Boredom has set in for many in the United States, as the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic continues for most. As preppers, our goal should not be to watch others suffer and laugh at their misery because they failed to prepare. Instead, we should be helping others also prepare so the mass panic of a pandemic will be minimal next time around. And during lockdown is a great time to start.
People are in tough enough situations such as losing their jobs and being forced to close their businesses. Because of the dramatic effect of the sacrifices many have been commanded to make, this situation has had the positive effect of creating more people who want to be prepared for possible catastrophes.
It’s hard to not jump on the bandwagon and tell people “I told you so,” but if you want to be secure in your preparedness, the best thing you can do is help others secure their own preps. If others have food, it’s less likely they’ll be willing to risk severe bodily harm to steal food from you.
So what can new and seasoned preppers do while locked down?
Start by doing an audit of your supplies. This is completely free and won’t cost you a dime. If you are beginning, you may not have much to check. If you are not new to prepping, make sure everything is in working order, and the food is still good. Make a list of things you need to add to your gear. Once you have a list of things you would like to add to your supplies, start looking if you have money to spare. If not, start researching what you’ll be paying for those items so you can save up.
Not many anticipated that people would wipe out toilet paper first filling their entire cart with so much that it would take them 5 years to use it all. Obviously, that money could have been spent on better items, like personal hygiene and healthy foods to boost the immune system. For those who don’t already have enough toilet paper, it has been a rough few weeks. But there are other solutions.
Consider getting a bidet. These are fairly inexpensive and could mean the toilet paper you have stored could be bartered in an emergency.
Please do not flush paper towels and baby wipes! A plumbing problem during a catastrophe like a pandemic could mean you are out the use of your toilet until things subside. If you have a septic tank, it’s terrible for those, and you could damage the sewage system causing more problems that could make your life hell on earth especially during a lockdown.
As you figure out what you need, the next step is to make a budget. Have a set amount that you can spend on preparedness each month. Make sure you are prepping your finances too, because the economic toll this will take, especially those who own small businesses or who provided services, will be massive. Have an emergency fund with 3-6 months worth of expenses set aside. Use it only for emergencies.
Lastly, start boosting up your supplies, or for those who already had what they needed before this lockdown arrived, replenish items. If you used up your peanut butter to avoid going to the grocery store, get more. Here is a list of items currently available that I have recently purchased. Some I used up, others expired, and some are additions or upgrades:
Bulk Peanut Butter (Individual jars are fine, but this is a 9lb tub)
Bulk Chia Seeds
Dried Black Beans
Dried Vegetable Soup Mix
Suture Kit (a great book to use a resource is The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way)
An Edible Plant Book
Bulk Toilet Paper (In stock at the time of this writing)
Upgraded Vehicle First Aid Kit
Do your audit and figure out what you might need or want to add. If you can envision using it, you should add it to your list to acquire. Remember, when it comes to prepping: It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it an not have it.