First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies

10 Things You Need in Your Home During The Ebola Crisis

By: 
Makanfi Kamara

When last did you go shopping in one of the local markets or supermarkets? If recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed the rapid increase of prices on everything; and believe me, with time, it’s going to go from bad to worse. Unless you live in the interior or you are a complete and total mindless follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see very clearly that our society is more vulnerable now than it ever has been.

We are now facing a major economic collapse, as you will agree with me that a bag of rice that once cost $35 is now $50, and in some places $55.  Pepper that was at least five pods for five Liberian dollars has now reduced to three pods for five dollars or has at least increased to three times the price that it was before the crisis.  

Have you thought about how you would survive if this crisis should continue? My advice to you: “Do that shopping that you’ve been putting off since last month.” Make sure you have mostly everything you need in the house (if not all) for you and your family for at least two to three months. All of these things are expected to happen during crises like these but, like the old saying goes, “in times of peace, prepare yourself for war”.

We’re all praying that this Ebola virus is eradicated as soon as possible with absolutely no new cases; but in the mean time, you just might want to have these things within your reach – that is, in your homes – while we all fight Ebola. You do not necessarily have to get them all at once but, why not try to purchase one or two items every week until you’ve gotten all that you need?

In the list below, LIB Life came up with some items that we believe are in limited supply around town but are just necessary things that will cut down your spending and save you that desperate trip to the market or hospital and we advise that you get yours as soon as possible.

 1. Water. Have you heard the saying, “water is life”, that is so true. Dehydration is a terrible thing and you can never tell when that store next to you just might run out of drinking water. Make sure to have more than enough drinking water in the house and never make it a habit to go to bed without drinking water in the house.  For some of us that cannot afford to buy mineral water, that’s ok, you can also make sure to stock your house up with gallons of water from wherever hand pump that you normally draw your water from. Make sure that your hand pump is always chlorinated. Remember, one can go without food for a couple a days but not without water. Water is highly essential during this period.

2. Food. The last thing you want is your child crying, “mama and papa I hungry ohhh”. Make sure to have as much food as you can. When shopping for food, make sure to include items that don’t necessarily require gas, char- coal, and preparation. Make sure to buy enough canned food as much as possible, for they last longer, save space and are easy to prepare. Also, why not make that Pepper source, bennet-seed dust, bonie dust that goes so right with dry rice (if you know what I mean)? This will also cut down those everyday expenses of having to buy them at a retail price.

3. Sanitation items. While these may not be absolute "essentials", the truth is that life will get very unpleasant very quickly without them. For example, what would you do without toilet paper? Just think about it. Imagine that you just finished your last roll of toilet paper and now you can't get any more. What would you do?  The truth is that soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and other hygiene products are things that we completely take for granted in society today. So what would happen if we could not go out and buy them any longer?Make sure to grab items like bath and washing soap, toothpaste, tissue, and wipes for the baby, dettol and bleach. With this deadly virus, its always advisable at keep your homes clean and chlorinated.

4. A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies. On a more serious note, you may not be able to access a hospital or a doctor during this major crisis and some of you just might be scared to want to go to a hospital. In your survival supplies, be absolutely certain that you have a good first aid kit and any other medical supplies that you think you may need.

5. Lighters Or Matches and candles. You will also want something to start a fire. If you can start a fire, you can cook food, you can boil water and you can stay warm. (Ebola does not like heat, we are told!) So in a true emergency situation, how do you plan to start a fire? By rubbing sticks together? Now is the time to put away a supply of lighters or matches so that you will be prepared when you really need them. In addition, you may want to consider storing up a good supply of candles especially for those without electricity (LEC or Generators). Candles come in quite handy whenever the electricity goes out and, in the event of a long-term blackout, we will all see why our forefathers relied on candles so much even though it is also very important to play it safe. You don’t want your house catching on fire now. So make sure to always keep the candles out of the children’s reach and turn it off when you’re ready for bed. Store your candles and matches in a plastic bag or container so that they do not get wet.

6. A Flashlight And/Or Lantern. I’m sure you do not want to wait until the last minute to purchase one of those Chinese lights! When the power goes off in your home, what is the first thing that you grab? Just think about it. A flashlight or a lantern, of course. In a major emergency, these are going to come in quite handy.  Solar powered or "crank style" flashlights or lanterns will probably be best during a long-term emergency. These are probably less primitive and less risky than candles, but solar lamps depend on how much sunlight you get on any given day (bad in the rainy season); lanterns require kerosene.  If you have battery-powered lights you will also want to begin storing up lots and lots of batteries.

7. Radios. This is very important to have in the house for you will need to be informed of everything that’s going on at the moment in the country and what other way than that of the radio?

8. Communication Equipment. Make sure to always have extra scratch cards for whatever GSM Company you’re subscribed with. When things really hit the fan you are going to want to communicate with your family and friends. You will also want to be able to contact the response team, an ambulance or law enforcement if necessary. Having emergency cell phone cards is great, but it may or may not work during a time of crisis. Remember during the riot at the CDC headquarters on the eve of the 2011 Run-off Election, when calls on Lonestar Cell network were blocked for nearly five hours? The Internet also may or may not be available. Be sure to have a plan (whether it be high-tech or low-tech) for staying in communication with others during a major emergency. (In the very olden days, people would put a hand-written letter in a bird’s beak and have the bird fly it over to the person who was supposed to receive it.  In some cases it was hundreds of miles away!  Hey, whatever floats your boat!)

9. Extra Gasoline. For those who own vehicles, motor bikes and businesses, there may come a day when gasoline is rationed or is simply not available at all as we have experienced in the past times. If that happens, how will you get around? Be certain to have some extra gasoline stored away just in case you find yourself really needing to get somewhere urgently and can’t afford to buy at the prevailing price at that time. 

And finally, always remember to have

10. A Backup Plan. Lastly, it is always, always, always important to have a backup plan for everything.  If someone comes in and steals all the food that you have stored up, maybe it would have been better to store food in several different well-hidden places and not all in one place. If travel is restricted and you can't get to your "safe" location immediately, do you have a Plan B?

These are only suggestions to get us all to begin to mentally and physically prepare ourselves. This list is not conclusive – if you have a list that is quite different from the above, then good for you! The bottom line is that crisis situations rarely unfold just as we envision. It is important to be flexible and to be ready with backup plans when disaster strikes. How long do you think that is going to last? Now is the time to get ready. Now is the time to prepare.

With God above, we will overcome!

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