Survival Medicine: 4 Deadly Diseases Unleashed In A Disaster… And How To Treat Them!

Collapse Survival Medicine Tips

It was the deadliest disaster since 1928…

Hurricane Katrina hit an area of approximately 90,000 square miles and resulted in the displacement of approximately 1 million citizens.

We all know of the horror stories these “refugees” faced in the Super Dome (theft, violence, even rape and murder!) but few people realize the horrific health problems that ripped through families because of all the sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants that polluted every drop of water in the area.

Here are some secrets that will help you avoid…

The 4 Deadliest Diseases You And Your Family Will Face During A Disaster…

Collapse Survival Medicine Tips

When it comes to “disaster diseases”, the biggest threats don’t come from dead or decaying bodies or spoiled food.

They mainly come from the complete FAILURE of basic public-health services like sewage disposal and water purification.

And it can come from ANY disaster – not just hurricanes or flooding – even just a major blackout power outage (I’ve seen this during combat when sanitation workers aren’t able to get to work).

No power means no air conditioning… no fans as back-up… no refrigeration to keep life-saving medicines stable… and no open pharmacies to dispense medications.

No transportation means no access to hospitals – and during Katrina, even the people who reached them found that many had no power, no supplies, and no water to drink.

Without these basic infrastructure services, medical care goes back to the 1800’s and you and your family are prone to illness from:

E. Coli Contamination

E. Coli is a very common bacteria that can have devastating effects – including diarrhea and severe cramping – especially for those already weakened by malnutrition and dehydration.

Normally, washing your hands and food can prevent exposure, but disasters aren’t “normal” and everything you touch can be laced with fecal matter – even in your home if sanitation services stop.


I remember getting Dysentery when on a mission in Honduras many years ago from drinking just 1 cup of what I “thought” was safe water.

I was wrong (BIG TIME!) and thought I was going to die because there wasn’t even a hospital in the area I was at (kind of what you might experience in a real disaster when medical help is over-strained, eh?).

I managed to pull through… but trust me, you DON’T want to experience this problem where it’s hard to even keep water inside your body!


In some cases, you can be exposed to the germ “Vibrio Cholera” and diarrhea can be so uncontrollable that you or someone you love could literally go from “perfect health” to DEATH in just a matter of a few hours from severe dehydration!

Actually, we rarely see cholera in the United States because we have proper-working sewage and water treatment systems.

But remember… during a disaster or collapse, these protective systems go down and germs run rampant throughout your environment.

Typhoid Fever

More than 100 years ago, a female cook in NYC (you may have heard of her – “Typhoid Mary”) infected about 50 fellow co-workers, starting the spread of this dangerous disease.

Typhoid is always a threat due to carriers already in our society… but at a much greater risk when sewage and water purification controls are wiped out – and can cause high fever, collapse, and death.

Treatment Of Deadly Water-Borne Diseases In A Disaster…

Given that medical treatment in the after-effects of a disaster will be scarce (or non-existent), you will most likely have to provide self-care for yourself or a loved one who had fallen ill from these horrible illnesses.

For the most part, you can get by with antibiotics and LOTS of hydration.

Of course, BOTH of those could be a real problem to get your hands on when hospitals are overrun, pharmacies have been looted and picked clean, and water sources are contaminated (which got you in this trouble to begin with).

This is why I always advise people to stockpile antibiotics for your own personal use in a crisis.

I buy mine on visits to Mexico where I can get them cheap at any local pharmacy without a prescription… or you can pick up some Fish-Mox (best for Typhoid) and Fish-Zole (best for Cholera) at a pet store that sells fish products since these “fish versions” are the same as our medical prescription antibiotics.

But the real key is to stop the diarrhea and stay hydrated… or you WILL die!

Having anti-diarrheal medicine is a MUST for your home supply (and your bug-out bag).

