Disease/Healthcare Medications after the Collapse

imagesThis post could alternatively be titled: Stocking Medications for the Collapse. If you are currently on any life saving or life altering prescriptions, have you thought about what you are doing to do in the event of a collapse of society as we know it and re-fills are no longer available? Part of your Urban Survival Plan has got to be preparing for this if and when catastrophe strikes.

Pharmacies will be some of the first places looted in the event of a large collapse. Some of that will of course be due to thugs looking to get a supply of over the counter stuff they can get high with and some people will be making the pilgrimage to the Walgreens, Albertsons, Wal-Marts, etc., in order to stock up on prescriptions they need to make life possible or even just bearable.

In the novel, One Second After by William Forstchen, after figuring out that the power ain’t coming back on the novel’s main character had to compete with many angry people to get an adequate stock of insulin for his young daughter.

Depending upon the time of year, storage is problematic as well, especially for medications requiring stable storage of the drug.

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Disease is going to be a problem. Protocols from quarantining new people you encounter or are trying to absorb into the group; to how you handle new people or dead bodies; protocols for sanitary measures; field expedient means to initially treat injuries especially open wounds are all going to be very important. Much more important when you consider the probability of having a dwindling supply of medical material without any re-supply potential.

Animal feed stores or Veterinarian offices and supply shops may be a source of some medications, such as pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-biotics, however if will require some training to be able to recognize what you have and convert animal units of delivery to human uses. Secondarily, the same scum bags looted Walgreens will also be at the local Vet Clinic.

We hope that you all reading this do not require a daily intake of life saving drugs like insulin for Diabetes Type I, as it will tough tot stock an adequate amount (we consider 6 months about minimum). However Diabetes II or adult on-set diabetes cam be controlled largely through nutrition.

The good thing, in a Collapse, is that there will be less junk to eat to compromise your health. The bad thing is that there will be less to eat. Most Americans can stand to lose a few pounds, but most people want a diet to be their idea.

A total change of diets may even be healthy for people suffering from high cholesterol, blood pressure and degenerative diseases that these.

Herb gardens with medicinal herbs may help alleviate a shortage of medications. The Urban Survival Seed Procurement and Stockade Plan should consider these herbs as well as regular vegetables.

The savvy Urban Survivor should also consider stocking vitamin, mineral and anti-oxidant supplements. One of the best ways to minimize health issues is to build your body’s immune systems with nutritional supplements. However not all nutritional supplements are the same. Virtually everything you buy off-the- shelf is a “food grade” product and not regulated for quality, potency – you are most likely throwing money away. Our plan is stocking six months worth of a pharmaceutical grade daily nutritional supplement. Each month that goes by we buy one month’s supply and place the new order at the back of the shelf. Same as what you should be doing with canned foods and other food stuffs in order to use the oldest item first.
Again, we hope that the reader does not have a requirement to take life saving drugs each and every day. If so, the smart Urban Survivor planning for life after a collapse needs to solve the problem on how they are going to access and store these drugs.

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SOURCE : get-urban-survival-skills.blogspot.ro

Dealing with Common Medical Emergencies when SHTF

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Dealing with Common Medical Emergencies when SHTF

The first rule in any of these commonly occurring situations described is to remain calm, reassure the victim and try to keep them quiet and under control. Then examine the victim as quickly as possible, looking for the cause of the distress. Follow the rules of first aid and begin by examining the victim’s breathing and air passage but remember, the reason you need to be quick is that death might come from a bleeding artery sooner than from a blocked air passage, and you need to be open to all possibilities. [Read more…]

Hunting Animals in the City Post SHTF

The most important thing to know is which animals are poisonous; since there are only a small number in that group, it is easier to commit that list to memory than to try and memorize all the edible animals. Animal size is a consideration and in general, smaller animals are a much better bet than large wild game, not only because the smaller ones are easy to prepare, but also because there are more of them in the city. It is important to know the characteristics and typical behaviors of various kinds of animals. Some questions you’ll want to ask yourself when hunting are: [Read more…]

The Importance of Urban Survival Caches

A Survival Cache is essentially a hidden storage for important survival gear/supplies that you can go to in the event that your home has been destroyed or you’re unable to get home for whatever reason. Caching your supplies is a highly recommended action for several reasons. Just as squirrels bury their nuts before winter to provide food in spring, you too can learn something from nature. Here are a few good reasons for caching:

 

