Are You Ready?
A grid down event could be caused by many different things, natural disasters, terrorism, over usage or deterioration, getting ready for an off the grid event requires more than just having a flashlight and some batteries in the junk drawer. Most people take for granted how much we depend on the power grid for our everyday lives, we depend on gas and electricity for just about everything we do these days.
When we go camping we consider it roughing it, would you be able to “rough it” at home for longer than your weekend outing? Unfortunately most of us would not, we might last for a couple of day but after that your plans or lack there of come into play. How much we prepare now will absolutely pay off in the event of a grid down scenario or any disaster scenario for that matter.
In the days or weeks after a collapse there are some things you will need to know and need to have readily available to make life a little more bearable if the event is short term, or survivable if it becomes long term.
Medical Skills You Should Learn:
With hospitals left with no electricity you will basically be on your own when it comes to medical needs. Not only will the hospitals be crippled by the loss of power, there will also be floods of people seeking medical help. On top of this, medical supplies will run out very quickly and getting more supplies would be almost impossible because communications would be down and the traffic would be grid locked.
Some medical skills that could be useful during a grid down scenario are…
Do You Know How To Stop bleeding?
Knowing how to stop bleeding could save someones life. Some uncommon ways to stop bleeding (for smaller wounds) include Sugar, cornstarch, vaseline, vinager and even spiderwebs in dire situations. Here is an article from the Mayo Clinic that goes into detail about stopping the bleeding from a larger wound.
Can You Establish An Airway?
I don’t necessarily mean jabbing a hollow pen in someones neck, although this could become necessary in extreme situation. There are basic ways of trying to establish an airway like the head tilt method or the jaw thrust method.
Can You Deliver a baby?
We have all seen it on TV, a woman on her way to the hospital in labor and the baby just won’t wait, she has the baby and everything is wonderful. In some cases this might be true, but there are many other things that could go wrong that we should at least have a basic understanding about childbirth complications.
In this video by The Patriot Nurse she brings up a good point about how just 100 years ago delivering a baby at home was just what you did, but in today’s world most of us wouldn’t know where to start.
Do You Know The Symptoms of a Heart Attack, Heat Exhaustion or a Stroke?
You don’t need to be a doctor or medical professional by any means, but it is a good idea to know some of the symptoms when it comes to heart attacks, strokes, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Taking a CPR class in your area or going to a prepper convention could provide you some valuable skills in a post collapse or grid down scenario.
Do You Know Basic Wound Dressing Techniques?
We went over this in detail in Podcast episode 10 and if you don’t listen to Pod cast’s Lisa also wrote a post about it called How To Dress a Wound. Having the supplies to administer first aid is only valuable if you know how to use them. And knowing the way to dress different wounds will help you choose the supplies needed.
Do You Know How To Splint Or Set a Broken Bone?
There are two types of fractures, open and closed. An open fracture is sometimes referred to as a compound fracture, open fractures typically have a bone protruding through the skin and includes an open wound. A closed fracture has no open wound.
There is not a lot you can do if someone has a compound fracture other than do the best you can and cross your fingers that you can find help before it’s too late. A closed fracture would be a little easier you handle because there is no open wound that could lead to infections and even sepsis.
Learning how to make a splint from materials around you or supplies you have with you could help someone long enough to get them to a safe place for further assistance. The readystore.com has an article about how to make an improvised traction splint and how to set a Broken Bone in an Emergency.
Skills you should know just in case…
Even if you do not plan on living in the woods and becoming one with mother nature you still should have some basic wilderness survival skills. Knowing how to survive with nothing more than what is on your back could become critical the longer the situation goes on.
I have written a few posts about wilderness survival that go into what kind of edible plants you can find, how to fish for food, how to trap food and what other foods that mother nature provides as long as we know where to look. Even if you are in an urban area these could be valuable skills, these natural resources are available everywhere, not just the forest.
Can You Find, Filter and Purify Water?
It is not only important to be able to find water, you need to be able to make that water drinkable. there are many tools available like the life straw and other filtering devices but you need to be able to build your own water filter if you have no other options.
We all know that we cannot last more than three days without water, But drinking water that has not been properly disinfected can contain harmful bacteria, parasites and pathogens. Water purification tablets are inexpensive, can be found almost anywhere and can be carried in your pocket or bug out bag. Boiling is the preferred method for purification but you may not have the resources.
Starting a Fire And Having The Supplies.
With technology today and all of the cool tools we have to start a fire we sometimes lose sight of the fact that we need to be able to start a fire if we have nothing with us. Learning 3 ways to start a fire without the luxury of a bic lighter or matches could end up being a life saving skill.
Always have a plan b…and c when it come to fire. water and shelter, these skills could keep you alive long enough to find food and possibly a better all around situation to be in.
We have all heard the saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” don’t put your flint stick, waterproof matches and your tinder in the same pouch of your bug out bag. Have these stored in different places just in case something happens to your bug out bag.
I have a hand saw wrapped in para-cord that hangs around my neck with a flint stick, a compass and a small multi tool just in case. Think outside the box.
Never Stop Learning
Learn something new everyday, become better at something you are good at right now. As preppers our job is never done, we need to continually keep our eyes open and be aware of the situation around us.
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of events that could turn our lives upside down, if do not do our best to prepare for everything we possibly can we open ourselves up for the possibility of being unprepared for unforeseen situations.
This doesn’t mean you need to frantically prepare for anything and everything, just start at the top of your list and work your way down. Like I said our job will never be done, but if we have a good strategy and a good starting point we will continue to become stronger and more prepared.
The most important aspect of prepping is praying, because lets face it we all need some help and we really have no idea what is going to happen in the future. So if we can get a little incite or guidance from the big man upstairs that make our decisions a little easier in my opinion.