking longfort, a Trappers and Traders group, people still fighting the Civil War, and some Middle Ages re-enactors (they leave out the Black Death part). I certainly hope not all of that is useful — I never hope to need an armourer who can make me a set of chainmail. Many of the re-enactors also craft though, and some of those are excellent skills. Our Vikings can take a sheep from “bleating” to “delicious!”, “good boots!” and “nice cloak!” with minimal materials and considerable skill. I hear the Civil War guys even make coffee without a Keurig! They’ve also learned to camp out in pouring rain with good humor and some comfort, and under the right situation those skills are Gold.

Community professions

In the afternoon, they mock battle. In the mornings, they make Useful Things.

These are things people do mostly for fun anyway. If that’s your groove, why not lay in the extra supplies and work on the extra skills to make it a profitable proposition? It might be a nice supplement in a layoff or retirement even if The World As We Know It does not End.

‘Soft’ professions can be valuable too

Prepper-world loves its guns and scenarios of tough survivors in desperate situations. Many emergencies have a softer side. Historically, those skills were significantly undervalued and underserved. No time like the present to improve on that. 

If you’re involved at all with counseling – how’s your skill set with high stress, anxiety, loss, and uncertainty problems? Those will be needed! How about management techniques that were/are effective without the usual medication support?

I bet it won’t take that long away from Sirius and networked music services before live music starts to sound pretty darned welcome. Will you people with talent along that line Please be sure to stock the acoustic guitars and such, and plenty of strings and reeds? If you do, I promise to not sing in public! You’re welcome!

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Grandfather and his dog are found dead after getting locked inside his Corvette ‘dream car’ by a dead battery in 90F heat, while in a crowded restaurant parking lot. He had left his phone inside the restaurant, and of course the horn did not work because the battery was not operational due to a loose cable.

Tragedy strikes a family, and what a horrific ending to it all. The family will anguish over the how and why forever, while others debate just how something like could have happened. Just how someone can be locked inside his or her own vehicle in a busy parking lot, and then succumb to the heat, is a question many will wonder about for years to come.

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 Manual Override

In many cars if the battery is dead and you are inside the car simply pulling the door handle to open the door overrides the electric locks. However, with some vehicles this is not the case. You would have to know where the manual override is to unlock the doors.

You can get locked inside of your own car if you cannot override the electric locks by simply pulling on the handle. Many foreign cars have a separate handle that must be pulled. Corvettes apparently have an emergency handle on the floorboard that will force open the doors if the electronics fail. The location is noted in the owner’s manual.

First, read your owner’s manual, and if there is a manual override find it, and while you are at it, find where the emergency latch in the trunk is located, so if you are ever locked in there you can escape. Make sure your children know the dangers of vehicle trunks, and show them where the emergency latch is that opens the trunk from the inside.

A physically fit person may be able to maneuver around so they can kick the glass out, but no one should count on this method working. If you are in an accident you may very well be physically impaired, or the damaged to the vehicle may be such that you cannot get into a suitable position to kick the glass out.

Okay so you have no idea where the manual override is, so what is your next move. Today’s safety glass is difficult if not impossible to break with just your hands. If you simply have no tools that could smash the window you can pull the safety belt out enough to use the metal end that snaps into the buckle.

Wrap your hand with your shirt or other material to protect it, and then grasp the buckle and close your hand to form a fist. Act as if you are banging on a door with your fist with the metal protruding. Do not hit with the knuckles and make sure the metal strikes the glass.

The pommel of any knife could probably break the glass and some knives have a so-called glass breaker built into the pommel. You can purchase tools specifically for breaking vehicle window glass, and many of the tools would have a seat belt cutter attached as well. If your vehicle ends up in a lake or pond you may need to cut yourself from the seat belt and then smash the window to escape.

Plan for It

Be prepared to have something like this happen. The victim in the story above did not have his cell phone with him and the horn did not work. What is troubling is that he was in a busy parking lot, and apparently someone tried to help him, someone from outside the vehicle. The entire event raises so many questions. One is how a person, an adult, one that can physically function can be trapped inside a car in a busy parking lot long enough to die from heat exhaustion.