  • If the disaster has destroyed your home and has damaged your main supplies, you’ll have a back up to keep you going.
  • If for any reason your house is looted and ransacked, you can dig up a cache.
  • If you’re forced to leave your home (either by looters or natural disaster), you can live on by digging up a few caches. [Read more…]

How to Survive an Influenza Pandemic

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How to Survive an Influenza Pandemic

Aside from nuclear meltdowns occurring worldwide post TEOTWAWKI, deadly diseases and viruses spreading worldwide is arguably the next biggest danger to humanity. History is wrought with cases of deadly pandemics killing off in some cases up to 50% of a regions population. Governments are currently doing a great job at quarantining outbreaks but every so often a virus becomes pandemic and uncontrollable. If for whatever reason the system responsible for vaccinations/quarantining and viral research falls apart, the population worldwide (especially in large cities) would quickly succumb to deadly pandemics. Fortunately, there are things you can do right now to prepare for such a crisis.

What is a Pandemic
A pandemic by definition is an epidemic of any infectious disease that has spread to humans or animals across a large region (worldwide, or across multiple continents). The deadliest of all pandemics; Malaria is believed to have killed off up to 50% of all humans that have ever lived! Lesser pandemics such as smallpox killed of 92% of the Native Americans. Fortunately our current generation hasn’t had to experience the devastation of a deadly global pandemic but many scientists believe that we’re long overdue. In the last 100 years our population has grown from 1.6 billion to the current day 7 billion, because of the greater density and prevalence of humans, the next deadly pandemic is sure to kill millions, if not billions.

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What is the Influenza Virus
In simple terms the Influenza virus is the yearly flu. Its first case has been described and reported in 412 BC by the Greek physician Hippocrates. About every 10 to 15 years it mutates into something highly virulent and deadly. The Influenza virus is responsible for; the Asiatic Flu, Spanish Flu, Asian Flu, the Hong Kong Flu, and many others. The Influenza virus and its many forms have together killed off 100s of millions or people worldwide. The reason this article will focus on preparing for an Influenza Pandemic is that it’s what’s believed to be the next world wide killer virus to become a pandemic by the worlds leaving virologist.

What to do Before an Influenza Pandemic
Before an influenza pandemic outbreak begins, be sure to do the following:

  • Do research on the virus. Find out what the symptoms are, the mortality rate, where it has currently spread to, treatments. Stay up to date with any news on the pandemic (always question the news though as government authorities tend to place higher value on maintaining authority as oppose to your personal survival).
  • Create a plan with your family/friends/neighbors. This plan should cover decontamination procedures, rally points, safe locations, contact information (phone numbers, addresses), and whatever else you deem necessary.
  • Create a pandemic survival kit. Your kit should contain medicine/medical supplies to deal with a deadly flu (such as nasal/lung decongestants, anti-inflammatory meds, nitrile gloves, sanitizer, face masks, coveralls, extra bedding sheets/blankets, etc.). Your kit should also contain several weeks’ worth of food and water as you’ll want to isolate yourself from others while the virus passes through society. You should also consider personal protection items to secure your home from intruders/looters, consider guns, alarms, razor wire, window bars, and door jams.
  • Have a post pandemic kit. In a worst case scenario, the majority of the population in your area could be dead! Such a scenario could cause absolute chaos; spawning violent gangs, looters, and result in the spread of other infectious problems like Cholera, Botulism, Dysentery, Salmonella, and Typhoid (just to name a few). Not only must you survive the initial pandemic but you’ll also have to survive the outcome of it. You must be prepared to deal with several months of chaos before society returns to an adequate level of peace and stability.
  • Have an urban survival retreat. It could be in the city but ideally you’d want to have your retreat outside the city away from the sick people. Your urban survival retreat should contain all the basic amenities plus an ample supply of food, water, self-defense gear, and general urban survival gear.
  • Boost your immune system. The supplement DHEA has been shown to be effective for this purpose and we recommend it, we also recommend a daily multivitamin supplement. To boost your immune system you should also consider regular exercise, healthy sleep habits, and a healthy diet comprising of mostly plant based foods.

What to do During an Influenza Pandemic
During an influenza pandemic, you’ll need to isolate yourself from the general public for several weeks! To do this, you’ll need an adequate supply of food and water (for 2 weeks – a bare minimum of 28 gallons of water and enough food to make 28 meals per person). Depending on the death rate of the infected you must decide to either remain in the city or to bug out to a survival retreat away from the city. If the death rate is 5% (350 million globally) or over, we suggest leaving the city as it will become a death zone. Regardless of whether or not you bugged out you must be able to remain indoors away from people and be able protect yourself from intruders while the virus makes its way through society.

