With a global pandemic and a collapsing economy, a Microgrid is starting to sound like a pretty good idea. Especially a microgrid that can supply food, water, and safety. A microgrid is a large undertaking and can be expensive, but you can still stock up on essentials that may become scarce as supply chains are disrupted and panic buying begins.
Yes, the checklist below is for the long term. We recommend being prepared for a squeeze on the economic system for 8-10 months. However if you only buy a few things to be prepared for Coronavirus – start with n95 masks, foaming soap, a solar generator, a first aid pack, Vitamin C, and a book with basic survival knowledge we’ve lost.
A good book on how to be resourceful will save you from wasting money and hoarding unnecessary items (notice there’s no toilet paper on our list).
Being prepared will also protect you from a banking and financial collapse which could make it difficult to buy for awhile. The hierarchy of needs is a good framework for thinking about preparedness.
Preparing for Coronavirus pandemic or other disasters involves the bottom three layers of the the hierarchy. The top layers, esteem and self-actualization will come naturally by bringing your family together and surviving a disaster.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Coronavirus Prepping
- N95 Medical Masks
- Antiseptics – Neosporin
- Hand Sanitizer – in bulk
- Ax or Hatchet
- Water Filter (Big Berkely)
- Blankets (Mylar Thermal)
- Tactical Knife
- Lighters (waterproof)
- Plastic Bags
- Camp Stove
- Solar Generator (off-grid battery, solar panels)
- Seeds (heirloom, non-gmo)
- Fishing/Hunting Gear
- First Aid Kit with Aspirin, Antiseptics, Sterilizer,
- Foaming Soap
- N100 or N95 Mask – NIOSH Certified
- Safe perimeter (barbed wire?)
- Full Gas Tank
- A Plan
- A community
- First Aid Kit
Love and Belonging Checklist
Family, Friends, and Community will be key to surviving and thriving in a global pandemic.
With a little thought, you can survive and thrive the coming pandemic. You will loose work, you will have to make some changes, but a little planning now goes a long ways. Even if you feel you are late, we are reminded of the popular Chinese proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is today.”
Stay safe, stay calm, and be kind to one another.