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People are panic-buying toilet paper again as COVID-19 lockdowns are reimposed

With the coronavirus cases on the rise and lockdowns reimposed in many communities across the country, people are reportedly flocking to supermarkets to panic-buy toilet paper again.

The Associated Press reported this week that 21% of shelves that stock products such as paper towels and toilet paper are empty, which is the highest that figure has been in at least a month. Market research company IRI told the news agency that prior to the pandemic, 5% to 7% of consumer goods were typically out of stock.

Retail giant Walmart is reportedly having trouble keeping up with the demand for cleaning supplies, and supermarket chains like Kroger, Publix, and Target have reinstated limits on how much toilet paper consumers can purchase in effort to combat hoarding.

Numerous local news reports have surfaced this week from all over the country — including places like Tampa, Florida; Albany, New York; Sacramento, California; and the Twin Cities in Minnesota — all confirming the news: supply is growing sparse again.

The situation is reminiscent of the chaos that unfolded in March and April when consumers descended on grocery stores en masse to panic-buy household goods, putting a major strain on the nation’s supply chain.

But experts say that this time around, things won’t be nearly as bad.

“I’m not going to be a Pollyanna and say things are perfect,” Geoff Freeman, the chief executive of the trade group Consumer Brands Association, told the Washington Post. “But we are fundamentally in a different place than we were in March and April. Even retailers rationing is a demonstration of lessons learned. The psychology of empty shelves causes a vicious cycle.”

“A more informed consumer combined with a more informed manufacturer and a more informed retailer should provide all of us with a greater sense of ease and ensure we can meet this growing demand,” Freeman added in conversation with the Associated Press.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told CNN Business while it is certainly “disappointing” to see “as many out-of-stocks as we have in consumables right now,” he is confident that his company is better prepared to handle rising demand.

“It feels to me like we’ll work through this period of time better than we did in the first wave,” he said.

The United States has recorded more than 100,000 daily infections each day for two consecutive weeks and on Thursday recorded more than 182,000, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

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As MSM Panics The Public Over COVID-19 Cases, Grocers Reinstate Purchase Limits

The mainstream media is continuing to be a good puppet of the ruling class by panicking the population into a frenzied state of fear. As we have already seen, when people panic, they hoard toilet paper, and that’s happening again, causing grocers to reinstate purchase limits.

In a statement to USA Today, Kroger said they have “proactively and temporarily set purchase limits to two per customer” on items including toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting wipes and hand soap. The limits went into effect about a week ago, the grocer chain said. These limits apply to both in store and online purchases on these items.

H-E-B, which manages more than 400 stores mostly in Texas, imposed limits as of Oct. 31 on toilet paper and paper towels to stores in Border, Central Texas, Gulf Coast and San Antonio regions, according to a link on its website tracking purchase limits. The Giant Co., headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has about 190 stores across the U.S., said on Oct. 29 it began limiting customers to buying one bundle of toilet paper and paper towels six rolls or larger and up to four single rolls or 4-roll packs of toilet paper and paper towels. The limits were placed “as the supply chain for these products remains challenged,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY.

“To be clear, we are seeing little evidence of stockpiling, and there is no need to create panic,” Giant said. So, why are people afraid and hoarding paper products again? Because the mainstream media is panicking them over the scamdemic and the rise in cases of the COVID-19.  This is apparant, and it’s easy to know why people have become scared again: the media told them to be.

Wegmans, a Rochester, New York-based supermarket chain, said in a statement they have had limits on purchasing toilet paper and paper towels since May and will continue to maintain them throughout all of scam waves of this plandemic.

Luckily, most readers of this site are already well prepared and stocked up on these things. Keep in mind, most people don’t understand the very basic fundamental rules of preparedness.

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Prepare for Fearful Masses: Toilet Paper Panic Buying Returns As People Fall For “Second Wave”

The mainstream media continues to do its job well.  The mass panic among the public is rising yet again in the aftermath of the fake “second wave” being perpetrated by the mainstream media at the commands of their handlers in the government.

