Today’s lesson… How Can You Prepare for the Next Pandemic?

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Before anyone gets worried, this is an apolitical post. No politics. No science. No conspiracies.

Just simple preparedness.

Here’s the thing. No matter what happens, good or bad, and no matter who does it, in regard to a pandemic, I want you to view it as a thing to prepare for.

It’s a thing. It’s not evil. Don’t attribute motive or complain.

Don’t read into it.

Don’t try to change it.

Your only goal as a dad and father is to prepare for it.

The events of 2020 revolving around the pandemic, the shutdowns, mandates, fear, and paranoia taught us a great many things about human nature.

Number one- It gave the world a pandemic mindset. Now that we’ve gone through that, the world will be more likely to react that way in the future out of fear, habit, or protocols.

Number two- It revealed what we already knew about human nature but forgot…people get crazy when they’re scared and U-N-P-R-E-P-A-R-E-D.

Number three- There are things you can do now to be ready just in case it happens again. To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if this kind of behavior came back more and more during flu season.

This lesson’s One Page Round-Up is a summary of lessons learned from the pandemic and a list of things you need to have on hand BEFORE it happens again.

Pandemic Preparedness Checklist:

Fitness: I would love for each of you to have a nice fully outfitted home gym, but most of you don’t have the space or money. These items take up little space but offer incredible versatility.

  • Kettlebell or Dumbbells. If gyms close again, you need to be able to maintain your physical fitness and the strength to go full dad beast mode if needed.
  • Cardio Device. You need something you can do cardio with. Personally, I recommend a bike, because you can use it to move around town and get your cardio by getting away from the house for fresh air. A treadmill, rowing machine, or any type of cardio device works though.

Hygiene: I recommend you stock up on the basics and just pack it away in the pantry or a closet. Look through your bathroom and identify all the things you use on a daily basis.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, toilet wipes, deodorant, make-up, sanitary napkins, etc.

Medicine: I recommend stocking up on the basics that you normally keep in your medicine cabinet PLUS some heavy duty pandemic meds as well. Don’t forget to try and have an extra stash of your common prescription meds as well.
Ideally, you’ll want to manage more issues at home, because the quickie clinic may not be open to help with issues from a stomach bug or other ordinary ailments.

First Aid: Stock extras of anything you keep in your first aid kits. This will help you manage more non-serious events at home.

Personal Sanitation: I’m talking personal protective equipment for venturing out or just keeping safe at home if someone gets sick.

  • Nitrile gloves
  • Alcohol sanitizer
  • N95 masks. Always look for N95 masks and not KN95 masks. N is the U.S. standard and KN is the Chinese standard masks. No conspiracy here. I just buy American anytime I can.

Cleaning Supplies: Stock up on any cleaning supplies you normally use around the house.
Think in terms of areas like- kitchen, dishes, surfaces, floors, bathrooms, clothes, etc.
Cleaning wipes. We don’t normally use the cleaning wipes because my kids waste them, but I like to keep them in storage for use if needed.
Bulk size all purpose cleaning agents. It’s smart to keep on hand several bulk size cleaners that can be used for multiple purposes and diluted into smaller bottle for use.
Liquid bleach

Food: I’ll cover this one more in a future lesson, but I want you to always keep a well-stocked fridge, freezer, and pantry.

Before you download the one pager, I want to mention one more thing. It’s the topic of hoarding. This word was thrown around a lot during the Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020.

Here’s my take on it…

  • If you buy too much because you’re scared and in panic mode, you’re hoarding.
  • If you buy a lot because you have a plan, it’s called preparedness.
  • If you lack kindness and won’t share or barter with family or friends, it might be hoarding.
  • If you’re fully stocked and prepared ahead of time and avoid the mad panic rush for supplies in a crisis, then you’re the smartest guy on the block.

As with all preparedness topics, keep your OPSEC in mind. Don’t advertise what you have.

This is just my list. Be sure to message me if you think of other items you saw run low during the pandemic years.

Real Life Case Study:

I won’t elaborate on this one.

If you were there, you know. If you’re too young to know what I’m talking about, ask someone who went through it to describe the horror of this event.

I actually stockpile old phone books to use as my emergency stash of booty cleaning paper.

With that said, though, we never ran out of toilet paper during the lean years.


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