The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered up guidance on how to prepare for an outbreak near you, including making a plan with your family, practicing good health and hygiene habits, and checking in with vulnerable people in your community. They also have instructed people in at-risk groups to stock up on supplies like nonperishable foods.
Since things are moving quickly, it’s not a bad idea to stock up a bit before the virus hits your area, since social distancing is such a helpful preventive measure, and you may need to self-quarantine with limited notice.
what you may need,
Dry grains: Rice, quinoa, oats, cornmeal (for polenta).
Beans: dried or canned.
Tinned fish: tuna, tasty cans of smoked sardines, or mackerel.
A couple varieties of nut butter and tahini.
Flour (you can add water, salt, and a leavening agent like baking soda or powder to make biscuits, tortillas, and crackers).
Onions (they keep for weeks when stored in a cool, dark place).
Hardy veggies: broccoli, celery, carrots, and kale (they stay fresh for a long time in your fridge).
Bananas (when they start to turn, freeze for smoothies or bake into banana bread).
Frozen peas (add to soups and pastas).
Frozen sausage (just one link can go a long way in adding flavor to a dish).
Bag of frozen shrimp.
Sliced bread (pop it in your freezer, will last a long time).
Taste boosters: soy sauce, mayo, ketchup, fruit jam, Dijon mustard, Parmesan cheese, olives, capers.
First aid kit-Make sure you have a few weeks of vital medications on hand
Hygiene stuff-need to roll with the punches and buy some as well
Games and craft supplies
Supplies You Can Skip:
Water-Unless the water from your faucet is not already safe, you don’t need to buy bottled water
Hand sanitizer-an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is recommended.can be used if soap and water are not available
A final note: Buy only what you need.