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Preparing/ Surviving with Disabilities

edited November 2017 in General
"Whoa, great idea PM but I'm a healthy young rutting buck and a one man wrecking machine, I'm indestructible and there isn't anything that would make me think different."

Ahhh yeah, I kinda felt the same way when I was young and dumb, but still thought that I knew sooooooo much. So goes the fantasies of youth.
Well ........ shit happens, no way around it. Whether it is by our own dumbass fault, a birth defect, an accident caused by someone else, old age , or an act of nature ( like a jihaddi deer going after motorcyclists). The simple fact remains, you and I are no longer jr. supermen, yeah I know, it sucks .
So lets start a discussion, what do you say ?
How should / could someone who is disabled make changes to their prepping plans that would best suit them not only now but later as well.
How might we also educate the younger members in our ranks to take the likelihood of something like this happening to them just a bit more serious and plan accordingly so as to not be entirely caught off guard for when it does eventually happen ?

So here are a few videos to get the ball rolling.

American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Emergency Preparedness For People With Special Needs

Disability Training for Emergency Planners: Serving People with Disabilities

Self Defense Cane & Disabled Prepping


  • My nephew has cerebral palsy and can't walk and quite a bit of his other motor skills are lacking but other than that he's a normal 6 year old kid. My nephew kind of reminds me of Ivar The Boneless from the show Vikings. Ivar The Boneless was a real person in real life and the meaning of his name is disputed by historians but Ivar in the show couldn't walk either so he had to crawl and hop around which is what my nephew does when he's not in his wheelchair. Ivar The Boneless commanded viking raids and conquered England. My nephew and Ivar are both really rambunctious and don't make excuses for themselves. Although I'm sure cerebral palsy is very frustrating for my nephew, I can't say that I've ever heard him get visibly frustrated or upset because of his disabilities. He always manages to find a way to keep up with all the other kids his age, he's resourceful like that and he doesn't seem to let it get him down(at least not that I've noticed).

    I think having the right mindset and being resourceful and not letting anything get you down will do wonders in a shtf scenario and that goes for people with disabilities as well as their loved ones. What's the alternative? To give up and try to make people feel sorry for you? If you have that attitude in a real shtf scenario then you'll die pretty quickly. People, weather they have disabilities or not, can do amazing things if they have the right attitude. Teach your kids to be the MacGyver's of life now while their still young.
  • Know thyself. A disability is an advantage in some way, you just have to adapt to it. My one year old disability is young, we are still getting to know one another. Mine is minimal in comparison to many here, however, it's a disability nonetheless. Due to the weight, I can no longer carry a full load. The weight pulls down on my titanium shoulder causing severe pain. I can no longer run like a champ, slight limp from whatever went through my leg. Lung don't process oxygen through the blood properly anymore due to the internal scarring from the rib that went through it, which causes dizziness and reduced stamina. So, I reduced my load, my movement speed, and changed some of my tactics to compensate. One of the advantages I now have actually comes from the titanium shoulder. Over the last year and few months, I have acquired the ability to "lock" my rifle into firing position. The first time I done it, it skeert me. Thought I hurt me, but, it didn't. Now I can do it whenever I want. The advantage it gives me is almost zero breathe sway. My sites don't move when inhaling or exhaling. The advantage of the limp is the impression of incapability. People auto assume I can't make certain movements. The best advice I can give to the disabled? ADAPT, AND OVERCOME. Scout out.
  • the only thing close to a disability that I have is alchoholism ...there isn't a doubt in my mind that If I had to go q week w2ithout some kind of alcohol, I would gt sick
  • A disease or disability can be treated with medications or physical therapy, alcoholism cannot. It's an ADDICTION, not a disease/disability. Only the ADDICTED individual can cure an ADDICTION.
  • edited November 2017
    I NEVER have agreed with the A.M.A. in that ADDICTIONS are DISEASES, after all I've been around plenty of fat people and never mysteriously ballooned up. Also back in my younger days when I drank quite heavily shall we say I knew very well what I was doing , It was a choice that I made because it was my escape mechanism for "DEALING" with my life issues at the time when in fact I wasn't, I was just not taking full responsibility and felt sorry for myself due to circumstances.
    ......And then came the 10-12 pots of coffee a day when I stopped drinking as much, guess what, I had simply replaced one ADDICTION for ANOTHER !

