Maybe your grandma and grandpa have long since passed away, maybe you have parents in their old age, this post also applies to YOU. Do they have SHTF plans? Probably not. Do you have SHTF plans for them? If you want them to live – you’d better. Oh right, they’re very old, huh? They’re in a nursing home and the nursing home will take care of matters – right? Wrong.
Did you see this article on the nursing home in New Orleans that let everyone DIE (drown) when Katrina hit? Hell, even assuming the owners of the nursing home are reputable and have a high ethical standard, chances are extremely high they’re just like everyone else – no STHF plans. Yes, some places now have disaster preparedness plans in place, but I recall one study by some company (can’t remember exactly) that found some nursing homes planned on sending people to one particular location if SHTF. The catch was, they also found virtually every other nursing home in the area had the SAME PLAN, meaning the identified “safe spot” would not be able to meet the sudden influx of people. Poor planning. What’s more, why do you think the underpaid staff at the nursing home are even going to show up for work when bird flu hits? You think they’ll want to hang around sick old people for 8 bucks an hour when avian flu is knocking people out? I don’t think so. They’ll stay home and watch over their own parents or children. Can you blame them?
Here are some TETOWAWKI planning techniques for older party peeps:
- Have a few months worth of personal supplies at your SHTF safe haven.
Chances are this is your own home. Devote a shelf in the basement to
personal care needs the older folks might need. Got Depends? Did you save their old eye glasses
rather than throw them out? Spare hearing aid batteries? Oxygen tanks?
- Store “feel good” stuff they may need to calm down. Some seniors just love a particular candy or food.
- God meds? You’ll likely need them. Doctors may be more willing to give an extra bottle of medication as backup for seniors than they may to someone else. When prescriptions are filled through mail order options, they usually come in larger quantities.
- Got a communication plan? What if something happens to YOU? Does your loved one know who to contact? Is there someone that lives out-of-state who can act as the communication point for the family if things go from bad to worse?
- Pet planning – it’s amazing how many older folks are tied to their pets. Pets become one of the family, and in many cases people refuse to leave dangerous situations if leaving means Fido can’t come. You may need pet plans. If bringing the pet isn’t an option, and it’s TEOTWAWKI, you could also field dress “mittens” before packing up. I’ve never eaten cat, but I suspect it’s okay with a little gravy.
- Medical devices – I’m thinking a wheelchair, crutches, etc. You may be able to find used ones really cheap. Check Craig’s list and other places. You might even find them free. If storage space isn’t an issue, it may be beneficial to have items like these on hand regardless of grandma plans.
If you’ve got a relative with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, post-SHTF planning for these people won’t be easy – at all. Unfortunately if you don’t step up to take care of them in a really bad situation, chances are no one
will. Perhaps you WON’T be able to care for them. It all depends on the situation and everything is relative (pun intended). Doomsday won’t be pretty. Prepare now.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Tomorrow is Saturday and it’ll be another non-post day. I kinda liked not having to post last Saturday. It gave me a chance to build up a couple posts for the coming week, so I’m not scrambling last minute when something comes up in the evening or morning. Check back bright and early Sunday morning for MORE TEOTWAWKI madness.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of grandma. Just because she’s in a wheelchair doesn’t mean she can’t be positioned as a sentry.