How to Stay Healthy When SHTF

A leg tensor bandage being applied outdoors

In a crisis, common injuries can compromise otherwise healthy individuals. To minimize downtime, keep on hand supplies for sprains and strains. This includes compression bandages small enough for ankles and larger ones for knees or shoulders, as well as ankle and knee braces and slings for injured arms and collarbones. Using compression bandages limits the body’s ability to swell, keeping valuable fluids in circulation rather than concentrated around a sprain. Also keep a supply of instant ice packs to limit pain and swelling, casting bandages in case of closed fractures and a pair of crutches so the injured are not immobile.

The next step is to prepare for common health situations. First and foremost, a simple case of diarrhea can kill in a crisis situation. Dehydration occurs quickly leading to unconsciousness and death. In most cases of diarrhea, the body is expelling a toxin, so do not take an anti-diarrheal. Instead, stock up on oral rehydration salts or waters with added electrolytes such as Pedialyte to replenish what is lost. Another common event is an allergic reaction to a medicine, toxin or organic material in the field. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be taken to calm the body’s reaction and can also be used for anxiety and insomnia. Persons with known severe allergies (anaphylactic shock) should keep several Epi-pens.

All the food and guns in the world won’t protect you from illness.  Keep these points in mind when preparing.