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It is not uncommon for preppers of any age to be ridiculed, made fun of and sometimes called “crazy” for need to be prepared. Preparedness is something that when looked at logically is just common sense. Unfortunate things happen to million of people every single year and those that are better preparedness will be able to handle many of these events better than those that are not.
That’s not crazy.
There are many conditions that people can find themselves in and being prepared will prove beneficial. Lets take a look at just a few:
Unemployment – Unless you live in a bubble you know of the extreme unemployment that this country has gone through. Literally millions of people over the past few years have found themselves out of work and faced with answering the question “How will I feed my family?”
Hurricane – Should a hurricane effect your area and power is lost for several days or several weeks you will be faced with many challenges.
Terrorist Attack – Imagine a scenario where several small low-yield nuclear weapons are detonated in a few highly populated cities across the country. Likely transportation will be GREATLY effected as well as the ability to conduct normal financial transactions depending upon where the bombs go off. Bottom line is our delicate complex system of commerce will be shutdown or at least slowed down greatly. This deserves a post of its own.
The above 3 scenarios range from the very common to the least likely. Regardless – having extra food, water, medical supplies, fuel, etc. on hand would make dealing with such events much better.
If you are reading this you likely do not need convincing that prepping is OK and the right thing to do. If you are confronted by friends and family about why you have so much food there is one way to respond that I and many others have use successfully. Ask them the question – “Have you ever seen food prices go down over time?” Of course they will answer “No.” Then simply say “Well, I buy in bulk when it is on sale so I can pay less now rather than more later – makes sense doesn’t it?”
Ever had to deal with a friend or family member criticize your steps to preparedness?
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This is a decent video describing some basic preparedness steps for “seasoned citizens”. It can be viewed at its original location HERE.
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Originally posted at ModernSurvivalOnline - http://modernsurvivalonline.com/guest-post-prepping-for-older-people-and-those-with-health-issues/
Many people are beginning to wake up to the fact that things are not right or normal in our world any longer. They see the writing on the wall and know they need to make some preparations for the difficult times ahead. Older people are no exception, especially since they have the experience of a previous depression. Things are different now, they no longer live in a rural setting or have resources they previously did, and many are overwhelmed with the logistics of how to prepare at this stage in their lives. Overall, preppers tend to be young, healthy, viable and ready to take on anything. But what about prepping for those who are older, those who have health concerns and or the ones that can’t do it all themselves?
My son, one of our crucial defenders in our group, is a Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetic and after his 6 months’ supply of insulin is gone (about all it is possible to stockpile) it is questionable what will happen. I wrote to Dr. Bones (Doom & Bloom) and he is in the same position with his son and says it doesn’t look good for those who are insulin dependent. We’re planning for barter, stocking silver to use in the black-market or an underground economy. I also have to consider my mother who is Type 2 (insulin-resistant) diabetic and not in good health in other ways.
I was asked by friends just the other day how to begin preparing and I suggested that they begin by making a list of everything that they use in a week and then think about what they will do when it is no longer possible to run down to the store for more. The list will contain medications, toilet paper, food, water, cooking, sanitation, hygiene and transportation – the prep list as we all know is endless! But I encouraged them to start small, which will help them eventually wrap their mind around the enormity of the situation. After making their list, I suggest they begin with purchasing and setting aside items for 72 hours, and then continue preparing for two weeks, one month, three months etc. as well as preparing a skedaddle bag to grab if they need to leave their house.
Along with basic necessities, safety and security will be a huge consideration for all, especially older, more vulnerable people, as there will be those wanting to take whatever they can from anyone. So I mentioned that they think of what to do when the basic services of police, fire and hospital are no longer available. I suggested that they take a gun class and a self-defense course. I also discussed getting mace along with a gun and ammunition if they are comfortable with this, learn evasion tactics, and secure their home against possible invasion. Next to consider what they will do when it is no longer safe to stay in their home.
Unfortunately many older people will find it difficult if not impossible to prepare alone, and I believe that working together with like-minded individuals or a family group is going to be critical to survival for older people as well as the rest of us. We would be more than willing to welcome into our group a prepared person who could help with storing up supplies and planning, who would prepare to bug out to our location and then help out once there. But instead I find myself preparing for elderly relatives who scorn my plans now and will be of little help if they are able to get to our location.
If you are prepping for elderly people in your group or helping an older person prepare, consider these areas:
Health – Stock up on critical medications and make plans for refrigeration if necessary – FRIO packs keep medications cool for 72 hours and can be reactivated using only water. Investigate lifestyle changes that can make many medications unnecessary. Learning about herbal preparations that you can grow and make yourself is a valuable craft. Learn about wound care and prevention – foot care for diabetics is critical – have the basic supplies to treat bedsores, blisters and wounds before they develop into a serious, life threatening infection. First and foremost, improving your health is the best way to prepare!
