Preppers prepare for a wide variety of emergencies including everything from natural disasters to asteroid strikes to pandemics. And it’s preparation for pandemics that we would like to talk about in this article. While preppers have been preparing for a biological incident of this magnitude and greater for quite some time, the general public hasn’t paid much attention. However, that all changed with the rise of the COVID-19 virus.
COVID-19 proved to everyone who wasn’t a prepper the importance of prepping for emergencies. With over 100,000+ deaths just in the U.S alone and short-term shortages of toilet paper and certain food products, everyone got a good idea of what a larger biological event could do to society. It just underscores the fact that everyone should not only be ready for this pandemic, but also for anyone that might pop up in the future. Hopefully, this guide will help everyone be more prepared in this department.
Step One: Prepare An Emergency Plan
The first step to preparing for any emergency is to develop an emergency plan of action. This is a plan that will help you and your family stay safe through the pandemic. In this plan, you should detail the steps you’re going to take to keep you and your family safe and the basic operating procedures in which you operate your home.
For example, some people have a plan for how they bring groceries into the house. Some people leave nonperishable items in their garage for 3-days before they bring them in with gloved hands. Other people simply wipe their groceries down with sanitizing wipes. Likewise, some people go into stores with masks on while other people only do curbside pickup. It doesn’t matter the exact details of your plan, that’s for you to determine, it’s only important that you have a plan in the first place.
Step Two: Prepare A Care Contingency Plan
Although we could’ve included this in the emergency plan phase, we’ve decided that it’s important to include it in its own chapter. That’s because figuring out how people who get sick with COVID-19 (or some future virus) are going to be taken care of in the home without making other people in the home sick and/or when the infected individuals need to go to the hospital.
It should be noted that if a person is suspected of being infected with COVID-19, then a call should be made to their primary care physician or hospital. The physician or hospital will advise the individual of whether they should go to the hospital or whether they should stay home—all decided on the person’s underlying conditions and the severity of their symptoms.
If the doctor or hospital does advise the patient to stay at home, the household should have a plan that covers how they’re going to be taken care of without putting additional family members at risk. This may include wearing masks and face shields while taking care of the patient, to putting up plastic sheeting to make an impromptu sick ward. All of those things should be in your Care Contingency Plan.
Step Three: Identify Helpful Community Organizations
Another step is to create a list of community and/or faith-based organizations that might be able to help your family during a pandemic. This includes food pantries, organizations that provide counseling or other mental health services, and utility assistance and/or unemployment assistance. It’s also a good idea to write down all of your emergency contacts and place them in an easily accessible area of the home.
Step Four: Gather Pandemic Supplies
Another important step to making it through a pandemic is to have the supplies that you may need. This includes basic emergency supplies, as well as specialized cleaning supplies that you may need. Some of the basic supplies that we would recommend for pandemic preparation include the following items:
- At Least A Week Of Food & Water
- Basic First Aid Kit
- N95, KN95 And/Or Surgical Masks
- Additional Face Coverings Such As Bandannas Or Scarves
- Face Shield
- Household Bleach
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sanitizing Wipes
- Liquid Soap
- Toilet Paper
- Trash Bags
- Plastic Sheeting
- Nitrile Gloves
The above items are the basic items that we think that everyone should have in their home. Some people may want to bolster this supply of items with EDC Backpacks, Bug-Out Bags, and other assorted pieces of equipment. For those putting together EDC or Bug-Out Bags, they may want to make sure they have additional equipment including the following items:
It’s also a good idea to keep general health care items in the home. These are items that can be used to treat someone who isn’t sick enough to go to a hospital but still needs care. These items include:
- Vitamin C Tablets
- Over The Counter Cold & Flu Medicines
Additional Pandemic Tips
Now that we’ve covered the basics of dealing with a pandemic, we thought that we’d include some more helpful tips in this section. The following tips will help everyone deal with the pandemic in the safest way possible.
- Listen To News Reports And Government Announcements Daily
- Wear A Face Mask When Visiting Populated Locations
- Keep A Social Distance Of At Least 6-Feet From Other People
- Call Your Doctor Or Hospital If You Display Symptoms
- Follow Government Recommendations For Sheltering In Place
- Don’t Go To School Or Work If Sick
- Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
- Keep in Contact With Your Health Care Professionals
Pandemics are scary times and everyone should take the extra steps they need to take to keep themselves and their family safe. If a person follows the steps outlined in this guide, however, and takes the time to listen to medical professionals, surviving a pandemic is possible. And it should also be mentioned that just by preparing for a pandemic, a person can enjoy better peace of mind and be in a better place emotionally. COVID-19 wasn’t the first pandemic the world has lived through, and it certainly won’t be the last, but we can all take steps to be safer and more secure in our homes.