On Your Own
Salt can be bartered during hard times and will be in high demand. Salt has been used for many things throughout the ages. It can be mixed with baking soda to brush your teeth. It can be used to melt ice and snow, extinguish grease fires, and clean pots and pans, as well as for many other uses.
My time in the Army taught me many things. Perhaps the most valuable lessons that I ever learned were the ones that peppered the 30 months of combat that I served in the Mideast. Most of these lessons pertain to sustainment of life and survival.
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are plants that have been created in laboratories of companies such as Monsanto, Dow, DuPont and others. The process takes genes from one species and inserts them into another to get desired characteristics like resistance to chemicals such as Roundup®.
The secret weapon in my bug out bag is pantyhose. (Maybe I should call them man-tyhose.) After you stop laughing, you might want to read on to see just why I keep these in my pack. You may just find yourself grabbing a few pairs afterwards.
People are going hungry in America right now. More than 50 million people are on food stamps. When hard times get even worse than they are now, I believe that we can survive on soup. If we have dried survival foods on hand, we can make our own soups.
The No. 5 cause of death in the world is diarrhea and diarrheal disease, which account for about 2.5 million deaths every year. Often, these deaths are a result of a continual downward spiral that starts with dehydration and could potentially be prevented with the use of an oral rehydration solution.
In addition to food reserves, there are a host of other items that will be incredibly valuable if the supply chain breaks down due to a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or other national emergency. If you wait you could risk never being able to obtain many of these essentials or be forced to prices beyond what you’d ever dream possible.
In September 2005, several members of my family were victims of Hurricane Rita. The hurricane scored a direct hit on the small town of Zavalla, Texas, where they were hunkered down in a storm cellar. They went seven days without running water, air conditioning or heating.
No one is exempt from disasters like the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Okla., last week. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones and those who lost their homes, personal belongings and businesses to the storm, which had winds of more than 200 miles per hour and which was 1.3 miles wide as it moved through the town.
The universal truth when dealing with traumatic injuries is that whether from effective treatment or loss of supply, all bleeding eventually stops. Having the knowledge to treat major bleeding can be the difference between life and death at any time, but especially during a disaster when emergency responders may be delayed or not available at all.