When it comes to alternatives to medication, you need to be really careful. After all, if something isn’t Food and Drug Administration-approved, then there’s no guarantee that it’s gone through the years of testing required to prove that it’s fit for human use. However, during an emergency situation, you might not have the benefit of being able to acquire your regular prescription medications. When that happens, you’ll be thankful for whatever alternatives you might have sequestered away in your emergency storage.
Here are five ways to stay healthy during a disaster situation:
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- Prescription medication: If you have a good enough relationship with your doctors, you may be able to convince them to prescribe a surplus of your needed medications so that you can have extra to place in emergency food storage. However, you’ll need to keep an eye on your medications’ expiration dates, as expired medication can cause unintended side effects.
Forward-thinking homeowners, or even renters, generally have some emergency supplies on hand. A typical kit includes a certain supply of safe drinking water, food, medical supplies, identification, candles or flashlights, blankets and weapons. If you are short on space and don’t know how to store your emergency kits, you may find yourself in a desperate situation in an emergency. Here are the places where you should keep your emergency supplies.
A store of food is of the utmost importance when considering emergencies. The food storage items should be non-perishable, meaning in cans or shrink-wrapped packages. Good choices are canned vegetables or soups that can be eaten at room temperature, shrink-wrapped crackers, cookies and granola bars. Store your food in a cool, dry place with steady temperatures. Make sure to keep a can opener in with your canned goods. Check the cans periodically for expiration dates and rotate your stash so you’ll always find something safe in an emergency. Toss any dented or bulging cans. If you have grain or wheat products in boxes, place those in sealed paper bags so pests cannot reach them.
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For preppers, learning how to cook without electricity or gas is a survival necessity. It is also a very handy skill to know. There are plenty of ways that you can go about cooking without any power and still create a great meal. Here are a few ideas of powerless cooking that you can frequently use:
This is one of the most common and tastiest ways for campers, preppers and outdoor enthusiasts to cook their food. One of the biggest assets of the Dutch oven is their versatility. You can cook meat or fish or even make biscuits and delicious peach cobbler. I’d suggest lining the oven with tinfoil before you start cooking so that it’s easier to clean afterwards. After you line the oven, put your favorite seasonings in and start cooking. After you’re done cooking, it’s time to clean the oven. If you didn’t put tinfoil on the inside, you’ll quickly realize why I advised you to as you’re cleaning. One of the biggest disadvantages to Dutch ovens is that they are very heavy. They aren’t exactly easy to pack either. If you have room to bring a Dutch oven, bring one. If not, there are other ways to prepare your food.
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