On Your Own
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.
Baking soda is a staple in many homes for baking. It acts as a leavening agent in baked goods, helping them rise and hold their shape. Baking soda also can also be used in a multitude of ways to replace household cleaners made with chemicals. In addition, baking soda has medicinal uses.
I am from Bosnia. You know, between 1992 and 1995, it was hell. For one year, I lived and survived in a city with 6,000 people without water, electricity, gasoline, medical help, civil defense, distribution service, any kind of traditional service or centralized rule.
To kill or not to kill. That is the question. You may be perfectly within your legal and ethical rights to end the life of a home intruder, but is that what you want to do? That’s what you have to ask yourself, and I’d recommend that you do it before it happens, not afterward.
It is wise to stock up on baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). It is so effective in balancing the pH of the body and allowing the body to heal itself that it won’t be long before the powers that be will make it illegal to get baking soda without a prescription.
Floods, hurricanes, heavy rains, massive snow and ice thaws, dam releases, ice dams, levees, storm seasons, and even new real estate development can all lead to increased water levels and, ultimately, a disaster. If dry land is not available, then a boat is the next best option.
Being prepared for any kind of a disaster is important. What about a survival situation with your health? Most people know that chest pain or angina and numbness in the left arm are the classic signs of a heart attack. But in reality most of the warning signs are much more subtle than that, especially in women.
What do you do when you run low on store-bought vinegar and buying more is not an option? The answer is simple: You make your own. The first thing you need to do is to create your mother of vinegar.