Your emergency food and water storage is extremely important to your survival following a major catastrophe, but there is something else you need to consider as well—first aid. There isn’t going to be doctors, hospital emergency rooms or even walk-in clinics for you to visit in the aftermath of a natural disaster or some other devastating event. You may very well end up being your own doctor for the days or possibly months following something big. Are you prepared to take care of your injuries and the injuries of your friends and families? It is unlikely every person you know will come through a tornado or terrorist attack completely unscathed. You need to have the supplies on hand to treat minor injuries to prevent them from becoming potentially life-threatening.
You need a well-stocked first aid kit. The following items will ensure you can treat most injuries. However, the best first-aid kit isn’t going to do much if you don’t know how to use it. Do yourself and your family a huge favor and take the time today to learn basic first aid. Enroll in a class at your local hospital, Red Cross or community college. The classes typically last a few hours and participation fees are under $50. The information you learn may just save somebody’s life one day.
First Aid Supplies
• 2 2×2 gauze pads and 2 4×4 gauze pads
• Band-aids in varying sizes
• 1 role of gauze
• 1 tube of antibiotic cream
• 1 role of medical tape
• 1 triangular bandage
• Antihistamine tablets
• Pain reliever, ibuprofen
• Wound closure strips or butterfly stitches
• ACE bandage
• CPR face guard
• Anti-diarrhea medicine
• Nitrile gloves
• First Aid manual
This is a basic kit. As with anything in the prepping world; the more the merrier. You can never have too many medical supplies. Bandages, gloves and most medical supplies will store for decades. You will need to update your supply of over-the-counter medicines. Include your first aid kit in your food rotation regiment and you can ensure that it stays up to date.
Don’t take chances. Get your first aid supplies stockpile started today. Buy in bulk for more cost savings. Don’t forget to add anything specific to your family’s medical needs like inhalers, Epi Pens or insulin. Consider learning about natural medicine in the event the world is unable to recover from a major event for several months or even years.
As you do what you can to prepare your family to survive a catastrophe, you may focus your energy on food and water. While these are clearly some very important components of survival, you may also want to expand your prepping to other areas that can make survival a little easier. When it comes to planning to survive an extreme situation, there is something called the Law of 3’s that all survivalists live by. As a person preparing to survive a drastic situation, you too need to be aware of this rule so you can prepare a little better.
Keep your family protected and safe.
Law of 3s
3 Hours to Find Shelter
3 Days to Find Water
3 Weeks to Find Food
You have taken care of the food and water and you are probably planning on bugging in or holing up in your home, which will take care of your shelter needs. However, your home isn’t going to be quite as comforting as it once was. You won’t have power and without power you won’t have lights, warm water or even a way to cook or recharge any of your electronic devices.
You can give yourself the joy and luxury of electricity by planning ahead. Many people will invest in portable generators, which are great, but they require some kind of fuel to run. Fuel will be in short supply after a major event and depending on what kind of situation you are dealing with, it could take months or years before fuel is returned to store shelves and gas stations.
Alternative energy is the answer. Solar power is growing in popularity and becoming very mainstream. That means; it is becoming much more affordable as well. As demand continues to increase, the technology continues to improve. Think back to the first computers. Remember how big and bulky they were? Well, solar panels are following the same path as computers. They are no longer these giant, fragile panels. The solar cells are small and mounted directly to a home’s roof or you can create small panels that produce enough electricity to give you a sense of normalcy.
You don’t have to go all out and switch your home to solar energy. You can buy a few panels to use if there is a major failure of the power grid. Get familiar with solar energy and how you can use it to keep your home up and running when the rest of the country is in the dark. Check out the options available to you that are perfect for survival situations.
With summer coming to an end and a forecast for a brutal winter ahead of us, it is a wise decision to prepare an emergency kit for the car. You never know when you are going to be left sitting in traffic due to an accident or possibly being in an accident yourself on some deserted road. There have been too many stories of people getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere. Some of these people have attempted to walk for help and unfortunately, there are plenty who didn’t make it. A winter storm can take you by surprise. This is why you always need to be prepared. You need to be prepared to survive for several hours or possibly days with what is in your car.
These are some items you will want to include in your emergency car kit.
• First Aid Kit
• Power Bar or some kind of energy bar
• Trail Mix
• Bottled water
• Cell phone charger
• Emergency blanket
• Flashlight and extra batteries (LEDs are best)
• Book or magazines to keep you entertained
• Wool socks
• Wool blanket
• Rain gear
• Hat and gloves
• Camp shovel
Those are the items necessary to keep you alive while you wait for help to arrive or for the road to clear enough that you can safely continue on your journey. You should also keep a small car kit on hand just in case of a breakdown. If you can fix your car so you don’t have to sit on the side of the road that is always the best option. Take the time to learn some basic car repair skills. Keep these items in the trunk of your car, just in case.
• Jumper cables
• Fluids: oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, washer fluid
• Duct tape
• Road flares/reflective signs
• Bright cloth or sign to alert other drivers to your position
You can find road kits that include everything you need in a single case for easy storage. Now is the time to prepare for winter driving. Adding these things to the trunk of your car can mean the difference between life and death.
You are investing a lot of time and money into building up an adequate supply of food that will feed your family after disaster strikes. The money you spend on buying food, water and other emergency supplies is taken from your family budget, but you do it knowing that you are making the best decision for your family’s long term needs. You can’t afford for the food you have been setting aside to be eaten and destroyed by pests. Pests like mice and ants are everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you live in a shack or a million dollar residence. Mice are not concerned by your zip code. They go where the food is and you are putting a lot of food in your house.
What can you do to keep them out of your food?
Your best bet is to keep your foods in 5-gallon foodsafe buckets with sealable lids. Mice and ants cannot get to the food when it is in the heavy plastic buckets. You can add an extra layer of protection and lengthen the shelf life of your food by placing it inside a Mylar bag and sealing it before placing it in the bucket.
Another trick is to add bay leaves to containers of food. Put a few at the bottom and a few more in between the layers. Apparently, the strong herb smell is off-putting to various pests and they will keep out. Why not put bay leaves inside your Mylar bag that goes inside your bucket? It won’t hurt anything, it is extremely inexpensive and it gives you a freshness guarantee.
Setting out mousetraps and bait for ants or cockroaches is another option. This can take care of the pests that are sniffing around your food storage. Although some people are okay picking out evidence of a mouse invasion and others are okay eating food a mouse has crawled on or nibbled on, it really isn’t sanitary. If you don’t have to share your food with critters, don’t!
Essential oils like peppermint and orange oil dabbed on a cloth and hung from the shelves is another natural deterrent. You can also add about 10 drops of either oil to a water bottle and spray the perimeter of your food storage. The smells are too strong for the pests and they will stay away.