These are questions for another day however. For now the focus is on how you can prevent this from happening to you or a loved one. If you do not have a tool in your vehicle that can smash the glass effectively find one now, even if it is nothing more than a hammer. Put it under the seat or in the glove box. Later you can purchase a tool that may be more compact with a belt cutter attached that fits in the center console within easy reach. Heavy shears or some type of nylon web cutting tool should be in the vehicle as well, so you can cut away the seat belt (s).

You do not need any gimmick tools, just something heavy enough that can smash the glass without injuring your hands and something that can be used by anyone to cut the seat belt and smash the glass.

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Many of you reading this probably already have a vehicle. You drive the kids to school, grocery shop and commute back and forth to work, and take road trips, family vacations, in other words, all using your current vehicle. The problem in some people’s minds after reading article after article about when the SHTF and …

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When the worst you can ever imagine took place, instinct tells you to find a safer place to crash. After some crazy fleeing and heart-pounding action, you get to rest for a bit.

Alongside the short relief, your body starts to check itself and assess what it needs at the moment. You may feel pain from wounds, muscle aches, or hunger. You can endure all these for as long as you got safe drinking water near you.

But when the scariest scenario hits the fan, will you have clean and safe water to drink? As you wander along the place of your refuge, you may find lakes, streams, ponds, and even jars of water around.

Pretty convenient, eh? Not really.

People who don’t just chug drinks are more likely to outlive others who would gulp whatever liquid flows around them. Severe diarrhea is the least you’d want to carry along while running away from whatever dangers humanity is pitted against.

Now that you see water in front of you, whether it is contaminated or not comes as the next concern. What will you do to determine if the water is safe enough to drink?

Of course, in a highly unexpected SHTF situation, you may be out there alive without the huge, high-tech machines to depend on.

Yes, no robots and fancy gadgets around. Such valuables will only catch the interest of others who would kill for many reasons. No matter how useful, these high-tech machines and its operators are always the first to go in a world thrown into chaos.

Civil war, alien invasion, zombie apocalypse, or whatever it is, keeping a low profile increases the chances of your survival. And with low profile approach, comes low-tech but reliable ways to do things.

With limited resources, you need to go for low-tech, low-cost drinking water testing methods. Despite this, you need a testing process giving accurate results for your safety.

Know The Possible Contaminants

You cannot observe most of these contaminants with the naked eye. But even so, it’s a good thing to know about them to let you understand the importance of a DIY water testing. So before we let give some advise on how to check the water quality, make yourself aware of these harmful elements.

Nuisance Bacteria

Holds a very low chance to cause harm. But if you failed to treat water contaminated with nuisance bacteria, their numbers multiply and they generate iron and sulfur making them more dangerous overtime.

Disease-Causing Bacteria

This active contaminant showcase a different level of harm. Examples of this type include e.coli and coliform which requires strong and continuous medication for a patient to fully recover.

Water with iron may cause yellow and orange stains in fixtures, wells, concretes, and many kinds of surface. Technically, iron in great amounts produce rust and you certainly don’t want this in your drinking water.

This mineral stains fixtures and causes black or purple color to the areas affected. It tastes bitter and exposure to extremely large amounts of manganese greatly affects psychiatric and motor skills. The symptoms resemble those of patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Hydrogen Sulphide

This component may smell like rotten egg. Sometimes, it naturally occurs in water while others may have been caused by bacteria.

A toxic substance that targets the neurons. Intake through inhalation and digestion may cause lead poisoning. It results to abdominal pain, headache, vomiting, constipation and long-term effects such as inability to produce children and memory problems. Severe cases recorded show patients suffering from anemia, coma, seizures, and even death.

Now that you know a few of possible water contaminants and their effects, it should give you enough reason why you need to know how to test the quality of your drinking water before you take a gulp. Here we list different low-tech drinking water testing methods you can use.

#1 – Using A Home Water Test Kit

A home test kit makes one of the easiest ways to determine the quality of water. If you happened to keep one in your emergency bag or pockets, then you probably had a decent SHTF preparation. But before we proceed with the explanation, a few tips for those who are just about to prep up.

Although many companies produce home water quality testing kit, they all function similarly. Home drinking water testing kit packages contain strips which changes color depending on the mineral content. Lastly, you get to match the color with a chart to determine whether the water you have is safe or not.

