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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.
- Powered milk
- 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.
- Remember your pets food!
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Feminine products
- Hand sanitizer and hand soap. Not sure when or how to wash your hands properly? Check out this guide from the CDC.
- Disinfectant wipes
- Body soap, shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap
Face masks - despite what the news is saying, these do help protect from the virus. As of this posting, we currently have a limited supply in stock.
- Stock up on ibuprofen, acetaminophen, prescriptions, cough & flu medications.
- Contact lens, lens solution, and extra glasses.
- Vitamins to help keep up your immune system.
POWER & COMMUNICATION
- Keep a few radios nearby to stay up to date on the news. If you ever lose internet, radios are there to provide you with vital information. Crank radios are best if you lose power.
- Walkie Talkies: You should have a backup communication system in the event that internet, phone lines or power goes down.
Solar charging systems: If you ever lose power, you'll need a backup electricity solution. The SunCharge is a great option to go with in this case.
- Baby food
- Baby supplies: Diapers, wipes, creams etc.
- Fire: Electric lighters, matches and fire starters are essential. If you lose power, fire will provide you with warmth and a way to cook your food.
- Cash on hand
- Hatch and axe for chopping wood to burn
- Can openers, cooking utensils
- Shovel for digging. Our ShovelTac is a great portable solution that has other survival tools built in.
Tactical gloves: This will allow you to do vigorous work without ripping up your hands.
- Storage backpack: If you ever need to get up and go, you need a solid bugout bag. Our Voyage72 Backpack is a 45 liter bag meant to get you through the next 72 hours.
KEEP IN MIND
- How will everyone stay entertained? Tablets, board games, etc.
- You may need to home school children.
- Create a daily routine for the whole family along with a workout schedule.
- Keep your gas tank full and an extra can in storage. (gas expires after a few years)
- Sterilize your area: remember phones, door handles, light switches, car knobs, steering wheel.
Now you have the knowledge needed to get prepared. Have you added any additional items not listed? Let us know, we would love to add them on!