Pandemic Preparedness

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?

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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  1. I would also consider up-to-date knowledge about pandemic issues a top priority in such situations. Doing things such as watching/listening to local news daily (especially for those who don’t do so regularly) and using Google Alerts to track local happenings are vital to deciding if/when things have “gone bad” in your area so you can take action ASAP.

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