    Now however I could sit down with any of you all or anyone and have coffee, but I only have about two small mugs and that is it for the whole day, or a bottle of Ale or several glasses of good bourbon and leave it at that without A- turning into an ass or B- FEEEEEEEL that I NEED to keep going down that dead end road again.
    I instead have chosen long ago to just deal with the hand that I was dealt, make friends with my pain and enjoy every day as best that I can.
    I killed off my demons from my past, I stopped burying them over and over only to have them resurface at a time of their choosing, instead I denied them the power that they once held over me and just let the asses blow away. Now once in a great while when one of them tries to revisit me late at night I have the tools to not only fight it but to KICK IT'S ASS !!!

    I have told you before " Lil' Homey" , that you can call and talk to me any night and WE can talk at length, I'm here for ya, just like I'm here for all the rest of the guys, and one day, or night, I may need you to be there for me.

  • My wife is a stroke survivor. If shit went down and we had to bug out on foot? Well........that would suck.
  • https://www.thebugoutbagguide.com/bugging-out-limited-mobility/

    Bugging Out With Limited Mobility: Elderly or Disabled

    It’s fairly easy to find advice for bugging out with ‘people in good health,’ but what if you, or someone you love, are not in reasonable health? How can you ensure all your family members – not just the healthy ones – are prepared to bug out?

    This concern was recently raised by Kimberly, a reader of this site, who emailed me asking how she and her husband could adapt their bug out plan as they age to ensure their deteriorating health doesn’t limit their evacuation options.

    Kimberly’s already on the right track – considering potential problems before they happen is fundamental to preparedness. The best tools against survival challenges are knowledge and proper planning. Thinking about plausible future scenarios and how they could potentially impact her bug out plan puts Kimberly ahead of the game.

    Let’s take her the rest of the way by examining ways we can modify our bug out plan to accommodate someone with limited mobility, whether they are elderly or disabled.

    Keep in mind that this post can apply to any less-abled person in your crew, not strictly people with age-related mobility issues. The following suggestions can be used to accommodate a disaster plan for an elderly relative, an injured or sick person, an infant, or an otherwise disabled person.

    Let’s look at two possible scenarios:

    Bugging Out With Limited Mobility Family Members
    Making Your Own Plan If You Have Limited Mobility

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    Bugging Out With Limited Mobility Family Members
    1. For people with highly limited or no mobility: Shelter in place (bug in instead of bugging out)
    2. For people with a medium level of mobility: Shelter in place or limit your bug out
    Making Your Own Plan If You Have Limited Mobility

    Bugging Out With Limited Mobility Family Members

    The first step is to realistically evaluate their ability to move over long distances.

    Make sure you’re aware of exactly how much movement they’re capable of – can they walk for a full day, half a day, two hours, or less? Some people, specifically infants and people in wheelchairs, will need your help to be mobile, while others could improve their speed with the help of aids such as walking sticks.

    If current limitations could be overcome through improved fitness or lifestyle changes (e.g. better eating, quitting smoking), encourage your family member to start making those changes now.

    Based on the results of your assessment, the next step is to choose the best option for your situation:
    1. For people with highly limited or no mobility: Shelter in place (bug in instead of bugging out)

    Your first consideration will be where to shelter – will you stay in the person’s home or move them to another location?

    Wherever you choose, make sure you consider the following:

    If you will be assisting them, consider using their home as your bug out location
    Write a list of all the items you will need in case of emergency (e.g. food, dry goods, tools, water) and make sure there are adequate stockpiles at your shelter location
    Thoroughly assess the location for possible threats – is it in a flood plain, tornado corridor, or earthquake fault zone? Understanding the type of emergency situations you could potentially be facing will help you better prepare.
    If you don’t live with the person or may be out of the house when disaster strikes, consider what obstacles may interfere with your ability to reach the shelter – are there roads between you and them that may be blocked, impassible, or clogged with traffic?
    Ensure the location can accommodate everyone in your bug out team with sleeping areas and sufficient stores of food, water, and hygiene items.

    See also: The Ultimate Guide to Bugging In
    2. For people with a medium level of mobility: Shelter in place or limit your bug out

    Even if you are planning to bug out with a person of moderate mobility abilities, the best option may still be to shelter in place. If you live in an area with rough terrain or frequent bad weather, consider sheltering in place and follow the guidelines above.
    Limited bug out

    If you believe there’s a reasonable expectation that your limited mobility member will be able to walk for half a day or more, you can plan a limited bug out that will accommodate their needs.

