According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is now characterized as pandemic and as homesteaders, what can you do to prepare for such an outbreak? Check out our pandemic preparedness guide.
A Homesteaders Guide for Pandemic Preparedness
1. Keep Calm
There is no reason to panic, especially if you are a homesteader. For one thing, all the food you need is already at your doorstep since you grow everything in your backyard.
For another, you do everything yourself — the alcohol, the disinfectant, even tissue paper — so by having these at the palm of your hands, you know what you use and therefore, you have control over everything.
2. Stay Informed
During times of pandemic, accurate information is important. Start by watching the news on television. Read on trusted sites such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. You can also listen to experts in the field.
Just a reminder: Not everything you read on social media is accurate so it is best to be discerning too.
The situation might move fast when you are in a pandemic or might even blow up in your face. You need to plan accordingly when these scenarios happen:
- You don’t have work anymore
- Your health care provider can’t attend to you
- Your kids don’t have school for weeks,
- You have a mental disorder
- You depend on someone else
4. Be Creative
If you run out of tissue paper in an epidemic vs pandemic, for instance, what can you use? You can use upcycled paper — and look for the white printed paper, phone book, or catalogs, to use.
Avoid using the glossy ones as the ink might rub off in places where you don’t want to. Instead, use the newspapers and take caution with the inks, too. Aside from upcycled paper, you can also use the cardboard toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. And at the very least, you can always use soap and water.
This is the time where you can make use of our prepper and DIY skills.
5. Follow What the Officials Tell You to Do
The government and health officials might issue several restrictions during a pandemic such as isolation or quarantine protocols, or lessening travels locally or internationally.
Whatever instructions they ask you to do, it is better to follow their orders — even if they may be inconvenient for you. It is for your safety and for the safety of others, after all.
6. Prepare for Economic Disruption
In an influenza pandemic, not only do you need supplies but, naturally, you need money to go with it. Since most of the time, you are quarantined at home, have a one-time trip to the bank to withdraw some funds.
Just in case you can’t go out, you can always ask your family members, neighbors, or friends to either lend you some money or ask them to withdraw cash for you. Talk to them beforehand so they know what to expect.
Having extra can come in handy when you make a trip to the hospital during an emergency.
7. Take Some Precautionary Measures to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
No one is immune to this disease. With this flu pandemic, you need to take some precautionary measures to protect yourself from COVID-19 such as what is constantly being told on television and on social media: wash your hands, do some social distancing, and stay home all the time.
You can keep your family on the homestead for months on end — even after the influenza pandemic has passed.
8. Eat Healthily
When you are on a homestead and facing a pandemic, all the food you want is on your doorstep, so there is no problem in eating healthily.
Take advantage of the fruits and vegetables in your backyard, as well as the free-range chickens and many others. You can also use the cow’s or goat’s milk as part of your meals.
But do remember to always eat healthy as the COVID-19 strikes those with weakened immune systems. You need to build up your immune system by eating healthy. Therefore, the key to surviving this pandemic is to prepare for yourself and your family, especially when you are homesteading. So follow these tips and always take care of yourself!
Learn how to make your own commercial grade hand sanitizer as seen here at Survival Life:
The influenza pandemic that is COVID-19 is not to be taken lightly. You need all the precautionary measures in staying alive during this season and being a homesteader, you do have everything you need already.
We hope this article has helped you in preparing for a flu pandemic! As much as possible, don’t go out of your house.
What other pandemic preparedness tips can you think of? Share them in the comments section below!
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