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The other day when I went to the nearby grocery store, the hand sanitizer racks were empty. Upon querying one of the staff, I came to know that they are re-stocking. Something similar was found to be with toilet papers and face masks. It was a scary feeling, maybe the world was supposed to end in 2020 and not in 2012, as rumored according to the Mayan calendar.

Stores without toilet paper looked unreal. This pandemic revealed how under-prepared we were in such critical times. Covid-19 brought the world to a complete stop. It is giving us all a lesson we should carry forth. The lesson of how well prepared our health systems should be during a pandemic, where, lockdowns will be a new reality. Stocking of medical supplies will become imperative.

Yes, the pandemic was teaching us what we forgot to gear up for while paying our bills and working throughout the day and night. We forgot that health should get prime importance, and having personal health management kits are worth paying for- above paying for that streaming app subscription.

Pandemic impact and the ripple effect

The spread of the virus has been rapid, almost grew uncontrollably. While countries have closed their border to restrict the further spread of the virus, masses at large have struggled to stock food and medical supplies.

The frontline workers have seen a tough time handling pools of patients. Operating hours shot up, and medical centers made efforts to align required equipment to handle increasing patient load. Most countries have struggled hard despite, having highly advanced health apparatus in place.

As soon as the Covid 19 became global, we were left on our own with instructions of hand sanitizing and social distancing. It was unfortunate to see that during these most crucial times, many tall claims collapsed. The protocols to follow during a pandemic were shared as the pressure of Covid numbers grew. Full body sanitization, face shields, and protective gears were brought much later, as the virus kept growing strong. The impact has been severe, and beyond perception.

Stocking up medical supplies

Hospitals and medical facilities were over-burdened, so stocking up medical supplies that were more than the first-aid kits was mandatory. Since pandemics don’t come with a warning, preparedness goes a long way. And lockdowns required us to stay indoors. I stocked these supplies before and during the pandemic to be safe at home.

Primary medical stocking supplies —

  1. Hand sanitizers: The most sought-after product during the pandemic, hand sanitizers were not easy to procure. Stores made frantic efforts to keep the shelves filled with alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Since, at the least sanitizers with 60% alcohols were required to effectively kill the microbes, procuring a good amount of sanitizers was first on the must-do list.
  2. Surface cleaners, liquids: The coronavirus could survive for 12-14 hours. Hence, buying good quality alcohol-based surface cleaners was also a priority. I also ensured that all other types of cleaning liquids like car cleaners- kitchen and bath cleaners are stocked at home.
  3. Facemasks: Masking face has become a new normal. Covering the lower half of the face for personal and social safety is the need of the hour. Therefore, stocking the required number of facemasks (better if reusable) is highly advised.
  4. Disposable or reusable gloves: We are touching so many things every minute. Laptop, kitchen counter, refrigerator, glass, cushions, and whatnot. When we go out, the number of things we touch multiplies. Having the stock of disposable gloves is necessary- if the gloves are sustainable and can be reused, then it will add to the health of the planet too.

Secondary medical stocking supplies –

  1. Soaps: Soaps are easily available in every store. Also, the supply of soap is quite stable and they are less harsh on hands due to the absence of alcohol in their formation. Soaps were good companions to take a break from alcohol-based products.
  2. Protective gears: Frontline workers like doctors, nurses, and support staff have worn layers of protective gears to fight against the pandemic. It was a good step to stock protective gear like clothing, goggles, face shield, & headcover.
  3. Medicines for fever, cough, and headache: Being unsure of what next, stocking over the counter medicines for fever, cough, and headache will surely help. Keeping these medicines handy is beneficial, especially when the total lockdowns can last for weeks.
  4. Ointments and pain spray: Ointments for muscle sprains or pains should not be missed. What if I sprain my ankle while running to grab hold of the sanitizer? Thus, keeping a good stock of such essentials is necessary.
  5. Bandages and wraps: Keeping bandages for cuts and wraps for compression of sprained muscles during the pandemic has some benefits. Sprains and twists happen without warning (just like the pandemic). Stocking bandages and compression wraps for quick use is wise, far better than seeing doctors in precarious times.

Things to avoid

When everyone is impacted and we can expect a shortage of supplies, so the first thing to avoid was panic buying. Restocking of commodities normally happens every week, hence thinking that the world will end without the toilet paper or sanitizers was unwise, so I preferred to wait. Meanwhile, I tried contacting multiple local dealers and traveled a little far for a stock load of sanitizer.

Paying less heed to the norms like social distancing, while advising others to stay away from me, was quite impractical. Hence, I almost calculated the steps for standing away from people and followed social distancing, religiously.

Holding on for some time at the billing counter was rewarding too. And, avoiding to touch every other product at the display outlet was an effort to be safe during the pandemic. I ensured to clean the surface of each product after buying to avoid the risk of contraction. Wiped clean all commodities and sanitized my hands, afterward to ensure that I did my bit to be safe and keep others safe around me.

