I wrote an article a few years ago about pandemic supplies we all need to store. I’m updating my pandemic supplies today for those who may have missed it. I also wrote a post about POD’s, your local county health department “point of distribution” centers.
They ask people to attend if they have emergency preparedness skills and train them to pass out critically needed antibiotics should a pandemic occur. Are the POD’s advertised, you may be thinking? No, they are not! You can find out where they are by calling your local county health department.
Point Of Distribution
Please read more about the meeting I was asked to attend: Point of Distribution. Here’s the deal, these centers are set up in different churches and schools in your neighborhood.
The one that Mark and I were assigned to is about 8-10 miles away. Now, to me, this is not realistic, but I’m not in charge. As an emergency preparedness person, I am thinking we may have to walk there, stand in line and walk back with a bag full of supplies if we have an EMP and the cars no longer work, or our cars are out of gas.
I am not walking that many miles, carrying pandemic supplies for my neighborhood. Mark has a bike, but can you imagine what chaos there will be on the route to that church our neighborhood has been designated to go to, let alone the big hill he’d have to peddle his bike over?
Today I want you to think about being prepared with pandemic supplies in your home. I will tell you the antibiotics you need.
I’m Not A Doctor, Nurse, Or Anyone In The Medical Field
Please remember, I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. But I am prepared for the worst scenarios. We must all be prepared for the worst. Please do not expect FEMA, another government agency, or anyone else to take care of you.
You must start stockpiling the items below at the very least. You will add others as you fill your pandemic supplies or first aid supplies. Obviously, if you are on the road, you may not have everything you need as far as pandemic supplies in your car.
1. Face Masks
(N-95’s) and (n-100’s) to help stop the dust from an earthquake or infections spreading from sneezing (I store 100’s of these, it’s who I am.) 3M 1860 Medical Mask N95, 20 Count
2. Diapers (cloth)
They can be used for many things. Cleaning, babies, stop the bleeding from cuts, wash or dry dishes…add a scarf for your head as well. These are the diapers I recommend: Gerber 10-Pack Cloth Diaper Prefold Premium 6-ply with absorbent padding
3. Cough medicine, fever medications
Prescriptions as required (stock up on 90 days if possible) Hydrogen Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol, Vicks, and other OTC drugs you use. Please stock up on essential oils as well.
4. Portable radio
Hopefully, you have a crank version or some way to power it to hear what is going on locally if you lose power.
Store extra batteries or a solar flashlight is even better with a crank as well. My favorite is the Goal Zero Solar crank one: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel
6. Manual can opener
This is a must have for every kit. You may need to open other people’s food storage cans as well as your own.
7. Garbage bags
Bags of all sizes, kitchen size bags these can be used for trash, body bags if need be, potty chairs, etc.
8. Cans of juices (bag/cartons)
I put 100% juice in this container-ten pouches. I’m sure it has some sugar, I still need it in my bucket.
9. Fluids with Electrolytes
I can also make my own electrolyte solution that is very similar, but I want one large bottle ready to serve. DRIP DROP
10. Anti-diarrhea medicine
Diarrhea can kill if the person gets too dehydrated. I always look at a child’s lips to see if they are dry and shiny red or cracked. If so, they need water asap.
11. Paper towels
You can never have too many paper towels.
12. Toilet paper
You can never have too much toilet paper.
If someone is that sick we can usually tell if they have a fever. It’s when the fever gets over 104 degrees in the morning that things become so critical. Typically fevers are always higher in the afternoon. I get worried if it’s in the morning, it’s just me.
If I can’t break a fever, I will worry. If I can break a fever, I feel the fever is good and is fighting the virus naturally. Remember I am not a doctor, I am a mother and a grandma. We all have mother’s intuition, if the child is lethargic, we know what to do.
But if we have zero access to a doctor or antibiotics, I want to be able to think through what I must do to help someone until professional help arrives. Please keep the baby, child or adult hydrated.
