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Prepare to live happily ever after... Be prepared, not scared. Happypreppers.com offers you hope and practical emergency preparedness suggestions. We've been writing about pandemics and other emergencies since 2012, but we would like to direct everyone to the Center's for Disease Control CDC web site for up-to-date Coronavirus information.
Coronavirus Survival Guide You can survive Coronavirus and you'll have an edge on survival for other types of emergencies by reading our prepping articles, on pandemic preparedness and more, so let's get started...
How much water should you have for an emergency? A family of four needs 270 gallons of water for a three month supply, according to Utah State University. That's entirely too many bottles of water to have in storage, which is why you need to look at all your options for emergency water storage. How to buy large water tanks.
Have you thought much about Food insurance? You don't have to go hungry. Food insurance is not an actual policy offered for sale. Rather, it's a prepper's phrase for the peace of mind in knowing that one has secured long term food reserves.
Prepping for job loss. The time to prepare for job loss is while the economy is doing well and while you still have a job, but even if you've just lost your job you can take steps to enjoy financial freedom. You can prepare for a "rainy day" as your ancestors used to do.
Keep your kitchen well sanitized! Steramine, pictured right, is an economical sanitizer that you can use to clean your home. One tablet makes a gallon of sanitizer that effectively kills microorganisms and infectious bacteria found on non- porous surfaces to help keep you and your family from falling ill in your kitchen, but you can use Steramine in many ways! Besides, did you know bleach expires? Bleach and wipes are running in short supply and Steramine can help.
Learn the art of dry pack canning. Get your meals ready for bugging in! Dry-pack canning is selecting dried foods to store for the long term in mason jars. You can put together delicious meals in a jar and dry can, pasta, beans and more to make easy, just-add-water meals.
Survival rule of three: Do you know the "survival rule of 3"?
How many rolls of toilet paper do you use a week? A month? One way to find out is to save the toilet paper tubes! When you have this information, you'll be better able to know how much to toilet paper stockpile. Also be sure to know what to do when the toilet paper runs out. A good option for toilet paper is to order now and get delivery later. The people of Venezuela don't even have toilet paper. Seven reasons why you'll want toilet paper tablets. Moisten them in water and wipe.
N95 masks sold out? Here's what you can do: order now in anticipation of later delivery. Conserve any masks you have now. Do NOT use your pandemic masks yet, but do learn how to use them properly. Read all about N95 respirators.
Stock up on antiviral tissues. Stop germs where they start with tissues that kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses. They are in short supply. If you have anti-viral facial tissues, use them for when you sneeze or to relieve nasal congestion, then use ordinary tissues for itches on your face so that you don't touch your face. Assign everyone in your family a ziplock plastic bag with their name on it to dispose of tissues and the contagion properly.
Emesis bags. Barf happens and emesis bag will help you effectively trap the contagion to help minimize the risk to others.
Get goggles for Coronavirus. Many people overlook the important eye protection, but if you listen to experts you'll know Coronvirus gets into the eyes through droplets of coughs and sneezes. Get goggles to cover the eyes completely and when the time comes wear them with your N95 mask.
Other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes:
Did you know viruses can get into water? Water- transmitted viral pathogens having a moderate to high health significance by the World Health Organization include adenovirus, astrovirus, hepatitis A, E viruses, rotavirus, norovirus (caliciviruses) & enteroviruses (coxsackieviruses & polioviruses). For Coronavirus, stock up on bottled water, stackable water containers and a Berkey Water Filter with black purification elements, pictured right. The Black Berkey Purification Elements purify water—not just filter it, reducing up to 99.999% of viruses and 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria. Removes protozoa, trihalomethanes, inorganic minerals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, VOCs, petroleum products, perfluorinated chemicals, rust, silt, sediment and radiologicals too.
Securing potable water is a survival skill. A gravity fed water filter is easy to own and operate:
Do you own a respirator? Did you know there are ten different kinds of respirators? Some are good for pandemics, others for fires, contaminants or chemical exposures. Learn about the 10 types of respirators.
A BIC is a big deal for many reasons. Is a BIC lighter part of your every day carry? It should be. Did you know that a BIC lighter is refillable? Refilling your BIC lighter is a hack worth knowing about if you're a prepper. Stock up on the bulk dea for the best deal on a BIC lighters in bulk and learn the ten reasons to bugout with a BIC lighter...
Power up with a portable power station. Hurricanes, flood, mountain fire, Tornadoes may result in power outage. Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station, pictured immediate right, can be your reliable emergency power supply for lighting, phones, laptop, radio, reuters etc. to keep daily goingTake the lightweight generator Explorer 240 with you on camping, travel, cottage trips, off-road, excursions, or anywhere you might need power.
Do you know the five basic survival skills? Gain a survival mindset with this starter's list of the five basic survival skills a prepper needs to master to survive.
Prepper Toilets. If your #1 place to go #2 isn't available because the toilets won't flush, you must have an alternative sanitation plan. Read about your Prepper Toilet Options.
Defend yourself online! This isn't a guide about social media. It's about your reputation that's being harvested and published and how you can stop companies from publishing your data. Here's how to defend your online reputation.
Review of the best electrolyte powders and tabs! Excessive sweating from a strenuous activity or illness are just two reasons why you'll want to stockpile electrolytes. Here's a review of the best electrolytes to stockpile.
Preppers are going wild over wild lettuce. This natural pain reliever that's used in teas and tinctures is easy to grow and harvest. How to use wild lettuce prepping.
Crash Course in Morse Code! Preppers love Morse code because you can express communication on paper, through sound, visual clues, body language, flashlights and much more. Get started in Morse code now.
What's the best prepper protein possible? Canned meats! Check out the top ten canned meat options for your food storage to beef up your prepper's pantry.
Cook indoors in an emergency! When it's wet and rainy, or cold and snowy, how will you cook when the grid goes down? Can you take your off-grid cooking inside? Yes. Here are eleven ways to cook indoors in an emergency.
Homeless survival lessons. Could you survive the streets? The nights? The hunger? The cold? Being homeless isn't the same as bugging out. There are a different set of rules. Here's a prepper's guide to homelessness.
Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide. Jim Cobb's classic Prepper's Long Term Survival Guide, pictured right is a prepper "go to" guide for preparedness to get you through an EMP or other catastrophic event. A prolific writer, you'll also enjoy Prepper's Financial Guide. It's filled with strategies for preppers to invest, stockpile and build security for today and the post-collapse marketplace, every prepper should have this in their prepper library.
What's in the prepper's pantry? Below are some ideas to help build your stash.
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