By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition
ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, it doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to see that we’re living in perilous times and on the brink of a slew of problems. There are several flashpoints occurring domestically and throughout the world that can translate into destabilization at any time. Knowing these things, your preparations and training need to continue. You can continue this preparation by conducting a home assessment regarding medicines and supplies you will need.
What do I mean by this? I mean for you to specifically identify all the needs of each of your family members and begin acquiring them. Family members have varying needs depending on age and physical condition. Now is the time to ensure you have all the meds you need and the vitamins you will need when the SHTF. Allow me to sound the personal “trumpet” that I have been sounding throughout the years and in many articles:
You guys and gals need to get into good physical shape: it cannot be overemphasized.
7 Critical Components of a Prepared Home
That being said, how do you start? It is simple enough if you just insert a measure of organization into it. Let’s do it, shall we?
- Start by identifying family members who have special needs and/or ongoing, long-term treatment in terms of medication. Examples of conditions can be Type I Diabetics, Blood Pressure/Circulatory patients (meds such as Calcium Channel blockers, etc.), and family members with respiratory compromise (such as COPD, or severe, chronic asthma).
- Make a chart/sheet for each family member and identify what they need:The correct medicine, the amount needed/dosage, the quantity that is on hand, and a plan to attain more of it. BE SPECIFIC! Accuracy is critical: you cannot afford a “transposition error” either in dosage or in the name of the med. “Flexiril” and “Flagyl” should never be confused, for example. One extra “zero” at the end of a dosage could mean death; one zero “short” could mean substandard, inadequate dosage.
- Shop the sources: Price is almost as important as quality…because you will need quantities. Many items can be purchased at discount stores. Make sure you have these 50 items as the basis for your medical supplies. Once you have these, then you can begin to combine your medical supplies to make first response packs for faster medical attention when emergencies occur. Check out all the discount pharmacies that you can and do your research. Also, convince your happy, Hallmark-Card family physician to write these extra prescriptions for you. If he or she won’t do it? DX’em. That’s an Army term: meaning dump/discard them. If you don’t use the stones now, you won’t use them when the SHTF.
- Pet antibiotics: Yes, “protect the pets,” as I’ve explained in other articles. Pet amoxicillin, pet erythromycin, pet Praziquantel (Biltricide). All of these “goodies” and more are available…to keep those “pets” readily supplied with medicine. ‘Nuff said there.
- Vitamins/supplements: Concentrate on the multi-vitamins, and others that are crucial, such as Vitamin C. Again, you need to be sharp when it comes to quality and quantity. Here are five supplements you should seriously consider. Never sacrifice quality for quantity, except if the comparable product is so close to the “top dog” that the difference is negligible.
- Herbal/Naturopathic supplies: Here is where your research is going to be critical. DO NOT EXPECT TO BE “SPOON-FED” INFORMATION, especially by your photo-frame-phony-photo family physician. You have to assess on your own what herbs will do the backup for your family member’s (or your) needs if the med supply dries up or is unavailable. There’s a secondary reason: you need to learn and memorize these herbs “cold,” because you may have to scrounge for them as well…in a ruined, burned-out health food concern, or out in the wild with wild-crafting.
- OPSEC: Don’t allow anyone outside of the immediate family (and even with them…screen ‘em!) to know about your medicines. You need to safeguard them in protective containers that will safeguard them from elements and secret them from the eyes of marauders or other jerks that will pillage them.
Now is the time to get all of this stuff done. You are responsible in the end for taking care of yourself and your family. Do not procrastinate. You may not have a perfect example to follow, but you can allow common sense, savvy, and street smarts to guide you in the path you need to pursue. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. The “bad days” will come upon us in an instant. Less than an instant. Fight that good fight, and stock up on those supplies you’ll need to take care of your family now…because you won’t be able to on the day after it hits! JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
Fighting off an attacker isn’t just about hitting your opponent hard enough to make them stop trying to hurt you. It is also about making sure that any blows sent your way don’t harm important parts of your body.
When you are in this kind of fight, some of your efforts will aim defending vital body parts even if you’re also trying to strike your opponent. Staying safe comes first!
Here are five body parts that you must defend regardless of the nature of the attack. While not using other body parts will spell trouble, harming these five parts can cause permanent injury or loss of life. Keep reading!
By Sandra – Guest Post
While many of us likely picture SHTF scenarios completely devoid of technology such as smartphones and electricity, there are many emergency and disaster scenarios where technology could prove quite useful and perhaps even save your life.
Aside from common apps you probably already have on your phone, such as a flashlight app and the compass app, there are quite a few others you should add to your smartphone that could prove very useful in any emergency situation.
Here are six essential apps every survivalist needs.
Wild Plant Survival Guide
You might have read our previous post on apps that can help you identify animals and plants in nature. Well, the Wild Plant Survival Guide app takes it a step further and helps you identify plants that are edible. In a situation where you’re on your own without extra food, this app could save your life. It provides details and color photos about more than 100 plants to help you identify which are edible and which are poisonous. The app is available for iOS and Android devices for $1.99.
Dropbox is a cloud storage service that allows you to access your files from any location. You can download the app to your phone and use the free storage to back up your important documents. Having copies of identity documents, passports, insurance policies, financial information and medical records immediately accessible during an emergency can save valuable time. The Dropbox app is free for iOS and Android devices.