Sanitation – They may not be able to get to the outhouse, so a bedside commode will be necessary. Either stock up on incontinence supplies or plan to have a large supply of old sheets and towels and a way to wash and sanitize these with bleach. Clay cat litter, lime and wood ashes all help absorb waste odors.
Equipment – Obtain necessary equipment such as cane, walker or crutches, items handy to have around just in case. Install grab bars where needed. Obtain pans for bathing, water pitchers, plenty of plastic sheets or tarps to protect beds and the surrounding areas, a bedpan or bedside commode, etc. Many of these items can be found at thrift stores.
Nutrition – They may need soft foods, nutritional drinks, vitamins and possibly dietary fiber.
Safety – Plan and include them in the safety drills and preparation, educate them on where to go and what to do to stay out of the way during an invasion or attack. They can also reload gun clips and in some cases provide back-up fire power while sitting at a window.
Death – As difficult as it is to think about, there will be a huge loss of life and we have to mentally prepare for this. The chronically ill and the elderly will succumb first. The lack of basic necessities, let alone shortage of comforts, running out of medication and lack of health care, predators and severe conditions will make survival difficult for all and impossible for many.
When death does occur, wrap the body in a sheet and bury as soon as possible in a hole no less than 5 feet deep, high calcium hydrated lime will keep the smell down and aid decomposition, put rocks on top of the body to prevent wild animals from getting into the grave site, and fill with dirt, mounding for future settling, and disguise the area with brush and rocks.
There is no doubt that challenging times are ahead of us, and it is possible for an older person to prepare, but the chance of survival is much better if they can do it in a group situation. It’s also important to remember that mental preparedness is as important as physical, and your attitude is everything!
[From Rourke: I was honored to be mentioned in a local Florida publication - www.tropictied.com. Here is the article.]
By Linda Leonardy
I have been wondering lately just why I seem to have this great need to prepare. At first I could not even acknowledge to myself just what it was I felt like I needed to prepare for.
Somewhere in between the unrealistic Reality TV shows on the subject and the doomsday direction of the news media was a warning that struck at the heart of my core belief system. It started with an interest in reading the shelf life of the items as I made my selections every time I went to the grocery store. It progressed to choosing BOGO offerings & putting one up for a rainy day. The way the economy was going it was already raining, what was I saving for a deluge?
Regrettably like others of my generation I find myself on the down hill side of 60, divorced and without a dragon to guard the gate. In what ever happens in these turbulent times I am going to have to be very creative and plan ahead. With that affirmation to myself I sat on a quest to do what I thought would be a little plan ahead activity and soon discovered what is today an entire lifestyle. I found myself spending endless hours surfing the internet trying to resolve the puzzle into something practical that at the very least masqueraded as realistic.
Well after much soul searching I at least have uncovered the hole in the direction most of the information I can find has smack dab in the middle of it. There is a lot of validity out there that is for sure. Planning for life at any level is the best of strategies. I myself am a goal setter from way back. What I couldn’t rationalize is why I felt like the information available, albeit by the young and the strong who will inherit this planet seemed off key.
I am certain that many of the folks who are Preppers have had some kind of wake up call or they themselves have experienced something abroad that has them working overtime to make a secure life for themselves and their families. So with some soul searching I thought it might assist those who know far more than me in perfecting their strategize if I shared with them what it really felt like to have to prepare for nuclear annihilation and the end of the world as you know it right here in our own back yard. Perhaps it is the bedtime story that their mother’s never told them. Or even more likely, perhaps most of the country just didn’t even know or really experience the real life horror of the events.
Let me take you back in time. It is 1962 and a lazy summer in a small, wealthy coastal town on Florida’s east coast. The winter seasonal homes were all closed up & the tourist were gone. We were busy making plans for a car trip to Cypress Gardens. Since my father’s family had been in Florida for more that 5 generations little concern was ever given to Hurricanes. They were a respected way of life and daddy always knew what to do. By the time I was a teenager even I had experienced my share. So when I would walk into a room and see the worried looks on the adults faces and catch phrases like Bay of Pigs it was becoming a moderate concern. The group of teenagers I grew up with had been pretty much together since grade school & it seemed like I was not the only one who was experiencing these strange adult behavior’s. Summer came to it’s inevitable end and excitement centered on preparation for my sophomore year in high school and the concern over my parent’s behavior became forgotten.
