Prepping Disabled

This is something I touched on a little in my post Family and Friends, in that post I talked about elderly family members. But, I didn’t cover family members with other disabilities. This is going to sound really harsh, but any person in your life who depends on electricity to survive, like a ventilator, has a slim chance of surviving after a major collapse. Zero chance if the power grid goes down for any reason.

What you’re going to have to figure into your prepping plans is what to do for disabled family members. I know, “disabled” covers a huge span of issues and degrees of severity. Your plan of action is going to depend entirely on your situation and how self sufficient your family member is. A former neighbor has a son with Down Syndrome, he functions about the same as a 5 year old child. He can help with simple tasks and as long as someone is there he knows and trusts, he might do alright. A current neighbor has advanced Multiple Sclerosis, she needs a power lift to get in and out of bed and the bathtub; she requires oxygen at night or she stops breathing. Gail stands zero chance of surviving long-term without electricity.

Disabled includes damage we’ve inflicted on our bodies, too. My back is a total mess due to work related abuse, I have trouble doing much and require powerful medications to do what I can. I couldn’t walk to our bug out location, no way. Once my medications run out, I have no idea what I’ll do. Harvest “ditch weed” is my only option. My husband, Bear, blew out his knee a few years ago. He’s put off surgery due to our financial situation. We’ve been able to keep it from getting worse with Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM blend, but its not healed. Between the 2 of us, we make a whole person! We belong to a group that knows our limitations and they don’t have a problem with them.

What you need to do while things are still relatively quiet and stable is, sit down and go over just what health/physical/mental/emotional issues are present with you, your family and anyone you will be bringing into your circle after a disaster. Be honest in your assessment of your own capabilities and limitations. Don’t think you’ll be able to “tough it out” or “get through it” unless you’ve been doing so already. The stress and added workload post disaster will be beyond anything any of us in America have had to deal with before. It isn’t the time to find your limitations and to suddenly toughen up. Family members will need to same evaluation, if you have a family member who has physical limitations, be prepared to pick up any slack and make sure everyone else is on board with it, too. With your friends you can be a little more ruthless and by that I mean, look at them as if they were just some strangers you heard about on TV. Would you want them with you? If they have limitations, what are those? Do you need or want the extra stress and burden of the extra workload?

Mental illness is a whole other subject. What is the diagnosis? How stable are they on and off medications? What is the level of comprehension? Are they able to care for themselves? Will you be able to trust them?? Trust them alone with any firearms? Would you be able to trust them to “watch your back”?

There are probably a couple dozen more questions you could come up with on top of mine. These questions have to be asked and honest answers have to be sought in order to move forward. Only you can answer those questions, but, remember, those answers will affect everyone you’re responsible for.

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4 thoughts on “Prepping Disabled

  1. Being mildly physically handicapped (and aged), I had thoughts about ‘whatever’ occurs.
    But the thinking of many of the Rambo mindsets about disability is really funny (and a little disturbing)..
    If you can’t run 20 miles with a 30 lb pack on your back you’re finished. Total rubbish.
    I’ve always found that the most adaptable people are the disabled. We have to be.

    We know a few preppers who are disabled and the discussions have be ‘deep’ to say the least.
    Curiously the stubborn streak many of us (especially the ladies) has seen us through most incidents better than the able bodied. As for needing more help than others?
    Some do, some don’t, some wouldn’t ask for help anyway.
    By better half helps me if I need it, and I help her. That’s called being a couple.

    OK, if you have to rely on technology to live, I’m sorry for you when the electricity goes off for ever.
    As for the rest of us? We’ll manage, as always.
    Don’t forget a lot are aged and that in itself is seen as a disability.
    What is forgotten though is the aged grew up in a world where technology mad was owning a TV set.

    We know how to do things using the ‘old ways’.
    As a conversation went in a shop.
    Young lady, “I’m out buying clothing as my washer has died.”
    OAP. “So washing by hand isn’t an option?”
    The young lady walked off in a huff to a load of laughter from others of our age group.

    As for the mentally afflicted and chemically dependent (junkies).
    It’s always going to be a judgement call. Only what is your goal?
    Mine is to survive and the safety of my family comes first.
    Anyone who could endanger that may want to go elsewhere before I decide on a course of action.

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    1. I am over 50 by quite a bit and am also disabled. I couldn’t walk 20 feet with a 30 lb pack on my back! Too many years in retail ruined my back and knees. I grew up in a Midwestern city and a family in our neighborhood had a color TV with a remote!! We thought they were the worst kind of family with their Conspicuous Consumption!!
      We have some of the new technologies, but we didn’t run out and buy them right away. We waited till the prices came down.
      I am only trying to get people to start thinking for themselves about their lives. I am by no means an expert, I can’t sit and write for long periods, so don’t cover every possible angle. Frankly, no one could do that. I hope people read what I write and see something that gets them thinking about something they’d taken for granted until then.

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  2. I am trying, but these sheeple make it so damned hard! I was just up at my town’s annual event, the committee gave me a table! Literally and figuratively.
    I was giving out information on Convention of States, by Citizens for Self Governance, they’re the latest group trying to get an Article V Constitutional Amendment Convention going. A third of the people listened politely and took the info, a third got blank faced and walked away when they heard “Constitution” , of the remaining third most just walked past and a small minority were interested in what I was saying and intended to look into it. Most of the 4 hours I felt like I was beating my head off a brick wall. But, 5 adults and 2 very involved kids know about it and are excited about it. Yay! 😀

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