Monday, June 25, 2018 by Zoey Sky
When it comes to prepping, an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure.
If you’ve got your supplies and gear ready, you just need to take care of your medical supply stockpile. Even if SHTF, with a well-prepared first aid kit you can address most medical concerns. (h/t to SurvivalBlog.com)
During a survival situation, it’s usually every man for himself. Don’t expect medical experts to stockpile supplies for you because they might be too busy doing the same thing for their loved ones. Or worse, they might not recognize the need to prepare for these emergencies before they actually happen.
When disaster strikes, it’s better to have too many bandages and other medical supplies instead of immediately running out of them after about a week or so. It’s relatively easy to set aside some bandages in your stockpile, but you may need to be creative when it comes to other supplies. (Related: Does your bugout bag contain a medical kit?)
When SHTF, you need to be prepared, both mentally and physically, to deal with deaths in your survival group. Get everyone in your family on the same page so they know how to handle the stress associated with these inevitable deaths, especially if you or someone in your group relies on life-saving medications for various conditions like congestive heart failure or organ transplants.
Deaths can also occur if someone suffers from injuries that require treatment from a fully equipped hospital, like internal bleeding in the pelvic area or severe burns all over their body.
You may also need to know how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which is often used to help patients who are having a heart attack. But keep in mind that they may be suffering from other underlying conditions that can only be treated using advanced technology and drugs at a hospital.
CPR alone won’t save them, with three exceptions: People whose hearts have stopped after drowning, choking, or, getting hit by lightning, but only if the patient was a healthy individual before the event.
Make the necessary preparations so your family will have access to potable water and water for washing and other tasks. Teach everyone how to treat water properly and how to handle waste to avoid the spread of disease in your home or shelter.
Aside from the unavoidable scenarios listed above, preparing the supplies below can help keep your family safe even during a disaster:
You can also prevent medical emergencies by following these steps to stay healthy while things are still “normal:”
Start preparing today so you can cross medical supplies off of your list as you’re preparing for a survival scenario.
Read more articles about other medical supplies that you might need when SHTF at Preparedness.news.