I love the holidays! Our tree is up, our Charmin is stocked and ready for guests (seriously though, that's important), and the Ebola scare has finally calmed down.
Although it seemed that the Ebola scare was overdramatized, it really got me thinking: “Am I prepared if a pandemic were to happen?”
It also got me wondering about other emergencies as well: earthquake, economic collapse, etc. All of these things seem very likely, and something I should be prepared for. This particular post is going to be specifically about pandemics, but you can get lots of good emergency preparedness info in some of my previous posts:
- Emergency Preparedness By the Paycheck
- What to Include in an Emergency Binder
- and How Much Water Should You Store for an Emergency?
10 Things to Have on Hand in Case of a Pandemic
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- Water. You cannot survive long without water! This was our first priority for stocking up (see the above post to know how much). We have filled up several water bricks, but I try to also grab bottled water when I go grocery shopping. If you grab a new case every time you go, it can add up fast!
- Food. Another life essential. It's recommended that you have at least a 3-month supply of what your family normally eats. If a quarantine went into effect and you couldn't leave your home, would you still be able to feed your family?
- Medicine. This will vary depending on your family circumstance, but have the essentials on hand. For some, this means alternative remedies, for others it's your drug store medicines. We do a little bit of both.
- Biohazard bags/clothing/gloves. Ebola taught us this one!
- Portable Radio. If normal communication methods go down, you may wish you had an alternative.
- Sanitizers, soap and disinfectants. This one is also essential for a pandemic. Don't forget about laundry soap too!
- Electrolyte drinks. It would be wise to have emergency drinks with added electrolytes in addition to your water supply.
- Cloth Diapers and Feminine supplies. Not only do these serve their intended purpose, but they also work great for bleeding, or wiping up vomit!
- First Aid Kit and Pandemic mask. These ones probably should have been at the top of the list after food and water.
- Toilet Paper. Yes, this is something you DO NOT want to be without. If needed it can be used for tissue as well.