We recommend buying home test kits with multiple strips each made to detect different water contents such as strip for bacteria, hardness, chlorine, pesticides, nitrites, and pH levels. Read the package inclusions in the box. If the kit has only one strip, it most likely will let you measure the pH level of the water which makes it far from what you really need.

Always read the direction before using the drinking water testing kits. This important section of the home water testing kit gives important info such as how long the strip needs to be dipped in the water and the required temperature to get the best results.

Take the strips out of the water after the recommended time. Compare the color of all strips to the chart and this will show the level or amount of substance in the subject. The color chart shows designation of different concentration levels ranging from safe or acceptable to hazardous.

#2 – Identify The Source Of Water

Where your water is coming from, tells a lot about its quality. Gather all data that you need, and ask help if necessary. If you wander alone in the wild, choose the water source which is least likely to have been contaminated.

Ask For A Water Quality Report

When the local municipality remains up and servicing its people when something bad happened, you can ask the city or township staff for a water quality report. Contact your city hall and ask for this info if you doubt the quality of the water in your area.

If no government body is available to assist you in this matter, try visiting the website of your city or town for updated info about the water quality in your area. You can also contact your village hall to get help on contacting resource person who can provide info regarding your water concern.

Ask The Water Company

You can also try contacting your water company. A representative of the water provider should be able to supply you with the information that you need.

Surviving Alone In The Wild

If you happened to be in the wild, you need to know which water source is safer to drink. Clear flowing water coming from areas without a population or village serves as the best choice. So if you come across a clear, flowing stream or spring, take that opportunity and fill your water bottles.

Stagnant water bodies such as lakes and ponds may hold heightened levels of bacteria and some disgusting things. On the other hand, rivers may continuously flow but most of them are full of pollution. Typically, the water from large rivers have come from an overpopulated area or factories.

Do not drink sea water or urine. This will make you urinate more water than you take up. If you keep on drinking sea water, you only become thirstier and eventually, you will die from dehydration.

#3 – Soap Suds Test With Castile Soap

You can conduct a quick in-home and outdoor water test using basic soap like the Castile. This multi-purpose soap is 100% natural, free from detergents, dyes, and perfumes.

Fill an empty bottle one-third full with cool water you want to test. Next, add a few drops of Castile soap or any basic soap available.

Shake the bottle forcefully for a few seconds and observe what happens to its contents. If you see cloudy or milky water with few bubbles, it indicates a hard or contaminated water. If you see abundant bubbles and clear water, it only means that the water is a soft water and a lot safer to drink.

#4 – Test Drinking Water With Your Senses

In complete absence of all water testing tools, you may rely on your senses to check on the quality of the water. Although it won’t let you extract the exact amounts of bacteria and other elements in the water, what you will find out in this water test can give you enough clues to reach a conclusion. Keep in mind that even experts smell, taste and

Examine The Water’s Appearance

Observing the physical appearance of the water will not generate 100% accuracy. Some hard water may appear clear while the safe ones you should drink may appear a bit hazy. However, this guide will still help you in weeding out a subject after seeing obvious signs of contamination.

Place the water in a transparent container such as glass and hold it up towards the light. Look for particles and cloudiness. Reddish and brownish particles may indicate iron rust contamination from the pipes or fixtures. On the other hand, black particles usually come from the dirt inside the hose where your water goes through. White and tan particles may show signs of other mineral excess such as magnesium or calcium carbonate.

If the water comes from a faucet, let the water run down the drain especially if its hazy. This is caused by buildup of dirt in the water fixtures which happens if the line or pipe remain unused for a while. This can also happen with a newly setup water source or system.

Smell The Water

Professional sanitation consultants and water engineers will surely smell the water when they went to your home to test it. This proves the efficiency of this drinking water testing method. You can also give it a try and start with giving it a good sniff.

Bleach smell occurs after the local treatment plant added chlorine water to make it safe to drink. This smell should go away after a few seconds of exposure to air. You may use a home water filter to remove the bleach odor. Usually, bleach smell does not carry harmful elements.

Rotten-egg smell indicates thriving and multiplying bacteria in the water. Pour or run some water in a glass and set it aside for a few minutes. If the smell disappears, your pipes or fixtures need cleaning. If the smell stays, it indicates a huge hard water problem. Do not drink the water and report it to the local municipality or the water company.

