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Coronavirus caught us off guard. Here's what disaster preppers say we needed to do all along

Faith E. Pinho, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Parenting News

For three months, Jonathan and Kylene Jones didn't step foot inside a grocery store. They relied on their Utah home's built-in storage room supply: flour, rice, beans, a freezer full of food.

That was last summer.

The couple, founders of the "The Provident Prepper" website and YouTube channel, wanted to do a 90-day trial of surviving solely on their food storage and garden. Bartering and trading was allowed -- their kids hauled hay for a nearby farmer one day in return for a Subway sandwich -- but they couldn't go to the grocery store. Those were the rules.

So when the coronavirus erupted in March, emptying grocery stores and turning others into hoarders overnight, Kylene and Jonathan Jones relaxed.

"When this pandemic struck, we'd already been through it," said Kylene Jones, 55. "There was this great sense of peace that taught us that we're just fine, we can do this."

The Joneses acknowledge that very few people have the patience or time to do an experiment like theirs.


But a variety of people who prioritize preparedness say that most people can and should have supplies and plans to get them through several days. It's doable without entertaining conspiracy theories or spending a fortune on special tools and supplies.

Here's how to start.

Think it through

Yes, it might feel weird or unnerving to imagine worst-case scenarios. But thinking through possible disasters -- especially now that we can envision one -- is key to preparation and peace of mind, said Ontario's fire administrative director Jordan Villwock.


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