11th-Hour Coronavirus Stockpiling And Emergency Prep For Non-Preppers By Dan Carpenter for The Federalist
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The ideal time to prepare for the coronavirus has passed. Still, this thing is a long way from over, and if you’re wondering if anything can still be done now, the answer is ‘yes.’
It’s been two months since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on U.S. soil. In that time, things have escalated rapidly.
Classes have been cancelled, kids are home from school, jobs have been put on pause, businesses are closed, and professional sports shelved. By now, the “new normal” of coronavirus is starting to set in for most of us, but many are left wondering just how scary the new normal might possibly get, and more importantly, what they can do to prepare for it.
Preppers all over the globe have been preparing for something like this for a long time, stockpiling critical supplies and acquiring skills to help them survive in the event of a widespread disaster like the one we’re facing now.
In reality, the ideal time to prepare for the coronavirus has passed. Still, this thing is a long way from over, and if you’re wondering if anything can still be done now, the answer is “yes.”
Here are a handful of important considerations to keep in mind.
Don’t fear buy. A pandemic can trigger fear, anxiety, and strong emotional responses. But an emotional response can often worsen things. A backyard bunker or a dozen AK-47s won’t make you any more invincible to the virus.
There’s a difference between things that you have already decided to buy, but have been procrastinating, and things you never thought of until you watched a scary video yesterday. Making a rash, big-ticket purchase right now will only make you feel worse later.
Brush up on medical training. This would be a good time to brush up on basic first aid, as well as any protocol for specific conditions or disorders that your family deals with. Remember, hospitals and medical infrastructure are stressed. Even if you never get the coronavirus, they may not be able to deal with other emergencies that arise. Cuts, burns, and other minor emergencies may be best treated at home.
Don’t “bug out.” With a disaster like this, there is little to gain by bugging out to a new location. Unless you have a well-stocked cabin up in the mountains someplace (that has the internet and everything else you might need to live comfortably for a few months), then don’t bother.
Instead, hunker down or “bug in,” in your home. This is where you have the supplies you might need. This is where you are close to medical resources that your insurance will cover. This is where you are near the people whose help you might need. This is where you have running water, toilets, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep. This is where you don’t need special permission or arrangements to stay.