A musty or earthy smell indicates decaying matter in the fixture. It is usually safe to drink, but if it is really bothersome, get it treated or ask a plumber to check on your water pipes.

Taste The Water

Tasting the water should serve as the last step. The goal of the above water testing methods is to avoid you from ingesting a highly suspicious water into your body. But if you did not detect any problems, try tasting a few drops or sips of the water.

If the water tastes foul, do not swallow. Spit it out immediately.

If the water tastes metallic, it indicates excess in minerals or low pH levels. If the water tastes like bleach, it only implies excess in chlorine. On the other hand, salty water signals serious contamination which may be caused by irrigation drainage or industrial waste.

Do not continue drinking the water if it tasted like the above. Get the water treated, contact your local municipality, report it to the water company, or find a different source of water.

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When SHTF, food is definitely a high priority for many preppers. If you’ve ever watched the reality show “Naked and Afraid” you know how important your caloric intake can be in a survival situation.

The average adult needs to consume 2,000 to 4,000 calories daily to maintain a healthy body weight. For those doing the type of manual labor tasks required during a SHTF situation, calorie intake should be on the higher end of that range.

Foraging for wild edibles in the harsh environment of “Naked and Afraid” wasn’t enough to provide the energy needed to accomplish the necessary tasks to survive. Chopping firewood, throwing a heavy fish cast net, building or reinforcing a shelter, even walking the needed distance to get water, was made nearly impossible by lack of energy.

Even when the participants caught fresh fish or were able to kill a pig, they didn’t have the supplies to preserve the leftovers for later. They ate what they could eat that day and several days later their bodies were craving protein again. So, when it comes to post SHTF issues, no matter how much food you have on hand, what food to consume first becomes a critical decision. If you consume the food you have on hand in the wrong order, you risk losing a huge portion of food to spoilage and you risk running out of food before you can get a new source of fresh food established.

Most of us won’t be in the Amazon jungle when SHTF hits. We will be in or at least able to get to a home where we have food on the counter, in the fridge, the freezer, or growing in the garden. Below is the breakdown of what food to consumer first to help ensure your family has food for as long as possible post SHTF.

#1. Refrigerated Food

Your normally refrigerated food should be consumed first. If the interior of the refrigerator remains cold, you need to consume refrigerated food within 6-8 hours. Buying an appliance thermometer for your refrigerator will help you determine if and when the temperature rises above 40 degrees Fahrenheit when the power goes out. If you have meat in the refrigerator, and the temperature goes up too much, you either need to cook it and eat it or smoke it, salt it or dehydrate it in order to prolong its shelf life.

Foods such as butter, fruit juice, condiments like ketchup, mustard, relish, salad dressing, jelly, and barbecue sauce will be still good for a day or two even with the power out.

Prioritize consumption of the following foods if they are in your refrigerator and you cannot get the power back on as they will go bad after just two hours:

  • Poultry, meat, or seafood (cooked or raw)
  • Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, or soft cheeses like Brie or feta
  • Lunchmeat
  • Pizza with meat toppings
  • Tartar sauce, mayonnaise, or creamy salad dressings
  • Rice, cooked pasta, or potatoes as well as any dishes prepared using these foods
  • Stews, soups, and casseroles

Any food that feels slimy, has a strange color, or feels warm should be discarded. You can check your eggs by floating them in a cup of water. Eggs that sink should be okay, any egg that floats should be discarded.

#2. Fresh Food

Fresh food that has come from the store or has already been harvested from your garden will spoil within just a couple of days, so it should be among the first foods you eat.

Fresh fruit such as bananas and strawberries will spoil more quickly than fruit like apples and oranges. Keep this in mind as you decide what to eat in the first few days following SHTF and eat the most vulnerable fresh foods first.

Don’t just eat what you have a taste for but instead eat the food that will spoil first. Try to make your meals for the first day or two from your refrigerated food that is still good and the fresh food you have on hand.

If you do have a garden that is already producing, and you live in an area that will be quickly overrun by looters, harvest what you can and use your wood cookstove or portable canning stove to can it and get it into your stockpile. Fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden can also be dehydrated using the sun and screens. This way they take up less space, have a longer shelf life, and can become part of your stockpile where they will be at less risk from looters passing by.

