How to Be a Responsible Prepper During the Coronavirus
Unexpected events like the Coronavirus remind us of how connected we all are. When suddenly masses of people are facing week quarantined to their homes panic breaks out and hoarding starts. As we’ve seen lately everything from critical supplies like Personal Protective Equipment to everyday good like toilet paper are harder and harder to come by. It’s a self-feeding cycle. But in instances like the Corona-virus we need to remember we are all in it together.
The way we prepare for events like this have a larger impact on our neighbors, community, and even larger. We urge everyone to take time and consider what they truly need and to get themselves through an event such as this, and be responsible in their efforts.
Here is how we can prepare our selves while ensuring there are enough supplies still around for our friends, neighbors, and community.
Assess the period of time you are preparing for:
In the event of most natural disasters, Emergency Management Departments across the country typically recommend having at least two weeks’ worth of supplies for every individual in your household. This recommendation is based on some of the estimates on how long critical support many be likely to take. In our current circumstances with the Coronavirus, it is important to stay up to date on local, state, and federal guidelines. Depending on your area “stay at home” orders may vary.
Make sure to prepare for your specific time frame. If you plan to be stuck at home in quarantine for two weeks, do your best to stock up for two weeks, not one. If you under prepare you’ll be making more trips into public, risking exposing both yourself and your community to the virus. If you need to prepared for two weeks but instead stock up for six, you are reducing the resources that your neighbor in need could be using instead and feeding into the panic.
Assess how much your household consumes:
Review how much you would actually need. Access how much your household consumes in a given time frame. If you live by yourself you won’t be consuming as much food or using as many disinfecting wipes as a five-person family.
Take stock of what you already have:
Before you run out and buy 100 rolls of toilet paper or all the bread in the supermarket, check out what you already have in your home. Create in inventory if it helps. You can then determine how long your household can survive off what you already have and base your prepping and supply purchase on the areas you are lacking.
Now is the time more than ever to start meal planning. Before you run to the grocery stores and spend way too much time wandering around not knowing what you need to get, plan ahead. Put together a list of household favorites and meals for the duration of your quarantine. Plan out what ingredients you have already and what you specifically need.
Not only will this ensure you aren’t having to spend too much time in a public space, but it also reduces overbuying and food waste. Buying specifically what you need means you won’t have that stack of veggies rotting in your fridge that you wanted to use but had no idea how. Instead, someone else has the opportunity to use them.
Determine what you actually:
What supplies do you actually use on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis? If you only go use hand sanitizer once a week after you go grocery shopping you don’t need100 bottles to see you through. Purchasing unnecessary items can also slow down the supply chain for essential items. If you are doing a bunch of online and delivery purchases of goods you don’t intend to use, they may be taking the spot of PPE or other critical items on that delivery vehicle.
Reach out to your neighbors:
Give your neighbors a call and make sure they have access to what they need. Many of the members in the community may be at more risk than ourselves. As such they don’t have the same opportunity to prepare the same way we do. If you know you have extra supplies you can offer them to those in your community who need it most.
DON’T Panic Buy:
Finally, don’t rush out and panic buy, it helps no-one. Instead, take the time to truly access your situations and make responsible decisions that will ensure everyone can make it out together.
Prepare today the Cascadia way!