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Organisms that can cause illness are all around us; in our food, water, and air. They are in the bodies of animals and other people as well. Infection occurs when some of them get past a series of natural defenses like our skin, inflammation, and antibodies.
As Kendra Lynne states in her article linked below, did you know that within the first three weeks after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina there were reported cases of Cholera, Tuberculosis, Norovirus, and Salmonella?
As a consequence of a disaster or SHTF, outbreaks of infectious diseases typically arise when substantial population displacement occurs. This results in unplanned and overcrowded shelters, with limited access to food and safe water.
To get more info on the 7 most likely of these infections, check out Kenda’s very interesting article. Fair warning, the first video (Cholera) is a bit of an eye-opener!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.