Your Guide to Creating a Coronavirus Pandemic Survival Food Kit
COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, continues to infect people around the world. Even though cases of infection aren’t yet widespread throughout the U.S. and the immediate risk is quite low, there are things you can do to prepare for the worst.
The first thing you should do? Put together an emergency plan and create a prep kit. Even if a full-blown pandemic never materializes, it’s always wise to have everything you’ll need in the event of an emergency.
While we can’t create your family’s ideal emergency plan, we can help you stock up on the right emergency provisions, and here’s what your kit should contain.
Disaster food and other supplies to include in your coronavirus emergency kit
Where emergency preparation is concerned, most survival experts recommend focusing on food and water first. This is good advice to follow in the event of a coronavirus outbreak, too. Infected persons will need to be quarantined for at least 14 days, possibly longer, and health officials may eventually ask people to shelter inside of their homes if the virus’s reach grows.
If you and your family are sheltering in place, you’ll likely still have access to basic utilities like electricity and tap water, which makes emergency prep a bit easier. In addition to these essential foods to include in your emergency preparedness kit, your coronavirus kit should include:
- Any necessary medications
- Basic first aid supplies, especially a thermometer (a fever can be a symptom of COVID-19)
- Hygiene products, including soap and hand sanitizer to defend against germs
- Face masks (healthy people only need to wear masks when caring for someone with a suspected coronavirus infection)
Additional tips on preparing for a coronavirus outbreak or other pandemic
While you don’t need to rely on freeze-dried foods when you still have access to your refrigerator, stove and oven, you can’t beat the convenience of easy-to-prepare meals. They’re even more convenient when you’re stressed out and not feeling well.
Backpacker’s Pantry has a variety of emergency food and meal kits you can stockpile, as well as some great 6-pack sale items. Pick up a few of your favorites and add them to your coronavirus preparedness kit, just in case.
In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people take standard cold and flu season precautions: Get your flu vaccine, wash your hands often and take care of your body by getting enough sleep and eating well.