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I’m keeping a ‘lessons learned’ document with things gone right and things gone wrong.  Overall, nothing that rocked my core. Some areas of improvement: Not knowing the rate of consumption of some products.  I was shocked at how much toilet paper our household uses each week. Not having a freezer prevented us from stocking up on frozen foods.  It hasn’t really affected us at this point, but with the shutdown of meat processing plants, meats may become scarce and will likely be much more expensive. Some supplies were beyond their ‘best buy’ dates.  I had adequate amounts of isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and hand sanitizer but many were beyond their date.  I need to track these dates more closely. We ran short of a few items like popcorn and butter.  We typically have a large supply of popcorn but didn’t replenish it in time.  However, we were able to buy more through curbside pickup at the grocery store.  We also needed more supplements and were able to order them online. Waiting for some supplies to go on sale before replenishing them.  I was waiting for paper towel, toilet paper, and disinfecting wipes to go on sale before replenishing them.  Luckily they did go on sale prior to the panic buying. Some of the things that did work: Purchasing in volume ahead of time for items like toilet paper, paper towel, tissues, canned food, garbage bags, bath soap and shampoo, etc. Purchasing small quantities of products over time allowed an inventory build-up.  I would buy a few of these US DoD Pandemic Flu Preparedness Kit at each gun show and had a nice stash without realizing it.  The same with Harbor Freight and nitrile gloves. Purchasing products on sale at bulk.  One store had hand sanitizer at a discount a year ago and I was able to purchase a nice amount of product at a ridiculous price. Found some companies that had Mountain House in stock after the panic buying.  One company was going out of business and even offered the product at a discount. One of the surprise products that I found useful was alcohol swabs.  I had bought them in bulk a few years ago with no specific use in mind.  I ended up using them to clean smartphones and remotes. Some additional benefits of creating a stockpile in advance of a pandemic: Products will likely not have been exposed to the pandemic agent. Products produced after the pandemic may be of reduced quality due to the pressure to get products out.

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I’m keeping a ‘lessons learned’ document with things gone right and things gone wrong.  Overall, nothing that rocked my core. Some areas of improvement: Not knowing the rate of consumption of some products.  I was shocked at how much toilet paper our household uses each week. Not having a freezer prevented us from stocking up on frozen foods.  It hasn’t really affected us at this point, but with the shutdown of meat processing plants, meats may become scarce and will likely be much more expensive. Some supplies were beyond their ‘best buy’ dates.  I had adequate amounts of isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and hand sanitizer but many were beyond their date.  I need to track these dates more closely. We ran short of a few items like popcorn and butter.  We typically have a large supply of popcorn but didn’t replenish it in time.  However, we were able to buy more through curbside pickup at the grocery store.  We also needed more supplements and were able to order them online. Waiting for some supplies to go on sale before replenishing them.  I was waiting for paper towel, toilet paper, and disinfecting wipes to go on sale before replenishing them.  Luckily they did go on sale prior to the panic buying. Some of the things that did work: Purchasing in volume ahead of time for items like toilet paper, paper towel, tissues, canned food, garbage bags, bath soap and shampoo, etc. Purchasing small quantities of products over time allowed an inventory build-up.  I would buy a few of these US DoD Pandemic Flu Preparedness Kit at each gun show and had a nice stash without realizing it.  The same with Harbor Freight and nitrile gloves. Purchasing products on sale at bulk.  One store had hand sanitizer at a discount a year ago and I was able to purchase a nice amount of product at a ridiculous price. Found some companies that had Mountain House in stock after the panic buying.  One company was going out of business and even offered the product at a discount. One of the surprise products that I found useful was alcohol swabs.  I had bought them in bulk a few years ago with no specific use in mind.  I ended up using them to clean smartphones and remotes. Some additional benefits of creating a stockpile in advance of a pandemic: Products will likely not have been exposed to the pandemic agent. Products produced after the pandemic may be of reduced quality due to the pressure to get products out.