OK - Let’s talk about Preparedness. If you haven’t heard by now there is a virus called CoVid19 that is coming to a town near you. The CDC [https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html ] has a lot of good information as most have heard - sneeze/cough into your sleeve; wash your hands & don’t touch your face, and most importantly stay home if you are sick.
That said, part of being Mindful and exhibiting Self-Care is living preparedness. “Living Preparedness” what the heck is it and what does it look like. I lived in SoCal and survived the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. I had also heard of the Mormon Handbook (which has much of this same information too) and friends who lived this way.
The basic theme goes like this:
- Have cash on hand in small bills;
- Store what you use normally rotating old to front new to back;
- Have an updated emergency medical kit (Red Cross - should be online);
- Keep fuel in your cars;
- Battery operated radio;
- Keep a contact list;
- Have an outside of your area contact;
- 60-90 day back up of prescriptions & Supplements;
- Over-the-counter cold/flu medication and Analgesics;
- Paper towels, Kleenex, Toothpaste and Toilet Paper;
- Detergents, Softeners and Dishwasher soap.
None of this has to be obtained immediately. However, now is the time to assess what you do have and go from there.
In addition to living preparedness, think about what you would need should there be a quarantine, or disruption to daily life and routines. At this point now begin to add backups to your backups. Also, think about what will you do if you have to stay in your home for a month and can only go out for food? What items would you want around you?
There is a lot of information out there of what is happening around the world. The world is a scary place, and there is a lot that we can’t do. However, there are a lot of things we can do. Right now that can help us feel we have some control in what seems like an out of control situation.
(C) Geri Hertel