    If it’s possible to use a car to cover some ground, plan to drive as far as possible and walk from there. When incorporating a car into your survival plan, be sure to consider the following:

    Make sure you have the right vehicle to bug out in as well as a specific vehicular bug out kit packed in addition to your personal backpacks
    Include alternative locations in your bug out plan in the event you can’t get to your car or travel in the direction you had originally planned

    Packing for a limited mobility person can be challenging as they may only be able to carry a light BOB, or more realistically, none at all. If you’ll be traveling with a group, distribute gear needed for your limited mobility member amongst other members so as not to burden one person, maximizing your group’s ability to travel.

    Ensure you pack items that will make camp as comfortable as possible for them. The more comfortable the person is, the better able they will be to recover and travel further the next day. Consider packing a larger bed roll than you would typically bring or perhaps a lightweight folding stool or backpacking hammock for rest breaks.

    For people with fair mobility: Bug out with some adjustments

    A person with fair mobility should be able to travel a decent distance, albeit at a slower pace or with more frequent rest stops than a healthier person. However, consideration should still be made for easing the impact of hard travel.

    A bug out vehicle would still be great in this scenario if that option is available to you. If not, and your group must carry their gear, be sure to limit the amount carried by someone with only fair mobility to ensure the burden won’t impact their ability to travel.

    While it is always important to be supportive and focus on the abilities – not disabilities – of your bug out team, try and keep expectations realistic.

    People, especially those with little backpacking or survival experience, can sometimes become overly enthusiastic of their own abilities. It may be a long journey and everyone will need to keep their strength up.

    Despite the confidence some of your members may have in their endurance abilities, make sure to use your best judgement and plan to enforce periodic breaks if need be.
    Making Your Own Plan If You Have Limited Mobility

    Now let’s take a look at the opposite scenario: you are now the individual with the physical limitation that a bug out plan must be accommodated to.

    If you have family members or friends to rely on, share the tips above with them to ensure you’re all prepared should you need to bug out. However, if you don’t have the good fortune of having someone close by you can depend on, you will need to build your own disaster plan to accommodate your needs.

    Your first step in developing a functional plan is to perform a realistic assessment of your own abilities. If you are on your own or bugging out with another person of limited mobility, the best option will most often be to shelter in place, also known as bugging in.

    The following are ways you can prepare your home or chosen shelter to accommodate your physical limitations in case of disaster:

    Ensure your home is adequately stocked with supplies you will need in case of emergency such as food, water, tools, medications, etc.
    Secure a means to communicate with the outside world should cell phones and landlines become unusable, such as a HAM radio
    Learn basic survival skills and practice them as much as possible to maximize your odds of thriving without support
    Do whatever you can to increase your ability to be self-sufficient, such as growing a garden or learning new skills
    If possible, dig a well to ensure access to a reliable water supply (keep in mind you will need a manual pump or electric backup for this option)
    Bugging out in a vehicle should be considered only as a last resort; if your car fails and your physical limitations prevent you from traveling by foot, you could be stranded without help
    If you are considering bugging out in a vehicle, make sure you have a vehicle BOB packed and anything you may need to help you travel by foot once you reach your destination (cane, wheelchair, walker, crutches, etc.)

    See also: The Ultimate Guide to Bugging In

    The best offence is always a strong defence; using these tips to modify your bug out plan to accommodate for current or future limitations will make you that much more prepared when disaster strikes.

    As I mentioned in the beginning, this article was inspired by a real-life problem faced by one of our readers. If you have any questions keeping you up at night about survival, preparedness planning, survival skills, or the best gear to choose, please drop me a line at info@thebugoutbagguide.com. You never know, it just might save your life!
    Your Thoughts?

    Have you been planning on supporting a limited mobility person in your bug out plan? Are you planning to overcome any limitations you have yourself?

    Let us know how in the Comments Section below, thanks!
  • I am in a wheelchair so I have made both plans to bug in and plans for my BO place. I have family here that would help no matter if we stayed or had to leave. And even though some of them are not totally with it yet I'm sure once things get bad they would be looking to me for assistance.
    Now traveling may be a little trickier, but with 2 Jeeps, a few other vehicles and a set of maps I think I would be able to get to where I need to go granted there isn't an EMP.
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