When news broke today that the US is facing a pandemic thanks to the Cronovirus, people began to panic. For some reason, they thought we were far enough away from China that we were safe here in the United States.
Experts said those people were wrong and that it is “likely” that we will face a pandemic here in the United States. So now we all need to think about having a pandemic kit. So what is it? Well, it’s a collection of items to help you and your family be safe during the tough times.
Some call it a pandemic preparedness kit. Some just call it being ready “just in case”. Either way it’s something you need to give serious consideration to. Especially right now.
The first thing you should consider are face masks. You are looking for what is known as a “Particulate Respirator Mask”.
Don’t overpay. Consider only known brands and because of panic, some people are raising their prices so before you buy online, consider local sources first. Go to your local department store. If you can’t find what you need locally then consider from online sources.
Next, think about the everyday basics. These include things like …
- Bottled Water
- Canned foods
- Fluids with electrolytes
- Water purification tabs
- Paper Towels
- Toilet paper
- Laundry Soap
- Dawn dish soap
- Soap (anti-bacterial soap is best)
- Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
- Rubber gloves
- Garbage bags
- Duct Tape
- Clothesline and clothespins
- Portable radio
- Batteries (all sizes)
- Manuel can opener
Now let’s talk about your health. Yet I say get a First-aid kit, but you’ll also want to get a few other things.
- Anti-diarrhea medicine
- Aleve / Advil
- Bandaids (all sizes)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Cotton Balls
If you have a baby stock up on cloth diapers, diaper rash medicine, as well as canned baby formula and baby formula.
Do you have pets? Then don’t forget things like …
- Pet Food
- Flea and Tick Medicine
- Heart Worm Pills
- Kitty Litter (if you have a cat)
I would also suggest a solar power charger and some books to read to alleviate boredom and some board games to play with your family.
Don’t be caught off guard. Don’t wait until the last minute. Prepare now.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.