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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 10 Essential Over the Counter Medications to Store

10 Essential over the counter medications to store for emergency preparation

Are over-the-counter (OTC) drugs really worth stockpiling?  As a family physician my answer is a resounding yes.  Most of the following were actually prescription medications when first released.  (In higher dosages, several still are.)  Although other OTC drugs are worth considering, these ten have been selected due to their ready availability, affordability, safety in both adults and children, and multi-use potential.  Used alone or in combination, they can effectively treat dozens of conditions including:  headache, fever, sore throats, ear ache, menstrual cramps, heartburn, arthritis, ulcers, diarrhea, allergies, hives, congestion, dizziness, mild anxiety, nausea, vomiting, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, ringworm, eczema, insomnia, backache, gout, diaper rash, yeast infections, and many more common illnesses.
1.      Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) - Among the OTC anti-inflammatory medications, ibuprofen is probably the most versatile.  Primarily indicated for pain and inflammation, it may also be used to relieve headaches, earaches, sore throats, sinus pain, stiff neck, muscle strains, menstrual cramps, arthritis including gout, and back pain.  It is also effective at reducing fever and is generally safe for use in children.  It is not advisable for most stomach-related pain, although may decrease the pain of kidney stones, kidney infections, and possibly bladder infections.  The most common side effect is stomach irritation or heartburn.  When combined with acetaminophen it is nearly as effective as codeine, tramadol, or hydrocodone in relieving more severe pain.
2.      Acetaminophen (Tylenol) - Acetaminophen is the only OTC pain-reliever that is not an anti-inflammatory drug.  It will not irritate the stomach like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen.  It is useful for the same conditions as ibuprofen, though effectiveness varies according to patient.  As mentioned above, it may be combined with ibuprofen in full doses for more severe pain.  Side effects are very few, though in high dose, especially when combined with alcohol, it can lead to liver failure.  It is available in several pediatric dosages, both for pain relief and fever reduction.
3.      Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) - An inexpensive antihistamine, diphenhydramine is primarily used for drainage due to respiratory infections and nasal allergies, in both adults and children.  It is also indicated for hives and itching, including itchy rashes such as poison ivy.  Although not all patients become drowsy when using diphenhydramine, many do so, making this medication useful for insomnia as well.  Some people find the drug relieves nausea or mild anxiety.
4.      Loperamide (Imodium) - The most effective OTC medication for diarrhea is loperamide, which is available both as tablet form and liquid for children.  It is often useful for relieving intestinal cramping. 
5.      Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) - Pseudoephedrine is effective at relieving congestion of both the upper and lower respiratory tract due to most common causes including infection, allergy, chemical irritation, and mild asthma or bronchitis.  It frequently has a stimulatory effect, similar to caffeine.  The most common side effects are those resembling a burst of adrenaline:  rapid heart rate, palpitations, and increased blood pressure.  Years ago this drug was used in young children, even babies, though now most pediatricians do not advise it in patients younger than about six years old.
6.      Meclizine (Bonine, Dramamine) - This antiemetic drug is available both over the counter and by prescription.  It relieves nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, and vertigo-like dizziness.  For some patients it causes drowsiness, and therefore may be used as a sleep aid.  It is related to medications for anxiety and may help with this as well.
7.      Ranitidine (Zantac) - Although several medications are available OTC for the treatment of heartburn, ulcers, and other acid-reducing conditions, ranitidine is among the best-tolerated, is inexpensive, and is also useful for relieving hives. Doctors often advise an acid-reducing medication such as ranitidine for patients who experience stomach upset when taking ibuprofen, though this must be done with caution.
8.      Hydrocortisone cream - The 1% version of hydrocortisone is the strongest steroid cream available over the counter.  It is safe for use in both adults and children in treating inflamed and/or itchy rashes such as eczema, poison ivy, diaper rash, and other minor genital irritations.
9.      Bacitracin ointment - This ointment is best used to prevent skin infections when the integrity of the skin has been breached, as by an abrasion, laceration, insect bite, or sting.  It also may be used to treat a superficial skin infection such as a mildly infected wound or impetigo.  It is less likely to produce a topical skin allergy than other topical antibiotic preparations that contain neomycin.  It cannot be used to treat deeper infections, however, which generally require an antibiotic by mouth.
10.  Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin) The same antifungal medication, clotrimazole, is contained in both Lotrimin and Gyne-Lotrimin.  Gyne-Lotrimin may be used to treat both female yeast infections and any other yeast or fungal infection that Lotrimin would treat, including athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, diaper rashes, and skin fold irritations.

For under $50 total a good supply of all of the above can be purchased.  Several of these medications are also available at higher doses by prescription, and may actually be less expensive if obtained from a physician (ranitidine, meclizine, loperamide, and diphenhydramine), even paying full price.  All of the above drugs and many more are discussed in detail in my book, 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care. The book includes dozens of sections on treating yourself.  Available for under $10 online, the book offers practical advice on treating: respiratory infections, pink eye, sore throats, nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, urinary infections, allergies, arthritis, acne, hemorrhoids, dermatitis, skin infection, lacerations, lice, carpal tunnel syndrome, warts, mental illness, asthma, COPD, depression, diabetes, enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and much more.