#3. Frozen Food

When SHTF, your freezer food is going to thaw pretty quickly if you don’t have available solar power. It helps if you keep your freezer full at all times. If you can’t keep your freezer full of food, fill milk jugs with water and allow them to freeze and take up the extra space in the freezer.

When the power goes out, leave the door closed while you eat your refrigerated and fresh foods in the first day or two. If that cold air cannot escape, it may take 2-3 days for food to thaw. By then, you’ll be ready to start eating it. A full freezer can maintain its temperature for about two days, but that time is cut in half if the freezer happens to only be half full at the time.

An appliance thermometer will let you know when the temperature rises above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have an appliance thermometer, you can also put a cup of water into the freezer and put a quarter on top of it once it freezes solid. When you experience a power outage, keep the freezer door shut. If the quarter is no longer on top of the cup, you’ll know approximately how much thawing occurred by how far it dropped in the cup.

Food with ice crystals in it can be safely refrozen if you can get power back on. After meat thaws however, cook it all thoroughly on your BBQ grill or wood cook stove. If you can keep the temperature in your freezer below 40 degrees, then you still have approximately 36-48 hours to eat it as long as you can keep it cold. You may want to print off copies of these food safety charts for reference in a power outage. If you’ve prepared ahead, you can salt preserve, dehydrate, or can your frozen meat in order to preserve it and give it a longer shelf life.

#4. Stockpiled Foods

The recommended stockpile of food for a SHTF event is 6 months to one year or more. The reason for this large stockpile of food is to give you enough food on hand to eat during the time it may take to produce food from your own garden. The food you have stockpiled that doesn’t require refrigeration should be saved until you’ve eaten all of your fresh and refrigerated foods. Sure, you may use some of your stockpiled flour, rice, or beans to make meals from your refrigerated or frozen foods, but you’ll want to save your canned fruit and vegetables for the time when your fresh and frozen ones have been eaten.

#5. Other Foods

If you have MREs as part of your stockpile, you definitely want to save these rather than thinking of these a food to consume first. MREs are designed to have a longer shelf life so they make a great back up food to have on hand. MREs are good to have in the event that you need to bug out or if you experience a time when making a larger meal just isn’t feasible or safe.

Wrap-Up

Now that you have a better idea of what food to consume first during a SHTF event, take some time to make sure you have the supplies you need to extend your food supply. Pickling salt and brown sugar are used to make brine and to salt meat so those are great to stock up on.

Canning jars, canning lids and rings, a jar lifter, and a stove that doesn’t require electricity but is sturdy enough for canning are great things to add to your stockpile. Another good strategy is to practice all the different ways of preserving food now, before a SHTF event occurs. The more practice you have, the more confident you will be when preserving food after a SHTF incident.

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In the real world, no one is perfectly healthy. Sickness and disease do not choose any particular age, gender, or race. Even preppers are not exempted from the reality of medical conditions.

It is already difficult to live with a medical condition. The situation can become twice as difficult when you are faced with a crisis.

Imagine what would happen if the drug stores were shut down. It is a good thing then that preppers also learn how to stock up on needed supplies like medicines, particularly preventative drugs, so that those in their party with medical conditions can have a good chance of survival no matter what.

Tips for Prepping with a Medical Condition

A medical condition may not be easy to deal with but it is a reality. The key to survival with a medical condition is acceptance.

It could be you or a member of your family who is suffering from a disease or sickness. When faced with a disaster, you have to face it while taking care of the one suffering from the medical condition. Do all that you can, using what you have in order to keep each other alive.

Medical Conditions and Emergency Preparedness

An important part of any emergency preparedness plan that can easily be overlooked is medication. No matter what type of medical condition you have, you don’t want to find yourself in a crisis situation without the proper medication.

Ensuring that your medication is covered by your emergency preparedness plan involves these six steps.

Compile your medical information

This can be cumbersome but is invaluable in the event of an emergency. Having all of your information organized and ready to go makes it much easier to get help for your medical condition if necessary and keep your medication regimen on track. In your medical file you should include:

  • Emergency contacts, including at least one friend or family member that lives at least 100 miles away.
  • Your doctor(s) and other medical providers.
  • A list of the medical conditions you have and medications you take, making sure to include the dosage, frequency, purpose of medication, and the name and phone number of the doctor who wrote the prescription.
  • A copy of the prescription for every medication that you take. You may also want to leave a copy with a national pharmacy chain. If you wear glasses or contacts, include those prescriptions as well.
  • A notation of any sensitivities or allergies that you have.
  • Your immunization history.
  • Information regarding any medical equipment or support systems that you use. Take care to consider things like hearing aids, hearing aid batteries, oxygen, wheelchair batteries, service animals, and the like.

