Although we've been watching shows about potential disasters and even a couple of visions depicting a zombie apocalypse, this is the first time many of us have come face to face with a global pandemic. Hopefully, life will be "normalized" at some point soon. But there's no doubt that more and more people are pondering how to best prepare for in case something like this happens in the future. It could be something like we're facing now with COVID-19, or something altogether different.

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I don't know if buying all of the toilet paper is the ultimate solution we're looking for, at least, not yet. But, it's not a bad idea to think ahead and prepare yourself and your loved ones as best you can.

Some tips from the U.S. government? Yes, please. Feel free to add others in the comment section below. Ya know, if you feel they've left something off.

First, Make A Plan. Do you know how you'll find out about disaster situations? Download our mobile app and we'll always send you notifications as they arise.

In addition, you'll want to have a plan to evacuate if needed. Make sure to outline how you'll be able to best communicate with those in your household quickly.

Share Your Plan With--And Make Considerations For--Each Household Member. Remember, different members of your household may have different needs and can handle different levels of responsibility. Know ahead of time and plan accordingly. Don't forget to make a plan for your companion animals, too.

A few things to keep in mind: varying dietary needs, critical medical equipment, prescriptions, disabilities, and necessary devices.

Write Out A 'Family Emergency Plan.' If you can get your family or roommates to help with this, you'll create more buy in from the get go. Everyone will feel more on the same page. That's important--especially when things go askew. Bonus points for practicing the plan with your household.

Don't Forget Additional Supplies Of Food & Water, And Misc. Yes, obvious but bears repeating. Don't forget to have a couple of flashlights and plenty of batteries on hand. Extra blankets and a tent, too.

If You Can, Have Extra Prescription And Nonprescription Drugs In Case Of An Emergency. You may want to have that First Aid Kit and other health supplies at the ready, too.

Do You Have Copies Of Health Records? When things go into panic mode, having these on hand could potentially save a life.

These are just the basics.

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