Coronavirus is a catalyst for emergency preparedness

Okay, I’ll admit it. I stocked up for COVID-19. I bought all kinds of things. Frozen vegetables, granola bars, nuts, crackers, spaghetti, pasta sauce, oats, flour, coffee, laundry detergent, canned tomatoes and corn, fruit cups, lentils, apple sauce, shelf-stable soy milk (and refrigerated), bread. Even a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

To be fair, I was genuinely running low on a lot of what I did buy. Did I go a bit overboard? Yes, absolutely. But I feel better now.

I did not, however, buy more toilet paper. I am refusing to until I actually need it. On the off chance that I can’t find any, I am prepared to use rags and old receiving blankets. I did cloth diaper both of my kids, so “family cloth” is not an outrageous concept for me. I did buy another jug of laundry detergent.

I have always kept adequate food on hand, but hearing of quarantines and shutdowns has supercharged my interest in emergency preparedness. Not for doomsday or the apocalypse, but for things like power outages, storms, job loss. And apparently, pandemics.

When I become interested in something, I have a tendency to fixate on it. Watching Doomsday Preppers on Netflix has not helped matters. Now I’m thinking I need rain barrels, freeze-dried food and bug-out bags. And a vegetable garden. And a pressure canner to preserve said vegetables.

And what about a generator? Honestly, I’ve been thinking about back-up power ever since hurricane Dorian rolled through. I do plan on equipping my house with solar panels within the next few years, but without battery storage, that won’t help me if the power goes out.

I might be losing my damn mind. Did I have much to begin with?