We have been warning that there would be another wave of this scamdemic, real or not, in order to keep the public dumbed down in a panicked state of fear.  People are much easier to control if they are terrified, and it seems like many are falling for the scam once again. As the MSM continues to report on a rise in cases and new outbreaks and “clusters” of the coronavirus, the panic buying of toilet paper has returned to places such as Australia.

According to a report by The Guardian, Victoria has reintroduced limits on purchases in supermarkets and has called in the military as a spike in Covid-19 cases over the past week has placed renewed pressure on testing facilities, and sparked a rush on supermarkets for supplies.

A Victorian government spokeswoman confirmed state officials had asked the commonwealth to provide more than 300 Australian Defence Force troops. Of those, a small amount will be delegated to quarantine hotels. Defense support is already being used at quarantine hotels in New South Wales. So far, Victoria has relied on police to ensure returned travelers remain in mandatory isolation for 14 days. –The Guardian

It sure looks like this is build up to martial law.  Bringing in the troops (yes, this is Australia) to “help” with an outbreak is absolutely ludicrous, especially considering the whole thing is a scam to help bring in the New World Order.

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Fears about further virus spread and renewed lockdowns has prompted a renewed round of panic-buying, prompting Woolworths to once again impose purchase limits in Victoria previously implemented across Australia early in the pandemic. –The Guardian

The media chooses words such a “panic” and “fear” on purpose because that’s the state they want your mind in. It’s difficult, but we all need to rise above this panic.  We’ve made preparations, so there’s no reason to be afraid. Double, and triple check your preps and make sure you’ve got what you need. I noticed the cost of Quick Clot has already gone up.  If you need some, now is the time to stock up.

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We all need to wake up. Please stop falling for this. Humanity is at stake at this point. It’s time to stop pretending someone else is going to save us. We need to save ourselves outside of the system that was rigged against us. Buy gold and silver, or Bitcoin (I know not everyone likes cryptocurrency) if you would like. All of those can be used outside of the central bank’s system, and if things continue, it would not be surprising to see metals purchases banned.

There is still hope, but it comes from within each of us. This is a war for our minds, and if we cannot realize that simple fact, they will continue to try to manipulate us into wars, death, and enslavement. Imagine a world where no human agrees to go to war against another. Imagine not having people lining up to kill others they’ve never met on the command of bankers who want to rule to world.

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The Coronavirus, Fear, and Elitist Driven Market Insanity

This article was originally published by William Murray at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Fear is contagious: Fear is more contagious than any virus could ever be, and the media has really fed the fear factor when it comes to the coronavirus.

I am by no means playing down the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus. It is a killer. Depending on the reporting nation, it appears that on average 3.4 percent of every 100 who catch the coronavirus die. Those are not good odds.

Adding to the problem, the Center for Disease Control allowed the virus to spread in the United States out of an act of pure stupidity. The CDC refused to allow testing of those with coronavirus symptoms unless they had visited certain areas of China. And what about those who were exposed at airports, restaurants, and stores? People died of the coronavirus in the United States before the CDC diagnosed a single case.

Because most of those infected are asymptomatic the scope of the spread of Covid-19 could only have been accurately measured by random testing. But months after the first actual warning from China there were not even enough test kits produced in the United States to test those with symptoms. Random testing still is impossible. Even citizens returning from hotspots in the first half of March were not tested at airports.

The headlines about seven dead in Seattle the first week of March emptied out stores and brought commerce to a standstill in that city. Shops and restaurants emptied out. With no guidance from federal, state or local officials the panic buying spread throughout the United States endangering the lives of millions of people as they coughed, sneezed and fought each other over toilet paper in Costco stores nationwide.

When the CDC began to test those with symptoms who had not been to China, the numbers exploded. As President Trump pointed out in his announcement most of those coronavirus cases came from Europe. But the CDC did not test anyone coming from Europe with the symptoms of the coronavirus despite the headline news of the virus outbreak there. Why?

