There are many survival scenarios that may lead to you having to deal with somebody who is in shock or in danger of going into shock due to injury.
The best bet is to always anticipate shock in all injured persons.
Treat all injured persons as follows, regardless of what symptoms appear:
· If the victim is conscious, place him on a level surface with the lower extremities elevated 15 to 20 centimeters.
· If the victim is unconscious, place him on his side or abdomen with his head turned to one side to prevent choking on vomit, blood, or other fluids.
· If you are unsure of the best position, place the victim perfectly flat. Once the victim is in a shock position, do not move him.
· Maintain body heat by insulating the victim from the surroundings and, in some instances, applying external heat.
· If wet, remove all the victim’s wet clothing as soon as possible and replace with dry clothing.
· Improvise a shelter to insulate the victim from the weather.
· Use warm liquids or foods, a prewarmed sleeping bag, another person, warmed water in canteens, hot rocks wrapped in clothing, or fires on either side of the victim to provide external warmth.
· If the victim is conscious, slowly administer small doses of a warm salt or sugar solution, if available.
· If the victim is unconscious or has abdominal wounds, do not give fluids by mouth.
· Have the victim rest for at least 24 hours.
· If you are a lone survivor, lie in a depression in the ground, behind a tree, or any other place out of the weather, with your head lower than your feet.
· If you are with a buddy, reassess your patient constantly.
I found that sandbags tend to be one of the most overlooked preps when it comes to survivalists who are planning to bug in during TEOTWAWKI.
You may think of them as just bags full of sand but they are so much more!!!
When TSHTF they could even save you and your property from destruction.
For example, if a flood was to strike then you have a chance at keeping it at bay as long you have a good supply of sandbags to build a dike.
I actually know a guy who had a good number of his preps (which were stored in his garage) ruined by 8 inches of flood water.
His house was fine but the flood water had come pouring down his driveway straight into his garage and wham bam his preps (including electrical gear) where wiped out.
If he had some sandbags he could have at the very least slowed the water and bought himself time to move his stuff out.
Lesson learnt, last time I spoke to him he had bought 200 military grade sandbags and had enlarged his kids’ sandbox so that he has a good amount of sand on hand should he get flooded again.
Of course there is another use for sandbags.
Fortifying your house!!! Hell yeah!
Ok when I say that I don’t mean start doing it NOW (you might alarm the Doris next door).
What I mean is that if you have a good amount of sandbags on standby and good supply of sand then if TSHTF and society completely collapses you can fortify sensitive areas of your house and protect it (and yourself) from any bullets that may be heading in your direction.
Note: Make sure when you buy you sandbags you buy the synthetic type NOT the hessian/burlap type as the latter tends to rot and breakdown after only a couple of months.
The synthetic ones will last for years though.
Right now over 5 million people have been forced to evacuate their homes in Central and Southern China due to massive flooding.
So far the flooding has caused just under one billion US dollars worth of damage and the costs, like the flood waters, continue to rise.
An even scarier issue is the impact it will have on the country’s food production.
So far the floods have reduced vegetable production in Zhejiang province by around 20% and 432,200 hectares of crops have been destroyed.
Thanks to this wide spread destruction the price of fresh produce has already risen by up to 40% in some areas.
This just goes to show us all how quickly a natural disaster can not only effect the lives of people in the immediate disaster zone but also those throughout the entire effected country/countries.
This is exactly why it is vital that you have at least the basic knowledge to grow your own food if TSHTF.
The best thing you can do is start gardening NOW so that if you make any beginner mistakes then they occur when you life doesn’t depend on your garden.