Prepping can be a massive undertaking for anyone, even those in the best physical condition. For those who have physical limitations, medical conditions, or disabilities, that can be a little disheartening, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t prep for disaster. In fact, it might make you more tenacious about doing so! Dealing with a physical disability just means you may need to do some things differently. Here are some tips for prepping if you (or a loved one) have a disability.
Get Your Hands Dirty
You can still garden. Container gardening is a wonderful option for those who can’t physically handle an in ground garden plot. You can put your containers on a porch or patio and still be able to raise fruits and vegetables. You can use window boxes to grow herbs and other plants, too.
Make Your Home Accessible
Make sure there is a clear path to access all parts of your property with a wheelchair or scooter, if you use one. You might look at widening some doorways in your home if that is necessary, or making a ramp to every entrance.
Have a Backup Power Source
If you do use a wheelchair or scooter, and they are electric, make sure you have a backup generator. If you are dependent on either of these for mobility, this is a crucial prepping step. A generator will also
Adopt a Guard Dog
If you don’t have a guard dog, you might want to consider getting one. They can alert you if something is amiss and can be a great companion for you as well. Some dogs can even be trained to be medical assistance dogs, too!
You can still stockpile food, water, and other necessities; you just need to make sure they are easily accessible to you. For example, if you have trouble getting down low on the floor, don’t store things under the bed or on low shelves, especially if you live alone. The same goes for things at high levels. There are grabber tools that you can purchase to help you reach things that are not at an easy to access height.
Collect Medical Supplies
If you have a medical condition that requires supplies like oxygen, insulin, or other medications, you should stock up on extras of those items if possible. If you are in a situation where you can’t get to a pharmacy or store for a good length of time, this could be a problem if you need your medicines. By planning ahead and getting extras, you will be ahead of the game.
Don’t Forget Bug Out Bags
Pack bug out bags. These are irreplaceable should you need to evacuate. Have them ready to grab and go, and you will be so glad you packed them if the time comes.
Keep a Mobile Phone Handy
If you don’t have a cell phone, you might want to consider getting one. Always keep it charged, and take it outdoors with you when you leave the house.
Ask For Help When Needed
Really, the things you need to do to prep if you are disabled won’t vary much from those who aren’t. You might need some help with some harder labor jobs, like chopping and stacking wood, or moving things around in the house to make it more user friendly.
When you have a disability, this can change the game in some ways. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do what others can, it means you have to be creative about how you do them.