Thanks Survival Blog


New All American Sun Oven

We have posted about the Sun Oven before and we love their products and we are excited to share with you their newest product that came about about 3 months ago: The All American Sun Oven


Cook, Bake, Dehydrate, or Boil with the World’s Most Universal Power Source…
Free Sunshine!
The TOTALLY NEW All American SUN OVEN® has retained the best qualities of the original Global Sun Oven and added many more user friendly features to create America’s most efficient hassle free solar appliance for cooking, water pasteurization, and dehydrating.

Sample Cooking Times

Beef Roast, 2.5 lbs = 1 hour, 20 minutes
Baked Chicken, 3 lbs = 1 hour, 15 minutes
Bread = 45 minutes
Rice = 40 minutes
Chocolate Cake = 35 minutes
Granola = 20 minutes
  • Reaches Temperatures of 360 to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit! in USA
  • Bake, Boil, or Steam Foods — Boil or Pasteurize Water!
  • American made with uniquely American features!
  • Dehydrate Fruits, Vegetables, or Jerky!
  • Slow cook or cook in comparable time to conventional stove tops or ovens!
  • As Portable as a Small Suitcase — Only 22 lbs!
  • Ruggedly Built for Years of Trouble-Free Use!
  • Totally Safe — No Danger of Fire!
For the past 28 years, SUN OVENS® have been widely used around the world in more than 126 countries and have become the world’s most well-respected solar cooking appliance. The TOTALLY NEW All American SUN OVENS® combines the experience gained by cooking millions of meals with the distinctive American cooking needs and lifestyle to create a uniquely American SUN OVENS® which:
  • Is 20% larger than prior model SUN OVENS® to cook a greater volume of food and accommodate many standard size baking pans.
  • Takes the guesswork out of aligning with the sun.
  • Has improved wind resistance.
  • Includes CD with hundreds of recipes& Emergency Preparedness Organizer CD and videos.

If you are interested in a price list or ordering an All American Sun Oven for you or your family please send us an email at dfwfoodstorage@yahoo.com


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: How to make Charcoal at Home


How to make Charcoal:
Timing is important. Plan to start your burn on the hottest, muggiest day of the year with a comfort index of at least 105 and air quality just above the minimum to sustain life. These conditions won't affect the charcoal process at all but will ensure that the experience is memorable.
There are two basic methods of making charcoal: direct and indirect:
    * The direct method uses heat from the incomplete combustion of the organic matter, which is to become charcoal. The rate of combustion is controlled by regulating the amount of oxygen allowed into the burn and is stopped by excluding oxygen before the charcoal itself begins to burn. This is the ages old method used by colliers to make charcoal in a pit, pile (clamp) or, more recently, in metal or masonry chambers (kilns). See the links below for more information.
    * The indirect method uses an external heat source to "cook" organic matter contained in a closed but vented airless chamber (retort). This is usually carried out in a metal or masonry chamber (furnace). The indirect method results in a higher yield of high quality charcoal with less smoke and pollutants and requires less skill and attention than the direct method.

We found that the easier method was the indirect method. This is what we recommend doing:

To make 30-40 lb of charcoal, you will need:
    * A clean 55 gallon metal drum with the lid cut off roughly (you will be able to reuse this drum many, many times)
    * Enough seasoned wood to fill said drum, chopped into big fist-size pieces (OK, say 5"x5", and the wood just needs to be a couple months seasoned, although the dryer the wood, the faster the process..)
    * A bag of sand
    * 3 or 4 bricks
    * A case of beer(optional)
    * Time and patience
    * Start by punching/cutting 5 holes in the bottom of the drum which are each 2" square. Try to keep them towards the center. Put the drum down on the bricks, placed so it is off the ground and fill it with the wood. Start a fire in the drum. When it is going well, put the top back on to reflect back the heat. Since it was cut off roughly, there will be slight gaps to allow the a draft.
    * Now, turn the whole thing over, placing it back onto the bricks. (This is where you might need the case of beer to convince several men to help you lift the sucker. It will be heavy. And mind the lid doesn't fall off!) Wait, consuming the beer as necessary. The smoke will start out white. This is the water vapor burning off. Next the smoke will go blue/grey which is the alcohols and phenols burning off. Then the smoke appears yellow, which is the tar burning off. Finally the smoke will clear and you will just see waves of heat. When this happens, Carefully remove the bricks out from underneith. Take the sand and make a pile around the bottom lid, plugging up the bottom draft. Also, cover the top with either a piece of turf or a large piece of metal. Use the sand to seal around the turf/metal so no air can get into the drum. We are trying for a closed system here. If air/oxygen/fire-fuel DOES get into the drum, the charcoal will just burn up. Not what we want. Also, try not to let the sand fall down into the drum through the holes. Allow the drum to cool (2-3 hours). Then turn back over, pry off the top and remove your charcoal. If there is a spark, the charcoal may "catch", but just douse it with some water. The charcoal will still be hot enough to dry out. Repeat above process as necessary.

