This article was originally going to be titled “How to Prep Your Parents for the Apocalypse” but it developed into a list that prepares you to help yourself, siblings, neighbors, and community too.

Part One: Discussing Preparation

Discussing preparation with loved ones can be a touchy subject. Some people do not see the need to have an emergency kit in their home, especially when they associate it with opposing political opinions or conspiracy theories. But we’re going to help you get past that.

  1. International health organizations agree there will likely be a resurgence of COVID, as well as potential for swine flu/N1H1. While we all hope that doesn’t happen, it sure would be nice to have supplies on-hand the next time there is a run on the stores.
  2. Earthquakes and other natural disasters do not have a political affiliation. It doesn’t matter how you think, what your background is…earthquakes can cause damage to roads and other infrastructure that delivers food to your local grocery stores so it is good to have some food and other supplies just in case. This is especially true for people who live near hurricanes or other likely scenarios…but everyone should take a moment to prepare just in case.
  3. Most Americans have seen the effects of recent riots in their area. My town used to be safe, then the rioters set fire to my city hall and wrote “defund police” and “murder cops” on my local police station.

Part Two: Making Your List

While some try to store enough food to make it through several years in the event of full government collapse, most people will be fine with between five and seven days of food for themselves and family. In the much more likely situations listed above involving COVID, earthquakes, or riots there would still be access for some food even if it is interrupted for a few days…so this list is intended to keep you comfortable during that, not to list everything you need to start your own commune or try to live off the grid.

Medical– $175

Neosporin (3 pk)$16.57
Peroxide (4 pk)$11.39
Sore Throat Spray$5.68
Cough Syrup$17.47
Benedryl$9.99
Alcohol Wipes$5.60
Cold Compress (6-pack)$9.81
Hot Compress (24pk)$16.57
Bloodstop Hemostatic Bandage$10.90
Band Aids-Assorted$4.99
Nexcare Large Bandages$10.49
Nonstick Non-Adherant Guaze Pads$10.97
Self Adhesive Wrap$21.99
Tiger Balm Pain Cream$7.00
High Potency Zink (180 capsules)$18.95
Epsom Salt (Unscented)$33.24

Hygiene– $75

Toilet Paper$19.99
Shampoo/Conditioner Combo$5.84
Toothbrushes$6.03
Body soap (3pk bar Irish Spring)$2.19
Lotion (Family 4-pk)$25

Cleaning Supplies– $115

Laundry Detergent$4.31
White Vinegar (2pk)$24.99
Bleach (3 single gallon containers)$29.79
Dish Soap (Large 4pk)$11..92
Paper Towels (24 rolls)$22.25
Alcohol Wipes (hands+surface disinfect)$19.99

Gardening Supplies– $35

Garden Hose$13.99
Onion Seeds$2.99
Seeds for garden(s)$17.49

Generator Supplies– $515

Generator$349.00
Generator Wheel Kit$39.99
Gas Can x5 gal (3pk)$114.99
Generator Cord$12.09

Kitchen– $145

Paper plate holders (12pk of 9”)$12.49
Paper plate 9” x1200ct$31.24
Paper Bowls (156pk of 20oz)$18.89
Cups (500pk of 9oz)$20.99
Disposable silverware$19.98
Disposable Cooking (small)$24.99
Disposable Cooking (large, 30ct)$17.99
Updated: 7/15/2020

Overall you should expect to spend around $1,000 for this list. While it is not a complete list for living fully on your own, it is an excellent preparation to give your family a head-start on finding supplies during an emergency. Remember, things will get more expensive and harder to find the longer you wait so start preparing now.

Part Three: Storage

We highly recommend storing food and other supplies in storage bins to prevent rodents from gaining access. Cardboard boxes will NOT keep mice out!

Part Four: Psychological

The first round of COVID caused many businesses to shut, people to lose their jobs, be unable to see family, unable to see friends…and we saw too many suicides.

  1. Learn how to support your own mental health during the second round. Find the things that make you happy, get the supplies you need, and mentally prepare yourself to be comfortable enduring an extended shutdown of your local economy.
  2. Help your friends, neighbors, co-workers, siblings, and extended family to prepare themselves. Help them to mentally prepare in addition to getting supplies to be physically sustained.
  3. Learn how to support people during a psychological crisis. The more people who are trained to de-escalate situations, the less likely someone is to end up hurting themselves or someone else.

Part Five: Medical and First Aid

Buying a medical kit is a great first step toward self reliance and being able to take care of your family, neighbors, and community. You should also consider taking a first aid class or reading about it online if you are not able to take a class right now. KNOW HOW TO USE THE EQUIPMENT YOU BUY!

Thank you for taking a moment to read our first installation of The Apocolist. We hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy in the months to come. A little preparation will help you to feel confident, reduce anxiety, and help to reduce impulse buying by shopping using a list.

~ Thank You! ~

Note: This list does not replace formal survival skills or first aid training. It is intended only to supplement existing resources, not to replace your own good judgment and research.