National media has been reporting that certain retailers like Costco have been experiencing a run on basic "survival" supplies, with some residents fearing potential quarantine situations (either voluntarily or mandatory). Hoarding reports are happening at stores across the nation, according to Reuters. Who knows for sure how crazy things may get around Montana with the coronavirus threat, but the CDC has issued recommendations on how to prepare at home, at work, school, even advice on polling places and large gatherings.

I stopped at Winco and Target today in Billings to asses the supply situation. Looks like they have plenty of bottled water.

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Health experts are recommending the public be extra aware of handwashing and both stores I stopped at today had plenty of soaps.

Credit: Michael Foth TSM
Credit: Michael Foth TSM

I didn't make it to Costco today, because I didn't have my card with me. I also didn't make it to Walmart, because I just went yesterday and that was enough Walmart for me for a few days. Another thing people are stocking up on is toilet paper. I found plenty at Winco and Target.

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What about essentials? If someone in my household gets sick and authorities recommend I stay at home for two weeks, what else will I need?

Coffee.

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Beer.

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Sausages.

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That should just about cover it for two weeks at home. I'd probably have to get some rice, beans and bags of potatoes to go with all that sausage and beer. And some extra dog food. In all seriousness, many "prepper" food sites are showing "sold out" on their emergency food supplies. Are you prepared if you can't leave the house for two weeks? Remember, the key to being prepared is to be ready before the emergency hits. By the time you hear about the shelves being empty, it'll be too late. What would you add to the list to be ready?
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