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Supplies for Crises

It may be that the coronavirus will not hit my area too hard, and maybe I won’t be affected at all. But other areas aren’t so lucky. Last night I was realizing how fortunate it is to have a house all to myself if I needed to isolate myself. (On the other hand, if you get sick and you’re alone, you’re really alone.)

But because he’s in another country, my friend Mike has had to think about the current epidemic a lot more, and he urged me to make a list of home supplies, and get them. So I did, and now he even wants me to look into other disaster-related things, like getting myself a generator. We looked online, and I was surprised that there are ones that are relatively low-priced.

I have to remind him about trash bags. If, in his area, trash collection were ever delayed, oh boy would that be bad. They have some utility problems all the time — like the gas company doesn’t come check reported leaks for weeks or months. So people turn it off or on themselves.

Anyway, I like having all these extra pantry items, like big bottles of dishwashing liquid and cans of soup, dried soup mixes, cans of garbanzos, and certain fruits. I have a ton of vinegar (which I use in water for washing lettuce and spinach). And now I’m set for summer storms, too: lots of batteries, candles, and even a few sterno cans. And 3 big water containers that can hold a total of 21 gallons.

In the stores near me, the only things I saw that they were out of were sanitizer and rubbing alcohol. No problem. I don’t like sanitizer anyway.

I’m not panicking in the least — I just like putting together prevention supplies. All these items I can use, after all.

Here is the whole list:

Hydrogen Peroxide
Fruit & vegetable wash — esp. if water were shut off in a storm.
Bath Tissue
Paper Towels (Normally I don’t use these, but in case of illness it could be necessary.)
Batteries — esp. AA
Trash Bags, large and small
Lysol Spray
Mouthwash — could use as rinse instead of water, after toothbrushing, while sick
New Toothbrushes
Canned corn, beans, spinach, tuna, soups, tomatoes, frozen orange juice. Beets, sauerkraut, other vegs.
Ibuprofen — get a month’s supply
Eye ointment (I need this each night)
Eye drops
Lighters, matches
Dried soup mixes
Cough syrup with expectorant / cough drops
Canned fruit
Canned stew
Sterno cans?
Boxes of nylon or latex gloves
Several pairs of big rubber cleaning gloves
Clorox disposable wipes
Liquid hand soap
Bottles or cans of soda, fruit juice, carbonated water
Extra container of salt
Maybe: Tums, pepto bismol, kaopectate, alka seltzer

Other Items:
Gas can
Generator — will look into
Lamp oil
Humidifiers — have 2 that work well
Big & small water jugs, some that can fit in freezer/refrigerator

Soon I might get moving on other items, like a battery to charge my phone, a solar radio since mine died, and other things.

posted on Mar 10, 2020 3:34 PM ()


I'm always intrigued by the Biolite stoves that can burn sticks or twigs, and besides heating food/water, they create power for a USB port that can recharge a cell phone.
comment by traveltales on Mar 12, 2020 7:13 AM ()
I'll make a note of those. RIght now I think I got the groceries and cleaning stuff just in time. The news gets more dire every day. And of course it's now pollen season so when I sneeze or cough it looks like I have the virus.
reply by drmaus on Mar 12, 2020 11:10 AM ()
My whole house generator turns itself on weekly for exercise - that's what they call it in the run log.
comment by traveltales on Mar 12, 2020 7:11 AM ()
That's handy. Does it itself.
reply by drmaus on Mar 12, 2020 11:07 AM ()
We bought a generator after the 3rd or 4th hurricane, but haven't checked on it since and it has been several years. Probably doesn't function. Anyway, we evacuated during Irma and didn't have any damage and when we got back, the power was still on. Ed says just having the generator means you'll never have to use it. I know that if he weren't here, I'd never know what to do.
comment by tealstar on Mar 11, 2020 4:20 PM ()
Yes, you and Martin have to face leaving the area more often than any of the rest of us would. So a speedy getaway is vital.
reply by drmaus on Mar 12, 2020 11:07 AM ()
I hope people properly maintain their generators. if they don't one of two things could happen: 1) It won't start at all when needed or 2) The engine will run but the stater won't produce electricity.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 11, 2020 4:13 PM ()
Message received! Definitely want it to work.
reply by drmaus on Mar 12, 2020 11:05 AM ()
We went shopping on Monday and stoked up for four weeks, which isn't unusual although the goal is usually three weeks of food and supplies. I've had a gen since I redid the electric when I bought this house in 2002. haven't used it very often for it's intended purpose but it's necessary to run it every month under load to keep it in good condition. It's value in a crisis depends totally on how much gas you have available. But if you have an electric water pump and a freezer it's definitely a good investment. I also need it in case of flooding with no electric.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 11, 2020 9:28 AM ()
I figured you'd have a generator. You say it should be run once a month to keep it in good shape? Do people really do that.
reply by drmaus on Mar 11, 2020 12:35 PM ()
You are so prepared!! We have a generator, not a whole house but it keeps two rooms going and is a God send. I keep a lot of canned stuff on hand and guess I will pick up more canned meat like canned chicken and canned salmon and tuna which can all be converted to meals. I hate making salmon croquettes but my family loves them. The last that I heard we had l case of the virus.
comment by elderjane on Mar 11, 2020 4:06 AM ()
I would think to keep the refrigerator going would be primary. I don't know how to make canned salmon taste right to me. Maybe should check my cookbooks.
reply by drmaus on Mar 11, 2020 12:33 PM ()
Now you'll be ready for anything. Could do a practice session/rehearsal where you go through the steps to prepare a meal, and pretend the power is out for several hours - we discovered that we forgot to get a little camping stove to heat the stew, and hadn't put any books or playing cards in the kit.
comment by traveltales on Mar 10, 2020 7:05 PM ()
I've thought about getting a wood-gas stove. They seem easier than camp stoves with the little gas canister.
reply by drmaus on Mar 11, 2020 12:35 AM ()

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