If you or a loved one happens to contract the virus, you must do everything in your power to treat the illness and not spread it around to others. If you or a loved one has contracted the virus contact your medical authorities immediately as they may be the only hope of survival, depending on the severity. If you’re unable to get help from proper doctors in a hospital, you must treat yourself the way you would treat any other flu.

What to do After an Influenza Pandemic
Even if the pandemic kills 1% of the global population (70 million), the world would be a drastically different place; it could on the other hand end up being like any other seasonal flu and not really do anything at all. Because the severity of a pandemic could be so drastic, you must play the post pandemic as you see fit. On the bad end, you can expect an outbreak of looting, violence, and the collapse of society with the potential of normalcy never coming back. As the old survival adage goes though: “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”. In the event of a collapse, the best thing you can do is get with family, friends, neighbors, and like minded people to set up a small urban survival community to better deal with a society that’s fallen apart.

 

Other useful resources:survivalmd_newcover

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

SOURCE : www.urbansurvivalnetwork.com

 

Refugee Survival Guide

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Refugee Survival Guide

Regardless of how much food you’ve stored or how big your garden is, there’s always the possibility that you’ll have to leave your shelter and venture off into (or out of) the city. The city environment may become violent, hostile and dangerous areas and so how you get around is of utmost importance. This article will cover everything you’ll need to know when it comes to an evacuation and being a refugee.

Many of us have bug out (and bug in) plans. These plans will work in most scenarios but there is always the chance it won’t. Your survival retreat and city could be destroyed… what then? If you’ve prepared you’d have hidden caches of supplies spread out over a large area to counter such an event… most of won’t go that far. [Read more…]

When SHTF, How Long can you Survive Without Food?

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Science has not arrived at any exact formula, but experience has taught a good deal regarding the length of time a person can last without food. That length of time is dependent on a number of variables, as follows:

We know that human beings can survive for many weeks without food, so technically food is not vital in a survival situation. Food deprivation is similar to dehydration in the effects it has on the body long before it finally causes death, such as irritability, weakness, low morale, disorientation, loss of mental clarity and/or judgment.  Other notable physical effects include inability to control fluctuations in body temperature and a weakened immune system.

Water of course is the most essential element we need for survival but food is still high up on the list of critical needs. Going without food for even a short time, even as long as a week, while not long enough to produce starvation, can have many undesirable effects, both physically and mentally. Commonly noted conditions resulting from a lack of food is weakness (both weakness, experienced as a lack of strength and weakness of the immune system), irritability, general lowered morale, disorientation and inability to make good judgment calls, and an inability to control one’s own body temperature so as to increase the persons chances of hypothermia, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Therefore, it is clear that the only way to achieve success as a survivor is to face all the adverse conditions that you may be forced to contend with on a full stomach.

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The Will to Live and Hunger

It is generally accepted that the will to live plays a significant role in survival, regardless of the availability of food. A person’s will to survive can get him through an extended period of food deprivation while another individual who has given up will succumb to starvation much more quickly.

Your general health at the outset

If you’ve been safeguarding your health by sticking to a nutritious diet, you’ll be able to count on those nutrients you’ve consumed to carry you through the initial phase of the survival crisis and you will be able to last longer without food than someone whose diet has not been nutritionally adequate prior to the survival situation.

What your muscle mass provides

When you are starving, your body breaks down your muscle mass to provide both nutrients and calories. However, lean muscle burns calories even when the body is resting.

Your body fat and calories

In a survival situation, a little extra body fat is desirable, because when there isn’t any food, your body fat will step in as a substitute. There are 3600 calories in a pound of human body fat, and depending on the rate the body burns those calories, it will provide energy for about a day and a half.

Metabolism

It varies with each individual. As food deprivation continues, your metabolism will slow down; however, if you’re a person who already had a slow metabolism at the outset, you will be in a more favorable position than others because you will be burning less calories right from the start, and thus will be able to live longer.

The work done under food deprivation

The more work you have to do, the more calories and nutrients your body will burn. So, when under food deprivation, efficiency of motion becomes essential, since the less activity you have to perform, the better your chance of living longer.

