It’s time for me to share the rest of my random urban survival tips. As I said last week, I thought of most of these on the spot, but they’re all very important. In case you missed it, here’s part 1.
• Grow high calorie foods. When people start their own gardens, they usually like to grow easy foods like squash, tomatoes, cabbage, and other common vegetables. The problem is that most of these don’t provide many calories. When gardening, try growing high calorie foods like nuts, beans, corn and potatoes.
• Hide cash around the house. Lately everyone has been worried about price inflation. However, if there is an earthquake, hurricane, terrorist attack or some other type of temporary disaster, most ATM’s won’t work and stores will only accept cash.
• Keep your freezer full. A freezer that’s completely packed will keep meat frozen for two days, but a freezer that’s half full will only keep meat for one day. If you don’t have enough food to fill your freezer, add water bottles until it’s full.
• Remember to breathe. If you find yourself starting to panic, breathe in deeply for 3 seconds, hold your breath for 3 seconds, breathe out for 3 seconds, hold your breath for 3 seconds, and repeat. If you hyperventilate, you’re liable to freeze up in a dangerous situation and put yourself at risk.
• Soak up the sun. Many people don’t realize this, but sunlight is incredibly good for you. It helps your body produce vitamin D which kills harmful microorganisms and strengthens your immune system. Also, if you put water in a clear bottle and leave it where the sun will shine on it for a few days (a total of 48 hours of sunlight just to be safe), your water will be purified.
• Stock up on Clorox wipes. Proper sanitation can be a huge problem after the SHTF. Without running water, disease spreads quickly. Instead on using up your water supply to wash your hands, keep Clorox wipes or individually packaged alcohol wipes on hand.
• Store your batteries longer. If you have batteries in something like a radio or flashlight that you won’t use until TEOTWAWKI, there’s a good chance the batteries will be dead by the time you need them. Wrap the batteries in plastic wrap before putting them in the device. This way they’ll keep their charge longer.
• Take care of your feet. Make sure you have good shoes and extra socks. If your feet get wet, dry them off and keep them warm. On the other hand, if they dry out too much, use lotion or bag balm to keep them from cracking. Painful feet can ruin your morale and effectiveness.
• Turn your flashlight into a lamp. You can do this by strapping the light end to a milk jug full of water. This trick helps distribute more light around the room.
• Use superglue to close wounds. Although you’re probably better off using something like Dermabond, superglue can also be used in emergency. Depending on the severity of the gash, it could take several bottles. Be warned: it will sting, and some people could have an allergic reaction.
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