Elitism: The problem at every level of the federal, state and local governments is elitism. All the bureaucrats think they are far smarter and superior to those they serve, and as a result, they come to very intellectually stupid conclusions. Romans 1:22 describes the government, business, and academic elites well: “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (KJV)

Stock market reactions were bizarre even for that fantasy world. The DOW was down over 1,000 one day, back up over 1,000 the next, and then on Monday, March 16th down 12 percent, the worst day since 1987. The White House and the Federal Reserve announced the coronavirus would be fought with interest rate cuts.

Interest rates went to zero and the Federal Reserve pumped in $1.5 trillion before March 16th and then another $700 billion the day after.

WHAT? Using interest rate cuts and QE (Quantitative Easing) from the Fed to fight a killer virus?    NO … an interest rate hike to save the stock market from the coronavirus fear factor. The Federal Reserve also doubled down on overnight loans to help banks cover cash shortfall. The markets crashed anyway.

The bank liquidity problem predated the coronavirus. The bank bailout has been going on since last September. The Federal Reserve printed half a trillion dollars to save banks over the last six months. Does that make sense? Most of that money went to cover loans for more stock buybacks and operations of big corporations. The market plunge now requires even more Federal Reserve money printing to cover losses.

The Fed money could not bring the Markets back up because corporations had stopped “buybacks.” It was the buyback of their own stocks by corporations that drove the market up over the last decade or so, not value. Corporations like Exxon – all the big ones – bought back hundreds of billions a dollars a year of their own stock to drive up the share price for investors, and I might add, to increase the bonuses by millions of dollars a year of the CEOs of those companies.

The collective corporations in the S&P bought back more than 100 percent of their total free cash flow in 2019 and for many years before that. Some companies, even in the DOW, paid out more to buy back stock than they made in profit. They borrowed money to buy back stock and drive up the markets.

Total buybacks in 2018 were $806 billion and in 2019 an estimated $710 billion. All down the tubes now, lost in a few days of panic selling. Not enough left of it to buy a coffee at 7-11.

Remember Boeing Aircraft and the 737 Max problem of two crashes that grounded the planes worldwide? Over a period of six years (2013-2019) Boeing paid out $17 billion in dividends and bought back $43 billion of its own stock to drive up the stock price. That $60 billion came to 140 percent of profit for those years.

The CEO of Boeing received tens of millions of dollars for raising Boeing stock value! When he was finally forced out because of the 737 Max crashes he was given $18 million to leave as a reward for cutting production corners and artificially driving up the cost of the stock.

Corporations, like Netflix, that have never made a profit had shares trading at hundreds of dollars.

The markets are so important to the elites that President Trump along with the House Democrats and Republican Senate will do anything to get people buying and cash flowing so the big corporations can restart the buybacks they had to stop because of Covid-19 loss of business.

United Airlines used over 80 percent of its free cash flow in 2019 to buy back stock and now has gone begging for money from President Trump and the Congress to continue operations.

The elites who run the businesses and the bureaucracies are worried about their status and will do anything to keep the markets flying high. Their wealth is based on a fantasy bubble that something like the coronavirus could pop. The elites were so fearful they pretended there was no problem until the problem was too big to hide. Now the public must suffer.

Some final numbers: As of March 17th, the Fed has tossed $2.2 trillion into the whirlpool sewer of the American stock markets. The money could have gone to rebuild the entire rail network in the United States or to relieve the roads of congestion. The money could have been used to repair and replace the thousands of bridges in the United States that are deficient.

OR … That $2.2 trillion could have been used to increase the number of hospital beds per 1,000 persons in the United States up to Chinese or Russian numbers. Yes, the United States has just 2.5 or so hospital beds per 1,000 population in the United States, less than even Turkey. The United States ranks 32nd and for the Covid-19 pandemic, the tents are starting to go up.

“Greatest nation in the world.” Agreed. We have an unequaled military that can go anywhere and do anything. It should be able to — the government prints nearly a trillion dollars a year to pay for it. “Greatest nation in the world” starts to sound flat when the roads, bridges, rail systems and patched together hospital systems are examined under strain.

The Elites, the top 10 percent that own or control 80 percent of the wealth of the nation, have failed us. That includes not just the billionaires, but the Donald Trumps, Joe Bidens, Nancy Pelosis, Mitch McConnells along with the bankers, brokers, CEOs and academic leaders who have produced so many college graduates who now work at convenience stores.