The events of that year no doubt effected the decisions that I would make the rest of my life. I was 14. My greatest concerns were passing drivers education and getting that coveted learners permit. When October arrived the small group of friends I grew up with spent most of their time, when not involved in their studies, planning sock hops & football game pep rallies. You can imagine that when a general assembly was announced over the loud speaker for all the students to meet in the auditorium that we thought something wonderful and fun was in store. Not so!
The principal came to the microphone and announced we all were going to begin a special level of education that would begin with a film series accompanied by a variety of evacuation drills that would be a bit more intense than the previous fire drills we were so use to. With that the lights dimmed, the projector rolled and my perception of a secure life was changed forever. We sat for what seemed hours and stared in horror at nuclear attack and devastation. When the lights came up the entire auditorium was in absolute silence. We were asked if there were any questions. I do not remember if there were. But emblazoned in my brain to this day are the images of the mushroom cloud, the trees bursting into flame and the startled deer disintegrating before your eyes. It was of course compounded as the series of films continued. The evacuation drills ramped up and we were loaded onto busses that would never hold the whole student population, and driven the 20 miles home and then back to school to see if it could be accomplished. When the authorities discovered it could not, those of us that lived outside the 3 mile walk home range were issued body tags with little wire wraps that we had to carry on us at all times. It was one of the first things I disposed of when I graduated from high school!
As October started closing in on Halloween I became aware of the fact that my father, who was a city council man, was suddenly going to a lot more meetings and that my mother was accompanying him. Suddenly it was October 25th and President Kennedy was going to DEFCON 2. When the island of Cuba is so close that you knew your grandmother use to go over in its days of glory to enjoy the tropical nightlife, you just have a hard time assimilating the knowledge that it is a precursor to your own personal sense of doom! I had shared class with a shy Phys Ed partner whose family had escaped, her father was a physician as I recall, and she had regaled me with stories about how they had got out in time. But, wow, now we were talking about would we reach adult hood, fall in love, marry and be able to have children. Home Economics had spent hours explaining to the girls the ramifications of radiation fall out on the reproduction system. On Friday morning the 26th of October, my mother came into my bedroom as I was preparing for school. I remember the experience as if it were yesterday and it was almost 50 years ago! She sat on the edge of my bed, most unlike her and said she needed to talk to me. She told me she was keeping me home from school that day. I could do what I wanted as long as I stayed very close to home. She didn’t want to alarm me. As if she could at that point. I do not believe we ever spoke of all the efforts going on by the school system. I don’t think she even knew. But she said the city had been on Martial Law standby. The town had assigned various tasks to the towns people and that the government would notify them if the plans put in place needed to be activated. I only knew about this of course becausemy parents were involved, these meeting and planning had been done very quietly so not to upset the towns population. It had been determined that South Florida in all likely hood would be a direct target hit. There would be mass evacuation and the South Florida population would run out of gas and arrive on our door step all at once if they got out at all. Therefore a huge amount of preparation had gone under way to mitigate this event. The important thing she wanted me to know was she had been assigned to drive a rescue vehicle and I was assigned with her. She was a clever woman, having lived thru the great depression unscathed and taken care of my sister through the trial and tribulations of World War II. In the great scheme of things and hindsight being what it is there had not been that much subsequent time. She had determined in her almighty wisdom that it would be far safer for me to be with her doing something productive then to sit at home hiding. So there I was all of 14 years old reevaluating dating and driving to needing to stay alive in order to grow up so I could.
I do not really recall much about Saturday October 27th, 1962 except that I went outside to watch the sunset. I remember saying a small prayer. I remember thanking God for the day and letting him know I would take very good care of all the days that would come. We continued however to have those evacuation drills from time to time through out my High School Years and we continued to have the films, with maybe a little less intensity, or maybe I just grew up. Either way I have appreciated every day the freedom that this great country of ours has given us. How ever I fear the faint rumbling of the thunder is signaling stormy waters ahead.
We need to always be prepared but perhaps again now more then in the recent past. Somehow I feel it in my bones. But then there isn’t a multi generational Floridian alive that hasn’t always had a shelf full of non perishables and a way to put up extra water. We know what it fells like without air conditioning and if you run out of mosquito repellent after a storm. But some how now we need to be thinking a bit broader, you know just in case. But with some practicality. If my youth experience has taught me anything, it is that unless you really are in a target zone and you may not live to react to it, in reality it is more feasible to look around and make where you are as survivable as possible. Even a total economic collapse will have the same ramifications but without the fallout. I do not know enough about modern day survival, I wish I did. But I am totally certain that the jump in the car bug out is only going to take you to a less familiar place, with all the same problems, maybe more then was left behind. I truly wish I knew how to implement what is available today with the experiences of a lifetime I have lived with, but I do not. I am however working on it.
