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    HOW TO BEAT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    HOW TO BEAT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    COVID-19 has led to a lot of changes in your communities. Stores are selling out of food, state and federal governments are issuing “shelter-in-place” orders, and people are losing their jobs due to mandatory business closures. It’s a scary time, especially if you’ve not prepared for events like these already by setting aside supplies in case of emergency. There is hope, however. Even if there’s nothing in the stores, or if you’re currently facing a stay-at-home order, you can prepare and survive this pandemic with ease. 


    There are many options for you to use online shopping to get the items you need, including food storage options with incredibly long shelf lifes. You also likely have more items at your disposal to use right now during the COVID-19 pandemic than you realize. Let’s dive in and discover how you can beat the pandemic, one day at a time.


    REVIEW YOUR CURRENT FOOD SUPPLIES

    You likely have a pantry, or at least a few shelves where you store dry goods, canned goods, and other snacks. If you’ve been hit with a shelter-in-place order where you are right now, chances are your local markets are looking pretty bare. This means you’ll have to make do with what you have on hand already. Chances are you’ve got a number of canned food items you’ve not opened yet, just collecting dust in your cabinet. There may also be some dry goods in there, like dried beans or rice or oats. These items may not be your first choice when it comes to a meal, but don’t turn your nose up at them right away.


    A major part of surviving a pandemic is surviving the boredom you face when stuck at home doing your part to flatten the curve. These food items that you normally wouldn’t eat can be a part of that! Look up some recipes that use your current ingredients. Find new ways to entertain yourself with some cooking of new foods using your current stores. You may find it to be a fun experiment! Being stuck at home can be fun if you try new things. Just be sure to read the recipes closely, or you may end up with a flop.


    Don’t forget to check the recesses of your freezer, too. Some of that old meat may look freezer burned, but there are plenty of recipes that can make good use of tough meat. Always check for any signs of the food you’re using having gone bad before you eat it, though. Now, if you’re not in the mood to try out some pandemic pioneer food, you could also place an order with My Food Storage to get up to a year's supply of delicious, easy to make food storage. My Food Storage provides incredible options for any palette, all self contained in air tight packaging designed to survive any apocalyptic event. Keep in mind, food storage is best had in preparation before a disaster like the 2020 pandemic strikes. Therefore, if you do choose to order food storage right now it may be a few weeks before it arrives. Don’t let that stop you! There will be more hazards down the road of life where you will want to have your storage ready! Let this current pandemic teach you to be prepared for the future!


    One of the most important items for your food needs is of course fruit. The human body cannot produce Vitamin C on its own, meaning going without it for long periods of time can lead to illness. Having fresh fruit on hand during a pandemic lock down isn’t always an option; the stores are likely out, and what you already have is nearing the end of its edibility. That’s why dried fruit options are an effective alternative. By having plenty of fruit on hand, you can ensure better health for you and your family, as well as having something tasty to enjoy when the other snacks have run out. 


    GET SOME SUNSHINE

    While your local law may currently require you to shelter in place, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get some sunshine where you can. Sunshine leads to healthy production of Vitamin D, which some studies have suggested helps stave off depression and poor mood. Being stuck in your house all day might be fun for the first few days. But after a while, you’re probably feeling a bit of cabin fever. Getting a few minutes of sunshine in your yard or on the porch can help you feel better about your current situation. 


    There are other ways you can beat the pandemic cabin fever as well. Taking time to learn a new skill, practice an instrument, or write that book you’ve been thinking about are all good ways to keep your mind alert. Use this time wisely. You may be feeling some anxiety from your order to shelter in place. That’s normal. But this is a unique opportunity for you and those you’re close with to invest some time in those things you’ve not had time to do before. 


    COVID-19 has put the world on hold, and you are along for the ride. Take this time as your opportunity to discover more of the things you want to do, the things that make you happy. By doing this, you’ll find the sunshine you’ve been missing, and discover more peace in this restless time. 


    KEEP IN TOUCH

    Calling loved ones is a great way to keep your social connections strong during the current stay at home orders in many States. Try having a video call with an old friend, or reach out to a family member to see how they’re doing during their own quarantine. Keeping connected with those you love will help you get through this pandemic with your sanity intact. Self isolation doesn’t have to be so isolating!


    Depending on your interests, there are even ways for you to play boardgames with others through the internet. So there’s no reason for you to feel bored and alone as long as you can connect with your friends and relations. Keeping in touch can mean more than just keeping up with your friends. Keep in touch with your current events in your area as well. Reading local articles of how your community is doing good to help those in need will give you hope. Hope is one of the most precious commodities when dealing with a pandemic. Humanity is resilient, and the trials we face now will make us stronger together. Focus on the good that is happening around you, and where you can, do good in your community, as well.


