Preparing for a viral outbreak may seem extreme but if you are in a high risk country affected by Ebola it can’t hurt to be prepared. Although there is no immediate risk that Ebola will spread in a significant way several worst case scenarios have been put forward leaving many people feeling compelled to stock up on supplies.
There are several common items worth keeping and many of them have a long shelf life or can be kept forever. Modern technology has provided smart items like the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter which can be kept virtually forever provided it is stored in a dry, cool and dark place. Most of the items that you may want to keep on hand are fairly straight forward.
- Water, essential and easy to rotate storage if you already using bottled water
- Drums/Bottles to store additional water
- Water Treatment Tablets
- Canned food, be careful though since it can be very expensive
- N95 Respirators or Masks are the minimum suggested by the CDC
- Flashlight, the crank-able kind that does not require batteries.
- Vitamins can be essential when food is scarce
- Latex Gloves
- Swiss Army Knife or similar
- First Aid Kit
- Trash Bags
- Food that can be stored for long periods of time (Rations etc)
- Seeds to grow your own food if possible
It would be difficult to advocate going out and buying a truck load of supplies but if you really want to do that of your own accord it helps to buy the right things. Always remember that you should only buy things you really need and can truly afford. Consider your purchases carefully to ensure that you do not create waste in your purchases and rather rotate or cycle foods and simply make better purchasing decisions in your regular life for example buying a crank torch the next time your battery powered torch breaks.