14. Canned baby formula
Be sure and get some baby bottles ready to serve, if needed. I do not have any babies around me, but if I had to feed a newborn baby I would have something, hopefully, that is nourishing to a baby.
15. Dog/Pet food
I am thinking about my beloved Shih-Tzu, Bailey. If you have pets, add some cans of food or extra bags of food for them in your stash.
16. Soap and anti-bacterial soap
I am constantly washing my hands. I know this is one more way we can not only keep our hands clean but also slow down the spread of infection by washing our hands. I store several bars of my favorite soap called Tone.
17. Paper Cups/Plates/Plastic Utensils
You can never store too many paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils.
18. Disposable rubber gloves
You can never have too many disposable gloves. Latex free versions are even better when you decide to buy some to add to your stash.
Okay, I have to say we need bleach. I know some people are against bleach. Well, I will use it to clean up the sewage backup overflow or whatever I need to kill bacteria. Pool “shock” chemicals work well too (very concentrated-be careful).
20. Clear plastic sheeting (4mil)
Get 100 feet for setting up isolation rooms.
21. Duct Tape
Oh my gosh, I just start thinking about Duct Tape, it has a million ways we can use it. That’s the link where I share 25 ways to use duct tape.
Great for toilet provisions. It helps clean the potty chair, but also, put a little in the bottom of the portable toilet to help control the odor. Borax Post by Linda
23. Clothesline rope and clothes pins
We might have a washing/rinsing bucket, but we will need to hang up some wet clothes to dry.
24. Laundry Soap
We need laundry soap/detergent for washing dirty underwear, at the very least. We can wear shirts and short or pants several times, but it would be nice to have clean underwear.
25. Dawn Dish Soap
This is my favorite liquid soap. It may cost a bit more, but the few cents is totally worth the grease this stuff can clean. We need to be able to wash the dishes, serving spoons, spatulas, pans needed to prepare meals.
26. Kitty Litter
I store this stuff, it’s great for emergency toilets.
27. Water Filters and purification devices
I use the LifeStraw and the Berkey Sports Water Bottle for filtering water as well as the Big Berkey Water Purifying System.
28. Water/Food Buckets
Never throw out buckets you can use for other things like washing, rinsing or mixing large batches of meals for your neighborhood (food containers only for meal preparation).
Please store LOTS of water, at least 1-4 gallons per person per day. I prefer 4-gallons but store as much as you possibly can.
30. Food Storage
Please store at least seven days of food for each member of your family. Here is a chart for you to write down what you eat for seven days. Thirty days, 90 days or more would be fantastic, but do what your budget will allow, one can at a time.
If we had a pandemic you will be confined to your home, the local grocery store will be closed and I can guarantee you the government will not deliver food to your doorstep. It’s not going to happen. We must be self-reliant, period. Food Storage For 7 Days This document, you fill out as a family.
You decide what you will eat for every day of the week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for seven days. I use these at every class I teach on food storage and emergency preparedness to show people how easy it is to plan your food storage for one week.
ALWAYS check with your doctor before we have a pandemic to see what prescriptions are safe for you to store and use before we are faced with a full on pandemic.
Is good for strep throat, dental infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, and sometimes bladder infections.
Is good for skin infections, sinus infections, bladder infections, bronchitis or other chronic conditions.
Is good for bladder infections, Anthrax, plague, pneumonic plague
My doctor informed me that most antibiotics will last five to ten years beyond the listed expiration date. He told me about his experience during the Haiti earthquake disaster. He and other doctors went on a humanitarian mission in hopes they could make a difference.
They were able to take some antibiotics with them and were grateful they did since the hospitals and clinics ran out almost overnight. He realized that many victims would have lost limbs if not for the antibiotics they took along.
Think about what you would do if someone in your family is cut really badly and they are getting a bad infection, you will need some meds to tide you over until additional supplies become available, just some things to think about. What alternative medicines are we prepared to use?
Please plan out your pandemic supplies, we will need them sooner or later, I promise. Please be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family.