The story so far

Even natural calamities like tornadoes and cyclones come with a warning. They destruct and leave. However, this pandemic launched a vicious attack on us, without any warning, unleashing a colossal impact. Virulent diseases have occurred in the past, as well, for example, the Spanish flue of 1918s, when millions succumbed to it.

On similar patterns, the Covid-19 has impacted the people at large. Scores have come under its impact across the world, no country is spared. There are citywide lockdowns and halting of business activities for weeks to control the active transmission.

Government departments and frontline workers are working, day and night to reduce the impact. Pandemic such as this has prompted us to contemplate future implications. We see, that we are not prepared enough to handle pandemics.

Being careful and prepared

Being in the year 2020, our health systems are functioning on traditional lines. The doctor to patient ratio requires to be increased and so does the protocols for people, arriving in health facilities every day.

The more we prepare, the more our coming generations will stay safe. Pandemic has brought in protocols such as social distancing and hygiene in focus. Things, which are taught to preschoolers, but not followed when they become adults.

A significant observation during these times, when we all are running to stock essentials to stay indoors under lockdowns. While stocking the medical supplies and other commodities, I ponder upon how we should be using our common sense more often.

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How to Survive an Earthquake

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The definition of an earthquake is a sudden, unexpected, fast shaking of the earth’s surface, which is primarily caused by the shifting of the tectonic plates below the surface of the earth. Earthquakes can happen anytime, anyplace, and they occur without warning. It is just a sudden shaking, and then it’s all over. 

When you think about an earthquake, you immediately think of destruction. But you can also think about preventive measures that you can take to make sure you and your house survive an earthquake. 

What to Do Before an Earthquake

If you live in an earthquake zone and frequently experience them, this advice will already be familiar to you, and you will agree with it wholeheartedly. First, prepare an emergency survival kit that has all the necessary equipment in it: a first aid kit, medicine, about three to four days of canned food and water, and perhaps a radio. Then, talk with your family members and discuss creating an emergency earthquake contingency plan detailing how you will communicate with each other if you get separated, what to do in these circumstances, and decide on a safe meeting place after the situation calms down.

Conducting earthquake safety drills should also be an essential part of your plan. Performing such exercises can prepare your family for the real thing. Discuss different case scenarios and what to do in each. Drills can help a lot and prevent confusion if an actual earthquake occurs.  

What to Do During an Earthquake

Drop, cover, and hold on.

Before the earthquake hits, there are a few minutes or seconds during which you must do everything it takes to ensure your survival. Remember the rule of drop, cover, and hold on. 

Drop to the ground, be it that you are outside your house, in a car, or inside. The primary and most essential thing is that you should drop when you feel and see everything in your home shaking.

Next, cover. When inside the house, quickly get under your table or desk. If that is not a possibility, grab a pillow, a cushion, or any other soft object to shield your head and body. Then go crouch in the corner of your house where the likelihood of things falling on you is low. If you are outside your home and in an open space, get away as fast as you can from buildings that are threatening to collapse. Stay in an area with no trees, buildings, or power and grid lines to avoid getting trapped under them. 

After doing all the above steps, be patient and hold on. Stay inside, under the table, or wherever you are taking cover, and hold on until the shaking completely stops. When you are sure it has stopped, only then, try and move from your spot and assess the damage. 

What to Do After an Earthquake

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What happens after an earthquake, and how should you deal with it? 

Remember that many injuries occur after the earthquake when people go out of their homes to look for others. While doing so, they may inadvertently injure themselves or others. Another thing is that there may be aftershocks following the actual earthquake, which will cause damage as well if you are not careful and do not remain alert. 

To ensure your and others’ survival, follow these tips and techniques. First, check yourself and other people for injuries. If there are any injuries, and you feel capable of handling them, administer first aid and then call an ambulance for those who are critically injured. 

Check your home or building for any structural damage, like cracks or fissures in your roof or the structure. If you see any damage, report it immediately. Check for any type of leakage in the gas line or the waterline. Check for damage in the electrical wiring. If you smell even a hint of gas, turn the main connection off, open all the doors and windows, leave immediately, and report it to the appropriate authorities. 

If there is no power, prevent further possible damage by unplugging or switching off all the appliances. So, when the power comes back on, you can see if there has been any damage to the switchboard, like frayed wires, or you see sparks or smell something burning, and take necessary action like turning the electricity off at the main fuse box and calling in an electrician. 

Stay away from debris and don’t even think of going near a fallen building and areas that have suffered much damage. Do not enter the damaged buildings and other areas either.  Also, stay far away from bodies of water in case a tsunami also occurs. 

If you are trapped beneath the debris and rubble, do not panic, no matter how much you want to. Try and save your energy and only call for help when and if you know there are rescuers nearby who can hear you. Do not move too much as it will only disturb the dust and rubble and everything near you, and you will end up inhaling it and choking on it. One last thing to do if you are in this situation is to ration out your food and water and make it last as long as possible because it will be difficult to say when you will be rescued. 