If you have a communication disability, include a note of the best way others can communicate with you.

You should keep all of these records with you emergency preparedness kit as well as with a trusted friend or relative who lives out of town that can be reached in the event of an emergency.

If you feel comfortable doing so, you may also want to scan and email copies of your medical information to yourself so that it can be accessed from anywhere. An alternate suggestion is to store this information in the cloud.

via Medication and Emergency Preparedness – American Preppers Network : American Preppers Network.

A survival situation is not an excuse to give up on those who are weak or suffer from a medical condition. Instead it is a time to prove to yourself and to the world that you have the strength and the will to survive despite all the obstacles.

Remember this, if you were able to live through the hard times and all kinds of survival situations. With your skills, you or anybody else who is suffering from a medical condition will be able to survive.

Life should always be treated with care and respect. Imperfect as people are, we have to keep our focus in times of crisis and stick to the most basic reason for being prepared, that is the preservation of human life: ours and those of our loved ones. Most medical conditions are treatable and manageable even in a survival situation, as long as proper medication is available and proper steps are followed.

Do you have any tips for dealing with a medical condition in times of crisis? Share them in the comments. Then, check out related articles from our site:

The Top 5 Ultimate Medicinal Herbs For Your Bug Out Bag

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How To Treat Everyday First Aid Issues

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A topic that doesn’t seem to be discussed all too often among preppers is preventive health measures. When a prepper talks about health, they usually discuss preparing supplies for injuries after disaster strikes.

Hospitals could be scarce when SHTF, making emergency medical care also scarce. Additionally, most injuries are time-sensitive. Not everyone has the medical expertise to provide emergency care to a variety of illnesses and injuries. This leaves you with a question: Are you healthy enough to survive the next disaster? (h/t to DoomsDayMoose.com)

Preventing poor health

By practicing preventive health and keeping yourself healthy before disaster strikes, you can keep yourself alive until medical resources become available again. As the saying goes: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Below are three ways to help you get through SHTF healthy and alive:

Practice preventive medicine

The healthier you are when SHTF, the higher your chances of survival. Being in great physical shape can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from any dangers you may come across. Staying in shape before disaster strikes is as simple as having a well-balanced diet, sleeping properly, getting regular exercise, and refraining from smoking and drinking alcohol.

People spend a lot of their time living a sedentary lifestyle. Most jobs involve an excessive amount of sedentary behavior like prolonged sitting, which is known to contribute to various health problems like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Even by just taking a walk every day, you can significantly improve your health and prevent these health conditions from happening, especially if you’re in a disaster scenario.

You can also undergo some medical procedures to tackle problems before they get any worse. Imagine having a toothache during a disaster? While you can definitely dull the pain with plenty of natural painkillers and toothache remedies, they are only temporary solutions to a problem that could get worse over time. The odds of being able to find an actual dentist when SHTF is slim to none. Going to one beforehand and keeping up with your oral maintenance can save you all the trouble in the long run.

STDs and pregnancy

In very extreme cases, a major catastrophic event can call for the need for repopulation. However, all of it would be for naught if the children were not healthy at birth. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that pregnant women can still be infected with the same sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as women who aren’t pregnant. These STDs can complicate the pregnancy and could have serious, long-lasting effects on both mother and child. Gonorrhea, for instance, can increase the risk of miscarriage. In addition, babies born while the mother is infected with this disease can get eye infections that could lead to blindness.

The CDC suggests receiving medical care as early as possible during pregnancy to avoid any health complications.

Lessen dependence on prescription painkillers

Any major catastrophe can lead to the shutdown of many services you enjoy today, which means getting any necessary medication would be close to impossible. In the case of collapse, most stores would be ransacked within the first few weeks. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural painkillers that are significantly easier to get, most of which you can even grow yourself at home. Here are a few of them:

  • Ginger
  • Lavender oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil

Even things like  and acupuncture can provide alternative therapy to reduce pain. Losing dependence on prescription drugs can help improve your survival, while also keeping you healthy and toxin-free.

