(TacticalNews.com) – After the onset of COVID-19, it was pretty clear that most people were not ready for an emergency, much less a long-term disaster. The country witnessed panic buying of epic proportions. Toilet paper, non-perishable food, guns, and ammo were all bought out as soon as they hit the shelves. So, how can you avoid panic shopping should another disaster strike? What steps can you take to prevent the need for it?
Panic buying leads to unnecessary strain on our supply chains which can lead to inflated prices and shortages. It’s best to avoid being one of the individuals on a panic-inspired shopping spree. You can skip the chaos by making sure you have a supply of the following items on hand at all times.
By making sure you have a full tank of gas or close to it, you can be ready to go wherever you need without the whole “I have to get gas first” panic. Fuel is also good to have on hand in case an emergency hinders your ability to purchase it, whether you need it for your car or generator. Just make sure you’re storing your fuel correctly to avoid any potential risk of injury or death.
There’s no question that water is essential to our survival, and you better believe that water will be one of the first things to be gone. Thankfully you have a few options; you can stock up on water, drill a well, or collect rainwater to avoid experiencing a shortage of it.
Food also obviously plays a vital role in our lives. So, having a few weeks’ worth of food will help you out when an emergency occurs. Additionally, stocking up ahead of time ensures you don’t run out if others panic and empty the shelves at the local grocery.
Miscellaneous equipment may not be as crucial as food or water. However, it still holds a solid place on the list. Items such as guns and ammo sell out quickly when people are scared. Gun sales were through the roof in 2020, as well as concealed carry permit applications — and with good reason.
Many people were scared of the unchecked social and political unrest throughout the US in 2020 and wanted to have the necessary equipment to defend themselves, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, that spike in firearm-related items strained the industry and led to the continued ammo shortages we’re experiencing.
People panic, but you don’t have to. Just be sure to stock up on anything you think you might need. Do it while you can before something happens.
The best way to avoid being a panic buyer is to be prepared and have everything you need before disaster strikes. After all, it can happen anywhere and at any time. If you’re unsure what you should be buying, check out the items we suggest everyone should stock up on to give them an edge in an emergency or SHTF situation.
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