With the COVID-19 epidemic upon all of us around the world right now, we think it’s timely to round up what we believe to be essential items you should always have on-hand in cases of emergency. Whether you’re in a self-quarantine for a virus or stuck at home in the midst of a hurricane, most of the items on this list remain consistent.
Dry Goods: Think of items like beans, rice, cereal, pasta, and nuts.
Canned Goods: Soups, vegetables, etc.
Fresh Food: You can still have fresh fruits and vegetables, just be sure to eat them before they go bad.
Frozen Food: Easy meals that you can warm-up is a great option when you’re home for an extended period of time.
And, don’t forget to stock up on food for your pets!
It’s a good idea to have a supply of at least two weeks worth of water per person.
Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies
Washing your hands is imperative during this time, but so is washing your body. So don’t forget to have enough hand soap and body soap to last you a few weeks in the event you can’t get to your local store. Hand sanitizer is also good to have as a back-up plan if you run out of water or soap. In the event of a self or mandatory quarantine, it’s also important to have some type of disinfectant on-hand to clean hard surfaces around you – things like your phone can accumulate germs quickly.
Make sure you are stocked on your daily prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines to last you at least 14 days.
First Aid Kit
Things like Living Wills, Social Security cards, drivers licenses, passports, etc. are good to have in case of an emergency.
It’s important for us to remember not to hoard things that are unnecessary for us, but may be needed by others. We all want to be as fully prepared as possible for any natural disaster, and we wouldn’t want to take anything from others who may need it as well. Let’s be kind to each other above all else, and look out for each other throughout the hard times.