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How to be Medically Prepared for Disaster Situations

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Whether it’s a natural disaster or simply losing your job, it pays to be medically prepared for the worst. Here are some tips to make sure you’re ready when disaster strikes.

Disaster can take many forms. Whether it’s a natural disaster that threatens your life and property or a more typical (but still life-altering) circumstance, situations can change in a heartbeat. Medical preparedness pays dividends.

What you really should have is your own personal pharmacy of sorts, on hand, fully stocked, and ready to access should you need it. It could save you a ton of hassle, or even your life.

Skinny Medic and Eric from IraqVeteran8888 discuss this very important issue and offer some suggestions to help you weather the storm should things go south.

If you don’t feel like taking notes, check out the takeaways below the video.

The first problem that Skinny Medic addresses in a disaster situation is infection and sepsis. He emphasizes that one of the basic items to have on hand is sterile bandages. The long-term treatment of wounds includes keeping them clean and sterile. Buy boxes or even cases of individually packaged sterile bandages and keep them in a cool dry place.

It may become impossible to access a pharmacy for a week or more. If you are in need of antibiotics, it would be wise to have some ‘fish mox’, or amoxicillin, available. Fish mox and amoxicillin are basically the same thing, but you can get fish mox at your local pet shop.

Also, in a SHTF situation, you may not be able to simply hop onto Google and look something up. So, good hard-copy medical reference guides will be invaluable.

A book on pill identification, the Physician’s Desk Reference Guide, first aid guides, nurse’s reference manuals, etc. are all good sources to have on hand.

Knowledge is power, and medical knowledge is invaluable in emergency situations.

Iodine (wipes or liquid), cotton balls, sutures, hemostat clamps, duct tape – yes, duct tape – are also good things to stock up on and have in your med kit.

But training and knowledge are arguably the most valuable things to add to your, and your family’s, mental medical kit. Get some training and practice things like suturing or taking blood pressure and pulse readings.

Expiration dates on many items are also not written in stone, so don’t toss medicine or supplies out just because it says they’ve expired.

If you’re on any specific medications, you may want to ask your doctor to write you an extra prescription to provide you with a 30 or 60-day cushion of medication, just in case something happens and you aren’t able to renew your meds (allergy meds, EpiPens, etc) in a timely manner.

The point is to be medically prepared and knowledgeable. Stock up and get some basic training. Make your and your family harder to kill.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.

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How to be Medically Prepared for Disaster Situations