A regional or national pandemic is one of the bigger fears of many preppers. After reading the news stories I posted about yesterday, perhaps this concern has become even more prominent on your radar. While I’d like to think in this day and age of scientific “miracles” we wouldn’t have to worry about something as simple as a flu virus taking down our society, common sense and logic dictates otherwise.
How does prepping for a pandemic differ from other potential emergencies? Well, for starters, you’ll need to plan for limiting your contact with other people as much as possible. Stores, if they are even open, will no doubt be hotbeds for potential infection. Same thing goes for workplaces. You and your family will essentially have to be home bound for potentially several weeks.
Obviously adequate food storage will be critical, as will a good supply of other essential items like meds.
On top of necessary supplies, think a bit on the impact your neighborhood could have during a pandemic. Let’s say half the population gets sick. Half your police force is out of commission. Half the emergency responders, half the fire department. Banks and ATMs will likely be non-functioning, whether you have money in them or not.
The thing about pandemics is they may start out kind of slow but ramp up very quickly. So quick, in fact, that you might not have much time to make runs to the store for more stuff. Once word gets out about a serious virus sweeping the area, people are going to flock to the stores to get food and such. It’ll make Black Friday look like a quiet Sunday afternoon. And each and every one of those people are potential carriers of the illness.
If you had to lock your door today and stay in your home for even three weeks, would you have enough food for your family?