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UA Prep List


ASD Families might move a little more slowly or have financial burdens that make it more difficult to be ready quickly in the event of an impending disaster.  With diligence, you can build up food, water and supply security and we have some tips below to help you be ready to shelter in place if you need to unexpectedly! This list has developed over two decades of dealing with hurricanes, natural disasters and now – a pandemic. These are suggestions and all commentary is here for specific reasons that we may, or may not, elaborate on at this time.

GENERAL TIPS: Check expiration dates for all food items – try to get ones that will last for over a year (Jan 2022+). Purchase  organic if you can. Organize food items in a separate panty for emergency storage and arrange by year of expiration.  This will help you rotate stock. Invest in BPA free containers and oxygen absorption tabs for storing grain products, or Mylar bags with seals. Plan to get some items for your pantry for treats, but key to success is to primarily focus on storing up foods that you can eat but won’t make you raid the pantry! Replenish on pay days and rotate stock often so you don’t waste anything. Adjust as needed for dietary concerns and gluten/casein/soy issues.

REDUCE SUGAR INTAKE/INFLAMMATION: Goal is to reduce body burden inflammation as much as possible during this time. Sugars, especially fructose and glucose, are inflammatory and help viruses, parasites and bacteria replicate in your body more quickly.  Reduce sugar, honey, artificial sweetener, and fruit intake (including juice) as much as possible. Drinking Organic Green Tea (without sugar) instead of coffee not only helps to boost antioxidants, helps with zinc absorption and green tea will not rob your body of important B vitamins needed for methylation/glutathione production like coffee does. Limiting sugar rich foods or processed foods and coffee intake by March 2021 is a good goal for a healthier spring! Vitamin D3 is another supplement that will help you strengthen your immune system against viral infection.  Sitting in the sunlight for 30 minutes is even better. If you can find kosher nutritional supplements/medical products that is best.

EAT BIBLICALLY/STORE STAPLES: NO PORK or SHELLFISH. Try to stick with a vegetarian/grain diet if you can if things get difficult. It is generally less expensive and if you have even a small yard, you can grow vegetables to supplement your diet. In the Book of Daniel, as soon as the boys got to Babylon, they maintained a vegetable and water diet and were healthier than their counterparts.  Take time to study how to have a balanced diet and begin to make these dietary adjustments with your family now, speaking from experience from a previously very strong meat eating family!

There are kosher meat companies that will ship meat to your door (www.GrowandBehold.com ; www.aufschnittmeats.com has Beef Jerky and other dried meats that you can store longer. Canned or packet salmon, as well as other canned fish products are also a good source of protein for your pantry. Stock up now on flour, oil, whole powdered eggs, yeast and other baking items to make bread!

FRESH FRUIT/VEG: If there is a reason that stores would begin to empty again, there will be sales on fresh produce because people will be going for cans.  If you get the fresh veggies, you can prep and store them to put in the freezer or many will keep for a while (like root veggies – potatoes, carrots, turnips). You can also by a fruit/veggie dehydrator fairly inexpensively to make crunchy healthy snacks. Walmart and Target both have good, affordable selections of organic canned veggies. If you buy organic fresh vegetables that have seeds (like bell peppers, cantaloupes, cucumbers – you can save the seeds and dry them in a bowl overnight then store in envelopes! Recycle!) If you have the ability to can, buy items on sale and prepare then store.

SNACKS: It is important to buy healthy things but if you have kids consider a few snacks for them because staying inside your home for 30-90 days will be difficult.  Treats to look forward to will help even if used sparingly. HIDE THESE WELL…even from yourself.

Pray to find out what you should stock up on for your area – at a minimum try to plan for 30-60 days. If you are thrifty this won’t cost as much. Try to inventory what you have at home before you head out. Smaller stores will have less people and shorter lines AFTER major disaster events start. You can find many of these supplies at stores like Dollar General or Dollar Tree. BEFORE things start check Walmart, Target, and Amazon.

Canned/jar goods: vegetables, canned meats/fish, beans – dried & canned, vegetable stock for soups, canned soups, vegetable juices; good stock of frozen veggies is good as well. There is a GREAT “no chicken” chicken broth through Imagine foods that is delicious and you can buy cases of it on Amazon.

Beans, Grains & Starches: Dehydrated potatoes, lentils, beans, quinoa, etc. Grits, oatmeal, low sugar cereals and granola. Pasta & sauce. Rice (especially whole grain or brown rice) Remember to store grains in Containers/bags at home or pantry moths may appear.  If you order O2 packets, that will help absorb oxygen etc. so the grains stay nice, dry and last longer.

Basic cooking items: Flour, oil, Bisquick, milk that can store on shelf, powdered milk, powdered butter, powdered eggs/egg substitutes, salt (which can also act as a preservative). You can also get powdered honey and molasses for longer storage (Hoosier Hill Farms is a great company).

Dehydrated fruits – raisins, prunes, apricots, figs, dates. These do have sugar in them so use sparingly. You can buy a dehydrator to save regular foods you buy at the store OR if you have spare window screens you can slice fruit and place outside in the sun on the screens to dry them.

