Tips on surviving medical issues caused by weather conditions.

Readers Respond: 11 More Winter Supplies to Keep in Your Car

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH You let the dog out one last time before bed, and you hear a yelp. Somehow she’s managed to cut her leg pretty deep. Being a fan of The Survival Doctor, you know to apply pressure to stop the bleeding, but she just keeps crying. You know of a vet clinic that stays open until 11, and it’s 10 right now. You tie a rag around the wound and head out the door. After a couple of miles, you hear a bump, bump, bump. It gets louder. You pull over and dig out your flashlight from the glove compartment. The batteries are dead. […]

By | October 27th, 2014|Cold, Weather|13 Comments

Day After Disaster: 4 Scenarios to Test Your Basic Survival Medicine Skills

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I thought I’d have a little fun today and walk you through what to do in some scenarios to test your basic survival medicine skills. […]

By | August 18th, 2014|Cold, Critters, Other Wounds|22 Comments

How to Waterproof Your Shoes With Duct Tape

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Here’s a simple, easy to remember tip that could save your feet if you have to work in wet weather. If you don’t have rainboots, you can waterproof your shoes with duct tape. This is an excerpt from my new book, Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together. […]

By | June 2nd, 2014|Cold, Weather|7 Comments

My 15 Ultimate Beat-the-Heat Tips (Bet You Haven’t Heard Them All)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In the Deep South right now, it’s about heat wave time, otherwise known as the season of year when you step outside and right into a sauna. I know because I grew up in Mississippi. If you also grew up in an area that gets really hot, you may think you know everything there is to know to beat the heat. But you haven’t read this post! I bet I can surprise you—at least once? Even people used to working in the heat all day can suffer dangerously come that first heat wave—when the temperature and humidity suddenly soars 5–10 degrees or hotter. And imagine having to be outside after a disaster or while stranded in the wilderness, with no chance for air conditioning. Here are some Survival Doctor tips, facts, answers and more—all to help you beat the heat. […]

By | May 27th, 2014|Hot, Weather|29 Comments

The Best Tornado Safety Tips for Your Best Chance of Survival

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH My mother was in the deadly Tupelo tornado in 1936. She wasn’t injured, but over 700 people were. And well over 200 more died. She often recalled the people yelling for help when none was available. Hearing her tell stories about the aftermath is one reason I became so interested in disaster- and survival-medicine. I learned tornado safety tips early. I remember very often sitting up with my family as a child at night, away from the windows, as the thunder shook. Once I even heard […]

By | May 1st, 2014|Weather|17 Comments

The Survival Doctor’s Winter Car-Supplies List

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH One of my Facebook followers recently asked me what I’d suggest keeping in the car for winter weather. I started to tell her to go to my website, but then I realized, surprise, I don’t have it listed. Well I’m sorry for that, but here’s my list. […]

By | February 17th, 2014|Cold, Weather|54 Comments

Is It a Cold or the Flu? How to Tell the Difference

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH One reason colds and the flu spread during winter is the same reason they’ll spread during a disaster: There are lots of crowds. Respiratory infections don’t care whether you’re in an emergency shelter after a flood or a crowded mall the week before Christmas; they’re just thrilled about the opportunity to multiply. As such, it’s a good idea to be able to differentiate a common cold from the full-blown flu. Why? Because usually with a cold, you get over it no matter what you do. The flu can be different, and the complications can be deadly. […]

By | December 16th, 2013|Cold, Infectious Disease|6 Comments

Two Days in Sub-Zero Weather: How These Adults and Kids Survived—Well

An in-the-news extra post for the week. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A man, a woman, and four children survived in the Nevada mountains for 48 hours in an overturned car that wouldn’t start (no heater). The temperature got down to well below zero … and they came away with only mild hypothermia. Of course, when things like that happen, I always try to find some takeaway lessons, and this situation has some good ones: […]

By | December 12th, 2013|Cold, Weather|40 Comments

Santa’s Bugging Out: 11 Survival Gifts He Should Drop at Your House

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Don’t you love receiving a gift that you can really use? One that says the gifter must have really thought about you personally before buying it? And don’t you just love it when you come upon that perfect gift for someone? One that will brighten their day? I’ve picked out my 10 favorite gifts that I think most everyone should have on hand for camping, hiking, or just-in-case emergencies that can happen at any time. […]

By | December 2nd, 2013|Cold, General, Weather|15 Comments

47 Ways You’re Preparing for Winter Survival This Year

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH People, I hate to tell you, but it’s time to start preparing for the winter. Very soon the holidays will kick into full gear. Everyone will be shopping. Everyone will be more rushed. It’s a fantastic time of year, but before you get into that holiday season of peace on Earth, how about preparing now for a little peace of mind? To that end, I asked my Facebook followers how they’re prepping for the winter. Their answers were so insightful that I thought you’d enjoy reading some of them.* (By the way, for medical supply suggestions, download my free list.) […]

By | November 11th, 2013|Cold, Weather|19 Comments