A few years ago I wrote a couple articles about emergency preparations. Now that COVID 19 has been officially declared a pandemic, now is a good time to review this.
Some musts people must have include several days worth of emergency food, mainly non perishables that require little to no preparation. Things like beans, rice, canned foods, jerky, peanut butter (if you are not allergic), honey, several days worth of bottled water in case the water goes out are a good place to start. The best are things that don’t need to be kept cold and or won’t spoil for a long time.
Other things that will be needed are extra over the counter medications like pain pills, cold medicines, flu medicines, nasal spray, and a first aid kit. With as overwhelmed as hospitals could become, you may have to rely on yourself, family, and neighbors for anything that isn’t life threatening.
Prescription medications are a problem. Most places won’t allow you to fill several months worth of medications at once. It’s simply against the law. Prescription meds are a tough call. As for me, I have a set up where I get my meds filled for 90 days at a time. I also had some samples from doctor’s appointments. Do not go off your meds, especially anti psych meds. We’re all already under stress as is. Going off psych meds during a crisis like we are facing will make things even worse.
Having cash on you may be a good idea, especially if the power goes down or there are bank runs or ATMs run out of cash. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when away from home.
Get on good terms with neighbors and family if you aren’t already. If things get really bad, like survival type situations, you will be glad you have a close by network of neighbors, friends, and family to fall back on. I am limited mobility now, but I am on good terms with most of my neighbors and my land lady. It helps that I helped out lots of people when I was still healthy and very mobile.
Also, wash your hands with soap and water. I can’t stress this enough. Avoid going out in public if you feel like you have a fever or are getting sick. Stay home if you have to. Wearing a face mask is not going to keep you from getting sick. What it can do is, if you are sick, reduce the spread of germs from you to everyone else.
Finally, we are living in a time and place where history is being made on a daily basis. Our descendants will be talking about these days years after all of us are gone. Stay calm and avoid large crowds as much as possible. Don’t be touching other people unless necessary. We are living during stressful times. But most will make it through.