Ranier Redoubt has an article up Are You and Your Family Two Weeks Ready? on getting prepared for two weeks if you’re behind the curve on getting ready.
For the past few years Washington State has advised people to be “Two Weeks Ready” (a change from the old 3-days recommendation). This means having your own food, water and other supplies [i.e. Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer, Hygiene and Cleaning Supplies] in sufficient quantity to last for two weeks. People must be ready to act on their own for at least two weeks.Ready.Gov has said “Being prepared for an emergency isn’t just about staying safe during a storm or a disaster. It’s also about how to stay comfortable, clean, fed, and healthy afterwards.”
With all of the recent comments and memes about people hoarding toilet paper because of COVID-19 / coronavirus fears, we wonder how many of these people failed to prepare to care for themselves and their families BEFORE these current events.
If you are one of the people who needs to build a preparedness kit, you can still do so. Right now there is not an actual shortage of basic supplies, rather the “just in time” delivery system used by many retailers can’t keep up with demand in the compressed timeframe. Products are still being manufactured and shipped to stores, there is just a gap in delivery times. Stores don’t keep large quantities products stocked in the backroom or at a local warehouse anymore.
Take the current COVID-19 concerns as a sign that maybe having a few preparedness supplies isn’t such a bad idea. Build your preparedness kit a little at a time. There is no need to hoard or try to buy out every store in town. Your kit will depend on your own needs. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors. Remember, you are not necessarily “bugging out”. In many cases you will be “bugging in” staying home.
If you have to stay home because of a community lockdown or quarantine, in all likelihood your electric power will still be on, clean water will flow from the tap, and your sewer / septic system will still be working. Keep this in mind as you build your kit, but be prepared if any of these systems fail.
The list below is from Ready.Gov. It is a guideline for getting started, but you should make adjustments to meet your specific needs.
Water—at least a gallon per person, per day
Non-perishable food (such as dried fruit, peanut butter, or energy bars)
First aid kit
Extra batteries or an alternative power source
Matches in a waterproof container
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
Hygiene and sanitation items (toilet paper, feminine hygiene products)
Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels
Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Whistle to signal for help
Can opener (manual)
Pet and service animal supplies
Baby supplies (formula, diapers, wipes etc.)
Extra pair of eyeglasses