    MANAGE YOUR TIME

    Keeping track of what you have to do and what you want to do during your time in quarantine will help you feel in control of your life. If you’ve been affected by a lay off, be sure to make use of the available support options in your State. You can also take this time to discover, or rediscover, a talent you have that you could put to use. Keep busy, learn new things, and focus on what you can control. There are many options in your area that can assist you with whatever difficulty you are currently facing. 


    You are not alone through this. Be sure to manage your resources wisely, keeping track of your food needs, health needs, and social needs. If you are low on food supplies right now, go to My Food Storage and stock up without the hassle of empty shelves. COVID-19 can’t stop you from making it so long as you continue to keep strong!


    FOOD SUPPLY AND DISASTER PREP ON A BUDGET

    FOOD SUPPLY AND DISASTER PREP ON A BUDGET

    Preparing for a disaster can be stressful, not to mention costly, and many people find it difficult to spend money on food storage and survival gear they may or may not ever use. What’s important to remember, however, is that these items give more than just peace of mind, they are an investment in your future and well being, and might just keep you alive someday. You can do some disaster preparation of your own that can give you what you need while fitting your budget.

    The first thing to consider is prioritizing and deciding what to spend your money on. Once you start looking at survival gear it’s easy to get sucked into buying a whole lot of emergency supplies you probably won’t need. Take a look at this list of the important things you really need, so you can survive with the basics, staying within your budget.

    1. Food – Food storage is a must-have. While a lot of disaster prep gear can be done cheaply, it’s a smart idea to spend money on good food storage worth your while. We would recommend at least a 3-6 month supply. Food storage doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, our food storage subscription plans start at $61 and have the option to cancel anytime. Now you can start building your supply at a price that fits any budget.

    Also, filler foods like our freeze-dried fruit and vegetables are perfect to keep you energized through the day. The quality of your meals is always important, especially during stressful disasters. Long term food storage is something you are going to need and that you will not regret purchasing wisely.

    1. Water – Don’t depend on sinks or refrigerators. Invest in an alternate clean water source. Buying water in bulk can get pricey, especially if there are shipping costs, so look for a local seller. Other options are water treatment drops and filters. Some people even dig wells in their yards and buy water filters and bottles to keep costs down. If you need stackable containers check these out from WaterBrick.
    2. Heat – You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a non-electric heater if you are on a budget. Just invest in a good amount of firewood and store it somewhere dry. You can find cheap blankets just about anywhere to layer up and keep warm. Blankets are also useful for stuffing around doors and windows to keep the cold outside.
    3. First Aid – First aid kits aren’t very expensive if found in the right place. You can even put one together on your own, there are many websites available online to walk you through it. Make sure to have bandages, medicines, antibiotic ointments, latex gloves, and sterilized gauze. First Aid kits can be easy to put together and can save you money.
    4. Light – There are many cheaper substitutes for big expensive lanterns. The obvious choice is candles, which you can buy cheaply in bulk. If you’re looking to be a little more creative, however, head down to a hardware store and pick up solar powered garden lights. These won’t put off as much light as expensive LED lanterns, and are not designed for disaster prep, but with enough of them around your house, you can see just enough without the danger of an open flame. You can buy these for as little as $1.00 each and you don’t have to waste money on batteries.

    Preparing for a disaster can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these guidelines should make it easier for you to prepare without stretching your budget. Prioritizing with the basics and knowing where to invest your money gets you what you need, and gives you the opportunity to survive a disaster, and keep some money in your pocket.

    SURVIVE THE OUTBREAK: THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR NEXT PANDEMIC

    SURVIVE THE OUTBREAK: THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR NEXT PANDEMIC

    The threat of a pandemic seems strangely outdated to many people. People who are convinced modern science will always prevail over nature's adapting spread of diseases. It is the belief of others that in a world as out of balance as our own, strange viruses are apt to appear and spread faster than we can configure treatment.

    Sickness is not any less common today than it was a couple hundred years ago, in fact, it might by even more common. Not as concerning as they once were, symptoms similar to a cold or the flu rarely keep anyone home these days, making illness all the more contagious. If a new virus was to surface today, it could spread at a frighteningly high rate and take a lot of lives before being controlled.

    When considering a future pandemic, scientists look at Ebola as the perfect example of destructive and fatal disease that is highly complex and difficult to control. Ebola hemorrhagic fever has claimed thousands of lives in Africa, and to this day has no cure, only treatment that may or may not suffice to save a life. This bleeding disease has a 90% death rate, and is a cross-species disease infected initially by primates. When a disease affects human and non-human subjects it is difficult to contain, and can spread quickly as it is difficult to treat and track the infected animals.

