Nurses, like all people, watch the news. And we don’t like to think about it, but local and national disasters are always possible. And we all know that economic collapse and utter chaos have been predicted for the near future.
Some believe societal breakdown is imminent. (Probable) presidential candidate, Ben Carson, states that this country might not even have a presidential election in 2016 because we may be under martial-law by then.
Whether we reach that level or not, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and floods are always possible. When Hurricane Rita came through the Houston area, most of us had not stocked up, and stores were shut down. So what will you do, as a nurse, to prepare?
If your family found itself in a position where supplies and utilities were cut off for an undetermined amount of time, and if medications and gasoline became unavailable – do you have a plan?
As flight attendants say: “put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.” In other words, prepare for yourself and your family first. Then consider banding together with your best friends/neighbors so they can add their strength.
Before the store shelves are empty and utilities are out, Maslow has already taught us how to prioritize our prepping as to – fresh air, potable water, food, shelter – in that order.
Your network of family and close neighbors will likely count on you to treat injuries and illnesses. So what will you want to prepare along the lines of basic first-aid supplies and a way to clean wounds?
People have learned a lot about how some essential oils and other elements can substitute for medications to bring down blood pressure or fever and to heal cuts and prevent infection, etc. So that could prove helpful.
You may be the only one around with any real training to treat the sick and injured. You may not have ever done certain procedures before, but you know the A&P and may have to do the unfamiliar.
People panic in a crisis and begin to loot and pillage those suspected of having food and supplies. So you might want to consider obtaining weapons and ammo in order to respond and save your family alive.
I know. “First, do no harm.” But, in desperate times, danger is a genuine possibility that needs to be thought through and discussed in advance. And if they are trying to harm you or your kids, you might have no choice.
There is a lot to learn about getting and staying prepared – especially for people in the healthcare field. And I have a new website coming soon which will address the various aspects of what prepping looks like for nurses and other humans – especially for small home or apartment dwellers.
I hope you will stop by there and take a look. As soon as it is “born”, its name will be http://www.apartmentpreppers.com .I’ll keep you posted here and on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/whatmotivatesanurse !