They built the system to do what it does … Create false value in stocks because capital gain is taxed at a far lower rate than dividend income. The tax system was designed to do what the CEOs did to raise the value of their stock at the expense of quality, safety, and jobs.

The political, financial and educational systems have been broken by blood-sucking elites and the time for true populism is now. The nation belongs to the people, not to the elites, and now is the time for the people to take back their nation.

Libertarian populism, the fundamentals as taught by Frederick Hayek in the Constitution of Liberty must finally be turned to for the true freedom the people want and deserve.

William J Murray is the president of Washington DC-based Religious Freedom Coalition and author of several books, his last, Utopian Road to Hell, details the historic pitfalls of collectivism.

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A thief in Oregon smashed an SUV window to steal two 30-roll cases of toilet paper, police say

A thief in Oregon smashed in the rear window of an SUV to steal two 30-roll cases of toilet paper, police reported.

The Eugene Police Department alerted the community about the incident in post on the department’s Facebook page. They reported that the crime took place early Sunday morning, when the bandit allegedly shattered the entire rear window and took “all valuables including two cases of 30-roll toilet paper and some valuable business and personal items.”

The police department used the news as an opportunity to remind the public not to leave their vehicles unattended.

“Anytime vehicles are left unattended for extended periods of time, local thieves view it as a favorable opportunity,” the post stated. “It is not enough to lock the vehicle before leaving. To reduce the possibility of theft and deter criminals from breaking in to your vehicle, it is important to incorporate the following tips when leaving your vehicle.”

Police then went on to offer helpful tips in the post such as not to leave property visible inside your vehicle, to make sure to roll up the windows and lock the doors, and, of course, not to leave anything “valuable” inside the vehicle.

In the midst of the coronavirus hysteria, toilet paper is just that — an extremely valuable item.

One Facebook user noted as much in their response: “I literally took 2 rolls of paper towels out of my car last night because I didn’t want this to happen. C’mon!! I hate to victim shame … but that’s like leaving 2 bricks of gold in your car!!” he said.

People around the world began panic-buying over the last couple weeks prepping for the potential of lengthy quarantines due to the quickening spread of the coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19. While face masks and hand sanitizer were the first items to fly off shelves, household staples like bread, meat, paper towels — and yes, toilet paper — soon followed.

Hoarders descended on the supermarkets, the toilet paper supply completely vanished in many stores, and fights literally broke out over who would get to purchase the scarce commodity.

Two women in Australia were soon charged for their violent toilet paper brawl, which was caught on video and soon went viral.

Earlier this week, another police department in Oregon — the same state where the smashed window SUV theft took place — preemptively urged residents against reporting toilet paper shortages to emergency services.

In a Facebook post Sunday, the Newport Police Department said, “It’s hard to believe that we even have to post this. Do not call 9-1-1 just because you ran out of toilet paper. You will survive without our assistance.”

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Preppers Were Right All Along: Food Is Being Wiped Out Desperation May Soon Set In

There has been nothing less than a complete overreaction by the unprepared masses for the coronavirus pandemic. Even the mainstream media is admitting that preppers were right all along as they have remained calm knowing they have all the food and supplies they need. 

For those in the often-mocked “prepper” community, this is quickly becoming their “I told you so” moment, reported the Washington Times. But many preppers are resisting saying that, even if it’s in the back of their minds. What they hope is that they’ll finally be taken seriously and that more people will follow their lead. When one has prepared, the need to go into a crowded grocery store during a pandemic to buy a cart full of toilet paper is nonexistent.

All of a sudden, the panic buying caused by a level of fear perpetuated by the mainstream media has led to people emptying grocery stores in a frenzy.  Preppers have been proven correct in their preparedness, but unfortunately, it’s not a time to gloat.  All the desperate masses will cause a different kind of crisis.

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We all know what happens when a TV is $100 off on Black Friday.  Now the shelves are bare at many grocery stores across the country, and if the panic doesn’t subside soon, we’ll have desperation and a Great Depression to deal with.

