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5 minutes I have seen and read many posts over the years about adding or using medicines meant for pets during preparedness or survival situations. Now, I am not going to go all out... The post The 22 Medications You Need in Your Personal Stockpile NOW! appeared first on...
I have seen and read many posts over the years about adding or using medicines meant for pets during preparedness or survival situations. Now, I am not going to go all out and say that you shouldn’t do this or go this route, but there are several problems with this. I am also going to provide you with what I believe is a better solution.
The first problem that arises is the expiration data and shelf life of medicines. The biggest factor in this is that some medicines can as they degrade become toxic. Other medicines contain preservatives that may allow bacteria to grow once the preservative is no longer effective.
In addition, during survival situations – scavenging comes to mind and where we tend to find most medicines throughout most homes (the bathroom) is not the ideal place to store medicine. The heat and humidity is not ideal and makes the medicines degrade faster.
What is interesting is that the Department of Defense had the Federal Drug Administration test some drugs for what is known as the Shelf Life Extension Program (SLEP). It has been found that the shelf life of some drugs can be extended. Though not all drugs, and the drugs tested were kept in their original containers – unopened and in optimal temperature and humidity conditions. NOTE: When you obtain a prescription drug at the pharmacy and they place it into a medication bottle – that is not the original container.
Some other life-saving drugs have been found to degrade after the expiry date, such as EpiPen’s and Insulin. Nitroglycerin decreases in potency quickly once the bottle is opened. Most vaccines and biologicals such as blood products also degrade quickly after their expiration dates.
If any medicine has become powdery, crumbly, caked, has a strong smell, cloudy, or has dried up it should be discarded and not used.
During normal situations if you have medicine at home and you need to take it and the medicine is expired no evidence has been found that it would be unsafe to take. Though, it would be best to acquire a new prescription as soon as possible.
Research does show that medicines past their expiration date do and will degrade in potency over time. Under ideal conditions and in original containers within the military stockpile medications have been shown to retain as much as 90 percent of their potency. Though most household conditions do not meet these standards.
The second problem is that pet based medicines were not included in these studies. Now some of the medications may be the same thing, but as I said I have a better solution for you.
If you can, start your own stockpile of medicines. This may cost you some money out of pocket but you will have them when you need them. The good news is, most of the medications I will be recommending have been found to have no failures when tested and typically can have a long shelf life.
In addition to the medicines I recommend you should consider obtaining and even storing some of the medicine you may need on a regular basis. This may be easier said than done, since most drug insurance programs limit the amount you can obtain. So, you may have to get creative or even pay out of pocket to establish your supply.
The government does even recommend you keep a small extra supply of medicine in case of a disaster. Try telling that to your insurance company though. Some things you can do to get creative in this area:
1. Tell them you lost your medication while on a weekend trip.
2. Tell them you need an extended supply for a trip.
3. Try telling them you need extra in case of an emergency.
4. Purchase the extra month- 3 months’ worth from the pharmacy.
Some insurance programs will give you up to three months’ worth of medicine if you purchase through a mail order program. Ask them.
Once you are successful in obtaining ‘extra’ medicine it is important that you store them properly and rotate them. So, as you get new prescriptions filled, store those and take the ones you were holding onto in case of an emergency.
Now, here is an extensive list of medications to obtain for your own Disaster Preparedness Supply. Please do your own research on usage, dosages and contraindications.
NOTE: These and all medications listed are intended for your preparedness stockpile. If you become sick during normal times and you need medication go to your doctor and obtain a prescription. If you have the medicine and can swap out of your stockpile even better.
1. Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) 500 mg – 750 mg tabs – 750 mg is a high dosage, but if you can get it go with that one. Otherwise get the 500 mg. Reasons to have: It can treat a wide variety of ailments but can also treat Anthrax, Plague, Travelers Disease, Cholera, Tularemia, Typhoid, Pneumonia, Infectious Diarrhea, and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s). In the event of a major outbreak, epidemic, or even pandemic supplies may be short and allocated to certain individuals. I do not recommend for prophylactic use just to have in case of real sickness. Please review contraindications of use on your own.
2. Bactrim DS (trimethoprim/sulfa methazole) 160/800 mg tabs This is another Cover it all antibiotic agent. Good for UTI’s, pneumonia, bite wounds and MRSA skin infections.
3. Amoxicillin 500 mg tabs – This is good for Upper Respiratory Infections, UTI, Bronchitis, skin or soft tissue infections, Pneumonia, and Lyme Disease.
4. Flagyl (Metronidazole) – 500 mg tabs This covers Giardiasis (Beaver Fever)
5. Azithromycin – If you can get it I recommend adding a couple of 3-day and/or 5-day Dose Packs for each member of the family. Good for Pertussis and Pertussis Prophylaxis, URI, Bronchitis, and several STD’s.
