To survive a pandemic with the least amount of damage, you must be prepared, especially if there is going to be a lockdown. Prepare yourself for an outbreak and a possible lockdown by assembling an emergency kit and stock up necessary supplies.
What Your Emergency Kit Should Have Before an Outbreak
Before the outbreak spreads globally, you need to have the following items stored in your emergency kit:
- Purchase and keep some prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications. Purchase and keep some prescription medication and over the counter medicines. Prescription medication includes any form of treatment that you would typically take for your existing condition. Over-the-counter medicines include analgesics, antiemetic, stomach relievers, antihistamines, vitamins, and others. Check and be reminded of the expiry dates for your medication and make sure to renew it at least 30 days before it expires.
- Request your physician for copies of your medical records, which can be extremely useful to first responders in the event of an emergency during a pandemic.
- Have a list of emergency numbers for the different government departments.
- Stock up reasonable quantities of tinned or dry food and bottled water.
- Store sanitary and hygiene products.
- Ensure you have a First-Aid kit easily accessible around your house. It should contain usual antiseptic, bandage, gloves, scissors, and plaster bands. These are essential to give treatment to any bumps or bruises while confined at home.
- You should also consider household spares and DIY kits as they can become handy if you need to replace light bulbs or conduct minor repairs. With that said, you might want to buy in advance the right type of spare bulbs which you use at home, as well as the standard batteries for household equipment. A general DIY toolkit can also be of essential help since hardware stores would most likely be closed during a lockdown.
Refill Your Emergency Kit as Needed
If a pandemic has been declared, refill, and update your emergency kit according to the type of situation. The following items must be monitored and be available if possible:
- Keep a thermometer to monitor body temperature accurately. If you live with your family or other people, you should get a digital, non-contact thermometer. Make sure you have spare batteries for your digital thermometer, too!
- Make sure you always have hand sanitizers and liquid soaps.
- You will also need a backup glucometer to measure blood sugar if you or any family member has diabetes.
- Purchase one-time use surgical gloves.
- Always have sanitary masks available, in case agents of the outbreak are transmissible by air or droplets. Pay close attention to the health authorities and get the proper sanitary masks they recommend.
- Stock up food that can last you for a week or two. It is essential to think of other people in need when storing food for a pandemic. Do not overbuy that you create shortages for other people.
- Update and refill your medication as needed. Purchase other medication that is related to the outbreak, as instructed by the authorities.
- Purchase ingredients that can be useful as alternative medication, such as lemons, honey, ginger, cinnamon, mint leaves, essential oils, and other natural agents known to have healing or antiseptic properties.
- You should also have entertainment materials available. Books and magazines are great options, depending on your interests and the number of family members. You can also have board games and group names, as well as other group entertainment activities.
- If you have a pet, do not forget to buy pet food.
- You should also get some stationery and other office-related supplies just in case you have to self-isolate and work from home.
- If you can afford it, an Air-Purifying respirator can be a good and useful investment.
Ensure that you check and monitor expiration dates for perishable items when preparing or refilling your emergency pandemic kit. Also, consider other people and do not overbuy.
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