But preppers can learn from this too.  Having supplies is one thing, but another layer is dealing with the unprepared masses.  If your grocery store looks like mine, there’s no toilet paper to be found. Now is the time to find alternatives so we won’t have to use our stockpile.  Baby wipes (don’t flush these please, even if they say flushable) and getting a bidet all of a sudden are very excellent options.  If you don’t use all the baby wipes during this panic, you will have them available for the next one.  If you get a bidet, you won’t need much in the way of paper products and could be fine without any at all giving you a powerful bartering item.

When a frazzled woman is crying in the paper aisle because she can’t find toilet paper, it’s nice to be able to offer solutions and help at least one person.  Some people, it seems just want chaos, and that will probably never change. But some, especially after this pandemic, will be more open to learning about preparedness. The more people we can help, the less the chances of dealing with this mass fear and panic in the future.

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The point is that as preppers, we can try to help others and we can learn to find alternatives to commonly stored items if they just cannot be found.  To be honest, at this point, I’m not avoiding the public out of fear of getting the virus.  I simply don’t want to be around a large crowd of panicked people.

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There is a certain amount of calm that you have when you know you’ve been mocked for being prepared, but now you don’t have to worry about things for a while.

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Coronavirus Hoax: Americans Panicked After Getting Fake Martial Law Text Messages

Over the weekend, people from all walks of life, across the entire United States bought out grocery stores and wiped out toilet paper from every conceivable nook and cranny. A lot of this panic was fueled by a text message that people received telling them president Donald Trump was going to impose “medical martial law” in the form of a two-week lockdown of the entire nation.

The spread of coronavirus has already led the government to declare a national emergency over the deadly disease that has so far claimed 93 lives nationwide, and infected more than 4,700 people across the country (at the time of this writing), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Meters.

However, certain unsavory characters apparently decided to exploit the already tense situation to stoke more fear in the hearts of Americans and provoke real panic. People across the US received text messages claiming the president is about to impose martial law within the next 48 hours while urging people to stockpile supplies, according to a report by RT. This comes as many shops have already reportedly run out of toilet paper among other things.

Americans responded by panicking and wiping out grocery stores.

The message referred to the Stafford Act, which more attentive readers noticed. Because Trump already invoked the Stafford Act when he declared a national state of emergency. The government unlocked additional powers and funding for disaster response and involved the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the fight against coronavirus – but nothing close to martial law was imposed.

While it probably isn’t wise to assume the nation won’t on lockdown, it’s doubtful considering Trump needs a strong economy in order to get reelected.

Anything less than a quick end to this situation and turnaround in the economy will see him out the door as we usher in President Sanders or Biden.  If Trump locks down the country and medical martial law is enforced, the economy will be decimated even more so than it has been. Trump will likely do everything he can to stop the bleeding of the markets.

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It’s unlikely the federal government will impose a lockdown but expect more containment measures from cities and municipalities dealing with an outbreak locally. Also, make sure you’re ready just in case this happens because this is a rapidly changing crisis.

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TRUMP EMERGENCY: Death Sentence, Markets – GROUND SHAKING!

This article was contributed by our good friends at Future Money Trends.

Do Not Underestimate the Craziness of This Matter!

The bull market is over. Make sure to let that reality sink in. These past two weeks were the most violent market action in the history of the world, and so many things are GOING TO PERMANENTLY alter and change, going forward.

The economy is literally dead. Malls are empty by law. Streets are empty by law. Hotels, cruise ships, airports, office buildings, factories, restaurants, and the list goes on and on – TRADE has basically been banned.

In true Ray Dalio fashion, the world’s BIGGEST hedge fund manager proved that predictions mean SQUAT and that DIVERSIFICATION means everything.

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No, Ray, cash is not trash, and I certainly don’t feel stupid about having LOTS and LOTS of available liquid cash both in the bank and in paper notes. Actually, I feel that it’s exactly what I need to do to protect my family.

