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

Love trumps our personal freedoms

I was thinking about who would most be against mandatory social distancing.  Human rights and social liberties advocates.  I don’t think we’ll be hearing much from them for the next few months. Don’t get me wrong. I love my social freedoms and liberties. Freedom and liberties are something we value in the free world.

Spring Break crowds gathered at Eighth Street beach in Miami Beach last weekend. 


The idea of mandatory social distancing would seem to go against the ideals of civil liberties.  One’s personal liberties is something we ought not to abuse. 

Is there a limit to our freedoms?  I would certainly think so. 

Is it a human right to walk around and do anything we want in any or every situation?  I doubt it. 

Freedom is a concept but only a concept when we consider life and death.  To refute the call to social distancing potentially puts many lives at risk by increasing the likelihood of spreading the virus.

If I put my personal freedom ahead of the life of my aging parents or grandparents with weaker immune systems (or yours for that matter) would I then be abusing my personal freedom?  You’d likely say, “Yes”, especially if it were your own grandparents who contracted COVID-19.

This past week during spring break, thousands of young people lined the beaches in Florida.  Later, they were all turned away and told to go home.  Beaches closed.

To me, what these young people did was a flagrant abuse of personal freedoms.  There’s a serious potential of endangering the lives of many people.  Apologies if you were one of these people but I’ve got to say it. Some got around the beach closures by having house parties indoors–away from public eyes–thus, refuting the call for social isolation. Sure you have the freedom to do this, but you could unknowingly pass on the virus to each other and then bring it home to your parents, grandparents or other friends and family members.

If everyone chose to abuse our freedoms and liberties, we would certain become like Italy and surpass their numbers of death. That would be scary.

So is there a limit to personal freedoms?  You bet.

Love for our neighbors is what we need to gauge ourselves by. We need to care for one another by considering the safety of others over our own desires or inconveniences. Love and genuine care and concern for others ought to trump our personal freedoms.