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Plan For Good Health And Emergencies

By Tom Herrin

As people become interested in improving their health, the actions they take can help them to be prepared for emergencies as well.  It is easy to watch disasters on the television or the internet and think how it must be bad to live in some of those places.  People need to remember that their own home could also be one of those places.  Planning can be the difference between personal crisis and the ability to survive in some trying circumstances.  Not only are individuals in need of a good plan, but entire families can be at risk without one.

What Kind of Emergencies Can Become Disasters?

The common things that people think about when they hear disasters are a short list.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires can all fall into that category.  What many people fail to realize is that many of these and other problems can lead to other things that may become disasters due to the nature of what they affect.  If power is knocked out in one area, it may affect others.  Anything affecting delivery of goods and supplies may become an emergency for those who use those things.  We had flooding in our town a couple of years ago that cut the town in half so that people could not get from one side to the other.

Maintaining Health Can Improve Survival In Emergencies

Not only is trying to live a healthy lifestyle better for weight control, it is critical for having better ability to survive in difficult circumstances.  If people can avoid many of the preventable diseases, they are less likely to require many of the things that could be needed to manage problems associated with them.  High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and many other things can be avoided if people eat right and exercise.  General wellness should be considered a big part of an emergency plan for any family.

Everyone Needs to Be On the Same Page

Communication is always critical.  Every family member must be part of the plan and know their role.  They also must know what to do if they are separated from other family members.  First aid supplies should be readily available and easy to use.  A good supply of water and ready-to-eat foods should be kept in case food and/or water supplies are disrupted.   Waterless soaps and supplies should be on hand so that critical water supplies are not depleted.  Thinking through, and planning, as a family can help to develop a common sense approach to each family’s needs.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Diego, Calif.


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