I was happy to see that you have launched the new Seasoned Preppers Website. This is a first as far as I know.
I am qualified to make some comments as I am soon to be 73 and my wife is one year my junior. Fortunately both my wife and I are relatively healthy although my wife does have some pain issues that we have tried to plan for when the SHTF.
Although I am a little weary of all the gloom and doom predictions I do feel that a total financial collapse could happen anytime. There is one salient point that seems to be missing when trying to convince people that being prepared is a good thing and that it makes perfect sense. In case they haven’t noticed inflation is on an upward spiral especially in fuel and groceries. Most anything you buy today will cost more tomorrow so why not stock up today and save the money. Example, three jars of Mayonnaise last year cost $8.00. This year the same mayonnaise cost is $16.00. Most mayonnaise can sit on the shelf for well over a year (in a controlled environment). I don’t know about most folks but we use more than three jars per year.
When we can go to Big Lots and get name brand stewed tomatoes for 50¢ a can we buy a dozen cans. This ain’t rocket science. Thanks to my wife, taking advantage of a two for one sale, coupons and special buys we have managed to accumulate a considerable larder. This may not qualify as survival food but why would anyone pay $4.50 for a bag of Lays reduced fat potato chips when you can get them for $2.25 a bag on a two for one sale. I have bags of chips that expired in December that when opened are as fresh as the day they were placed in the bag. To supplement our canned food we have purchased long-term storage food and we have an electric/hand-operated wheat grinder, my wife knows how to use it too. We store water in used grape juice bottles, toilet paper, coffee/tea, pain relievers, wipes and soap etc. We also can some things from the garden.
At my age I cannot run a marathon but I can fire a weapon, and will without hesitation, should that ever become necessary to protect my family or property. Based on the above assumption that we will most likely live to see a threatening period, I did purchase a Glock 19 handgun, a Mini-14 with an excellent scope and I already owned a pump 12-gage shotgun. I have several hundred rounds for each weapon. If I cannot fend off intruders with several hundred rounds, 10,000 rounds will not do me any good. We keep some cash at home and we own a little gold and silver. However, food and clean water will be the most valuable items to have on hand.
One huge advantage we have is that my wife is a retired nurse practitioner. Besides having the medical knowledge she has assembled a first aid/trauma kit that might be a lifesaver during any emergency.
I will never be interested in night vision equipment, acquiring the knowledge on the applications of Thermite, or traveling to a bug-out location. This is where we live and here we will die if it ever comes to that. I have learned many interesting and helpful things on yours and other survival oriented Websites and feel that I still have lots to learn. We are, however, much better prepared for challenging times than most anyone we know. We sleep better at night knowing when the lights go out we can breakout the little propane burner, build a fire in the stove and light the oil lamps. I sure am going to miss fresh milk, bananas and a hot shower.
Getting started in gardening does not have to involve a full sized tiller, tons of weeding, shoveling and back breaking work. I have discovered that lettuce is one of the easiest crops to grow.
This video shows how you can grow a variety of lettuce types in a container. This video discusses making a “salad bowl” array consisting of several types of lettuce.
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It doesn’t take a ton of money to get prepared. Many of us – “seasoned citizens” or not live on a tight budget. I took a trip to my local Wally-World to check out some inexpensive supplies that can be purchased for less than $10.00.
Here are a few:
- Batteries – Needed for flashlights, radio’s and any other electronic devices that may be needed in a grid down situation. Purchase alkaline and look for sales. It is also a good idea to try to standardize flashlights and other battery-operated items on just a couple of sizes. This will minimize the chance of running out of one type of battery and making devices powered by those batteries useless. I like AA the best.
- Bleach – Inexpensive and can be used to make water safe for drinking. 1/2 gallon requires between 5 and 10 drops depending on how cloudy/dirty it is. If water contains particles of “crap” – pre-filter prior to adding Clorox Bleach. It is best to store Clorox Brand bleach – no perfumed versions.
- Trash Bags – Imagine how life would be if you had no trash bags. In an emergency situation sanitation will be very important to prevent disease . Whether it is food wrappers or empty cans of beans they must be disposed of properly or vermin will be visiting. I don’t like vermin.
- Candles – Candles have been a mainstay of preparedness for a long time. When the sun goes down along with the grid – candles can provide a warm glow to light the way to the bathroom, upstairs to see the grandchildren, or to pour a glass of Clorox tasting water. Inexpensive and safe when used properly.
