Unfortunately, in 2020, we’re all fairly used to the concept of sheltering in place. According to a U.S. News article, in late March of this year, one in four people in the United States were under “shelter-in-place orders.” This was, of course, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and the mandates were implemented in order to stop the spread of the novel virus. This means these numbers didn’t account for other reasons to shelter in place, such as natural disasters or acts of violence.
At the end of the day, it’s always a good idea to be prepared to have a shelter-in-place plan in case of an emergency. Here are four tips for sheltering in place.
1. Ensure that your warranties are up-to-date
Everything important should be under warranty, including valuable outdoor items. This could include mean furniture, boats, and cars. For example, when was the last time you checked your warranty on your recreational vehicle (RV)?
By looking into RV extended warranty plans, you can find the pros and cons of multiple RV warranties (or, RV service plans) so you’re ready for when costly repairs arise. You can also find out which RV service plans are listed by the Better Business Bureau. By having an RV extended warranty protection plan, you can have peace of mind that you’ll be covered if your RV or camper requires a trip to a repair facility or service center for mechanical failure or mechanical breakdowns.
RV manufacturers may not always make all their products durable, so appliances inside may experience mechanical failure as well. Unlike warranties offered by the RV manufacturer’s warranty, an extended warranty is more likely to be customizable to fit your specific needs.
2. Consider using hemp and CBD products to keep yourself calm
Sheltering in place is an incredibly stressful situation to be in, and while we all deal with anxiety differently, many of us would rather use natural methods versus prescription medications. According to a survey reported on by the NY Post last year, as many as half of Americans would prefer natural remedies as opposed to having to use prescription medications to combat stress and anxiety.
According to Dr. Peter Grinspoon, who wrote an article for Harvard Health Publishing last year, cannabidiol (CBD) has shown evidence of being effective in treating anxiety and insomnia. Both conditions being treated can aid in overall relaxation and productivity during sheltering in place. CBD has even been FDA-approved to treat serious medical conditions such as rare cases of childhood epilepsy, according to Grinspoon. However, it is still always a good idea to check out Plain Jane’s Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) disclaimer and to seek your doctor’s advice before trying CBD.
Since CBD has been shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety for many, it stands to reason that taking a puff or two of a smokable CBD hemp flower could be the ideal treatment to get your stress under control. CBD and other products that come from the hemp flower don’t contain the same amounts of THC as marijuana does. Since there’s little THC, you won’t feel “high,” but it can help treat your stress and could even be beneficial for certain types of pain.
Warning: There are low levels of THC in most hemp and CBD, therefore, users may not be able to pass a drug test.
3. Gather supplies
Not only is having an adequate back-stock of supplies a good idea for peace of mind, but buying in bulk will usually save you money. What exactly does preparation mean? Well, according to Ready.gov, being “prepared” for an emergency means being able to survive on your own for 72 hours.
Here are things to consider stocking up on, according to Ready.gov:
· Water (1 gallon per person, per day)
· Food (non-perishables, enough to last 3 days, keep the flavor in mind)
· First aid kit
· Manual can opener
· Face masks
· Garbage bags
· Prescription medications
· Baby essentials (wipes, diapers, formula)
· Extra pet food
· Matches, candles
· Hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, dish soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
· Toilet paper, paper towels, disposable dishes
Bonus tip: Consider your own specific needs.
4. Make sure you have a de-stressing plan in place
According to the American Psychological Association, in the United States, 67 percent of people responded to a Harris Poll survey that the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused them stress. Whether it’s art projects, books, listening to music, watching TV, or taking a bubble bath; make time to ignore the news and unwind. The National Institute on Mental Health recommends this as a way to cope with the outbreak.