However, accessing important personal documents online does present some risk. If you are accessing the information from the cloud, especially over an unsecured WiFi connection (which will likely be the norm in a SHTF scenario), you should consider taking extra steps to secure your information, such as using a proxy software service. A proxy software service will encrypt your data and ensure it can’t be accessed by other parties who might attempt to steal it.
5-0 Radio Police Scanner
In an emergency or disaster situation, police and first responders often have the most information about what’s happening. An app such as 5-0 Radio Police Scanner allows you to listen in on the radio frequencies of police and other emergency personnel. You can choose the feeds based on your current location, so whether you’re home or traveling, you can always be aware of what’s happening around you. The basic version of the app is free for iOS and Android devices, but there is also a PRO version that includes an additional 50,000 radio feeds for a one-time fee of $3.99
First Aid by American Red Cross
Knowing how to perform first aid accurately can save lives in an emergency. The First Aid by American Red Cross app provides step-by-step instructions for the most common emergency first aid situations. The content is all preloaded into the app, so you don’t need to have an internet connection to access any of the information; it’s available whenever and wherever you need it. The app is available for free for iOS and Android devices.
Storm Shield Severe Weather
The Storm Shield Severe Weather app provides severe weather updates for your location. You can get real-time voice or push notification alerts for tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, winter storms and other life-threatening weather events. This app is the best way to keep track of any potential weather-related dangers in your area when your television and weather radio aren’t nearby. The app is available for iOS and Android devices for $2.99.
The Disaster Alert app provides real-time monitoring and alerts about hazards being tracked around the global. The app is part of the Pacific Disaster Center, which monitors potential hazards including natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and volcanoes; weather-related hazards such as droughts and wildfires; human-made problems such as nuclear hazards; and biomedical hazards such as disease outbreaks. You can receive push notifications for specific types of hazards or those within a certain distance and receive updates. The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.
As a survivalist, the goal is to be prepared for any situation. Downloading these apps is just one more way you can be prepared for whatever happens next.
What apps do you rely on in case of an emergency?
About the Author:
Sandra a freelance writer and survival expert. She’s passionate about teaching others how to prepare for emergencies and other disasters, from severe weather warnings to major human-caused disasters. She regularly contributes to The Right Side of Truth and several other sites.
You probably already know that water is essential to your survival…
…and a huge problem if you’re stuck without.
(In fact, just 3 days without can be fatal)
Imagine you’re stranded outdoors with no water, desperate to stay alive.
What would you do? How would you get water?
Today I’m going to show you the ins and outs of finding water for survival.
- Where To Look For Water
- How To Know If Water Is Safe To Drink?
- How To Extract Clean Drinking Water (In the Desert, In the Forest, In the Ice).
- Methods Of Purifying Water
Finding water has been an age old undertaking of mankind.
Living in the third world, it still is a struggle every day to access clean water even when it is available.
Statistics show 1 in 10 people living with no access to safe water worldwide.
Source: World Health Organization
The body needs 2 quarts of water daily to survive (just to drink). But, remember this is survival.
If your supply of water is limited make sure you:
- Rest! Physical movements must be limited.
- Do not over exert yourself. Exposure to the elements must also be avoided. Keep out of the sun.
- Do not drink your own urine!!!!
- Wear clothing appropriate to the climate
- Talking is kept to a minimum
- Breath through the nose and not the mouth
- Do not smoke or have big meals.
- Absolutely do not drink alcohol
These lessons can be transferred to survival situations and can increase the chances of survival by over 80%.
And of course, it goes without saying, it’s always better to be prepared. Ensure your bug out bag is well equipped. Having access to water filters, a GPS, and containers to capture and store water will always increase your chances of survival.
By Fred Tyrel – SurvivoPedia
In today’s world, armed robberies and other situations involving guns have become the new normal. Armed criminals have taken over neighborhoods and rule by terror.
While legislative action aimed at gun control will not stop this, and will more than likely make it worse, there are things you can do when someone points a gun at you.
As dangerous as this situation is, you can turn it in your favor. Read the following article to find out how!
What the Criminal Wants Is…
If an individual is bent on killing you they will probably point the gun at you, then he will pull the trigger immediately, or feed off the fear that you’re generating, and then kill you.
By Gloria Kopp – The Prepper Journal
No one likes to think about it, but disasters can happen anywhere, and that includes at college. If you’re studying away from home, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place, just in case the worst happens. How you view your own personal disaster preparedness options could be the difference between life and death. Here’s what you should do if a disaster happens at your school.
Prepare before the worst happens
Being prepared is the key to avoiding the worst in any disaster. If you take the time now to get a plan together, you’ll be a step ahead if anything occurs:
- Find out what’s likely in your area: Depending on where you’re studying, you could be at risks of floods, or maybe earthquakes. Take the time to look up what natural disasters are likely to occur in your area. That way, you can start planning for these properly.
- Put essential contacts in your phone: If you don’t have your emergency contacts in your phone, now’s the time to program them in. “When you do so, make sure you start the contact name with ‘ICE’ or ‘In Case of Emergency’. That way, emergency workers can easily contact the right people if needs be”, – says Emelle Ruth, a College Coordinator at Paper Fellows.
- Know your escape routes: In the buildings you frequent most, like your dorms or your classrooms, know where your nearest exits are. In the event of a disaster like a fire, you’re going to need to know how to get out quickly. It’s worth practicing these routes a few times, so you know where you’re going if the eventuality occurs.
- Take a course in first aid: This is always a useful skill to have, but especially in a disaster situation. A course in first aid or CPR won’t cost you much, but you’ll have the means to help yourself and others if the time comes.