Monday, March 7, 2011

Your health matters...

In a time of crisis there is nothing more important than keeping healthy.  Staying clean, eating well, staying hydrated and making up the difference in nutrition with quality vitamins. 
If you have water it isn't hard to stay clean but if water is scarce what are you to do?  Having unscented baby wipes on hand is a great way to keep everything except your hair clean, a little hand sanitizer goes a long way at keeping germs away.  Having adequate food storage (enough for 3 regular meals/day and a variety to satisfy the palate) for each member of your household.  You can live several weeks with very little food if you have water (it will not be a happy existence) but only a few days without water.
You will need to have a water plan, rain barrels area a great way to start. *Make sure you have unscented bleach in your long term storage.
It is not hard to stock up on vitamins and OTC meds, you can buy them at the grocery, from an online supplier or co-op.  **Making up a good first aid kit is also important.

Don't get overwhelmed, one step at a time will get you where you need to be.  Evaluate what you already have. Assess what you need.  Keep things in perspective, don't do anything in a panic.

*1 Gallon water is disinfected by 8-16 drops of regular household bleach (visually about 1/4 of a teaspoon) - double that for cloudy water. Shake and let stand 30 minutes. One teaspoon will disinfect 5 gallons. Immediately after treating, water must initially have a slight smell of chlorine. If it does not - repeat the process.

**hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, antibiotic ointment, 1% cortisone cream, digestive remedies (antidiarrhea, antinausea, antacid), antihistamine, pain medications (ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, aspirin), cough and cold medication, toothache kit, thermometer, band-aids, gauze pads, first-aid tape, butterfly closures, elastic bandages, slings, splints, instant hot/cold packs, cotton balls, tweezers, safety pins, small scissors, suture kit, flashlight, magnifying glass, sanitary napkins (these are great as pressure bandages), disposable gloves, electrolyte replacement therapy (in liquid or powder).
Long term food storage ideas  http://www.mom7x.myefoods.com/
For more information on being self-sufficient you can visit http://www.offthegridnews.com/

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