Whether it’s Covid-19, a hurricane, heatwave, earthquake, or other emergency, the risk of dehydration during many disasters is elevated. For example, after New Jersey’s Hurricane Sandy in 2012, in-patient hospitalizations for dehydration increased 66%, and for those over the age of 65, dehydration-related hospitalizations were up a whopping 80%. Since the standard of care for severe dehydration typically involves being hooked up to an IV at a medical facility, that’s probably not your first choice for where to ride out a calamity.
In the midst of a natural disaster, being mindful of how much water you’re taking in may not be top of mind. And if your water supply has been disrupted, having enough water on hand may very well be an issue as well.* Add in variables like less-than-ideal sanitation, physical and emotional stress, or extreme heat, and disaster conditions can rapidly lead to dehydration.
An easy way to prepare is to include an Oral Rehydration Solution like DripDrop ORS in your disaster supplies and “Go Bag.” DripDrop ORS not only has the carefully formulated balance of electrolytes needed to relieve dehydration fast, but—because each dose is individually packaged, compact, and pre-measured to mix easily with water—it’s the ideal format to grab and go.
Here Comes Summer
One hazard that’s just around the corner is extreme summer heat. As the temperature rises, so does the likelihood of heat-related illnesses, which can run the gamut from an annoying heat rash to fatal heat stroke. Preventing dehydration is one key to keeping your body cool in a heat wave, or when your AC goes down due to a blackout or just plain bad luck. Your body’s cooling system relies on getting plenty of fluids and the right balance of electrolytes to keep from overheating. This is especially important if you’re exercising, sweating heavily, or simply out in the heat for long periods. Sweating is an efficient way to cool your body, but sweat contains a significant amount of sodium as well as smaller amounts of potassium, calcium, and magnesium and those need to be replaced. An Oral Rehydration Solution like DripDrop is a fast and easy way to drink in those lost electrolytes and keep dehydration from escalating.
Preparing for Illness
The flu and other illnesses associated with loss of fluids can rapidly become emergencies when complications of dehydration appear. When you’re feeling generally terrible, some of dehydration’s classic symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, and dizziness, might not be immediately recognized as having dehydration as their cause. And classic miseries associated with these illnesses, like diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, are all known to sap the body of fluids. Having an Oral Rehydration Solution like DripDrop ORS in your medical kit is a smart move.
You Got This
The next time you’re stocking your emergency supply kit or medical supplies, be sure to include an Oral Rehydration Solution like DripDrop ORS. It can be the difference between needing professional medical assistance or keeping calm and carrying on.
*Authorities say your emergency supplies should include one gallon of water per person per day and to prepare for a minimum of 3 days–and as many as 14.