The possibility of you experiencing an earthquake depends on where you live. If you live in an earthquake zone, you will experience regular earthquakes, even if they are of the lowest density. And if you live in a zone where no earthquakes occur, well it is still better to be fully prepared instead of thinking about winging it and having a don’t care attitude which will not help in your survival struggle at all. So, in conclusion, take the above steps at heart, practice, and stay alert.  

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How and What to Save During a Food Crisis

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Disasters, natural or human-made, have a history of leaving behind numerous problems that people find hard to cope with. One of those problems commonly is a food crisis.

There is a perpetual shortage of food to at least one strata of society, no matter what is going on in the world at that particular moment. Looking at the recent upheavals in food production, the shortage of labor, and farms that are failing and going through famines and problems of their own, the idea of food shortage or crisis starts to loom in your mind. 

So, the next question is, how would you know how and what to save while giving priority to the quality and quantity of food that you want to stock up? What you can do is make an inventory of what you already have in your house, then make a food storage plan that includes short and long-term food requirements.

Water Needs

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One valuable resource you need to keep in mind is water. Note how much water you currently have and make space for more. Pre-packaged water bottles, empty containers, and even water filters can help in emergencies or critical situations. 

Water filters are needed because, often, the water may be untreated and contain all kinds of germs and bacteria, which can be super harmful to your health. Running the water through a water filter and then filling the water containers is the best way to eliminate harmful content.

Grow Your Food

Try growing a small garden in your yard space. If not, get some gardening pots and grow a garden inside your apartment. In there, you can plant essential fruits and vegetables that’ll save you in the long run. 

Doing this reduces your dependability on grocery stores or supermarkets and gives you an adequate supply of organic and homegrown fruits and vegetables for pennies. Also, you get the chance to pluck the produce yourself and try your hand at preserving them. 

Food Storage 

It would be best if you gave priority to stock up your food storage from day one. For that, you should decide among your family members their preferences for meals and food. After that, make a list of what you need to buy.

The best type of food to have on your list is canned food since it has a much longer shelf life than fresh food and is available in quantity at a moment’s notice. Be sure to buy nutritious items high in calories and carbs; prioritize nutrition over your tastebuds.

You should fill your pantry with baking items such as flour, wheat, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking sugar, spices, etc. 

Next on the priority list are food items such as cereals, ready-to-eat mixes, canned meats, soups, beans, fruits, and vegetables. These are good to buy because canned items last much longer than everyday food items. 

You can also include sweet food like candy bars and granola bars because, while they can act as a dessert, they also have many carbs in them and can provide you with a lot of energy.

Preservation of Food

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Preservation of food is a skill you should not go without as it would pose the most beneficial skill during a food crisis. Well, that’s only if you possessed the skill before the crisis struck. By preserving your food, it goes without saying that you can prolong the life of many seasonal food items and enjoy them later. 

Go to supermarkets or stalls and buy large quantities of meats, fruits, vegetables, or anything you’d like with you during a food crisis. Go home, wash every food item you purchased, dry them carefully, cut them into small manageable pieces, pack them in zip lock bags or freezer-safe bags, and put them in the freezer. Learn how to freeze, dehydrate, and can food. It is effortless and can genuinely come in handy, food crisis or not.

Learn to Cook With Leftover Ingredients

There will often be leftover food at the end of the day that you cannot eat, even if you are on the verge of a food crisis. However, there is a wealth of possibilities in leftover food, from using it as the next day’s breakfast or lunch to serving it as a base for your next meal; for example, you can use the leftover vegetables and gravy to make a pasta dish the following day. It is easy and requires only a smidge of your creativity!

Store Leftover Food

As stated above, leftover food is essential, and if you do not want to eat it the next day, you can always store it. Freezing is an excellent way of minimizing unnecessary waste. 

Miscellaneous Items 

While food will remain the top priority in a food crisis, you should also focus on other emergency items that you may need. Things such as first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, waterproof matches, tape, blankets, a source of heating, and there are many more as you can imagine.

These items are as important as food because they will help you survive; it is always better to be prepared well in advance rather than run around in panic scrambling for items. 

Surviving a food crisis should not be that difficult, provided that you have planned or acted quickly ahead of struggle. Start small, buy one or two extra cans every week when out grocery shopping, and soon enough, you will have a growing amount of resources that will help tide you over the food crisis.

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The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!

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The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!

The truth is a storm of one kind or another is always on the way. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are. You have to be prepared in order to survive. You’ll need your wits. You’ll need a plan. You need gear. Fortunately, we at Freedom Prepper have you covered!

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Water Filter Straw Water Purifier with 16oz Water Bag

Our water straw filter removes 99.9999% of harmful substance.This water filter can remove the smallest solid particles found in the environment (down to 0.01 micron) and other harmful substances.

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2 Pack Solar Charger

It features dual USB and powerful LED Flashlight. Making it easy to charge two smartphones simultaneously or a tablet at full speed. Two led lights can be used as a flashlight with Steady-SOS-Strobe mode. Five pilot indicators show the status of battery charger timely. Green light on when charging by solar, blue light on when USB charging.

Our solar charger works with all modern devices, iPhones and Android phones, iPads and all tablets.

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