I just know when I’m 70 years old I’ll be saying something along the lines of *in an elderly voice*, “Do you remember that flood back in 2018…”
Because the flood on September 3rd, 2018 in Manhattan, KS was the natural disaster that took our home, both our vehicles and about 70% of our personal belongings, including all of my AIP food. You can read about the natural disaster here if you’re interested. We lived in the Highland Ridge apartments, first floor. It happened just 23 days after we moved in.
Let me tell you, there’s nothing like frantically grabbing your kids and pets, watching your cars float away and wading through water while emergency crews are getting inflatable boats out to help the people worse off than you.
Our family is safe and in the end, that’s all that matters. Stuff is replaceable.
So that’s what has been keeping me from writing posts. But before I go any further, I want to say a humble and heartfelt thank you to Sandra of ShopAIP.com and Adam of Adamimmune! They have both been so supportive of my AIP needs during all of this and provided me with a gift card to the website. I also had several wonderful people from the AIP support group I’m in (and you should be in too!) send me goodies off the Amazon Wish List they requested I create. I’m absolutely blown away at the generosity of people I don’t even know. ♥ Truly, thank you.
How to Prep and Remain AIP Compliant During a Natural Disaster
In an effort to prevent in YOU the decline of health that happened to me, I would like to share some tips on how my health could look a whole lot different right now had I taken some emergency precautions in the event of a natural disaster. It hit me like a ton of bricks when we arrived in a hotel lobby that morning, dripping wet and scared, that I had nothing to eat. Then it started to also hit me that my AIP food was gone, my kitchen was gone, my car was gone, my cell phone was gone… and my symptoms would come back.
I had no idea what to do. I had no choice but to eat what was available to me at the time.
For those of you with much worse condition than hypothyroidism, take note. Coming off of healthy food, going through an extremely stressful natural disaster plus suffering from the return of symptoms is a world you don’t want to know.
Please, trust me on this.
Whether from a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, earthquake, flood or whatever else, be prepared.
1. Have a back pack (already packed and in an easy grab location) with the following inside…
- Manual can opener.
- Canned tuna or chicken (protein)
- Jerky (easier protein source)
- Canned olives and/or coconut milk/cream, and/or coconut oil pouches (healthy fat)
- Vegetable filled baby food pouches (nutrition)
- Sweet potato filled baby food pouches (carbs)
- Freeze dried vegetables and fruits (if you prefer over pouches)
- Himalayan pink salt
- Bone broth concentrate
- Water bottles
*Not everyone’s AIP journey is the same. If you react to any of these foods, adapt the products to what your body will thrive on. I urge you to take these measures, go this extreme and pack an emergency bag. Your health matters.
Be mindful of expiration dates and swap items out as needed. I would suggest prepping for a full week. Minimum.
If you decide to assemble an emergency backpack soon, use code SPOOKY at ShopAIP.com to receive 10% off your order. – expired! If any other codes come up, since this one expires October 31st, I’ll update this post.
2. Add in a supply of whatever medication you may be on…
…and/or vitamins you’re currently taking. For medications, typically you’re able to refill a prescription 2-3 days before it runs out. Go ahead and refill early so you can then stash those extra 2-3 days worth into your emergency backpack. To keep the medications fresh, each time you refill the prescription simply swap out the older pills with newer ones. I went 3 days without my thyroid pills and it was rough. Imagine your life in a state of emergency without the medication your body needs.
3. Reach out and ask for help.
People will come to your aid, even people you don’t know! But since they also don’t know you, they won’t know you’re on a special and very important eating plan. A plethora of kindhearted, wonderful people asked me what I needed but for some reason I felt rude over being honest. Take a lesson from me and request specific brands/products/items you need and don’t be afraid to do so. What you don’t need is inflammation and worsened health on top of everything else.
If you have any other ideas and tips, please comment them below. Others can truly benefit from the suggestions and it can help them avoid the awful symptoms I went through and am still working toward coming back from. ♥
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