The coronavirus has divided people between maximalists and minimalists. Some believe COVID-19 should be treated like the seasonal flu and that everyone should calm down. They are viewing the panic as the buying opportunity of a lifetime. On the other hand, the maximalists are afraid of a total and utter ECONOMIC DEPRESSION, which entails mass layoffs, a wave of defaults and bankruptcies, millions of casualties, and horrors of every kind. They are selling off their equity and are mandating themselves to home-quarantining.

This started with markets SHAMELESSLY ignoring all of the warning signs, and now Trump has BANNED all travel from Europe; the borders are shut. We have the National Guard on the streets and, as you know, people panic fast because the mainstream media is doing NOTHING to calm the spirit.

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In the bigger picture, if you’ve been invested in the markets for more than a couple of years, like myself, your COST BASIS for the indices is much deeper than 20% and you’re still in the money, but the flick of a switch suddenness of this, from all-time highs to bear market, is tough to swallow.

Most investors have piled into the market only after Trump’s victory. They’re seeing their gains evaporate altogether. Retirees are seeing years of savings VAPORIZE.

Unlike in 2008, this isn’t just a financial crisis. People are not allowed to interact, which is the definition of an economy and a society.

I don’t know what your personal thoughts are about the lethality of the virus or what its infectiousness level is, but don’t even think about that right now. Your mind needs to be concerned with the ANNIHILATION of your local economy – small businesses won’t even last another week of this.

Financial conditions have tightened to the point they were in 2009 – political leaders better get their ACT TOGETHER!

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Our way of life is at stake here. China will cease to be the manufacturing hub of the world. No CEO will trust it to be its sole or its main supplier. Coronavirus will change paradigms and will pave the way to new ideas and several new industries. America is going to see thousands of factories return home.

The World Health Organization OFFICIALLY declared the virus as a pandemic, so now politicians from all over the planet MUST cover their asses and treat this like the end of the world or they’ll be blamed for not taking this SERIOUSLY.

In Europe, the Spanish government has suspended parliamentary meetings after a politician was infected and the European Union Parliament itself got suspended INDEFINITELY.

Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, dropped a BOMB, saying that MORE than half of the country will carry the virus soon.

The Federal Reserve is not going to toy with this: in one week, the Fed Funds Rate could be ZERO!

I estimate that they’ll cut by another 75bps, even after the 50bps cut they already did a week ago.

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The FED is pumping so many reserves into the system that I now QUESTION if global policymakers won’t begin to discuss issuing SDRs, which are the equivalents of GLOBAL CURRENCY!

With everything that’s happening, I want to make sure that you understand that I am also EVALUATING opportunities in this market. Some of the world’s highest-quality businesses are cheap!

There are blue-chip businesses trading at P/E ratios under 10, with some under 8, and even 6. I am going to WAIT until the FED meeting on the 17th before releasing my personal Shopping List, but I’m telling you up-front that if you’ve got cash, you are holding the KING.

LP(S) – Virus

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Last-Minute Coronavirus Quarantine Supplies: What to Buy (and Where to Get It) When the Stuff You Want Is Sold Out

This article was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper. 

Do you have the horrible feeling you may have waited too long to purchase supplies for the possibility of quarantine due to the Covid-19 outbreak sweeping the United States? While it’s true that shelves across the nation are bare in some departments, there are still options.

In this article, I’ll suggest some last-minute emergency supplies you can purchase in place of the ones you wanted if you’ve waited too late to shop. To do this, you may have to cast away your plans of being organic and healthful, and you may not get the exact household products you want. You’re stuck with what’s left at this point. So please don’t write to me, angry and horrified because I suggested conventional crackers instead of chia seed ones that were ground by the hardened lava of a Chilean volcano, okay?

If you’re looking for general information about quarantines, go read this article. For detailed information on general preparedness, check out this book.

Don’t panic – you can still do this. Remember that those of us who are well-prepared all started somewhere – and most likely the place we started was where you are right now: realizing at the last minute we didn’t have what we needed.

These are the suggestions I would use myself to put together last-minute emergency supplies.

Some general advice

Don’t be married to the idea of getting everything at one store. Most folks are flocking to Walmart but there are so many other stores out there where you can purchase what you need. Consider the following for some of your supplies.

