Do you have the right tools in your survival kit to handle a couple of weeks (at least!) of COVID-19 quarantine? Here are a few basics for your kit to get you through the coming weeks.
Self-quarantine now seems more like a matter of "when and how long" rather than "if." Thousands of schools and businesses across the country have closed their doors for the foreseeable future, which means a LOT of time to sit around the house. Have you planned out your emergency protocol? Have you put together your survival kit?
As we hunker down and wait this virus out, it's important to be prepared for any kind of emergency. Who knows how long this pandemic could last? Even if everything blows over in the next few months, investing in an emergency survival kit might not be a bad idea. Disaster or no disaster, don't be the only one unprepared.
The COVID-19 survival kit is slightly different than the kit you'd need in the case of a huge emergency or disaster like a hurricane or tornado. We're not at risk of losing power, we still have access to clean water and shelters haven't been destroyed. But it never hurts to be safe!
You'll want to consider how and where you'll store your emergency kit, too. Is your kit easily accessible? Could you get to it quickly in case of an emergency? If you're worried about getting caught unprepared, it might be a good idea to keep a few emergency kits around just in case. Throw a backpack in the car, house and anywhere else you spend a lot of your time during the day.
When you sit down to map out the contents of your survival kit, give yourself enough time to think of the little things that might be easily forgotten. Food, First-Aid, and flashlights are no-brainers-- but do you have allergy medication? Keeping a stock of medication for ailments like colds and asthma is never a mad idea. Allergies, headaches, and sore throats will feel even worse in survival mode.
I get it-- "survival" and "entertainment" don't really go together. But whose to say survival has to be boring? In the case of emergency and international lock-down, it's important that you and your family have enough to do around the house. Here are a few must-haves for under the coffee table.
Gallons of water, ready-to-eat canned foods, and other non-perishable items are great to have around in the case of a state of emergency. Don't be afraid to throw a couple of treats in there, too. Candy, chocolates, and other sugary snacks might be the perfect pick-me-up after a long day. Stock up on items with a long shelf-life, like dried fruits and vegetables.
With COVID-19 spreading more and more every day, it's important that we slow down and make sure we're prepared for anything. Panic will only cause more harm and more scare. What do you have in your emergency kit? If you haven't already, make plans to sit down and plan out your emergency protocol.