I suspect that one of the most neglected aspects of “Prepping” in the broader Prepper community is the acquisition of valuable skills. This is certainly not the case for many of the devoted fans of this blog as evidenced by the “What Did You Do To Prep This Week” feature where we learn of numerous participants who have acquired extensive skills in areas such as growing and preserving food, animal husbandry, radio communications, and many more. However, for many who are interested in prepping it is much easier to purchase “stuff” then it is to learn a new skill. There are likely many preppers who have stored seeds but never planted a garden, acquired an extensive collection of firearms and ammunition but never trained with them, and put together an impressive library of self-sufficiency books but never actually read any of them. They assume they will be able to quickly acquire skills when needed as long as they have the necessary materials. Of course, anyone who has undertaken to learn and refine such skills has realized there is often a very substantial learning curve, a fact that may prove disastrous in a time of crisis if that skill has not been developed beforehand.
One of the most primitive threats one can face is that of being cut, stabbed or punctured. These threats can manifest from an intentional attack, such as being stabbed by an attacker, or from negligence, like by stepping on a nail or cutting your hand while sifting through debris. While a relatively low percentage of the population has experienced being shot by a firearm, nearly everyone has experienced an accidental cut at some point in their life. Puncture wounds to the feet, grabbing vegetation with thorns or being bitten by an animal is far more likely to happen to you than being shot. Those that regularly work with tools know the importance of safety gear to prevent injury from equipment. Did you know that one of the most common weapons on the planet is a simple knife? And that it’s found in every city, town and country around the world?
My wife and I have for some time been researching and attempting to approach the issue of medicine in our preparedness. There are several websites that are dedicated to grid down medicine from a preparedness mindset. The information and instruction many of these sites offer are just as important as your water, food, and safety preps. There is the option of ordering medicines in powder form that are produced for exotic fish. No prescription required and available in bulk. This is a great source of antibiotics. I know of doctors who are aware of the dangers that we face in society today that will write prescriptions (non-pain meds) with an extra refill for their patients to put back. If you are one of these people that think this is unethical and illegal, you just go ahead and sign up for Obamacare and wait for the government to come and rescue you and everything will be okay.
Zika virus is a member of the Flavivirus family, which contains a number of well-known diseases such as yellow fever, chikungunya, and West Nile virus. Like the others, Zika virus is carried by Aedes mosquitoes, which are the main agent of transmission (human to human transmission can also occur); unlike the others, the virus affects the unborn.
Symptoms of the virus include headache, rash, fever, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). The grand majority of infected people have no signs of the infection whatsoever. This is ominous for a pregnancy, as the mother doesn’t even know she was at risk.
What is sleep? What good is it? Why is it important? How can I help myself to get adequate amounts? Am I doing the things for me to get the restorative rest I require? Are there relatively safe things I can do, to assist when I have a wakeful night? What am I doing to sabotage healthy sleep habits?
These are the things I have been struggling with for some time. I had many things that break the rule of good restorative sleep. Some of those things were beyond my control. Since my responsibilities have changed, I no longer have an excuse for sitting up late, drinking coffee late at night, and remaining awake until zero-dark thirty! Now is the time, for me to make changes to reduce the stress, and restore my health. This is a journey, and mine is not complete, but I am making headway and you can as well.
Expiration dates were first mandated in the us in 1979. They are the last day that a drug company will guarantee 100% potency of a medicine. These medicines do not, by and large, become toxic after the expiration date. I promise you that you will not grow a horn in the middle of your forehead if you take a pill the week after it expires.
In many cases, drugs in pill, powder, or capsule form will be 100% potent for years after their expiration date. How do I know this? FEMA, the federal emergency management agency, and the Department of Defense stockpiles millions of doses of medications used in emergency settings. In the past, When those drugs expired, they were discarded.