Fibro Daily

Disaster Survival Tips for Fibromyalgia

Fibro Daily October 29, 2012

I have lived through several traumatic incidents with a chronic illness: being attacked, 9/11, a power outage that lasted for days, and a tornado while trapped in my car, followed by about seven more that day.

So. Sandy.

This is a little late now, but this won’t be the last hurricane that hits. When you are faced with a disastrous situation that has some warning like Sandy, try to evacuate if possible. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Of course, that is not always possible. If not possible, try to be with people who are aware of your condition and can help you.

Also, make a list of necessary supplies including food that won’t spoil if the power goes out, water, medication, pet food, flashlight, batteries, a radio, blankets and if possible, a generator that can help with the power. Make sure to shop for those supplies before the last minute, too. The list will help you remember everything you need. Better yet, keep the supplies on hand in a suitcase so you can avoid the rush. Keep the pet carriers near the suitcase, too.

It’s impossible to prepare completely for anything, but just do your best to get what you can and put it away where’s it’s easy to get so you don’t have trouble lifting or moving it. Make things easy on yourself ahead of time.

And remember: do deep breathing exercises and keep your cell phone nearby so you feel like there is contact with the outside world. Stay positive and strong, and think of a better tomorrow.

Peace.

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