DHS Advises Americans to Store Two Weeks of Food, Water for Coronavirus Prep

DEFCON Warning System

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(This is good advice, regardless.)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers tips for planning for a possible pandemic in relation to the Coronavirus on a preparedness website.


Ready.gov now contains a topic titled, “Human Coronavirus — Know the facts about Coronavirus. Public health is everyone’s responsibility.” That website redirects to recommendations for how to prepare for a possible pandemic. DHS recommends storing a two-week supply of water and food. Officials also urge Americans to make sure they have all needed prescription medications filled for that time period.


Specifically, DHS recommends:


Before a Pandemic
  • Store a two week supply of water and food.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
If a pandemic should break out in the United States, officials urge the public to take steps to limit the spread of the germs to prevent infection. Tips include staying away from those who might be sick, frequent hand washing, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your fingers.


DHS recommends:


During a Pandemic
Limit the Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection (emphasis below copied from website, not added by writer)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
 

Obreid

Power Poster
And with this assume that there are already cases in your community that haven’t manifested yet.

I’m in no way implying it is that widespread

Only that to waiting for indications will be potentially too late.
 

DEFCON Warning System

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Staff member
The fact that the CDC is talking about this in this kind of language got my attention. Of course, it may be just SOP whenever something manifests itself like this. But...I did start thinking about my larder inventory. hahahahaha!
 

willrod1989

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And with this assume that there are already cases in your community that haven’t manifested yet.

I’m in no way implying it is that widespread

Only that to waiting for indications will be potentially too late.
Absolutely! At this point, it's best to prepare before transmission becomes widespread in your local area. I also want to emphasize to people that this pandemic will impact different areas in different ways. Some areas will get large epidemics that take a long time to peak. Other areas might get hit very lightly. The localized epidemics will begin and end at different times.

I guess the only solace that I have is that it appears that the Bay Area might get hit first. Best to get it over and done with.
 

KimPossible

Power Poster
Many of you who have learned what I done over time here through the Emergency Readiness sub forum know I can live in my house for at least 2 years. Shelter is hardened and equipped for almost any apocalyptic scenarios. Spent a lifetime fortune on it but at least me and my family will ride out anything comfortably as possible.

Everyone should prepare for a many range of life changing scenarios not just for nuclear war or pandemic. Many other ways that society can break or lose order.
 
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