- Emergency Lighting – If the power fails in the middle of the night will you be able to locate your flashlights and candles? These small “nightlights” plug into any outlet and turn on when the power fails lighting the area where placed. I have several of these placed in hallways. Makes a lot of sense.
- Flashlights – Another mainstay item of survival & preparedness. Flashlights provide not only light when needed – but also comfort and a sense of security. If little kids are around they are invaluable. Pictured below is a small LED lantern. I highly recommend that LED-type flashlights are purchased as they are much more durable, bulbs last just about forever, and batteries last much longer.
- Fire – Need to light a candle? Want to start the fireplace? Light the grill? Grab a pack of Bic lights for less than $5.00. Matches are also inexpensive.
- Seeds and Growing Containers – Some crops like lettuce are incredibly easy to grow. Seeds are very inexpensive. Depending upon your housing and living conditions lettuce can be grown in a container on your patio or porch. Have a backyard? A few packs of seeds and some help from a young neighbor or grand-kid could provide some food on the dinner table.
- First Aid Kit – It’s bound to happen – that paper cut from Hades! Having a decent first aid kit around is a welcome addition to your preparedness supplies. Band-aides, burn cream, antibiotic ointment, etc are basic supplies that should be kept on hand.
Well – there you go. 10 items that cost less than $10.00 each.
Know of some other supplies that are great for the budget minded prepper?
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It is an unfortunate reality that many seasoned citizens have to deal with more health issues that range from the nagging to the debilitating. For the older prepper in a survival situation these ailment can become a serious detriment.
Let’s take a look at some common ailments:
- Vision problems
- Joint Aches/Mobility Issues
- High Blood Pressure
No doubt there are many more and varying degrees of severity amoung those listed above. I am no doctor and proclaim no advanced knowledge of any of the above. I have high blood pressure myself which I take medication for and my 13 year old son has type-1 diabetes.
If you are a senior citizen/older prepper with health problems you likely know your helath issues and conditions better than anyone else. Think of some common sense means which wuld allow you to deal with those conditions during a power outage/emergency situation. Here are a few examples:
Vision – If vision is corrected via eye glasses or contact lenses you have to ask yourself – “Self, what would the situation be if I lost/broke my glasses or contacts?“. If your like me and would find it an absolute disaster to not have glasses – then you need to prepare for that. Spare glasses can be purchased very inexpensively through Zinni Optical. I have personally used their service with success. I have a total of 3 pairs of current prescription glasses. If you wear contacts try to stock up on a few months (at least) of contacts. If your prescription changes keep any older glasses/contacts as they are likely better than nothing.
Joint Aches/Mobility Issues – One of my first thoughts is someone that lives their life in a wheel chair and a disaster strikes. While traversing their home/property their wheelchair breaks. A difficult situation just got REALLY bad. Whether it be a cane, walker or wheelchair that helps you get around – have a spare on hand.
On Amazon.com there are many varieties of equipment available to help those that require assistance getting around. Many of these can be purchased with Free Shipping.
Here are a few examples:
Sores – There are numerous types of sores and just as many locations for them. At a minimum triple antibiotic cream/ointment should be stored. If you are at risk for frequent sores discuss prevention and treatment with a doctor. Always ask if there are multiple methods as well. Sometimes one treatment method may not work where another will.
Diabetes – This is one of the toughest issues and is very close to my heart as my 13 year old son has Type-1 diabetes. Regardless if one is suffering from Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes – a short term disaster/survival situation does not have to be critical to life as long as medication is available. Relative to Type-1 diabetes which requires a supply of insulin to stay alive – keep extra on hand. In addition to insulin – glucose meters, syringes, pump supplies, etc. need to be kept on hand.
Here are a few links related to emergency preparedness and diabetes:
In a long term survival situation where insulin supplies are not available for re-supply the prognosis is bleak.
High Blood Pressure – Many people live a normal life with high blood pressure. The problem is that normal life often ends premature due to complications from the condition. In a survival situation unless the high blood pressure is critically high – missing medication should not be life threatening. It is advisable to stock extra medication.
There is evidence that natural remedies are available in lieu of medical prescriptions. Some examples include Coenzyme Q10, fish oil, garlic, hawthorn, and magnesium.
I highly recommend a book that recently came out - The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook: Keep your loved ones healthy in every disaster, from wildfires to a complete societal collapse. A long title and even longer book. It is packed with medical information specifically geared towards emergency preparedness.
You may notice that I have Amazon links inserted here and there. I love Amazon as they provide excellent prices and selection. I order at least once per month.
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