‘Shelter in Place’ orders are becoming common, schools are closed, 40 million CA residents (along with Illinois now) have been told to stay in their homes until further notice, bars and restaurants ordered closed and grocery store shelves are bare; it’s getting scary out there folks. If we don’t see some light on the horizon soon, can civil unrest be far behind? As I’m watching the events unfold, I’m actively looking at what I and others could have done to better prepare for what we are experiencing. If we do survive, and I certainly plan on doing so, will we have learned anything from it or will we just return to the status quo?
My parents were both depression babies in the rural South, times were tough and survival was day to day; if you wanted to eat you had to either grow it or kill it. They learned from those days; they always saved, raised a garden, canned their own food, they were as self-reliant as possible. Today, most people in the Western world have really never known hard times and as such, even a small disruption can throw their world into chaos. How many in our society are so reliant on Uber, Doordash, Amazon, etc., all right there on their Smartphone, that they have no idea how to function without them? God forbid the internet goes down!
So, looking around at the current situation, what do you wish you had done differently?
Firearms sales are up more than 300% and ammo is becoming hard to find. Apparently a large number of people have decided (finally) that they need a gun for self protection, huh, imagine that.
I really don’t understand the massive hoarding of toilet paper, but maybe we should all keep a little more on hand in the future.
Cleaning supplies, particularly bleach and disinfectant wipes are sold out, but should be a staple in any pantry.
Cash is king. I’ve said this many times, even a small stash of cash can be helpful during any crisis situation.
It’s been said that we are merely 9 meals from anarchy, yet less than 50% of Americans have 3 days worth of food at home. This should be a wake up call for everyone, regardless of your situation, you need to have more food and water on hand at all times.
Location, Location. While this has not yet played out, and hopefully it doesn’t get this far, but often your location can determine how affected your are by a major event. The cities are obviously more susceptible to shortages and violence, distance can mean safety.
If we all live through this thing, what do you plan to do different in the future? Your thoughts are appreciated.