Pandemics are natural disasters in disguise. When a widespread disease breaks out, it may be time to step away from our daily grind and take a number of precautions. First of all, do not panic, fear can easily cloud your decision-making ability and make mistakes that can harm both you and the members of your community. This guide may give you some nice tips in making your last shelter.
Stay updated on the situation and don’t miss out on the details. This is the digital age and all the information you could ever need is right in the palm of your hands. If you are lucky, things may not even be so bad. Check the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website regularly.
For the time being, if you hear news of a pandemic check to see if your source is authentic or not as it may only cause unnecessary worry. Save up some food and hygiene materials for about two weeks’ time in your shelter.
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Once there is confirmation from experts or other parts of the world about an outbreak, it is a clear indication to get ready. Business offices, schools and any places of large public gatherings will be closed down.
The WHO should provide a detailed guideline on how authorities and civilians should prevent the spread of disease. Your government will adopt these guidelines according to your lifestyle and culture. You have to adjust this plan according to your family’s needs, that is, based on whether you have newborn children, elderly, sick people or pets.
To start, follow the steps to cover the bare necessities:
The Last Shelter: Make a plan for all possible contingencies
What if a family member gets sick? What if I get sick? Who will do the shopping? Who will take responsibility? This will prevent panic should anything of the sort comes up. Arguing in confusion will never help anyone.
The Last Shelter: Prepare a shopping list
You need essentials to live; the food you buy should have long shelf lives like canned food or dry foods. If you have a good refrigerator at home, then stock up a month’s worth of food to minimize the need to go outside. Be sure to include snacks, protein, carbs, fruit, and vegetables for a healthy balanced diet.
DO NOT HOARD anything, however. Buying extra is fine but excessively storing up can be detrimental to both you and your community. Everyone must stay safe together; depriving others will put them at risk and, by extension, risk your own survival shelter. Chances are, you won’t even be able to use what you bought before they go bad. People will see you as both foolish and selfish and lose faith in you. This can harm your place in the community, so be wary of making such a mistake.
The Last Shelter: Save water
The government will try to ensure the water supply is kept running but it is still safe to be prepared. So, stock up at least a gallon (3.7 liters) of water per person for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Water is vital and you can never have enough of it. Staying hydrated is very important and you need a lot of water for both cooking, cleaning and bathing.
Have a good stock of medicine
The last thing you want is to catch a cold during a virus outbreak. Aspirins, paracetamol, and other general-purpose medicines should be well within your medicine box/first aid kit. You must also top off prescribed medicine for those who need it regularly.
Have your identity papers, medical records and health insurance on hand
should you need medical attention at any point during the outbreak. You don’t have the luxury of wasting time searching for them when someone needs help.
Save up on cleaning supplies, toiletries, sanitizers, and tissues
Do not hoard, the same logic applies here. Everyone in your community has the right to stay clean and hygienic. Robbing just one of them of that ability can risk infecting your entire neighborhood.
Minimize needs for various luxury services
As they are likely to be put on hold when the outbreak arrives.
Buy small entertainment items
Such as books or playing cards. Staying locked up in a shelter for too long can actually harm your mental health. Playing games with your family or reading books can help your sanity.
During the pandemic
Once the disease hits the neighborhood it’s time to put your shelter to the test.
You cannot trust anyone. Once the disease reaches your area, you have to assume that everyone outside is infected. Do not leave your shelter unless you have to and do not let anyone in. When meeting people, avoid shaking hands or any sort of personal contact. Try to keep at least a meter or two of distance between people outside.
If even one of your family members gets infected, they must be isolated or your entire shelter can be compromised. If you take precautions against this, there should be no problems.
The Last Shelter: Strong hygiene practices
Wash your hands on your own at least five times a day. Wash before every meal and after going outside every time. Use a medicated soap or handwash and wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Also, keep a hand sanitizer whenever you go out. Keep your household clean at all times. Use disinfectants and clean every spot of your shelter that can collect large amounts of dirt. Wear a hat too, as the virus may even be carried over by your hair.
Wear proper doctor-approved masks and disposable gloves if you ever have the need to go out. After returning, dispose of the gloves and wash the mask. Avoid touching any surfaces until you have properly washed your hands. Do not cough or sneeze into the open. Do it into a tissue paper or your elbow then clean it up immediately. If someone else openly does it, get away from there immediately. The value of your life is more important than the courtesy of your presence.
If the pandemic is airborne, there is a good chance that it will enter through your nostrils. This means that it is safer to stay in humid conditions, as the mucus in your windpipe will be more effective in filtering out pathogens from the air you breathe. This can also provide relief to those already infected so keep windows open for some time or use a fan to keep the air circulating. Install a humidifier at home if you must.
The Last Shelter: Stay healthy
Keeping your immune system strong is very important during dangerous times. Once you are under lockdown, all the safe foods you have are the ones you stocked up. Peanut butter, canned tuna, and beans are good lasting sources of protein. Eat soup with meat and vegetables for good fiber, vitamins, and potassium. Be sure to have fresh fruit regularly for minerals and vitamins. Besides, do some indoor exercises to stay fit and burn those calories.
The Last Shelter: Keep up your mental health
Social distancing may keep people apart but that should not stop you from keeping in touch. Maintain regular contact, try out new hobbies and use the internet to learn new skills. Try to stay busy even if there is nothing to do. If you are a student, study on your own or try online classes. If you are an office worker, keep trying to work from home. Always look for productive things to do.
The Last Shelter: Stay cautious & stay indoors
Never be careless or play off danger as a joke. There are many out there who do not take the situation seriously until it is knocking at their doorstep. Don’t let outside people come in no matter how close relatives they may be. Stay inside your shelter until the worst come to pass. Have medical attention on hand as soon as you need it. Adjust your habits and do not let it compromise your safety.
To sum up, these are the important tips you need to keep in mind when dealing with a pandemic situation. If you are ready, you can survive it unharmed. Take good care of your family and try your very best to stay safe. We hope you found these tips helpful. Take care!
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