Regardless of whether there’s an impending disaster or not, one should still do their best to stay in shape. Preventive medicine can go a long way in keeping you alive when SHTF.

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DoomsdayMoose.com

MedicalNewsToday.com 1

UrbanSurvivalSite.com

CDC.gov

STDCheck.com

MedicalNewsToday.com 2

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Preppers spend a lot of time making plans and preparing for the next big disaster. But no matter how prepared you are, there may come a time when one disaster could send the world into chaos that could change your life permanently. Throughout the history of humanity, civilizations had risen and fallen numerous times. Are you prepared for the next civil breakdown?  (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com)

One small breeze could topple the foundations of civilization

The term “civilization” is derived from the Latin word civis, which means citizen. In a civilized society, authorities impose rules and regulations to “train” their citizens to remain civilized and prevent bad behavior in fear of punishment. However, if you strip away those rules and let the people run amok, how long would it take for society to collapse back into barbarism and savagery?

The problem with being civilized is that normalcy bias can make people assume that life will remain the same as it has always been. What they don’t know is that any major disaster could potentially lead to a civil breakdown. The Holy Roman Empire, for instance, had multiple factors in play that led to its downfall.

Modern society is exceptionally reliant on the luxuries and comforts brought by technological innovation. If these things were removed, society could very well crumble.

A civil breakdown is more likely to occur when people are extremely dependent on external systems for their survival. One of these systems is the system of distribution.

In times of disaster, plenty of supermarket shelves go empty quickly as people do last-minute shopping to stockpile supplies. What normally happens afterward is that delivery trucks would bring fresh supplies to the supermarkets to restock the shelves. But what if they don’t?

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For the unprepared, it means that getting food, medicine, and other necessities for survival becomes much more difficult. Some individuals might even resort to uncivilized means like looting to get the supplies they need.

Electricity is another thing plenty of people cannot live without. After all, it powers most devices, gadgets, appliances, and many others. If the grid goes down long-term because of a disaster, businesses and services will cease to operate, halting normal day-to-day activities. (Related: 10 Practical tips that will help you survive a long-term disaster without electricity.)

Another thing that could topple the foundations of civilization is the constant conflict between opposing political ideals, like the current situation in the US wherein the incredible differences of opinion often spark words or actions fueled by hate. These tensions could go into the extremes and cause a sporadic civil breakdown if things are left unresolved.

Surviving the fall

The fall of civilization can be avoided. But, as all preppers know, disaster can bring about unexpected circumstances. Before civilization is brought to its knees completely, there will first be civil unrest. In a dog-eat-dog world, you must be prepared to overcome challenging situations. Here are a few steps you can take:

When the tipping point of civilization does come, chaos will follow. When or where it happens is anyone’s guess. The one hope preppers have is that they have the necessary skills and tools to ride out the struggles and survive.

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Survival Gold and SHTF Silver Will Make You A Disaster Target

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For a long time silver and gold have been the ultimate hedge against the coming financial collapse. It’s astounding how many people believe that we are just a year or two, at most, away from a serious economic collapse.    

You cannot go a week without some investor talking about why and how the economic collapse is going to appear. 

Gold and silver are always the answer to the economic collapse. You see, we all worry about losing money in one way or another in that collapse. Maybe its the value of the house, maybe its the stock market, maybe it’s the dollar’s value that puts us in a bad situation. 

Gold is a big deal and has many benefits. Its been currency forever and appears as such in books as old as the bible. Its a very valuable metal and there are tremendous means to use it. It’s a little high in price so it’s not the best for small purchases.

Silver 

There are lots of people who believe that silver is undervalued. Not sure what that means in the long run. It valued much less than others like gold and platinum but it works for smaller purchases. 

Buying in Cash

Who knows you have precious metals? If you buy in cash than people will have less awareness about what you own and what you dont own. When it comes to metals you want to pay in cash. 

Trading with Metals 

All that said, beware of who you trade with. The moment you pull out that gold or silver in a SHTF scenario, everyone is going to know what you got going on. They will know you likely have more of these metals. SO, most important beware that where those metals end up. 

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