The very basis of prepping and survival is to ensure that you and your loved ones live long and healthy lives, regardless of what happens in the world around you. If you’re serious about making it through a major event that upsets society as we know it, knowing how to react to and treat injuries is vital to your success.
Even a seemingly minor injury can slow you or someone in your group down, making it impossible to accomplish necessary tasks. It can even be proven to be deadly if treated improperly. One of the best ways to make sure that you’re ready for any potential injuries that might occur in a survival situation is to begin preparing for all types of possible injuries in your day to day life.
Injuries are no laughing matter, even when society is still up and running. An injury to your foot or hand can immobilize you and compromise your ability to perform basic tasks for days, weeks, or even months depending on the severity of the injury. Ideally, you will be able to prevent injuries from occurring during a worst-case scenario, however, knowing what to do if someone becomes injured can be the difference between success and failure in a survival situation.
Knowing how to properly address a sprained ankle, a broken finger, or any other number of minor and major injuries is some of the most important survival knowledge you can have. Even if you have a perfectly sound exfiltration plan for yourself and your loved ones, an unexpected injury can derail your plans significantly.
Putting together an excellent first aid kit can give you the tools you’ll need to address the majority of the injuries you’re likely to encounter after doomsday. However, that kit is effectively useless if you don’t have a solid understanding of how to use it. One of the smartest things you can do right now to ensure that you’re successful in any unfortunate circumstance is to become well versed in emergency first aid. This skill set will benefit you both in and out of serious survival situations and make you an invaluable asset.
Have A Plan In Every Scenario
Injuries can occur at any time, in any place, and there really is no telling what might be the cause of an injury. Accidents like falls, slips, and trips might be the most common cause for an injury you’ll encounter in your daily life, but you do need to be prepared for any number of situations beyond common injuries. If you’re serious about survival, you’ll ensure that you’re prepared for any situation wherever you are. Having a basic first aid kit in every vehicle, your home, and in each of your bug out bags will help to ensure that when unexpected injuries occur that you’re ready for them.
An injury at work can bring a lot of panic-inducing uncertainty as well. Sure, assuming that you aren’t at fault for the injury, you can expect to collect on a workplace injury claim, but what about in the moments after the injury occurs? Having solid foundational first aid training can help you to prevent extreme blood loss and, in certain situations, possibly even save a severed digit or limb for reattachment at a hospital.
Your cell phone is already an incredibly valuable tool when it comes to emergency preparedness, but its value goes further than just being a communication tool. Many modern smartphones allow you to enter in medical information such as blood type, allergies, and prescribed medications that could potentially be life-saving should you become incapacitated.
Know How To Adapt
Even if you’ve got the perfectly curated emergency prep list you need to understand that, in a major environmental disaster or periods of intense socio-political strife, your plans will likely need to change on the fly. This also applies to your injury preparedness — injuries can come from places you hadn’t initially planned for during chaotic time periods.
For instance, while you might be prepared for a sprained ankle or broken wrist, if you or someone in your group is stabbed or shot, the first aid skills needed are going to be wildly different. You will need to be not only prepared with the knowledge of how to tend to a variety of medical emergencies but have the mental fortitude and flexibility to adapt to what could be a constantly evolving situation.
Adapting also includes knowing how your treatment alters for others. Most good folks who are just trying to survive will need your treatment assistance as well. If these other people happen to be seniors, they will have a host of potential injuries that younger folks’ don’t need to be prepared for. As a good prepper, you should know how to provide care for everyone in your group regardless of age, gender, or any other number of factors.
Injuries are best prevented, but if they do occur, you’ll want to be as ready as possible. Whether these injuries happen before or after doomsday is irrelevant — knowing how to treat these injuries is vital no matter when or where or who they happen to.