No medical help? My biggest fear is for other people when there is no medical help after a major disaster. I’m prepared to do many things, even stitches if I had to do them. I can use a splint to help with a broken arm. Please note, I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I have learned to heal my own body. When I was young we never ran to the doctor for anything. My mother used a purple violet spray on strep throat. Did it work? Well, I’m still alive. I grew up in the age of chicken pox, measles, and even polio. Medicine has come a long way, some ways for the better and some ways not so great. Trust me, I am not against using any doctors, I just think we need to be prepared to take care of ourselves if the SHTF, it’s not if, but when.
I have told you before Mark and I took some C.E.R.T. classes where we learned to use splints, dress or not dress certain burns, how to label the wounded that were too far gone to help, and so much more. This will be hard for me because I love to help people, but more people need to know how to do a few minor medical procedures than ever before. If and when we have a grid down you need some hard copy books in your possession to recognize some medical issues and do the very best you can.
This is how I see it, there are leaders and there are followers. After a disaster or grid down we will have both of these and more, like the disrupters. Some people may become hysterical after just a few days without electricity because they are not sure what to do. One or more people will take charge, some will look to you for help. This is why it is critical we have a few tools to get us through a minor or major collapse. No professional medical help will be a huge issue. Here’s the deal, all medical personnel, and emergency responders will be called to the hospitals or medical clinics. Possibly even your local schools will become a place of refuge to help those in need of medical help.
Well, this means we will be on our own. So, here are my thoughts to get us through something like this, all comments and responses will be greatly appreciated.
No Medical Help
Water will be a key element to hydrate those people who have very little water stored. I recommend storing at least 4-gallons of water per person per day. It’s quite likely some of your neighbors will have no water stored. I’m not addressing food storage today.
First aid kit:
I have a printable list for you, but I would take stock of all the over the counter drugs you use quite regularly. Please add Benadryl, my neighbors borrow mine all the time. I stock and rotate all my over the counter drugs as well as my essential oils. PRINTABLE: First Aid Kit
First aid book:
Please get a hard copy as we may not have the internet, The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way
First aid skills:
Please learn CPR, take a C.E.R.T. class and an EMT class. Community Emergency Response Team
Remember, we may have no medical help for days, weeks or months.
I realize some people are really against bleach, well we will need lots of bleach to get rid of MRSE or dangerous sewage contamination. Please note, bleach only stores for typically 9-12 months. Look into pool tablets for SHOCK treatments for water containers, like a backyard pool, and store some of them as well.
You can never have too many supplies, start stocking up on all items we could use as a neighborhood to help ourselves and those around us. The pharmacies will be closed and empty after a major disaster. What you have in your house this very minute may be all you have to save your family. Supplies can be water, food, tools, knives, weapons, etc. Please order some N-95 masks or N-100 masks as you can afford them, you can never have too many. 3M 1860 Medical Mask N95, 20 Count
We can always use all our blankets to lay critically hurt people on the ground or cover them to try and prevent shock. Never give away usable blankets.
Make a roster for your neighborhood:
Please make a plan with those neighbors who are interested in participating in a monthly meeting to share skills and things we can all bring to the table, so to speak, after a disaster. I’ve said this before, that neighbor down the street with a chainsaw may be your new best friend. Only include those neighbors you feel comfortable working with and you can trust to step up and help.
Contact list of neighbors:
If we need to try and email or call family members of neighbors we need a list of contacts if and when any power is restored. If a certain neighbor is critically hurt we need to be able to contact a close family member or friend.
Walkie talkies, flashlights, headlamps, as well as whistles, are must have items. Remember disasters don’t always happen in the daylight hours. Please be prepared with batteries or solar flashlights.
Make a plan with neighbors:
Do it this week, next week may be too late. Only choose neighbors you can count on to be on your team. Decide who will be in charge and list the items each family has to contribute and teach others the skills we will all need to survive. Pass a list around and list what items we each have and the items we need to get. I’m not talking about sharing how much food or cash you have, this is mainly getting to know your neighbors. Seeing them at church each week is NOT going to get the job done. You must KNOW your neighbors or at the least the ones you want to have on your team if you are going to work together to make a difference during and after a disaster situation. Now, make a plan for survival as a team.
Store a lot of large black bags to dispose of refuse to burn later and also to possibly to cover the dead.
Colored tape and large colored squares to label homes:
These are the tapes or colored cards we need in every home to help us know who needs help and who is okay for right now.
BLUE: handicapped person lives in this home
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Multi-Use, 1.41-Inch by 60-Yard, 1 Roll
RED: needs immediate help
NPS CT-610 Triage Marking Tape 300′ Red
YELLOW: delay, does not need immediate help
GREEN: person or family is okay
NPS CT-612 Triage Marking Tape 300′ Green
Get them from Home Depot or your local hardware store work great for splints. Be sure and store non-stick gauze to wrap a broken arm on the splint.
Take a class on how to do stitches and learn to use a stethoscope. If we can’t help majorly hurt people we will have to step over them and help those we can help. This sounds cold, but I learned this from my C.E.R.T. class. Those that are majorly hurt will have to wait for medical personnel. Yes, they may die, but we can only do what we can do.
I hope we never have to deal with any of this, but I know it’s inevitable, so we must be prepared for the unexpected. Please be ready to help your family when there is no medical help on the way.
What are your plans to be better prepared when medical help isn’t readily available? No medical help, then what?
Janet: One thing I thought of is butterfly bandages. (Now people use steri-strips) Growing up, my mother (a nurse) used butterfly bandages to close a cut. We didn’t run to the doctor for much.
Davette: Add green tea bags to your medical supplies. Mom tried that on a gum abscess while waiting to see a dentist. He said it was drawing out the pus and it looked good, and he told her to continue. Just change to a fresh tea bag as it gets saturated.
Saltwater rinses can help if it is minor.