    Disease spillovers, or in other words an illness that jumps from species to species, is what most believe will cause our next big pandemic. Aside from Ebola, diseases like SARS, HIV and hantavirus have been contracted similarly, and caused severe outbreaks amongst various populations. These diseases weren't even all limited to primates, but other distinctly different wild animals.

    According to many scientists, the reason for diseases spilling over from one species to another has something to do with our unstable environment. Our planet is constantly changing, and so are the populations introduced and dwindling in specific areas of the world. Some diseases unknown to us are carried by animals that then spread a disease they never appeared to have, mutating when contracted by a new host, which can cause severe damage to the human body. This sort of disease could become increasingly difficult to break.

    The truth is, no one can pin point a day or a year when the next big pandemic might surface, only to descend after bringing a big piece of humanity with it.

    Diseases like these are easier to prevent than cure:

    1. Store at least a month's worth of survival food and water.
    2. Stay inside, do not risk exposure, this is why you have emergency storage.
    3. Keep a supply of first aid kits, medical masks, and rotate medicines and vitamins so you have a continuous supply. Wash your hands frequently.
    4. Make a plan with your family on how to avoid infection and what to do if anyone is infected.
    5. Don't panic, getting inside your head can cause you to feel sick even if you're not. Remaining calm will keep your body stronger and your mind sharper.

    Remember, being independent allows you to safely isolate yourself from the dangers of a pandemic by limiting the need to leave your home. It is important to understand the dangers and prepare for them wisely, but don't let yourself panic. Pandemic's throughout history have always been resolved through modern medicine, and humanity survives. Survive with your emergency supplies and live to talk about it.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER

    THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER

    Water is the source of life on Earth. It's something we need in order to survive, an element we couldn't live without. But it's almost too simple. With all the sugar-packed and carbonated drinks we consume every day water can easily be forgotten. The fact that we need water to live is obvious, but what we would do without it is often overlooked. It's everywhere, after all. Gas stations and grocery stores, vending machines, fountains and pipes. But what about when none of these amenities are available to us?

    Disasters take many forms, but more often than not, our most basic modern amenities become unusable in a crisis. Have you ever seen a grocery store right before a snow storm? Imagine that times a hundred. In addition to storing long-term food, it's vital that we do not forget about our most precious life source - water. We can survive much longer without food than without water.

    We can't depend solely upon modern conveniences. It is important that we prepare for the life's uncertainties with all the things we need to survive and live well. Prepping is a big step toward empowering ourselves and relieving the anxiety caused by the future’s uncertainties. The threats are out there, and in wide variety. This is why My Food Storage provides high quality and affordable emergency supplies that make sense. We offer many products that can give you the clean water you need in a disaster situation. My Food Storage is offering 10% OFF all water purification products in August to celebrate Water Quality Month. Also, if you spend $100 on Food Storage you will get a FREE Aquamira Frontier Water Straw and if you spend $200 you will get an Aquamira Water Treatment Kit.

    HOW TO SURVIVE ANYTHING

    HOW TO SURVIVE ANYTHING

    A crisis can take many different shapes and forms. Hazards are everywhere, waiting to surface. So how do we survive whatever the future holds? How can we minimize the damage?

    - First of all, be aware. Stay informed and understand what risks there are for your particular part of the world. Usually, it's impossible to know just exactly when or where a disaster will strike, but the least you can do is determine your risks and prepare for the worst.

    - Plan Ahead. We're all about this. Prepping is your best bet on a secure future no matter the circumstances. There are times when we can't help being taken by surprise, which is why it is so important that we are ready for anything. Make plans with your family in case of an evacuation, or a disaster that calls for staying in and waiting it out. This way, when the time comes you won't need to panic because you'll already know what to do.

    - Stock Up! Put together a good stock of long term emergency food and water, along with other survival supplies. Don't rely on modern amenities, keep back-up alternatives for heat, light, and power. We recommend at least a 1 month supply of food, but preferably more. You never know how long you'll need it, and the last thing you want to do is go hungry during an emergency.

    Having a personal supply of food and water empowers you to take control of your survival and minimize the damage it has on the necessities and daily comforts you and your family need.

    - Stay Calm & Conserve... Don't lose your head in a crisis; you're going to need it. Be rational, all things pass. Focus on the positive and keep yourself well hydrated and fed so you are strong enough to face any emergency. Don't waste any energy unless absolutely necessary.

    There are a lot of hazards out there this summer. Remember all of these important things when prepping for any kind of disaster, and if and when the day comes, don't forget these survival basics. It's simple: follow your plan, eat and drink as needed, conserve energy, stay calm and wait it out.