Peanut butter, crackers.

Protein bars – beef jerky.

Fresh fruits and veggies: prepare/Freeze and store – especially items on sale at store if not homegrown. Citrus fruits are great for vitamin c and can flavor water.

BEVERAGES: Tea – antioxidant rich and some have caffeine.  Coffee depletes important vitamins you need to control inflammation. IMMUNE VITAMIN PACKETS: Boost vitamins and flavor your water! Stay away from sodas (diet or sugar based), Koolaid and lemonade. Make sure you can purify water.  Consider getting a rain barrel to collect water, as well as Aquatabs.  ZERO water purifying system help tremendously with normal tap water, but robs the water of rich minerals. You can replace minerals with Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops (kosher and available on Amazon for about $20/bottle).


Be sure to have enough for 1 gallon per day per person in the home. You can get a set of 48 bottles per person per week and accomplish this.  So 4 people in home = 12 packs of 48 bottles of water for one month.

You will need to stay well hydrated during times of stress.  Buy additional water for cooking. Have barrels or buckets handy to to collect rainwater as needed for other tasks in case water supply is impacted in some way.

Viruses and bacteria can survive in water. Have pitchers to filter water.  Aquatabs (sold online) are good water purifiers. Life Straws are $40/each and can sift through 5000 gallons of water which is enough for one person for five years making non-potable water drinkable!


Paper towels
Rubber Dish Gloves – can be cleaned with soap/water and a little bleach then reused.
Hydrogen Peroxide
Rubbing Alcohol
Empty spray bottle – you can put Rubbing Alcohol on it and it will disinfect surfaces quickly (clean the tv, remote, fridge handles, door handles, water handles, countertops. House will smell like a doctor office but it will reduce “fomite” exposure where the virus can live on surfaces we touch frequently for an extended time.)
Thick visqueen plastic and duct tape – this can be used to help quarantine a sick person inside the house away from other people. Once someone is confirmed infected limit a/c or heater use. Also can be used to tape around windows if they use disinfectant fog chemicals outside the home and your family is chemically sensitive.
Lysol spray
Diaper wipes (in case needed for hygiene and water is limited)
Pet food and supplies
Sanitary napkins/diapers
Plastic utensils, plates, cups to use in case family members are ill – disposable.
Face masks – n95 masks.

PROTIP: Clean plastic containers, ziplocs and glass containers after use and recycle.  We have learned that manufacturing supply chains will shut down world wide if there is something that causes significant economic impact. Having these things onhand may be very helpful in the future.  You can refill water bottles (for example).

Swimming goggles – viruses are transmitted also via the eyes. During a major viral epidemic, wearing goggles when you go out is an added layer of protection if you don’t get full PPE gear.

Board games, things to do that do not require electricity

Supplements with vegan/vegetarian capsules preferred – no PORK gelatin. Check products.
Vitamins C, D3, E, zinc. Good multivitamin.
Neosporin (antibacterial for cuts and can put inside nostrils to reduce bacterial exposures)
Vicks Vaporub
Essential oils: Thieves, purity, frankincense, cinnamon bark oil. (Thieves helped people in the middle ages get through The Plague).
Advil (pills not capsules) to help reduce inflammation
DO NOT TAKE TYLENOL OR ACETOMINOPHEN PRODUCTS…they reduce glutathione that helps control inflammation.
Elderberry syrup

Honey (only for cough) – Manuka honey from Australia is expensive but will usually knock out a cough with ½ a teaspoon.

Apple Cider Vinegar (BRAGGS – organic with “the Mother)

Don’t use humidifiers – heat water for breathing or hot showers if possible – bacteria spreads with humidifiers.

Cod Liver Oil (Vit A1) without mercury – Nordic Naturals is a good company.

Methylation support vitamins- B6, B9 and B12 (especially if in methylated form if you have an autoimmune disease) – EnLyte Products are great for this as well as MaxOne for glutathione production (You can find more about these products in the Partner’s section of the website).

Mucinex pills (or an expectorant)

Vitamin B1 and B2 – Vitamin B1 is used up greatly during stressful periods. B1 deficiency can cause edema, cough, breathing problems and it has been demonstrated that individuals with adverse outcomes with viral infections have extremely low vitamin D3 and B1 levels.


  • Have a way to heat your home and cook food – outdoor woodburning stoves, charcoal grill (charcoal), gas grill/supplies.
  • Have a way to keep cooked food hot/warm – thermos and insulated bags.
  • Store up blankets and warm clothing in colder areas.
  • Sleeping bags
  • Candles, flashlights, battery operated items, hand crank radios (some come with cell charger)
  • Solar lights you can place in yard during day then bring inside at night.
  • Insulted and light cancelling curtains on windows
  • Old fashioned push lawnmower – old fashioned kind – no gas/elec to keep grass near home to a minimum to reduce attracting pests.
  • Shovel, hoe, clippers, pickaxe and axe.
  • First aid supplies and sewing kits.
  • Concrete bricks for fire pit