Disaster Planning and Allergies

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Kids’ School Disaster Kits

So there are a couple ways to plan for disasters. The first way was taught to me as a young child growing up in earthquake prone, southern California. This is when regions know their risks and plan as best the can on the family, community, school, and city levels. This is when families and schools stockpile enough food, water, and first aid supplies to survive unassisted for 3 days.

Another way is to plan for more of an economical or political disasters. This is when families and small communities stockpile food for months and develop ways to access energy and fuel and create farms and barter systems.

As I consider  the first type of planning, the type I’m personally most familiar with, and my families needs, I’ve come (sadly) to a screeching halt. I think where I’ve landed is not really changing anything. If it’s really as bad as “all that” then let’s survive and not worry so much about a rash or grumpy moods or achy joints or loose bowels, or….I mean really, we’re talking about survival. And just for days or weeks until the region recovers. This has also made me think of families with more severe reactions. How do they plan??

As my in-laws have consider the second type of disaster planning, they have graciously stockpiled allergy friendly staples for our family. They are thinking more in terms of months or years and then things like rashes, bad moods and loose bowels are more of a concern. This is especially concerning if you consider access to medical care could then be compromised as well. These are scarier thoughts for me. Though the more I understand my family’s needs, the more I know we can face just about anything. Even long term disasters.

How has your family prepared?

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