October 18, 2014
With a mortality rate of 70%, Ebola is an epidemic for which one cannot over-prepare. Should there be widespread outbreaks in the United States, the last resort to personal survival may be self-quarantine. The economic and political consequences of millions of citizens staying home for extended periods of time, eliminating unnecessary contact with others, would be devastating. But in the case of an Ebola outbreak in your community, to do otherwise may be deadly.
If Ebola should pass into history as a big scare that was properly contained, that’s great. The following preparations are beneficial in any form of emergency, from the loss of a job, to economic crash, to regional shortages.
Take an inventory of what you have, and supplement it so that you can be prepared to keep yourselves and your loved-ones safe should all external safeguards against an Ebola pandemic fail.
OBTAIN A 3-MONTH SUPPLY OF FOOD, FIRST AID SUPPLIES, MEDICINE, DRY GOODS, AND OTHER DAILY ESSENTIALS:
Medicine and Personal Hygiene: Obtain a 90-day supply of the following and store it securely away from moisture and heat.
- OTC Pain killers and anti-inflammatories (Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin)
- 90 days worth of prescription medications (many pharmacies offer discounts on a 90-day supply)
- Dietary supplements, especially essentials like calcium, vitamin C, etc.
- Feminine supplies, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
- OTC Allergy medications, topical anti-allergy cremes, Epi-pen (with a prescription) if needed
- OTC Cold and flu medications
- Topical antibiotic ointment
- Epsom salts, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, witch hazel, mineral oil, aloe vera gel
- Tooth paste, dental floss, soap, deodorant, razors, shampoo, lotion, etc.
- Liquid bleach
- Laundry and dish detergent, cleaning supplies, rags
- Garbage bags
- Other dry goods or pharmacy items that you expect to use a few times per year
Pantry supplies: Buy what you eat and involve your family in making your long-term storage choices. Obtain a 90-day supply of basic food and supplies for your pets. All of the following items have a shelf life of much longer than 90 days. Be sure to store them in a cool place with a stable temperature (garages are not good) away from light.
- Canned Meats
- Dried meats such as jerky, chipped beef, summer sausage, salami, pepperoni
- Velveeta or a similar shelf-stable cheese product
- Powdered cheese
- Wet canned vegetables, tomatoes, beans, condiments, and fruit
- Easy to prepare dry boxed meals and side dishes ( Macaroni and Cheese is great because it is comfort food.)
- Canned soups and stews
- Dried pasta and a variety of bottled or canned pasta sauces
- Instant potatoes
- Dried beans
- Dried fruit, raisins
- Boxed Jello and pudding desserts
- Boxed cake, muffin, dessert, and cookie mixes (treats and comfort foods have a lot of psychological value during times of stress)
- Boxed cereal, oatmeal, cream-of-wheat, cracked wheat, etc.
- Complete pancake mix, biscuit mix
- Flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, arrowroot
- Sugars, honey, molasses, corn syrup
- Powdered drinks, hot cocoa, fruit drinks, powdered milk, other preferences such as coffee or tea
- Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk
- Baby food and formula
- Peanut butter, Nutella, salted nuts
- Condiments, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, vegetable oil, olive oil, shortening, peanut butter, jams, jellies, syrups, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, pickles, olives, capers, picante sauce, hot sauces, and other condiments that you use on a regular basis
- Packaged gravy mixes and bouillons
For your freezer: Properly wrapped meats and other foods will last in a freezer well over 90 days. The key to making your freezer an effective tool for home storage is to Store what you Eat, and Eat what you Store. If there is empty space in your freezer, fill the spaces with 3/4 full water bottles. Your freezer will be more efficient when it is filled with frozen items and, if your lose power for a time, the food will stay frozen longer, up to 72 hours if you leave the freezer door closed.
- Cured meats such as ham, sausages, bacon, etc.
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Prepared foods such as pizzas
- Butter, margarine, cream cheese, block cheese, shredded cheese
- Sealed packages of pork, beef or poultry
- Breads, bagels
- Candy bars
- Ice cream (don’t underestimate the value of comforting treats, especially if you have children)
- Bags of flour, biscuit or pancake mix (placing these items in the freezer greatly extends their shelf life and will fill up the empty space that may make your freezer less efficient)
- A basic first aid kit
- Several flashlights with batteries, tactical flashlights, emergency candles or lamps, fuel, matches or lighters
- If you have an outdoor grill, keep it well maintained and the fuel tank full
- Sternos, a hibachi or other simple cooking devices
- A battery powered or crank up radio S
- Short wave “HAM” radio and trained operator within your circle of friends or church group
- Obtain and store seeds properly
- Obtain basic gardening implements
- Become educated about gardening basics
- Teach your children how to work in a garden and enjoy the process of growing food
HAVE THE MEANS TO DEFEND YOUR HOME AND FOOD STORAGE:
Obtain firearms and learn how to use them. Know how to care for them, store them, and receive proper training so that you will be psychologically prepared to use them! Social chaos is often a life and death struggle and frightened, hungry people will try to get rid of you and take your stuff.
The only government we can depend upon are those layers of government closest to the individual: ourselves, family, church, neighborhood, community, and county. There will be great peace and safety in acting now to make your home a refuge from the storm.
Stay vigilant. Stay prayerful.
by Marjorie Haun 10/18/14