Temperature

This plays an important role in the determination of how long you can live under food deprivation, since in both uncomfortably cold and uncomfortably hot environments, the body burns more calories than it typically does. If the temperature is heading to extremes of cold, the body spends the calories trying to keep you warm. If it’s heading to extremes of heat, the body will be releasing valuable electrolytes in the sweat it produces in its effort to keep you cool. You are more prone to heat exhaustion and heat stroke during food deprivation, but since water is always the primary factor in any survival situation, it is even more crucial when enduring food deprivation, because adequate hydration in the absence of food will keep you going longer than if you were facing a simultaneous lack of food and water.

Other useful resources:26

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

 

SOURCE :  www.urbansurvivalnetwork.com

 

The Urban Survival Networks Guide to Eating and Growing Insects

Insects, being the most numerous of any form of life on earth are not only easy to find but easy to catch, and a good source of protein! In fact, the bodies of insects consist of 65-80% protein, whereas only 20 percent of beef is protein. Thus when shit hits the fan insects will prove to be a valuable food source, regardless of how repugnant they may seem.

This recommendation however excludes the following insects from consumption:

  • Adult insects that either sting or bite.
  • Insects that are covered with hair.
  • Insects that are brightly colored.
  • Spiders.
  • Disease-carrying insects like flies, mosquitoes, and ticks, and caterpillars.
  • Any insect that gives off a strong odor. [Read more…]

How to Survive a Winter Storm and Extreme Cold

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Survive a Winter Storm and Extreme Cold

The extremes of winter weather can vary wildly as you traverse the different regions of America, and it is therefore always important to have a winter urban survival kit and plan handy for emergencies.  Depending on where you live, the variations can range from moderate snow for a few short hours to very intense blizzards that leave you completely isolated for days on end.

These kinds of storms along with other types of natural phenomenon can result in strong winds, ice, sleet and freezing rain, leading to a drastic drop in temperatures to very low levels. A winter urban survival kit could save your life.  At times like these, the harsh winter climate can easily disrupt essential services of heat, power and basic communications services of phone lines and internet. Entire regions can become cut off from the rest of the world for a very long time.

The National Weather Service rightly names these kinds of storms “Deceptive Killers”.  The storms themselves are not the leading cause of the ensuing death and destruction of property.  It is the aftermath of the resulting effects of the storms that are so dangerous, such as hypothermia and traffic accidents due to sleet and slippery roads.  It is critically important to be prepared for such times with a nicely detailed winter urban survival kit in your home and automobile.

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm and the Extreme Cold

  • Prepare your urban survival kit by including basic supplies of rock salt, sand and other products to melt ice and improve traction.
  • Make sure you have snow shovels, ice scrapers for car windows and other needed forms of snow removal equipment, depending on the area and terrain of the region in which you live.
  • Have an abundance of extra heating fuel on hand, perhaps in the form of firewood or propane heaters.  Remember, your regional power source may be immobilized for long periods.
  • Essential to your winter urban survival guide is to have a Family Emergency Plan in place, making sure that everyone has a method of contacting one another in case disaster strikes.
  • When Winter Storm Warnings are issued, avoid traveling on the roads and keep informed by listening to National Weather Service broadcasts. Change your plans according to weather updates.
  • Move your pets and livestock to warm, indoor areas and make sure that they have adequate food and water.
  • Check your vehicles for antifreeze, heating controls, brake fluids, and battery maintenance.  Always keep a full tank of gas.
  • Prepare in advance by including enough warm clothing, gloves, hats and blankets in your winter urban survival kit.  Keep a couple of wool blankets in the trunk of your car as well.

 

If you take the necessary precautions of creating a detailed plan in the form of a written urban survival plan and emergency kit, weathering these deadly cold fronts can be significantly less challenging.  Always be aware of your surroundings and provide adequate ventilation for all heating units in your home as well as in your car, should you get stranded in your vehicle.  Carbon Monoxide poisoning is one of the more common killers in these deadly winter storms.

 

Other useful resources:26

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

 

SOURCE : www.urbansurvivalnetwork.com

Urban Survival Food Storage, Rations, and Supply

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Urban Survival Food Storage, Rations, and Supply

If you’ve planned well and have an emergency survival kit that includes food rations, you have a better chance of getting through the survival situation smoothly than those who did not put aside rations for such a contingency. Your food supply will get you through the difficult challenges that will come at you in the initial phase, such as assessing the situation, figuring out an action plan, and considering any natural food sources that might be in the vicinity. Your emergency rations might be all you need, since statistics show that in the majority of survival situations, people are rescued or escape unaided within 72 hours. [Read more…]