There’s little sense in my duplicating information that is already out there.
So I’ve been looking around, seeing what the government is doing to stockpile medication. I had assumed we have national stockpiles, but had never really checked into it before now.
They state (and I believe) the CDC has:
large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake) severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Once Federal and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medicines will be delivered to any state in the U.S. within 12 hours. Each state has plans to receive and distribute SNS medicine and medical supplies to local communities as quickly as possible.
So what concerns me? Several things.
Aside from these concerns, it’s a good plan. Certainly I believe our government should be making these preparations, but it cannot replace personal preparedness.
Although they have stockpiled antibiotics, IV fluids and supplies, painkillers, immunizations, and wound treatments, they do not appear to address many other common problems including:
- diabetic medications – to keep Aunt Nellie alive
- antidepressants – a common problem now and no doubt at TEOTWAWKI.
- heart meds – for your father on coumadin or nitroglycerin
- thyroid replacement therapy – for your sister on Synthroid
- care of the chronically ill – to save your child with asthma
- care of those with impaired mobility – so you don’t lose your favorite granny
- common but minor illnesses, which may become serious if not treated properly, such as upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, gastroenteritis, ulcers, chest pain, anxiety, urinary infections, sprains, etc.
So it looks like there’s plenty of reason for personal preparedness. In the near future I’ll be offering teleseminars and conferences on many of these topics.
For now, consider taking a look at 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care, which offers advice on dozens of conditions you can effectively treat yourself.
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