Today, the world is experiencing a severe pandemic. COVID-19 has made an indelible impact on the world as we know it, altering our lives and our daily routines. Many people have found themselves unprepared for shortages of food, water, and household products.
Matt Redhawk, the CEO, and founder of My Patriot Supply explains how citizens can prepare for pandemics such as this one and how even now, they can take action to make their families secure.
In the past, people who had prepared for disasters like severe weather and widespread illness were disparaged as “preppers” and perceived as overreacting to potential threats. Today, many people who had never thought about disaster preparedness are beginning to see how shelf-stable food and other products can benefit their families.
Preparedness experts recommend that people keep at least a 30-day supply of food on hand. My Patriot Supply carries many products that can help families stock their pantries for prolonged periods.
Freeze-dried and shelf-stable foods are the best choices. Also, families should consider starting gardens so that they will be supplied with fresh produce when they are not able to shop for foods they normally buy.
For freeze-dried food, hot or boiling water is necessary to rehydrate these products. Having a way to heat water that is not connected to electricity or home gas service is key.
Many kitchen staples such as flour can be stored indefinitely as long as they are kept free of moisture and insects. It is difficult to find flour in the stores, but large restaurant-sized bags of flour are still available online. Ensuring that you have proper storage containers on hand will go a long way toward securing your food supply.
Families may also want to start raising their own chickens for meat or eggs. This can help to provide fresh food at a time when little is available from the local supermarket.
In the case of contamination of the public water supply, families should be prepared to purify their own water. Water purification systems are available from My Patriot Supply. Families may also choose to store bottled water. This is especially important in areas where there are many power outages or severe weather outbreaks when these supplies are needed on a more regular basis.
It is worthwhile for families that are on city water systems to have their own independent water supply as a backup. They may want to dig a well on their property. As always, test water supplies frequently to ensure that they are safe and healthy.
It is an inescapable fact of life that most families rely on electricity in their daily lives. Some families are prepared for brief outages using portable generators. Especially if you live in an area where there are many blizzards or severe storms, having a wired generator can help to make your power outages seamless with no interruption to your daily routine. These generators often run on natural gas or propane tanks.
Refrigeration is often one of the first areas where families feel a lack of electricity. Having alternative refrigeration, like coolers and ice, on hand for storms is wise.
Families are now finding that it is difficult to secure supplies of such ordinary household goods as toilet paper, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. Families are discovering that their prior buying habits are not sufficient for an emergency.
To prepare for emergencies, families should stockpile the paper goods they need. Make sure to put them in an area free from mice, which will eat or make nests in paper products. It is wise to reduce your use of paper towels and napkins and to use washable towels instead.
Families should stock up on all possible medical supplies, including 90-day supplies of all prescription medication. Basic first aid and personal care supplies like hand sanitizer are a must.
Coping with Pandemic Conditions
It is understandable that many people are upset by the new conditions of daily life. Even suburban families have discovered why preparing for a disaster is wise. When dealing with difficult conditions, the head of the family must always be calm and rational. Children and other family members take their cues from parents.
The reality of life under a pandemic is that people’s daily routines are thrown into disarray. Restaurants, stores, and public places are closed. Families must learn to be more self-sufficient and to make their own recreational activities.
Overall, it is a must to continue social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand-washing. The pandemic may not yet have peaked in much of the country. Preventing your family from becoming ill is a worthwhile goal.
Matt Redhawk reminds readers that preparing for a disaster is every family’s individual responsibility. Preparing well ahead of time is best, but even when a pandemic has already begun, families can prepare for further disruption.