With a worldwide pandemic as well as hurricane season starting in the Atlantic, being prepared will be of upmost importance during these trying times.
Stay prepared for pandemics and natural disasters with these essential items:
Food- During a natural disaster or major pandemic, one of your family’s primary priorities should be having enough food. It’s obviously essential for our survival, so be sure to have a stockpile ready before the event happens. Focus on non-perishable foods that don’t require refrigeration, like canned goods. Having snacks is important as well, so be sure to have packaged foods available that don’t spoil easily, like nuts and crackers. Macaroni and cheese is also another solid option, as it can be cooked on a gas stove top if power is lost. If you do lose power, the items in your refrigerator and freezer can only last for a short amount of time, so try to minimize opening and closing these appliances as much as possible.
Water and Other Drinks- Water is the most immediate need of human beings, so be sure to have packages of bottled water on hand in case an issue arises with the water supply. Another important consideration is having soft drinks on hand in order to keep morale high, but bottled water obviously needs to be the first priority.
Paper Products- Paper products are something that you don’t miss until you need them. One of the most important paper products to have on hand is toilet paper, which can obviously create a significant problem if you manage to run out. Paper towels are also an important part of a stockpile, especially if hand towels are unable to be washed due to a power outage.
Medicine and Supplements- During natural disasters stores may have to close down due to damage, so it’s of vital importance that you have plenty of your prescription medications on hand. Vitamins and other dietary supplements are often overlooked, but can also play an important role in one’s health, so a healthy supply of these should be maintained as well.
Power Supplies and Fuel- When the power goes out, it’s important to have plenty of batteries on hand to operate flashlights, lanterns, radios, and other essential battery powered devices. Having a generator can also prove handy in keeping perishable food cold, and keeping a full tank of gas in your car is also a wise move.