Topical Creams and Ointments:
1. Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Neomycin, Polymyxin B Sulfates, Bacitracin Zinc, Neosporin,) – A good cure-all for topical based infections. While I like creams and ointments, I had a wound specialist doctor share with me that the Neosporin cream is better than the ointment. It helps promote faster healing and reduces scaring. He seemed to be correct and I primarily use this now.
2. Lamisil or Tinactin Cream – Antifungal. Athletes foot, Jock itch, Ring Worm
3. Lotrisone (Betamethasone/Clotrimazole) – prescription strength Antifungal (covers entire body)
4. Hydrocortisone Cream – Great for skin rashes, bug bites/stings, and itchy skin.
5. Silver Sulfadiazine (SSD) – For preventing and treating skin infections after second and third degree burns. Targets multiple types of bacteria and yeast.
1. Imodium (loperamide) – The best solution for diarrhea.
1. Zofran (ondansetron) – Anti-Vomiting.
1. Aspirin 325 mg tabs – Aspirin is often overlooked these days, but 2 tabs or 650 mg works great for relieving most aches and pains.
2. Ibuprofen – Another good choice for aches pains and minor to moderate injuries. Also, helpful at reducing fever.
3. Tylenol (acetaminophen) – Another good choice for minor to moderate injuries, aches and pains. Fever reducer.
4. Oxycodone 5 mg – Narcotic – is great for major injuries, but will require a prescription and is a heavily restricted narcotic.
5. Codeine 30 mg – Narcotic – Good for moderate pain but again a prescription is required.
NOTE: For high and prolonged fever, you can give both Ibuprofen and Tylenol together at every six and four hours respectively.
1. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) – is an antihistamine for treating sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, cold and allergy symptoms and mild allergic reactions. (severe allergic reactions will require a shot). Will cause dizziness and drowsiness (sleepiness).
2. Neosporin Antiseptic Spray – easy to use spray that offers both antiseptic properties and pain relief. Topical use only.
3. FlexSEAL – Spray on water tight bandage. Great for quickly covering minor cuts and scrapes.
4. New-Skin – Liquid bandage – waterproof.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide.
As mentioned previously, some of these may be difficult to obtain unless you have a prescription from your doctor. If you have a close trusted relationship with your doctor you may be able to ask and explain why you wish to obtain these. Additionally, you may want to consider adding a doctor to your preparedness group if you have one and have them help you gather the needed supplies for your group.
If you do not belong to a preparing group, now is a good time to start considering one and looking for good people like a doctor or pharmacist to join you.
All the information in this post are based on survival and preparedness and not considered medical advice. As with any medical situation you should always seek out proper medical advice. We recommend consulting with your doctor before proceeding
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3 minutesStriking images of utter destruction caused by the likes of Katrina, Irma and other catastrophic hurricanes may lead some to believe that not much can be done to protect property from such a powerful... The post 5 Expert Tips to Survive a Hurricane appeared first on...
Striking images of utter destruction caused by the likes of Katrina, Irma and other catastrophic hurricanes may lead some to believe that not much can be done to protect property from such a powerful storm.
However, essential steps can be taken to minimize a hurricane’s impact on your home.
- Guard your windows
Entry points like doors and windows are the weakest and most vulnerable parts of your home during a major storm. Boarding up windows with storm shutters or plywood greatly reduces the likelihood of shattering.
“This is one of the most important things you can do, considering a broken window would leave the rest of your home [exposed] to wind, rain and flying debris,” said Roman Zrazhevskiy, founder and chief executive officer of Ready To Go Survival.
Installing impact-resistant windows is another effective, albeit costlier, option.
“The design makes your windows perform much like a windshield, cracking into spider web patterns when hit, but not completely shattering,” said Frank Klavon, president of glass repair and replacement services company Glass Doctor.
Plywood is fairly inexpensive, and when installed properly, it can hold up just as well as traditional storm shutters against hurricane-force winds.
Although some people opt for taping windows, experts advise against this method, which provides only a false sense of security and the opportunity for larger, deadlier pieces of glass to enter a home.
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- Protect property from flood damage
Flooding is the most common natural disaster and can occur anywhere. When hurricanes carry drenching rainfall and deadly storm surge ashore, the chances that your home will experience some type of flood damage will skyrocket.
Before hurricanes strike, people often wait in line for hours to obtain sandbags that can be placed around their home’s entrances. Experts recommend piling up sandbags at least 2 feet high as an effective barricade against floodwaters.
“If you cannot acquire sandbags on short notice, fill a few heavy-duty garbage bags one-third of the way with water and place them side by side to supplement,” Zrazhevskiy said.
It’s also a good idea to park your vehicle on higher ground, if possible, before water rises.
Keep in mind that if you evacuate, your home might be flooded, to some extent, when you return.
“Think about unplugging all of your household electronics and appliances [as well as] shutting off electricity to prevent electrical surge or potential electrocution if your home were to be flooded,” said Melanie Hart, senior underwriter for USAA.
