With the new strain of coronavirus, COVID19, spreading to the United States, it is imperative that Americans are ready, ahead of time, to meet this pandemic. There are several things that can be done in advance to make sure that you and your family are prepared for the worst.
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s website, one of the first things you need to have is a two week supply of water and food. This means that you need to make sure that you have a clean, reliable source of water or either a way to make the water, onhand, safe to consume. It’s a good idea to have some sort of water treatment plan in place, like the Aquamira Water Treatment Drops, which allow you to quickly and easily purify water for drinking, if it comes to that. Stocking up on canned goods and other foods that are non-perishable will assure that you can feed your family, especially, in a quarantine situation. Some other options that actually provide delicious and nutritious ready-to-eat meals are the Wise Food kits that contain entrees, which only need hot water and a few minutes to prepare. You can choose from the Grab-and-Go Gourmet Food Kit, the Gourmet Freeze Dried Meat Kit, the Single Person One-Month Emergency Food Supply and more.
Also, according to Homeland Security, make sure that you have enough of your regular prescription medicine in supply in your home and nonprescription drugs like pain relievers, stomach medicine, cough and cold medicines and fluids with electrolytes. Having a fully-stocked first aid kit is also a must-have in your home. The First Responder Bag has literally everything needed to treat almost any kind of medical emergency and don’t forget your Fish Antibiotics.
Another item you need to have in advance of a pandemic is a good emergency radio or a weather scanner, where public health alerts may be broadcast. Having real-time information is important to keep your family safe because you need to know if the virus is spreading to your area. The Uniden Mobile Scanner allows you to listen to area law enforcement, EMS/ambulance, fire, amateur radio, public utilities and weather channels. It is also mobile so that it can be taken anywhere, featuring an automotive power outlet plug. An option that may be considered, in case the grid goes down, is the Kaito Voyager Solar Radio, which has not only a solar panel but a dynamo hand crank, too. Other emergency features include an SOS emergency light and an LED flashlight. It can also be used to charge smart phones, which is an absolute necessity in a pandemic situation.
Making sure that your cell phone stays charged to keep in touch of loved ones or to call for help is extremely important. However, if the grid goes down, you need to have other means to keep your important electronic devices running. The Folding Solar Charger and Power Bank has six premium solar panels that will fold into a compact, easy-to-carry package and have three USB ports including a micro-USB port. Another solar charger to consider is the Trailblazer Portable Solar Charger and Power Bank, which features suctions cups so that it can be attached to a window at your home or in your car and continuously charge and store power. It will also charge a wide variety of electronics including smart phones and tablets.
One more thing that you may think about stocking up on, that government agencies haven’t mentioned, is Ammo because if the pandemic really gets out of hand, you want to be prepared for anything including the breakdown of social services, which can turn even usually law-abiding citizens into looters.
Homeland Security also gives advice on what to do during a pandemic to limit the spread of germs and prevent becoming infected with the coronavirus. First and foremost, of course, is to avoid contact with individuals who are sick and to keep your distance from others if you are infected. Wash your hands frequently to protect yourself from germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unnecessarily. A good practice, just in general, is to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. The department also suggests that you practice overall good health habits like getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of fluids, eating nutritious food, and being physically active to decrease your susceptibility to getting sick.
If you are looking for more information about COVID19, you can contact your local health department or go to the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov. The more you arm yourself with knowledge, the better prepared you will be.