  • Office supply stores
  • Dollar stores
  • Discount stores
  • Large pharmacies
  • Grocery stores (for things other than groceries)
  • Target
  • Big Lots
  • Hardware stores

Think outside the Walmart box when prepping for an emergency.

What to buy when the store is out of water

Here’s a photo of the water aisle at a Walmart near where my daughter lives.

There are lots of other options if the water aisle looks like this. They may not be as healthy but they’ll keep you from dying of dehydration.

  • Sports drinks (like Gatorade)
  • Flavored or sparkling water
  • Juice boxes or individual bottles
  • Juice
  • Soda pop (not too much though because that can be dehydrating instead of replenishing)
  • Vegetable juice
  • Premade iced tea

A good trick here is to go to the aisle where people get individually packaged stuff for their kids’ lunches. You’ll find all sorts of beverage pouches and plastic bottles of drinks here.

I warned you – not the healthiest, but healthy is no longer available. Trust me when I tell you it will be far better than having nothing available to drink. Oh – and don’t forget the wine. It won’t really rehydrate you, but you won’t care as much that you don’t have water.

Finally, use containers. You still have running water, right? Use vessels you already have and/or buy containers, wash them, and fill them up. No one is going to be sold out of containers unless you specifically look for “Water Containers.” Grab mason jars, pitchers, canisters, etc. Just make sure they’re food-safe and you’re good.

What to buy when the store is out of those meals in a box

Everyone seems to be looking for things like macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, and ramen noodles. If this is something you desire for your stockpile, here are some options. (Some of these are healthier than the original.)

  • Get plain pasta and cheese powder to DIY your mac and cheese
  • Get powdered milk to use for when you run out of regular refrigerator milk
  • Instead of ramen, get angel hair pasta, cook as directed, and add some soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • In place of Hamburger Helper and that type of thing, use regular pasta or rice, a few spices (like an Italian spice blend) and a half a jar of marinara sauce. For a creamy version, go with garlic powder, onion powder, and cream of mushroom soup concentrate.

All of these options are very simple to make.

What to buy when the store is out of rice

Rice seems to be a big seller and for good reason. It’s cheap and it can really extend a meal. When I stopped by Walmart to look at what was low, they were down to only the teeny tiny bags of rice.

  • Buy the teeny tiny bags – yes, they’re much more expensive but better than no rice at all.
  • Order large bags from Amazon – there’s still plenty of rice there. This page is all bags of rice that are 15 pounds or greater in size. If you choose a product that is part of Amazon Prime, you’ll probably have it faster. Before ordering, look at the estimated date of arrival and try to find one that will be to you in less than a week.
  • Get a different grain like pasta, quinoa, amaranth, or barley.

What to buy when the store is out of canned food

The things that tend to be gone first are items like canned pasta meals, soups, and chili. That makes sense because they’re pretty reasonable meals when heated up slightly, and can even be eaten cold out of the can in a worst-case scenario.  If your desired canned goods are not available, look to these items:

  • Canned baked beans (tasty right out of the can at room temp
  • Canned refried beans
  • Canned V-8 and a can of mixed vegetables (turn that into soup)
  • Canned potatoes (Mash them up or put them on the grill)
  • Canned fish

Try a different store – Walmart isn’t the only game in town. I had fantastic luck at Aldi getting my kids well-supplied. I was able to get them entire cases of canned fruits and veggies.

Or move away from the regular canned goods and see what they’ve got over on the International Food aisle:

  • Noodle bowls that just need boiling water
  • Soup that may not be as familiar
  • Small cans of salsa or enchilada sauce

Look in other areas for shelf-stable food.

  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Pouches of precooked rice (some have beans and other vegetables mixed in)
  • Peanut butter
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Jerky
  • Candy
  • Veggie chips
  • Potato chips
  • Pre-popped popcorn
  • Fruit cups
  • That squirty yogurt you get in pouches (the shelf-stable kind, not the refrigerated kind)
  • Vienna sausages
  • Pre-cooked bacon

You get the idea. Go out there and be creative. Scan every aisle to look for things that won’t spoil that your family will eat. I know whenever I’ve grabbed this kind of stuff, my girls have been thrilled since we don’t usually keep junk food in the house.

