I have read that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and the lack of hydration is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. This is a problem that most people don’t realize — sometimes mistaking what they think are hunger pangs for what is actually thirst while older people often do not recognize that they’re thirsty.
I’ve also read that losing just 2% of your body weight in water compromises overall judgment by 25% and severely limits physical endurance. And since water weighs 8-pounds per gallon, it doesn’t take much to lose 2% or to be ‘chronically low’.
Here’s a list of ways that the body loses water as we become dehydrated – and symptoms:
Here’s the scenario: The ‘S’ has hit the fan and social collapse has brought on social strife and chaos. People have become hungry, thirsty, desperate, panicked – while systems of distribution and infrastructure have broken down – and the government hasn’t been there to help.
Many people are just trying to survive, and some are doing things they’ve never thought they would do before – to get what they need…
The question is, how will you deal with your own security in a post-collapse world?
Whether you plan to buy a ready-made First Aid Kit or put one together yourself, it’s a good idea to cross-reference the items contained within (or those which you plan to procure) with other recommended lists of the First Aid items that should be included.
The American Red Cross recommends that all First Aid Kits (for a family of four) include the following items:
Gun sales are up. Perhaps it has to do with uncertainty of what might happen next with regard to the erosion of, or the ongoing attacks on gun rights (and the 2nd Amendment), or maybe it has to do with a heightened awareness of self security in today’s increasingly uncertain times and future, but more and more Americans are buying guns for the first time.
Most people want a handgun for self defense and personal protection. If an armed intruder breaks into your home, YOU are the first line of defense. While seconds count, the Police are at least minutes (or more) away. They will not get there fast enough to potentially save you and your families lives during a home invasion or burglary intrusion.
But which type of handgun should you get?
(The winds are blowing…)
Based on our recent poll question, “If you are preparedness-minded, a prepper of sorts, what is your age group?”, evidently the age demographics of those who are into preparedness is fairly wide (which is a good thing) although most are those aged 40 and over. After nearly 1000 respondents, the breakdown (so far) is as follows:
(5%) under 30
(13%) 30 – 39
(23%) 40 – 49
(28%) 50 – 59
(25%) 60 – 69
If you’re one of them, what did you do for your preparedness this week?
If you are preparedness-minded (a prepper), you most certainly are aware of the benefits to store rice, beans, and wheat (among other things). But do you have any idea how to relate the number of 5-gallon buckets of storage to the number of calories contained within?
I’ve done my own measurements and calculations which may help you understand the relationship, and perhaps help with your decisions regarding how much to store.
Perhaps surprisingly, the results are similar…
(the road not taken)
We are creatures of habit. Think about it. How often do you park in the same general spot every day at work? Do you always park in the same general area when you go to your grocery store or other ‘regular’ destination? Do you always buy the same things at the grocery store week after week? When you go on vacation (to the same place as before?), do you do the same things that you did the last time? Go to the same places, restaurants, same spot on the beach? If you’re a church goer, do you sit in the same approximate pew location every week? Do you drive the same way to work every day? Or the same way to ‘the store’ whenever you go?
If you eat lunch in a work cafeteria do you sit at the same table nearly all the time? At home or at work do you always eat the same basic foods most of the time? If you’ve ever attended a seminar for more than one day, do you (and everyone else) always sit at the same table as you did the day before? Do you always visit the same websites when you’re browsing the internet (among the choices of millions)? (Keep coming back here though! 😉 )
Think of all your routines and how you (we) often repeat so much of it time after time while rarely getting out of our ‘comfort zone’? Why is it that we so easily fall into the same routines while rarely trying new things, new ways, new places, new routes of travel, a different schedule, new or different ‘anything’, etc..?