Planning for your own health should generally be at the core of virtually any doomsday preppers’ plans. All the food, water, as well as supplies in any part of the world are actually not going to aide you in a catastrophe provided you are not adequately healthy to perform your emergency action plan. People are commonly forced to push theirselves physically immediately after a tragedy due to abrupt challenges and the increased loss of modern-day conveniences. Are you aware that more than seventy thousand Americans wound up with a personal injury warranting a doctors visit in 2008 after shoveling snow.
Moreover, hundreds of those appointments happened to be due to cardiac arrest as reported by the Consumer Products Safety Commission? If this many people are severely injured merely because of shoveling snow, just how many of them could have been competent at running a few miles to refuge or cutting up/lifting rubble for some time. Remaining in good physical condition can give you numerous benefits in emergencies:
Healthy Individuals Tend to Be Less Prone to Health Problems and Medical Conditions
Exercise allows you to decrease the bad cholesterol (LDL) which results in coronary disease and will increase the good cholesterol (HDL) that may protect against heart related illnesses. Individuals that work out regularly are likely to decrease their risk of serious health issues and infirmities which actually could easily develop to be serious issues in a crisis.
Exercise Enhances Your Overall Strength
Planning for a disaster should always consist of getting ready for the heightened physical demands of an unexpected emergency. The more you engage in physical activity and build your all-around degree of physical fitness at this time, the more you will be able to take on when calamity happens in the future. By building up your endurance and strength through regular physical exercise, you can expect increase your personal autonomy in a disaster.
Bodily Exercise Enhances Your Mind
An individual’s mental wellness will sharpen with consistent workouts as well. Physical activity in many cases can be a powerful antidepressant as well as can decrease the symptoms of depression. Maintaining strong mental wellness is imperative during the stressful situations generated in a disaster. Staying nimble physically will most likely help you stay agile mentally, they are both essential to your security in an emergency.
Act by committing to make your health a priority as you plan for a serious event. Start modestly by doing little things like walking around your area to better acquaint yourself with your environment. Create aspirations for yourself based on your current day circumstances and crisis plan. It may be the most significant prepping endeavor you do in your life.
In the days and hours, leading up to a disaster is not the time to try to build your emergency food cache. Grocery and other retail stores will be clogged with procrastinators in the hours before the disaster is expected to strike, which may mean you will leave empty handed. Many storms are seasonal and everyone generally knows the time of year they can expect one, and then there are the ones that can strike without warning such as earthquakes or dam and levee failures. In other words, a devastating disaster can strike at anytime and if you are not prepared that makes it even more devastating.
Doomsday preppers and even governmental agencies recommend at least a 72-hour supply of emergency food. However, in some cases, the storm itself can rage for 72 hours, and then during the aftermath you may be facing days without utilities so it is recommended you have at least a 14-day supply of emergency food cached. You will eat more than you have planned on and you may need to help a friend or neighbor so your best calculations on how long the food will last are probably wrong. A 14-day supply gives you that added margin of error to cover unforeseen events.
Obviously, any emergency food cache cannot contain any foods that require refrigeration. Additionally, you must think about how much preparation the food requires. Without electricity and/or gas you will be left without a cooking range, so alternative means of cooking must be considered. Dehydrated foods while, they have an extended shelf life, up to 30 years in some cases unopened, do require water to reconstitute the foods and a means to boil water. Water may be in short supply, as well as fuel for cooking so keep this in mind.
Canned foods can be eaten without heating and can be literally eaten out of the can although you are limited on variety. To have a well balanced diet you would have to cache multiples of cans. Expect a one-year shelf life from date of purchase on most canned goods. Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s) are another option, the shelf life for military issued and civilian MRE’s is between five and seven years. You have a variety from which to choose from and they do not require water or heating in their preparation. However, the packages can be immersed in hot water for heating of the food. The MRE packages typically contain a variety of common condiments, gum and matches in some cases, along with eating utensils.
Storage is important and if possible do not store all of your emergency food cache in one place. If you have a break-in or your home is damaged you may lose your entire supply. If you have any outbuildings, or even underground storage it is recommended you split up your cache. Do not advertise you are well stockpiled because this will only draw unnecessary attention. Strangers, neighbors and even friends will seek those they know are prepared during a disaster. Even friends and neighbors can become desperate in a crisis and do things they would never consider under normal circumstances.
Doomsday preppers can learn emergency response skills by taking part in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training through their local government. The CERT program has expanded nationally over the past two decades since it was first started by the Los Angeles Fire Department in the 1990s. Currently, almost all large communities participate in the CERT program through their local fire and police departments.
Most communities offer CERT training periodically throughout the year and it is free to the public. Preppers must register for the course in advance and commit to taking the entire course. The training is typically given over a seven week period and meets one night a week for 2.5 hours. The training course consists of the following:
Emergency Preparation: Trainees are shown the risks that are present within their area that could present problems in the future. Instruction is given to students on how to prep for and react to disasters. Additionally, preppers are given an overview of the CERT philosophy and concept of organization.
Emergency Search and Rescue Procedures: Individuals are taught about the logistics of search and rescue procedures including instruction on forming plans, utilizing the right techniques and protecting oneself.
Emergency Fire Containment: Individuals are instructed on fire safety and the use of fire extinguishers. CERT students will be taught how to assess situations and will even use fire extinguishers to put out fires.
Medical Emergency Procedures: Instruction is given on how to administer first aid in emergency situations.
Emergency Psychology and Team Makeup: Instruction is given in this session on how to properly organize and manage CERT operations including the correct way to keep records. In addition, students will learn about the effect of an emergency on victims and workers’ psyche.
Final Overview and Disaster Simulation: In the last meeting, individuals will given one final overview of their emergency response skills then go through a full disaster simulation where they will put all the thing they have learned on the seven week course.
Once the training has been completed, preppers will be offered the opportunity to join the CERT program. Those who join the program will have the opportunity to refine their emergency response skills with professional responders while also helping their community in a times of need. Even if individuals decided not to join CERT, they will leave with training with the skills to better ensure their safety in a disaster. As an additional incentive for participants to become CERT members, many communities provide them with emergency response tool kits.