The coronavirus has hit the world with great ferocity. All over the world, people are faced with painful possibilities. Certain countries have been particularly hard hit in the aftermath of the virus. Many people are facing serious issues as a result of this rapidly spreading illness. The future feels like a scary place right now.People aren’t sure when the virus will have played out and when life can go back to normal. One of the best ways to help over such feelings of fear is to find ways to be as prepared as possible. Everyone today needs to have a survival kit on hand.
Part of the process of reducing the impact of the epidemic has been having people stay home. Staying home enables people to avoid contact with others. People are urged to avoid going out anymore than necessary. That means having things on hand in their home. A good survival kit has the advantage of allowing people to remain in place as much as possible. Avoiding unnecessary trips to the shops has the benefit of helping people avoid contact with others. Doing so will reduce the spread of the coronavirus and protect all members of the community.
Some of the basics you’re going to want on hand right now include:
Water is essential for life. People need to drink a certain amount each day just to survive. In the middle of an epidemic such as this one, there may be issues with water quality in your area. A problem with the pipes in your home can be hard to fix right now. This is why everyone today should have at least enough water to last for three days for all members of their household. Bottled water is another option. Inexpensive water bottles can be stored in any room and kept around until you need them. If you know your water is safe, think about taking existing water bottles and filling them with a full supply. Make sure that each bottle can be opened with ease. For variety, think about bringing flavored waters.
A First Aid Kit
Accidents happen all the time. When there’s a pandemic on, a local medical office or emergency office can be a source of potential infection. This is the time to have a means of helping people in your home in the event of an emergency. That way, you can avoid going to a medical facility unless absolutely necessary. A good first aid kit should include basics to help with many kinds of common conditions. Think about issues that are likely to arise right now.
For example, if you live in a sunny climate, make sure you have items to treat a bad sunburn and any bee stings. Think about the kind of medical conditions your family has right now. If your child has suffered a sprained ankle in the past, make sure you have an ace bandage to help reduce swelling. A good kit should also include items to help stop the bleeding and keep any wounds clean.
Many people take daily medications. In the event of a pandemic such medications may experience supply issues. Contact your local pharmacists. Find out if any prescriptions you are taking can be switched to a plan that allows you to lay in a three month’s supply of medications. This should be done for all members of your family including your pets. Over the counter medications should also be on hand. Take some time to examine what’s in your medicine cabinet. Stock up on medications such as basic pain relievers and other items that can be used to alleviate temporary aches and pains.
Tools are essential for any minor issues that crop up. It’s best to prevent them from getting any worse. A leaky faucet can lead to other kinds of issues in the home such as ruined tiles and flooring. Other kinds of tools are equally useful. A hammer allows you to put up nails and items to hang things. A saw makes it easier to chop firewood in the right size for your home fireplace. Keep all tools in a single place. Make sure they’re protected so little kids won’t be tempted to grab one and get hurt.
In the midst of an pandemic, people may need to prove certain facts. This includes their right to remain in a given location and receive aid or their right to flee to another location. Make sure all important documents are stored in a place where they can be easily gotten. Basic documents such as passports, social security cards, marriage certificates and even a rental agreement or the deed to a home should be stored in a protective place. If there are any missing documents, think about contacting the issuing authorities. A medical office may not have access to your insurance card right now. The issuing office can send people any copies of the documents they need before they need to use them.
Enough food should be on hand during the virus. Think about items that can last a long time. Boxes of pasta and other starches like rice are ideal. Other items can be used to bring in flavor and vitamins. Jarred tomato sauces and whole tomatoes will keep for a long time. The same is true of canned or dried beans and ready made soups. Other items can be kept around to add taste. Dried fruit and lots of different kinds of nuts are easy to use for snacking. Many types of cheese will keep for at least two weeks. Other dairy products like butter can be kept in the freezer.
Baby and Children's Items
Babies have very special needs. A baby needs items like diapers, formula and safe toys as well as bottles and nursing supplies. The same is true of older children when kept at home. Confinement can be hard on little kids. They are left without access to their friends and playground fun. Parents should lay in a supply of items to keep kids of all ages happy. Games, books and other things can be kept around to help make the most of those long days inside. Look for developmentally appropriate items that can be stored away when not in use.
If there’s an emergency, the banks may not be open. Credit card machines may not be working. Head to your bank right now. Withdraw enough cash to cover any immediate future needs. You might need to flee to a hotel if there’s a major problem with your home or pay an plumber to fix a clogged toilet. Having extra cash on hand is a good idea. Each adult member of the family should have a certain amount of cash in a convenient place. You’ll be able to pay for things like gas for your car and additional emergency supplies.