I believe the Coronavirus or COVID-19 will become the next global pandemic. Although, I am just a prepper trying to share some thoughts, so if this does not interest you or you completely disagree, I understand. However, I do believe it is something everyone should keep their eye on in the coming weeks. This outbreak did cause many people to realize they are not prepared if a pandemic were to happen. This list is simply helping individuals and like minded people prep. This is not an all-inclusive list, just some ideas to get you going and do not think you need to do all of this to properly prepare for COVID-19. However, this could be needed for the next pandemic. Feel free to comment with better ideas below so anyone reading can see your preps as well.
1. Personal Protective Equipment
Everything in this picture above, preppers should have at their disposal.
- N 95 protective mask
- Rubber and latex gloves
- Rubber boots
- Medical gown
These items could go a long way in protecting yourself and your family in the event of a global pandemic. You should start little by little collecting these items as you go.
2. Cleaning Supplies
This is something I have seen in many groups and forums online. People have zero idea what cleaning items and supplies they can use to live contamination free. Items such as bleach, more rubber gloves, and multiple different types of disinfectants can go a long way. Taking empty laundry detergent bottles and filling them with a 90/10% ratio of water to bleach will also help disinfect homes and work areas.
Hand sanitizer and washing your hands is a must. Make sure you wash for at least 30 seconds. A recent study showed 61% of men and 35% of women do not wash their hands on a regular basis. That is a major problem when a pandemic is happening and will cause the virus to spread like wildfire. Proper hygiene is a must in trying to combat any virus or bacteria.
Hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soap, wet wipes (baby wipes), and other cleaners should also be on the list for pandemic prepping.
3. Basic Supplies
When it comes to a pandemic bugging out is no longer the best option. Instead, bugging in because the best option for people. When someone is bugging in it because essential to have a good stock of supplies handy so you eliminate the need to go out and get them. In doing this, your chances of contamination shrink rapidly. Below are some ideas on things that you should be stockpiling in case of a doomsday event and things I believe stores would run out of quickly.
- Toilet paper
- Paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils
- 100’ of plastic sheets
- Tooth paste
- Garbage bags
- Duct tape
- Extra bedding and sheets
The plastic wrap can be used to seal doors and windows to prevent it from being brought into your home. Toilet paper is obvious along with other toiletries. Duct tape to seal anything off that will not seal on its own.
4. Medical Equipment & Supplies
Antibiotics are a most but those can be hard to get in a time of crisis and will not work for a virus. Mainly just used for bacterial infections.
Other items to consider:
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Fever medication
- Cough drops
- Airborne tablets
This is essential to not going out and potential catching the virus/bacteria. Having a sustainable amount of food is huge in preparing for any catastrophe. You do not need to buy anything all at once but there are some essentials when it come to food.
- Canned vegetables
- Canned beans
- Canned meat like tuna and chicken
- Boxed foods with long expiration dates
- Boxed rice
- Freeze dried foods
- Non-dairy powdered milk
- Peanut butter
In addition to these. Vitamin or fiber Supplements can be good as well. A great thing to do would be start a garden. Even if you live in an apartment you can get some cheap pots and dirt from outside. Seeds cost less than a dollar for pretty much every plant.
Keep in mind you also need purified, healthy water as well. The best way to get this over time is if you drink milk or tea out of a gallon, when it is empty refill with water and set in the floor of your pantry, shed, barn, or garage. Overtime you will have enough water to last you a month or two. When using this technique it is best to add a couple drops of bleach to ensure that the water is still clean and safe to drink. Also stock up on water purification tablets or purifiers.
Having a food source that is steady and self sufficient can really help as well. For more information refer to my other blog post on the best self sufficient animals to have
Gardening is another tool when it comes to having a food source that is steady and flowing regularly another writer covers this in Low Maintenance Plants that you can Grow to Start your Homestead
6. What About Children/Babies?
This is something that should really be taken into account and thought of. If need be diapers are not a must. Things are just going to get messy and you’ll need to be creative. Some cloth diapers could go a long way as normal diapers will take up too much room with boxes. We already said wet wipes should be on the list. If you are not breast feeding than having a months supply of formula will do the trick and a couple different types of infants medication (rash cream, Tylenol, Motrin).
When it comes to older children once again canned and box food is going to be a go to. Boxed macaroni and cheese and other types of kid friendly foods. Make sure you have children’s medicine as well and you are teaching them good hygiene techniques.
7. Other Things to Keep in Mind
1. In the event of a pandemic if you do leave the house. But on your gloves, boots, face mask, and the rest of your protective equipment. Tuck your pants into your boots and shirt into your gloves. When you get back in your vehicle begin the disinfectant proceeds. First your gloves than anything you may have touched on your way to the location.
Next when you get home leave everything you got outside your door for the moment. Go inside, take a HOT shower, wash your clothes immediately and then bring the items inside. Begin disinfecting the items with a disinfectant wipe. After this is competed then disinfect your immediate area and seal off your home again.
2. When you do go out get items in bulk so that you won’t have to go out in the future for something.
3. Try not to touch your eyes, mouth, or nose. Especially when out and about.
4. When disinfecting think of places like:
- Door knobs
- Sink faucets
- Refrigerator and microwave handles
- Controller or remotes
- Your phone
- Car seats
- Anything you touch often
5. AVOID CROWDS and practice SOCIAL DISTANCE
This maybe a good thing to have just in case. Not much for disinfectant but could help pass the time. However, keep in mind this does lower your immune system so if you plan on going out, no drinking 24 hours before.
We completely understand right now these may seem absolutely ridiculous. Like stated in the beginning this is not intended for the Coronavirus at this moment. This is a hypothetical list to ensure you have some what of an idea what to do if there was a pandemic.
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