Monday, February 25, 2019

10 Medical Preps for a SHTF Situation

You never know when a SHTF situation will happen.  When it does happen, the last thing you want to do is be caught in a disaster AND have a medical/dental/vision/etc crisis at the same time.  To avoid this...

  1. Stay up to date on your vaccinations (you don't want to get injured and try to find a tetanus shot when your entire city has been wiped out).
  2. Have regular vision check ups and save an old pair of glasses when you get a new pair of glasses so you will have a back up (or better yet, buy two pair of your current prescription glasses and keep one as a back up).  You may also want to buy a few pair of reading glasses at the Dollar Store in varying strengths if you have difficulty reading small print.
  3. Get your teeth cleaned every six months and have regular exams and x rays done.  You want to catch dental problems when they can be fixed with a filling and not a root canal and crown and you want your teeth to be in their best shape when a disaster happens because finding a dentist may be difficult or impossible in such a situation.
  4. Get your hearing checked as needed and if you do have hearing aids, keep an old pair when you get a new pair so you will have a back-up pair.  Also, stockpile lots of hearing aid batteries.
  5. Keep up with regular medical exams and fix medical problems as they come up instead of putting them off.  
  6. If you use regular prescription medications, be sure to stockpile them as much as possible (ie: get 90 days prescriptions if possible, get prescriptions refilled as soon as possible, ask for additional prescriptions for an emergency if possible, keep a week's worth of medications in your BOB, etc).
  7. Stay of top of mental health issues including therapy and medication.  Also ask your mental healthcare provider how you can prepare for a disaster--where would you go for continuing care, can you stockpile prescription medications, what should you do if you find yourself in a mental health crisis during a disaster (some communities have plans for mental health shelter services during a disaster, others don't).
  8. Work daily to improve your health.  Exercise daily, eat healthy food, and try to control chronic medical conditions with diet if possible (there is a lot of research going on with using WFPB diets to control diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure thus reducing your risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart attacks).
  9. Practice good hygiene daily.  Avoid sick people, wash your hands regularly, and wear PPEs if you are dealing with blood/sick people/bodily fluids.  Be sure to stockpile these items as well including nitrile gloves, face masks, and hand sanitizer.  Make sure you keep yor first aid kits up to date and well stocked.
  10. If you or a loved one has a serious medical condition, have pre-evacuation plans in place.  An eight-month pregnant woman should be evacuated ahead of any potential disaster like a hurricane or wildfire.  Anyone on life support at home should have a back up generator with extra fuel in addition to plans to pre-evacuate ahead of any kind of disaster.

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