Ensuring that both your home and vehicle are insured against flood damage will help ease the financial stress of disaster recovery should flooding occur.
- Secure loose objects
Outdoor objects surrounding your home can become deadly airborne missiles when swept up by a hurricane’s strong winds, potentially damaging you or your neighbors’ properties.
“[Ensure that you] pick up, tie down or secure anything that could become a projectile with high winds,” Hart said.
“Think about trimming trees to reduce any falling limbs and cleaning up things around your home and yard like potted plants, lawn furniture and children’s toys, so that they don’t get picked up by wind,” she added.
- Prepare appliances for power outages
A lightning strike, short circuit or a downed electrical pole can cause your home’s power voltage to soar to hundreds, or even thousands, of volts, said Doug Rogers, president of appliance repair company Mr. Appliance.
“It lasts only a millisecond but can do some serious damage to your expensive kitchen appliances,” Rogers said. “While unplugging some appliances may be an option, purchasing a surge protector may be a better choice.”
Surge protectors help to protect your electrical devices from voltage spikes caused by surges. Rogers said that surge protectors are a more practical option than unplugging appliances days before the storm.
“The food in your refrigerator will likely spoil, and dishwashers and ovens are often directly wired to the electrical supply, so a consumer may not be able to unplug those devices,” Rogers said.
- Create a home inventory
Knowing exactly what items are in your home is critical to post-storm recovery in the event that your home or belongings are damaged. It’s as simple as snapping cell phone photos of the contents in each of your home’s rooms.
“Recording the item number or serial number will help you recover after the storm when you’re filing a claim with your insurance company,” Hart said.
Some insurers make the process easier by offering free home inventory apps.
“Trying to remember everything you have will be a challenge for most people, as they’re also taking on the [emotional part of] dealing with recovery,” Hart said.
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1 minuteJon and I have been working hard on our new Homestead and are in the midst of installing a 6×9’ Greenhouse we got at Harbor Freight. A cheaper option for the financially frugal prepper... The post DIY – Harbor Freight Greenhouse appeared first on...
Jon and I have been working hard on our new Homestead and are in the midst of installing a 6×9’ Greenhouse we got at Harbor Freight. A cheaper option for the financially frugal prepper with space limitations. Lets face it, focusing on prepping and stocking supplies for the possible end of society as we know it can get expensive! There are areas where being smart financially will allow you to do more in other areas. We got our greenhouse on sale for a steal of a price at $199 so definitely shop around and watch for good deals. With the addition of a good solid base of 4×4 pressure treated wood (instructions called for 4×6 but you can cut cost and easily use 4x4s and still have a solid base) and wood beam shelving on the inside. It makes for a great solid greenhouse for the prepper who does not have a lot of backyard space. We plan to transition our seed starts into the greenhouse, and are planning to have plants during the winter months growing and possibly producing. Stay tuned for updates and more pictures ahead. We also are in the process of starting an aquaponic system in the garage.
At our old place we had built the same greenhouse and had great success with growing lettuces in it to the point that we were having fresh salads daily as long as we kept rotating our lettuce stock. Also be careful not to get your lettuce too hot or they will bolt. We also did really well with herbs in it like basil and cilantro.
Consider a greenhouse to move more towards sustainable living. You can grow all the food you need for you and your family.
Wishing your survival family good prepping until next time, Prepper Jon and Mandy
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1 minuteWater and fire were two important considerations when looking into your new place to expand your survival life and homestead. Growing up backpacking and camping taught me the true importance of fire and water. ... The post Fire is life on the homestead appeared first on...
Water and fire were two important considerations when looking into your new place to expand your survival life and homestead. Growing up backpacking and camping taught me the true importance of fire and water. Fire has kept me warm and fed while water has kept me hydrated and is an important ingredient when cooking and keeping things clean. Our new homestead has a lot of downed wood and a wood burning stove and is set on a seasonal river that runs most months out of the year. We also are on a well and the water table is not in threat of running dry anytime soon, there are about 27 billion cubic meters of water. It is important to consider how you will stay warm, cook your food and have water to clean with. Instead of the dread that downed wood clean up could bring for some, we are just happy to have the wood available to sustain our family and the wood stove to warm our home, even if it means more work. Now that we are here it is a matter of actually doing something with all the down wood which led us to buying our first chainsaw and the soon delivery of our first log splitter. Once the log splitter arrives we will post more on splitting our logs.
While trying to decide on what chainsaw to buy we learned that Stihl and Husky were some of the best brands available in the business for long lasting performance. Stihl seems to be good for all around wood work and limbing while Husky is good for big logging type projects. We have some big logs to tackle but didn’t want to deal with the weight of a longer chainsaw blade and were more drawn to the Stihl performance record. Jon opted for a 24” Stihl and so far it has been a good investment. Bigger blades are not necessarily better and there is something to be said about getting enough to do the job. We need a good ax but are on our way to a good winter supply.
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