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As we all know, WHO has declared the Coronavirus outbreak to be a global pandemic.
What does this mean for everyone?
Shutdowns of businesses, schools and large gatherings. There are now even talks of shutting down domestic air travel.
The government is recommending to stay away from high traffic public areas and start self quarantining.
How long should my family self-quarantine?
Typical quarantine period is two weeks. Due to public safety concern, it's possible that this period may be increased soon.
We recommend planning for at least 3-4 weeks of supplies for the entire family during a self quarantine.
What types of supplies do I need?
Think about what keeps your family happy, healthy and safe.
These are the basics that you should have covered:
Temperature Control (cold/extreme heat)
Communications (Radio, etc.)
Medical – Medications
Tools (Can opener, knives, shovel, etc.)
Lighting & Back-up Power
Comfort & Entertainment
Need help on where to start?
We put together a checklist to get you prepared for any pandemic:
First Aid / Medical Kit: It's better to own a few. Also grab a book on home remedies and treating injuries/sickness.
Emergency Sleeping Bag - In the event that you lose heat or are forced outside, this will help fight off hypothermia.
Self-defense: Not everyone will have the supplies you do, and this can lead to aggression. Helping can be okay, but just be careful. Keeping a tactical knife or other self defense on you is a good idea for added protection.
Having fire extinguishers and a few emergency fire blankets around your house. Double check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Proper lighting: If the power goes out you'll want flashlights, lanterns and candles.
Clean water: While water should be available in your home, it's recommended to have a backup solution. You'll need 1 gallon of water per person, per day. You can get a portable water filter straw on Prepared Hero at a reasonable price.
Water storage: Keeping a large tank for water could be a great idea to hold out for a few weeks.
Alcohol (you need some entertainment right?)
Dry mixtures such as koolaid or tea bags
You need multiple ways to cook food. What if the stove goes out? Camping stoves with propane or outdoor grill are great choices.
Long term supply of food. This can be canned, freeze dried, etc. Most canned foods last about a year.