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Emergency Preparedness – Hypothermia

Emergency Preparedness – Hypothermiacamo man in jungle

 

Prevention must be part of your emergency preparedness, however, in some cases you may not be able to prepare properly so it is important that you know how to protect yourself using what is available in your environment.

Preventing injuries, and being proactive in protecting yourself against things like hypothermia, hyperthermia (heat stroke), frostbite and dehydration can ensure your survival.

Knowing what the possibilities are can go a long way in preventing certain things from happening or developing. 

Hypothermia 

 

Emergency Preparedness hyperthermia ice manHypothermia is a very real concern and steps must be taken straight away if you find yourself stranded in a cold environment – you should always employ the Top 5 Survival Skills and ensure your emergency preparedness is fully ready for any situation to keep you safe and alive.

Hypothermia is a medical condition diagnosed when your core body temperature has dropped by three degrees. Wet clothing and exposure to wind will accelerate the process.

It is not a matter of days or even hours because in some cases, the onset of hypothermia can happen in a matter of minutes. This is why shelter in any climate, but in particular in a cold climate, is so critical.

Experts will tell you that shelter must be obtained within three hours but in frigid temperatures, it must be obtained as quickly as possible.

 The Top 5 Survival Skills

1. Know how to build a shelter and set up a camp

2. Know how to start a fire using foraged materials

3. Know how to find water and filter it or to distill water from the sun

4. Know how to set snares, traps, fishing and hunting skills and gathering food from the land

5. Know how to butcher and prepare fish and game

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Essential procedures for Hypothermia

  • The body must be warmed if you suspect hypothermia.
  • Wet clothing must be removed and you cannot be exposed to the air.
  • If you treating another person you may have to use body to body contact to warm the person up.
  • Failure to raise the core body temperature will result in death.
  • Knowing what to do is essential and gaining knowledge and certain skill sets is a critical part of any emergency preparedness plan.

 

Along with the above procedures it is important to get heat back into the body – this can be done through a warm drink and warmth to the essential areas.

  • Warm liquids that do not contain alcohol or caffeine can be administered
  • Warm compresses in the groin area and stomach.

 

* Do not use hot water and do not place warm or hot objects on the arms or legs because this can force the chilled blood to rush to the heart shocking it.

*The heart is under stress and caution must be taken to handle the person gently and warm the body without shocking it.  

hot hands instant heatI a survival situation that may result in hypothermia, part of your emergency preparedness must include an immediate source of heat –  fortunately modern technology has the answer to this in the Survival Heat Pack.

This is a type of survival blanket but is only 9″x13″ and has a unique set of components that react to air when opened and create a hot mini blanket.

These will keep hot for upto 15 hours and are the perfect survival blanket for cold conditions.

Click here to find out more about the Hands Survival Heat Pack – 9″x13″ 

 

Always ensure that you keep up to date with survival equipment and your emergency preparedness is always checking and re checking for new and better equipment to may your prepping life easier….