For hydration, an IV is really helpful here, but few people have several bags of IV solution for hydration, nor do they know how to administer it.

Again, this is why it’s so critical to have an endless source of clean, drinkable water to avoid deadly dehydration.

Filters can really help, but most don’t work where there are chemical spills contaminating water – a really big problem people don’t realize happens in “super storms”.

The best thing you can do is be sure you have filters that can truly clean your water, no matter what the contaminant.

If you can't have an endless supply of clean water, then at the very least be sure at all times to have a good supply of bottled water in your home, and make sure you rotate the stock every so often so that it's good and fresh.

For so many people in the U.S., clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it…and once it's unavailable things can (and will) go south FAST.

But if you remember these tips and plan ahead, you can be ready BEFORE things go bad!

What Other Precautions Do You Recommend For When The Hospitals Are Overrun?

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Survival Medical Kits For Your Bugout Bag: 3 Medical Items You MUST Have!

Bugout Bag Survival Medical Kit Items
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

One of the many areas that preppers and survivalists sometimes neglect in a disaster or collapse scenario is the propensity of desperate people for violence.

Especially when you look at the early stages of a disaster, rioting or looting can easily turn into violent acts perpetrated by some citizens against others, even for no real reason.

Medical gear for your B.O.B. isn't nearly as sexy as some of the other survival gear we all accumulate and carry, but it is absolutely essential.

Especially in a collapse scenario, then, what medical items should you be packing?

I talked with medical and survival experts Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy about this recently, and here are three items they told me are absolutely critical.

Three Medical Items Your Bug Out Bag MUST Have!

Bugout Bag Survival Medical Kit Items
Bugout Bag Survival Medical Kit Items
Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

In the context of medical care, you should have certain medical items stockpiled and available should you have to engage in first aid during a collapse situation.

But your bug-out bag is only so large.

There are only so many things you can be carrying with you at any moment.

Prioritizing your medical gear requires that you make certain choices about what to include and what to leave behind.

Make sure these three items absolutely are included in your B.O.B.

1. Tourniquets

In a collapse situation, you’re much more likely to use collapse medicine to treat diarrheal disease and other infections than you are to get into gunfights.

The fact is, though, that civil unrest and other violence is often part and parcel of surviving a collapse situation.

One of the items you should have available to you is a good tourniquet kit.

There are some brands that are designed so you can use them on yourself with just one free hand, if necessary.

You should always have a tourniquet available in case of a grave injury that produces extreme bleeding.

Tourniquets are not meant to be kept on the body for long periods of time.

They hurt a great deal after a few minutes.

They also cut off circulation to areas that may not be bleeding, in addition to the bleeding area.

Still, despite these limitations, tourniquets are very important medical gear.

2. Hemostatic Agents

Hemostatic agents like QuickClot or CELOX are very helpful for fast treatment of bleeding.

These are natural agents, one of the main ingredients in which is Kaopectate, which is also found in red clay.

If you live in Georgia, you have seen some red clay like this.

CELOX is processed from the shells of crustaceans.

It will stop bleeding and even act on anticoagulants.

(CELOX is superior to QuikClot in that regard.)

It forms a gel when applied, which makes it easier to deal with compared to QuikClot, which sometimes forms a harder material after a while that you have to clean out of the wound.

The one thing about CELOX, though, is that it should not be used on people who are allergic to seafood.

That’s very important to remember.

3. Lots And Lots Of Gauze

The final item you should have on hand for collapse medicine in a violent scenario is gauze.

A single hemorrhagic injury can easily wipe out your entire supply of gauze.

It’s important to have gauze on hand, and also to have things like the Israeli Battle Dressing, which is a sort of gauze.

Don’t neglect the Ace Wraps, either.

In an emergency, you will avoid conflict whenever possible.

The potential for violence is still there, however.

By keeping these simple supplies on hand, you can be better prepared for the scenarios you will confront.

What Critical Medical Items Do You Carry?

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