Disaster and Pandemic Preparedness

Prepare for a Pandemic, Hurricane, Tornado, Flood or Locusts

It is disaster and pandemic “preparedness”, not “panic,” to keep a 3-6 weeks supply of canned goods, pet food, and any critical supplies and medications. Being prepared for any kind of emergency is just common sense. You never know when the next disease outbreak will loom on the horizon, just as you cannot predict severe weather and similar natural and human-made disasters.

What would you do if you could not go to the grocery store for a month? What if your roads wash out, or there is a rampant viral outbreak, or a hostile nation hacks into our electrical grid? Could your family survive?

One of the better books we’ve read on disaster and pandemic preparedness is the “SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster.” While it addresses some extreme situations such as “how to disarm a hand grenade,” the author focuses on more likely scenarios. Getting stuck in the desert, falling through ice, and surviving dog bites and auto accidents are all covered. One short but key point from the book is “Never Hesitate to Ask Questions That Could Save Your Life.” We took that to heart. The bottom line:

Don’t let anyone sway you from making smart decisions to protect you and your family. “Preparedness” is not “panic!” The time to get prepared is now.

Three Areas of Disaster and Pandemic Preparedness:

  1. Have 30-90 days of any medications you need on hand.  The more critical medications are to your survival, the longer supply you should keep on hand.
  2. Make sure you have rubbing alcohol, soap, and/or hand sanitizer. It would be a good idea to have aspirin, acetaminophen, and cough syrup. Keep your place clean in a pandemic.
  3. Keep enough food on hand for the whole family to eat three meals a day. Nothing gets wasted if you buy peanut butter and jelly, tuna, soup, and canned fruit and vegetables. If you’re on a strict budget, peanut butter is one of the most affordable things to keep on hand, and is easy to eat if the power or water is off. Have one gallon of water per person, per day, on hand for 7-30 days. (This is a problem for weather disasters.)

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Leading Experts Agree: Pandemic Preparedness is Not Panic

Feeling skeptical about all this? Don’t. Read these direct quotes from Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Dr. Messonnier cites data that the World Health Organization got from studying more than 70,000 cases in China:

This virus is capable of spreading easily and sustainably from person to person… and there’s essentially no immunity against this virus in the population.”

Many Americans will be exposed to COVID-19 over the next year with many people in the U.S. getting sick.”

People over 60 and anyone with chronic medical conditions should buckle down for a lengthy stay home.

People with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and other serious underlying conditions are more likely to develop serious outcomes, including death.

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