Thanks Dan Gill


Preparedness Tip Wednessday: Pet Prep

How many of you saw this touching story about the older' lady in Moore, Oklahoma who was being interviewed after the recent mile-wide tornado there and during the interview the reporter found her missing dog?

We have talked a lot about how to prepare for you and your family but it is also important to prep for your 4-legged friends!

Many times the pets in our lives become more than just animals – they become family!
Pets depend on us for their safety and well-being. The best way to protect them is to have a plan for their safety during an emergency. Here are some things you can do to create a plan to protect your pet in an emergency.
I found this article about pet preparedness and I thought I would share it with you:

Many times the pets in our lives become more than just animals – they become family!
Pets depend on us for their safety and well-being. The best way to protect them is to have a plan for their safety during an emergency. Here are some things you can do to create a plan to protect your pet in an emergency.
Prepare beforehand
Evacuation plans. Plan to take your pet with you in an evacuation. Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route allow for pets. If you think an evacuation might be coming, call ahead to make reservations. Ask if no-pet policies can be overlooked during an evacuation.
Red Cross. Note that the Red Cross cannot accept pets. They only allow service animals that assist people to be in a Red Cross shelter.
Drills. Include your pets in evacuation drills. This will help your family realize what they can do to help your pet but it will also help your pet become accustomed to their carriers.
ID Information. Make sure that your pets are wearing collars with up-to-date information. Also consider including your pet’s vaccination information with your emergency documents. Many times, pet shelters will require proof of current vaccinations in an emergency to reduce the spread of disease.
Microchips. There are many tags that you can place on your pet too. These microchips allow you to track your pet’s location and could come in handy during an emergency.

During an emergency
Get your ducks in a row. Many times, before an emergency, warnings are issued hours beforehand. When a warning is issued, be sure to locate your pet at that time. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Survival kit. Store your pet’s emergency supply in an accessible location. It should include a sturdy transportation carrier, a high-quality leash, food and water, a manual can opener, copies of vaccination information, a first-aid kit, a current photo of your pet in case it gets lost and a small toy.
Many times a pet backpack will do the trick. It’s a great way to have a pet carry its own emergency supplies.
Prepare your pet for an emergencyAfter an emergency
Behavior changes. Be sure to keep an eye on your pet after a disaster. Many times, pet’s behavior can change dramatically after a disaster. Sometimes they can become aggressive or defensive. Be sure to watch them to ensure that they do not hurt others.
Fences. When you’re allowed to return home, be sure to check all the fences and other areas of your home. Fences might have new holes in them that weren’t there before.
Sense of smell. Keep your pet close for the next couple days after an emergency, many times their sense of smell is thrown off after a disaster. This will cause them to become disoriented on where their home is at.
New hazards. Be aware that there might be some hazards that could affect your pet’s nose, paw or hoof. Things like fertilizers, spilled chemicals and other things can affect your pet but not affect you.
What do you think?
What other preparations have you made that you think are helpful? Please comment below and share your tips!

Thanks- The Ready Store


Killer Steal on a 26-piece Grab-N-Go 72 hour Survival bag

Today there is a good deal an amazing deal on this 72-hour Grab-N-Go Bag! It is normally $100 and right now it is only $20!!

26-Piece Emergency 72-Hour Survival Grab-N-Go Bag with First Aid Kit, Multi-Function Knife, Flashlight and Much More! - Be Prepared For Any Natural Disaster

Preparedness should be a way of life.

It is generally said that it takes emergency services three days (72 hours) to set up relief services. This is why this go bag kit is often referred to as a 72 hour kit. You should be able to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours in any kind of man-made or natural disaster using the gear included in this bag. Depending on your situation you may need to create warmth and will need a fire. The "Rule of Three's" states that you can live three minutes without air, three hours without shelter in a bad environment, three days without water and three weeks without food. With this 26-Piece Grab N' Go Bag you have the basic essentials that will cover the rule of three's and then some. Don't rely on others or the government to take care of your family during a disaster. Get prepared today and purchase you Grab N' Go bag now!
Condition: New
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Warranty: 1 Year
Product Features:
• The ultimate survival kit for virtually any emergency situation
• Contains everything you need to survive in excess of 72-hours without assistance
• Easy to carry bag is portable and lightweight
• Great for camping, hiking, road trips or general emergency readiness
• Grab N' Go bag includes:
1 Silver rescue blanket
1 Water container 10L
1 Plastic whistle with lanyard
1 Cotton work gloves
1 50 Hour candle
1 Light stick 12 hours
1 Plastic emergency sheeting
1 Ear loop dust mask
1 Duct tape roll (49 ml x 6 meters)
1 Flashlight with handle charger
1 waterproof Matches 
1 Bio hazard waste bag 24'' x 23"
1 72 Hr Disaster guide
1 Multi-function knife 11 knife
1 Nylon bag
1 First aid kit
10 Aquatabs (add 1 tablet to 1L of clear water for decontamination)
What You Get:
• 26-Piece 72-Hour Survival Grab N' Go bag

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