News of quarantines and lockdowns in many Chinese cities is sending ripples of alarm throughout the globe. International travel is making it easier for new and deadly diseases to reach foreign shores in a matter of hours and it’s not impossible for governments to use drastic measures to ensure that these diseases don’t spread even further.
Putting a city under lockdown for an effective quarantine is one of those extreme measures that the government can take. While highly unlikely that a lockdown will be enforced in your city, it is still prudent to know the basics of survival when your neighborhood, city or region is put under quarantine or lockdown.
Here are 5 tips to get you started.
Preparation is key
Chances are, news of a possible infection or an impending disaster will start to appear a few days before a full-blown quarantine. This is the perfect time to replenish your resources, like water, oil, groceries and other essentials that you need to stay alive.
Go out for a quick grocery run and purchase canned goods, powdered milk, and other food products that can keep for more than two weeks. Also, replenish your First Aid kit.
Buy more flashlights and a generator to power your electronics if and when power services go out. While there’s a big chance that life will continue to go on as normal, being prepared ensures that you can survive when things don’t go as expected.
Take stock of your resources
Once the quarantine has started it is best to list the resources that you have so you have a good idea how long you can last without the need for support from the outside.
Take stock of water, gas and power, canned goods, grains and cereals, medications and the like. Consider how many people are living at home. You can create an effective ration system that will help you stretch your resources when necessary.
Drink water regularly
While water rationing is a must if you don’t have a ready water supply, it is still best to stay hydrated during this time. Dehydration can make you more susceptible to catching infectious diseases.
It can also affect your ability to think clearly and make the best decisions that could affect your survival. Don’t guzzle water like there’s no tomorrow, but make sure that you take a sip every now and then. Ensure that the rest of the family stays hydrated as well.
Stay tuned for the news
Keeping up with the news is the best way to stay on top of what’s going on. Make sure you are following relevant health feeds on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Follow only credible sources, such as government health pages. Also, make sure that you have the contact numbers of emergency services in case you or a family member needs emergency care.
Panic won’t do anyone any good, especially when you are facing a dangerous situation. Try to keep calm. You can do this by controlling the things you can control and minimizing the things that you can’t. After that, it’s a matter of taking each situation as it comes and relying on your preparations to help you survive.
Health quarantines and lockdowns bring images of uncontrollable pandemics and the apocalypse, but caving in to fear and panic won’t help your chances of survival.
Be prepared, anticipate what’s going to happen, and stay healthy and calm. This is the only way to get out of situations like these alive.