Shutdowns on the Horizon?
The recent epidemic has hit much harder than many could have imagined, affecting countries all over the world. Shutdowns are now being considered in many countries to contain the spread of the virus. These shutdowns could result in large-scale quarantines and business closures among many vital industries. While this might be a strategically sound decision from the world’s governments, it does create a concern for citizens regarding how they’ll be able to stay supplied during the epidemic. This concern has already led to a mad rush of consumerism in the United States especially, where concerned citizens are stockpiling as many goods as they can fit in their carts. Here are a few easy ways that you can gather the necessary supplies you’ll need in case of a shutdown.
1. Shop the Lesser Known Local Stores
Major store chains, such as Walmart and Target in the US, are certain to be the first choice of most people who are gathering their supplies for a shutdown. While they tend to have a substantial stock of important goods, this can rapidly disappear if a state-of-emergency or shutdown is anticipated. There may be other shops nearby that are smaller, or simply don’t have the same name brand recognition as the larger chains. Dollar stores are a noteworthy choice in particular, as they tend to have comparable products for bargain prices. If your local supermarket is sold out of vital supplies and foodstuffs, then try a smaller or less recognizable store in your area instead. Another option is to go to the other end of the spectrum, and look for your local bulk market chain. Costco, for example, often sells their goods in massive containers or bundles.
2. Online Shopping
Physical locations have to wait for a resupply if items go out of stock, and distribution regulations can keep these chains from being supplied for some time. This is not the case for an online store. Online ordering is a valid option if you have difficulty getting the things you need before a shutdown. You may even be able to order directly from the manufacturer, or have a choice to purchase certain products in bulk. However, caution is advised when it comes to ordering supplies online. Shipping can quickly get out of hand whether it is related to the price, or the estimated time of delivery. In addition, many online outlets tend to charge higher for the base price before shipping due to the convenience of purchasing online. It may be a better option to try to find more urgent items locally instead of waiting for a delivery.
3. Use Rainwater Collectors
While water may not be a concern in some areas, a shutdown could certainly affect the flow of clean drinking water to your household. Collecting rainwater is a solution for this potential issue. Rainwater can be collected in simple barrels and purified of pathogens by boiling for roughly 1 minute, or 3 minutes when at an altitude exceeding 6,562 feet. You could also purchase water purification tablets or a filtration device instead. Some states have laws that limit the uses of rainwater, or make its collection by citizens illegal. It’s recommended to check your specific state laws before going this route.
4. Get Your Medical Prescriptions to Last as Long as Possible
Staying stocked on medicine will be one of the most impactful choices that you can make during a shutdown. Buying OTC drugs will fall into the same realm as buying online or trying to get out to the store in good time. However, prescription drugs are a bit more difficult to handle. Work with your medical provider or drug store to arrange for your prescription to be dosed out for 30-60 days. If nothing else, see about getting a refill from your provider that will at least top off your prescription for a potential shutdown. A good choice is to call ahead to your provider if that choice is available, as many other people may be considering this same option.
5. Buy Supplies That Can Make the Products You Need
Hand sanitizers, hand soap and laundry detergent are two items that tend to quickly sell out during a potential shutdown. This can leave you without essential home items that keep your environment and body clean. However, there are DIY options to making these products yourself at home. These items are less likely to be sold out, as not so many people would be aware of or willing to do the DIY solutions. Here are some resources on how to make hand sanitizer, hand soap, and laundry detergent in your own home with store-bought ingredients. It is also recommended to look for DIY options to make any other products you may need, though you should verify how safe it is to utilize such an option.
6. Work Alongside Neighbors and Family to Pool Resources
Working together as a community is a potential outlet for gathering supplies. People can best confront the crisis of a potential shutdown by working together. Work to exchange products within your social network so that everyone can help one another meet their needs. This can sometimes be difficult to do, especially if you are isolated or not so familiar with neighbors. However, family and friends may live in areas that are not as heavily affected by a shutdown. These connections can be an extremely important lifeline in the event of a shortage for you locally. It’s always worth seeking help from those you’re close with, and offering your own help in return.
Remaining calm, cool and collected in the face of a shutdown is one of the most important aspects of all. With these methods of gathering supplies, you should be able to get everything you need and more in order to protect your well-being during a shutdown. Utilize your resources, create a comfortable stockpile of essential goods and stay safe.