No one knows how long this coronavirus pandemic is going to last, and many cities are on a lockdown spree. Don’t you think you should also prepare against an emergency lockdown?
The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is another reminder to prepare for any emergency lockdown.
You need to stock up your home with some basic supply that you will need peradventure something happens.
How to prepare for an emergency lockdown arising because of coronavirus
Below are basic suggestions for what to keep as you prepare for an emergency lockdown because of coronavirus
1. Stock your house with enough food and water
In most cities, the emergency lockdown will last for just 2 weeks, but I fear this may be longer in many other places.
Whatever the period of time the government of your state has set, make sure you stock enough food for that period.
Also, stock up some extra food that will go a few more days in case of an extension.
As you pick your food, concentrate on non-perishable food that doesn’t require refrigeration or much prep and water.
Here is a list of food to keep as you prepare for an emergency lockdown
- Keep dry foods such as spaghetti, pasta, flour, maize mill, beans, green grams as well as powder milk.
- If you must add meat to your food, then store up some dried meat or fish.
- Store some kitchen supplies such as salt, sugar, dry spices, cooking oil, Water – drinking & cooking, Water guard
- Consider keeping cereals, ready-to-eat canned fruits or canned veggies, juice and meat.
- In addition, store some energy-rich snacks like trail mix and granola bars.
- Remember to have vitamins and special supplies around for anyone with special needs, such as pets, babies and the elderly. More on this when we talk about medication and first-aid.
There are many different opinions on how much water you should be drinking every day.
If you own pets, be sure to include them when calculating for how much water you should stock.
Finally, save some water guards in case there is a need for you to treat your water before drinking.
2. Prepare a first aid box in case of an emergency lockdown
While you stay at home, there is a need for you to have some extra medication on hand.
When there is a lockdown, you are sure to expect harassment from public authorities and taskforces.
So, it’s best for you to fill up your first-aid kit and get other medications as you prepare for any emergency lockdown.
Some important medication to save include painkillers, antihistamines, calamine lotion, Alka-Seltzer, laxatives, anti-diarrhoea medication, sterile eyewash, and contact lenses (if you use them).
If you or someone in your family has a special sickness or medication, please do well to include that.
For example, an asthmatic patient will need an inhaler while an ulcer patient will need an ulcer kit.
Remember to consider elderly family members and those with allergies.
As for your first aid kit, it should have latex gloves, gauze pads, a thermometer, as well as sterile bandages.
Finally, your medical kit should also contain band-aids, petroleum jelly, a salve for burns, antibiotic ointment, adhesive tape, sunscreen, instant cold packs.
3. Get handy tools and supplies
As you prepare for any emergency lockdown, ensure to get some handy tools and supplies.
This includes items such as candles, matches in a waterproof container, scissors, tweezers, a sewing kit, a flashlight, along with extra batteries
You may also need a small fire extinguisher, a manual can opener, a knife, a hand-crank or battery-operated radio (with batteries), and a wrench to turn off gas and water.
In addition, a set of spanners and screwdrivers and a hammer can come in handy in some situations.
As a matter of fact, you don’t need to be a mechanic or an electrical engineer before you can own a screwdriver or a spanner.
You don’t only need to own some of these handy tools, you also need to learn how to use them.
There may be an incidence that will require you to use a screwdriver to tighten a screw or use a hammer to drive a nail.
4. Buy some sanitary and hygiene products
You need to also store up some sanitary and hygiene products as you prepare for and emergency lockdown.
Store some sanitary items like your skincare products, methylated spirit, toilet paper and pads.
Also, have a mask to cover your nose and mouth and a pair of gloves.
Buy and store cleaning products such as garbage bags, dish soap, disinfectant, vinegar, bleach as well as detergents.
Finally and most importantly, get a portable hand sanitizer that will serve you and your family.
If you ever run out of hand sanitizers, you can follow this recipe to make your own hand sanitizer.
One more thing, make sure you have enough water in your storage tank for laundry, dishwashing and bathing.
5. Set aside some special clothing.
You need to get some special clothing as you prepare for an emergency lockdown.
Get a raincoat in case it rains and you need to quickly do some stuff outside your house.
If you need to stay warm when the weather is cold, then get a sweater or overall.
Getting a blanket, duvet, or sleeping bag is also necessary to stay warm.
On the other hand, if you need some fresh air entering your body when the weather is hot, then you need to get some light clothing.
Finally, having a pair of durable sneakers on standby as well as thermal underwear won’t be a bad idea.
6. Keep communication equipment open
The fact that there is a lockdown does not mean you should cut off all communication.
It’s import to keep your phone lines open and top up your phone with enough airtime.
Save all emergency phone numbers in your phone so that you don’t need to look for them.
If you use WiFi at home, make sure to subscribe to the internet.
Finally, since you will not be moving around during the period of lockdown, it will make sense to subscribe to your Cable TV prepayment.
With your subscription, you can access several television channels to water new updates about the coronavirus.
You should not watch the news too much if you have issues with anxiety and panic attacks.
If you are having panics about the spread of COVID-19, here are 10 reasons for you not to panic because of Coronavirus.
7. Make provisions for energy and Light in case of an emergency lockdown
Now that everyone is on lockdown, it is certain that the workforce in energy-providing companies will reduce.
As a result, you will need to make provisions for energy.
If you don’t have any form of renewable energy powering your home, then you need to buy extra prepaid electricity units.
In addition, buy extra gas or charcoal for cooking, candles, matches/lighter, batteries and rechargeable torches.
Make provision for a generator and also buy extra diesel for the generator.
Finally, ensure that you have a full tank of fuel in your car.
8. Make provisions for money
You don’t want to stay in lockdown without some extra cash at hand.
The fact that there is a lockdown does not mean you can’t go out to buy something within your estate.
You may need to hold some cash to replenish your foodstuff or buy medicines as pharmacies and food stores may still be open.
If you don’t have a debit card, make sure you apply and collect yours from your bank because it is very certain that banks will not be in operation.
Alternatively, download and activate your bank mobile app.
That way, you can easily make transactions without getting stuck.
9. Make evacuation plans as you prepare for an emergency lockdown
If there be a need for you to evacuate your location following government orders, then you need to make plans for that.
Keep close your driver’s license, passport, social security card, family records, bank account numbers, and a list of important details.
Make sure you have a copy of your will, insurance policies, and other contracts and deeds.
You will also need a small luggage bag to carry a few of your important stuff and clothes.
10. Others important things in preparation for and emergency lockdown
Other things you may need in case of an emergency lockdown include hospitals and security contacts, books, board games and drinks.
You can quickly call hospitals or security agencies in case of an emergency.
Also, staying indoors out of your own will can be very tiring, so you may want to read a book or play a board game with the family.
And of course, you could host a party with your family in the house and share a few bottles of drinks.
As health professionals are working tirelessly to stop the spread of this disease, we need to play our part by staying indoors.
With these tips, I believe you will not have a need to be roaming about outside against government orders.
Now tell me, which of these tips did you miss as you were preparing for the emergency lockdown?
Secondly, do you have more tips to share with us? Please let us know in the comment section below.