Certain survival skills and pieces of knowledge could be extremely useful in the event of dangerous scenarios like what happened in Wuhan China. We all have heard about the Wuhan Corona Virus which caused Chinese officials to put 17 cities, encompassing more than 50 million people, under partial and full lockdown as the virus continues to spread.
Being prepared for the worst-case scenario is always a great idea.
Today, I would like to go over what a lot of experts in Survival want everyday people should do, to make it through a potential world disaster. Or in this case, a pandemic.
Whether you’re looking to outlast the end days or just want to sharpen your survival skills, here are some tips to help you stay safe in the event of a major disaster.
There are certain threats that not even our government or the Red Cross can save us from. Because diseases are living organisms that can adapt and evolve, it’s much harder to defend against them.
So what do we have to do in order to prepare ourselves when a disease outbreak strikes? It is important to put in mind, that in any situation, panic will not lead us into a good result. Staying calm, being focus, and most of all preparing in advance by learning new skills and know-how will help us better handle the situation. It is important to understand that you will have to prepare these things prior to or before a city lockdown or any dangerous situations occur.
- Stock up: The best way to survive is to stock up on non-perishable foods and plenty of water. Even if you make it inside your house or apartment, you won’t survive the recommended 2 weeks inside without water (1 gallon a day per person is recommended).
- Jerky and Dehydrated Meat – They are good sources of protein that don't need any special storage conditions as long as they're packaged correctly.
- Canned Fruits and Vegetables – Peaches, pears, berries, and applesauce are good sources of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals.
- Canned Soups, Stews and Meals – Buy soups that are ready to heat as they are and don't require additional milk or water, especially if you don't have access to much clean water.
- Dehydrated Fruits – Dried fruits, such as raisins, craisins, and apricots are another good way to get the goodness of fruit into your emergency food pantry.
- Whole Grain Crackers – Packaged whole-grain crackers, pretzels, and snack chips last longer than bread so they're good for an emergency food stash. Look for crackers that are packed in smaller amounts and don't open the packages until you need them.
- Canned Fish and Meat – Canned tuna and salmon are excellent sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. They're available in cans or foil pouches. Canned ham, chicken, SPAM, and canned sandwich spreads can be eaten with crackers as a quick meal.
- Nuts and Seeds – Nuts and seeds that are still in the shell last the longest. Packaged nuts and seeds are fine, just keep an eye on the expiration dates and keep the containers sealed.
- Granola Bars and Cereal – Granola bars and breakfast bars make tasty sweet treats, and they're more nutritious than typical candy bars. These bars are usually individually wrapped, which is nice, so they stay fresh after the box is opened.
- Shelf Stable Milk and Juice – Shelf-stable milk has been packaged so it doesn't need to be refrigerated until it's opened. Canned or boxed milk may not have the flavor you're used to, so it may be better to choose plant milk, such as rice, almond, or soy milk. Look for containers that are just single servings.
- Water – You can live a few weeks without food, but only a few days without water. You want your water to be clean, safe, and free from germs and parasites. Access to clean water is going to be the most difficult aspect of disaster preparedness in regards to a pandemic. Bacteria and viruses thrive in water, so make sure you have sealed water and a high-quality water filter.
Safe Water Tips
- Keep several clean bottles filled with water and sealed tightly, or stock up on bottled water from the grocery store.
- If you are unsure if your water source is safe, it advisable to treat the water with chlorine.
- Consider purchasing a water purifier made for hikers and campers. Make sure you buy a water purifier, not just a water filter.
- k. Multivitamins – If your emergency situation only lasts a few days, vitamin and mineral deficiencies aren't going to be much of an issue. But if you're concerned about a longer lasting problem, then daily multivitamins can help supply any missing nutrients until the situation passes.
What else to prepare:
2. Sanitizer and bleach: Excessive amounts of sanitizer and bleach need to be as high on your priority list as water and food.
3. N95 Mask, Gloves and suits – Wear a stronger kind of mask, known as the N95 respirator, along with other precautions like gloves and eye protectors. You will need lots of them. When attempting to care for and treat someone infected it’s crucial that you protect yourself and prevent any further spread of infection.
4. First Aid Kit & Medicines – It's important to have a well-stocked first-aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries. Stock up Aspirin**as an analgesic (pain reliever), Aloe vera plant (aloe vera gels for burns), Ibuprofen as an analgesic alternative to aspirin (Advil, Excedrin, Motrin).
Oral re-hydration solution – To offset the effects of dehydration caused by illness or diarrhea, make your own by adding 6-8 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt to 1 liter of water. Best to boil the water, add the sugar and salt while it is still warm to dissolve completely and let cool.
There you are, The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. These are the recommended everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses,
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.