What to Prep if you have 24 Hours

ricewiki, Kate et al - from the Forums

If You Only Have 24 Hours To Prepare for H5N1 Quarantine (please copy and circulate)

Note to Fluwikians: Remember, this “If You Only Have 24 Hours” list is different from a “How Do I Start To Prep” list. Both are directed at people who haven’t started prepping yet, but the former is for dire straits once the pandemic becomes “official” or there is an otherwise obvious escalated emergency pandemic situation.

The latter is simply for the calm before the storm, like right now, while we all still have (forseeable) time to prep.

This list is for individuals who have failed to stockpile goods and supplies for the event of an avian flu pandemic. It assumes that there has been some official or obvious sign given that a state of pandemic has been reached and that the best hope for protection will be self-quarantine. It has been said that a virus at this stage will be able to pass to any point on the globe within 18 hours. YOU NEED TO STOCK UP NOW.

NB: If you are buying last-minute food, water and supplies when a human-to-human pandemic has been announced as spreading, please sit down for 5 minutes and make a plan of action. It is not a good idea to grab everything you can - BE STRATEGIC. You will not be able to get everything you need for a 3-month quarantine in one shopping trip! This list is based upon what you should attempt to accomplish in the ultimately unfortunate of “last-minute” trips – when everyone else will be “panic shopping” beside you. Focus your energy on grabbing foods that provide the most nutrition.


  1. Pull the children out of school immediately and start the family plan into action.
  2. Cell phones may come in handy - communication would be handy as you pick everything up around the stores and around town.
  3. If you own multiple cars, have a family member drive each car (single-file, caravan style) to the same store.
    Each of you take a cart and a portion of this list. Meet back at the checkout and load all of the cars.

NB: If the store has run out of an item you need, MOVE ON. IT WILL NOT BE THE END OF THE WORLD.
Do not waste time in this situation. Go to another store until you get it.

NB2: You will need cash! Some stores may no longer accept credit or debit in this situation.
In others, the lines may be down. Don’t risk your survival because you do not have adequate cash on hand.
And be prepared to spend considerably more than you would at any other grocery store run.

In Loose Order Of Importance:

  1. From home: call to renew your prescriptions for pick-up. Call doctor to arrange for more.
  2. Extract 60–75% cash from your bank account (save some for online bill payments; you may also
    need to make arrangements re: investments, but this may need to be done later at this point.
    Right now you need to get supplies.) or the full amount your daily limit will allow.
  • From the local drugstore/healthcentre/pharmacy:
    • N95 masks (NIOSH-rated Medical Particulate Masks) and Disposable gloves
      **(latex, vinyl or the best yet is Nitrile):
    • Clear Safety glasses full coverage (even over your glasses) Flu Virus can enter thru eyes.

(you will need the above in the event you leave the house again to pick up a forgotten or needed item)

  • bandaids
  • your prescription refills
  • vitamins: C and multivitamins
  • tylenol/acetominaphen, aspirin/ ibuprofen (many uses); 3 bottles each
  • any other over-the-counter meds you know you need (customize here)
  • 8 packages of 12-rolls toilet paper
  • 5 boxes kleenex
  • batteries: know the kind you will need. AA’s – buy at least 10 packages.
  • candles and/or tealights – buy whatever is left; at least 50
  • matches and lighters: buy 2 boxes matches; 10 lighters
  • tampons if needed: year’s worth if you can: 20 boxes of 40’s; OR, 1 “keeper”
  • soap
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • toothpaste
  • From the local grocery store:
    • as many bags of Rice and Beans as you you can afford (remember, you need to be able to buy some of everything on this list)
    • 20 cans beans (90 would be needed for 3 mos)
    • 20 cans tuna/chicken/fish
    • 10 cans vegetables
    • 30–60 jugs water (and you are going to need to come back for more!)
    • 20 bags pasta
    • 10 jars pasta sauce
    • 2 big bags potatoes (high in energy; keep long time)
    • 20 cans tomato paste (make your own pasta sauce)
    • energy bars; protein drinks;
    • bag/boxes of mixed nuts
    • bags of dried oatmeal
    • bags dried beans
    • 5 large bottles vegetable oil (sunflower, safflower and olive are healthiest)
    • box sugar (biggest you can find)
    • box salt (biggest you can find)
    • bottles Gatorade (orally rehydrates) or vitaminized water
    • pet food and/or baby supplies if needed
    • extra manual can-opener (yours might break!)
    • extra scissors (might lose yours!)
    • 5 jars peanut butter
    • 3 loaves bread
    • 10 bars/tubs butter
    • 10 bricks cheese
    • frozen meat
    • soups that don’t need added water
    • garbage bags
  • Go to local hardware/supplies store and buy:
    • propane cooking stove
    • propane
    • flashlights (3)
    • firestarters
    • water purification tablets
    • battery-operated radio
  • On way home: stock up on tank of gas, extra gas. Fill any portable gas
    containers you may have or can buy at the gas station.

Less Essential Items to pick up if
you have Time, Money and they are Available:

  • chocolate
  • coffee, teas
  • 3 jars jam
  • boxes macaroni and cheese
  • bag onions
  • boxes powdered milk
  • box crackers, bag cookies
  • peppers/lettuce/tomatoes
  • other fresh fruit and veggies
  • other vitamins if you know you need them: Omega-3, antioxidants, meds for diarrhea
  • key spices you use: garlic, mixed spice shakers, bouillon, cinnamon, turmeric, curry, ginger
  • q-tips, rubbing alcohol, a ready-made first-aid kit
  • shaving cream and razors
  • Paper plates, plastic forks, knives, spoons
  • paper towels
  • laundry soap

Really Less Essential (for urban survival)
Items To Wait For Another Trip To Pick Up
and then Only If You Really Need Them:

  • candy, alcohol, tobacco (could be used for trade; but you should quit smoking at this point)
  • tools; rope; tape;
  • cleaning supplies (bleach; disinfectant hand sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol; liquid dish detergent; big jug white vinegar)
  • Condiments - mayo, ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Salsa, creamers (presumably you will already have some of these anyway)
  • Lotion and all other more luxurious personal care items
  • entertainment items like books (you will already have some of these anyway)

For All Other Essential Survival Items
You Will Need A Second Trip (at your own risk)

  • please consult standard avian flu preparedeness guides on FluWiki
Page last modified on April 27, 2009, at 02:12 AM by Bob