What to buy when the store is out of toilet paper

Toilet paper has been a biggie. There are videos online of people literally coming to blows over TP to wipe their behinds. If your store is out of toilet paper, check out the following options.

  • Baby wipes or “flushable” wipes (regardless of what the package says, do not flush these – you won’t be able to get a plumber to your house if you’re quarantined.)
  • Paper towels – not soft but it will get your heinie clean – also do not flush
  • Kleenex – pro-tip – do not get the ones infused with Vicks. Even the cheapest facial tissues out there will be a lot more expensive than toilet paper but it’s better than nothing.
  • Order from Amazon. They still have tons and tons of TP. I just ordered this which will arrive on Monday.
  • Go to an office supply store or a janitorial warehouse
  • If you simply cannot manage to acquire toilet paper, you’re going to have to use cloth. Treat it like you would a cloth diaper and have a bucket by the toilet for soaking so that your homemade wipes come clean easily. Here’s an article about it.

Think creatively for bum-wiping. Toilet paper is a relatively new, albeit wonderful, invention.

What to get when the store is out of bleach and cleaning supplies

Lots of stores seem to be running low on bleach, Lysol, and cleaning wipes.

  • You can make bleach from pool shock (calcium hypochlorite). Get pool shock at your local swimming pool and jacuzzi store and be sure to select one that doesn’t have additions like algaecide, or here on Amazon.  Here are instructions on how to make bleach from pool shock.
  • Hit up your local office supply store like Staples or Business Depot for cleaning supplies. They’ll be more expensive than Walmart but you may be able to find what you need.
  • Try the hardware store, grocery store, or dollar store for cleaning supplies.
  • Again, Amazon may have what you need for cleaners and wipes.

Think creatively – all sorts of stores sell cleaning products.

What to get when the store is out of over-the-counter medications

If the first store you visit is out of OTC meds that you want to have on hand, you still have some options.

  • Visit pharmacies.
  • Most grocery stores have a pharmacy section.
  • You can order them on Amazon for both adults and children.
  • The dollar store carries some OTC meds in smaller packages. You might also find them at places like Dollar General and Family Dollar.

If you are really, truly desperate, truck stops and gas stations have small, expensive single packs of a lot of different medications.

Don’t forget something to do

If your family is cooped up in quarantine for weeks, you’re going to need something to do. Grab some stuff that the kids haven’t seen before, like new toys, games, or puzzles. Craft supplies might be fun – you may have time to learn that new skill you’ve been thinking about. Also, hit up the used book store or Goodwill and grab yourself a quarantine library. Get reading material for the whole family.

Remember that even in the house, you’ll want to stay active. It isn’t healthy physically or mentally to sit there watching Netflix 20 hours a day. Run up and down your stairs, work on a home project (you can finally declutter that storage room), or do some exercise videos with the family.

When the store is out of last-minute emergency supplies you wanted

Don’t despair if you can’t the last-minute emergency supplies you wanted. It just means you’re going to have to be flexible and creative. And don’t let people who accuse you of panic-buying or being “selfish” get you down. Sure, you waited later than is ideal but you are doing the best you can, and I commend you for doing so. Ignore the jerks – most of us are really glad you’re here and you’re trying.

And when this crisis is over, think long and hard about the things you wished you would have had. Make yourself a list and start buying these items and by the time the next disaster rolls around, you’ll be much further ahead.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME (QUARANTINE) FOR A PANDEMIC

Daisy Luther is the author of the book Be Ready for Anything: How to Survive Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Pandemics, Mass Shootings, Nuclear Disasters, and Other Life-Threatening Events. You want to be prepared for whatever emergencies come your way. While prepping for a dozen different disasters may sound like a daunting task, there’s good news.

Preparing for a wide variety of disasters requires the same basic supplies as preparing for one or two. For each event, there will be some special steps, unique information, and precautions you need to take, along with a few additional supplies, but your essentials will be the same.

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