This is not a particularly easy post to write. It's a very sobering topic, but I think the information needs to be known. If you think you fall into one of these categories, the time to begin preparing is now.
This was prepared by several medical professionals that have dealt with crisis and natural disasters first hand, many more than once. They saw the effects of those that fell into these categories, and are now trying to spread the word, hoping to be able to save lives.
It's a commonly known fact that most religions believe in some kind of epic event that will deliver the righteous and destroy the earth. As a Christian, I believe in the Second Coming of Christ, and I also believe all of the events in the Bible (and Book of Mormon) referring to the Second Coming are events that will take place. These events are commonly thought of as *scary*, or maybe even perhaps *terrifying*. However, I firmly believe that "if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear", from the Doctrine and Covenants. Being a mother, and my husband says simply being a woman, I somewhat alter that to say "if ye are prepared, ye shall fear less". I know I shouldn't fear at all if I am prepared, and I know fear is not a godly attribute. I'm working on that part. Definitely one of my weaknesses. Hence, this blog and my fanatics to get prepared. So... moving on.
The First People To Die When PHTF
(Poop Hits The Fan)
Category #1: The Physically Disabled
Physically disabled means -- Those dependent on prescriptions for survival (i.e. diabetics), elderly, those unable to walk (paraplegics, missing limbs etc), those that have respiratory issues especially those that rely on CPAP machines, obese individuals.
There are some situations that will require you to really haul butt, move quickly, get outta there, etc. For most of these individuals (save maybe some dependent on medication), they will not be able to move quickly. At least in current natural disaster situations, this is true. Who knows exactly what things will be like when it's the "Real Deal".
If you have a family member that falls into this category, please make preparations to help them. If you are obese, please work now to lose weight (I'm definitely labeled as someone that is "overweight" -- I'm workin' on it.) If you are dependent on prescription medications, do what you can to store medication. Talk to your doctor and see if he/she will work with you on this. If you have type II diabetes, change your diet and exercise so you can become less or completely insulin independent. If you smoke, work now to try and stop smoking (I know, easier said then done), but you are not going to want to suffer the affects of a smoker's lungs during these times. And unless you can store a years supply of cigarettes, you also don't want to have to go through serious withdrawal symptoms by being cut off cold turkey.
Category #2: Government Housing / Welfare recipients
When I first read this, I thought, "Oh boy. This is going to be a touchy subject." First point to make -- not all people receiving government assistance are like this. But a whole lot are. There are 2 types of people that fall into this category:
1. Those that have a cradle to grave "Help me I can't do anything for myself nor do I want to" type of mentality. This was extremely apparent after Katrina. This was also the most frustrating group of individuals for health care professionals to work with.
2. Typically some of these individuals become aggressors. These are the first people to go and loot. They are also the first to either get shot (rightfully so) because they are looting or to shoot someone else (Remember that looters don't go after just stores and businesses, they also loot private houses). This is a very dangerous group of people. These are also people that will take advantage of people from Category 1. BEWARE OF THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE. They are very common when looting takes place.
Category #3: Those addicted to substances
1. Druggies *THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS GROUP OF PEOPLE*
When a person addicted to drugs, especially benzos, opiates, or methamphetamines, they will do whatever it takes to get their drug. (Keep in mind that millions of people in the US alone are addicted to drugs. According to this article, 23 million Americans are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.) If they think that you possibly have something they want, they will do whatever it takes to get it, and heaven forbid they come for you. When people are detoxing and looking for whatever it is they want to get their fix, beware! Be prepared to defend yourself against these type of people. One or two rounds of a 9mm will not take them down. Shot placement is paramount -- if you don't shoot the head, heart, or major bone structure, they will continue to come for you. The reason these people die is either because A)other people have to kill them to protect themselves or their family, or B) their blood pressure spikes, they experience seizures, and then die.