Prepare for a lock-down

This whole Covid-19 scare really got me thinking about what I would do if we were in a crisis situation. I’ve heard about preppers get ready if the SHTF ever becomes reality and I’ve always looked upon this from a distance but at the same time, with some interest. Why? Not because of economic and social bedlam and chaos due to a post-Armagedon apocalyse.

The more real possibility would be natural disaster. This Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic might be considered a disaster of some sort but not the same as a natural disaster.

Where I live on the west coast by the San Adreas fault line. There are occasional warning signs about tsunamis. Tidal waves could suddenly come in after an earthquake. What they call “the big one” has been over due for a long time.

Where you live, there might be prone to tornadoes, hurricanes, or drought.

Preparing for a disaster is not so much about yourself, but it’s about your family’s survival and those around you. Although some preppers are concerned about possible survival situations due to Covid-19 ordeal, I am still doubtful we would ever come to that point; nevertheless, it is good to prepare, just in case any disaster might befall us.

If I were to prepare for a lock-down, long-term isolation, quarantine, or God-forbid, an SHTF situation, I would rather be prepared than ill-prepared.

I will put together a list of items to gradually stock-up on. Stocking up all at once and clearing the store shelves is not fair for others. A gradual approach is best.

Foods to stock up on that can last on your shelf:

white rice (brown goes rancid)
dried beans
dried pasta (e.g., mac & cheese, instant noodles)
canned meats (e.g., tuna, salmon, chicken, ham, etc.)
canned fruits
canned vegetables (e.g., tomatoes, pickles, etc.)
canned soups
peanut butter
pancake mix
pure maple syrup 100%
spaghetti sauce
cooking oil
distilled white vinegar
pure vanilla extract
100% corn starch
coffee and tea / instant coffee
spices, condiments,
raw wheat
dark chocolate 70%

Of course, besides this list I also bought:
toilet paper
pet food

While we are not in panic buying, of course we are buying our usual groceries like fresh fruits, vegetables and meats:
sausages, meats
bananas, fruits
plant a garden
water storage
water purification
have a place to store food

survival items to keep
duct tape quality
fire starter (stormproof matches, lighters)
batteries (duracell)
lantern, lamp oil, lamp wicks
unscented bleach
plastic bags (heavy duty contractor)
paracord and cordage
salt (iodized)
seeds plant veg.
propane Lg & Sm (extras)
medical kits & supplies
first aid kits

Staying the course and staying at home

It felt eerie while driving through the city today. Everything in downtown was closed.  My favorite Starbucks was closed. Chairs and tables were stacked. My favorite Vietnamese restaurant was closed. The only stores open were grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, fast food joints for takeout or delivery, and hardware stores.  That’s the basic extent of what I noticed anyway. 

I finally found toilet paper at a pharmacy today.  Some places have to stay open like essential goods and services but most people are staying home. Here in Canada, we’ve begun to take it very seriously.  I know there are pockets in every city where people are still out and about.  We all need to take social distances and self-isolation more seriously and stay home.

From the start, Asian countries have been taking this pandemic extremely seriously because they lost many lives through SARS.  Today, they are ready and are already taking health precautions more seriously than Europe and North America.  Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore are testing the public with more intensity than we are in North America.

Deserted roads in Inida after Janata Curfew Photo: ANI

Asians say they feel safer in Asia than they do here in Canada. Asian nations take more precautions than we do in America, Canada and Europe. Experts are now saying that Asian nations could see a second wave of the outbreak.

State governors, provincial premiers, city mayors and civic leaders are now sending a stronger message to the public to stay home.  COVID-19 is now spreading amongst the community who have not traveled internationally.  The coronavirus is being spread by and to others who did not travel outside the country.

Today, it sounded like President Trump would like to have restrictions lifted by April. What we can draw from this is that he is concerned the coronavirus will hurt the economy and people’s jobs, savings and assets.

We all know this not the time to even consider lifting restrictions on social distancing. We need to stay the course, otherwise, we could endanger more people.

Hospitals in Italy, Iran, Spain are now in panic mode and bursting from the seams.  So we need to stay healthy and isolate ourselves at home. Don’t go outside.  Otherwise, we will be where Italy is today.  Let’s each do our part.