This is a pandemic, and we’re not the solution for that.
We’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, projections show that we’re still more than a week from reaching peak cases, and the vast majority of the country is under orders to stay home to help slow the spread of the virus.
Do you need to be prepared? Yes. Is buying a survival kit the answer? No. Some celebrities have been promoting survival kits for COVID-19 home preparedness, but most survival kits won’t help right now.
We’ve received a number of inquiries about the Phoenix Kit and want to clear up any confusion surrounding what a home survival kit provides (and what it doesn’t) in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic. We want consumers to be able to make smart, informed decisions about what they are purchasing and why they are doing it.
We have also written about what you do need to stock up on so that you are prepared to stay home right now, while not hoarding essential items or panic buying.
What is the Phoenix Kit designed for?
The Phoenix Kit was carefully contemplated to prepare you for an earthquake, wildfire, flood, hurricane, tornado, winter storm, and other events that force you to evacuate your home or shelter in place until help can arrive. It was not designed for a pandemic caused by the spread of a virus such as the novel coronavirus.
Why is a survival kit not the answer during this pandemic?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to wash their hands and practice social distancing when it is necessary to leave the house. Those are two crucial actions that an emergency kit in your home does not help with.
If you have enough basic food, health, and home supplies for a few weeks, you won’t need the items provided in a survival kit.
In this pandemic, know that your tap water will continue to flow (if you have clean running water you don’t need to stock up on bottled water), your power will remain on, and city services will continue. Survival kits are designed with the potential loss of these key utilities in mind, in situations that are different from our current crisis.
Is there hand sanitizer or soap in the kit?
No. However, we do have 24 individual hand sanitation wipes.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, and using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
Are there face masks in the kit?
Yes. The Phoenix Kit has four N95 masks. These were included for wildfires and dust after an earthquake.
The CDC has answered some FAQs on personal protective equipment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are there goggles in the kit?
No. We are considering goggles for smoke protection in the future.
How much food is in the kit?
There are three 2,400 calorie emergency ration bars in the Phoenix Kit. Each bar is designed for one person for three days.
Remember that essential businesses, such as grocery stores, are still open, allowing you to purchase the food you need to stay at home during this pandemic.
Is there water in the kit?
Yes. There are 24 individually packaged water rations (totaling three liters of water). There is also a water filter that removes 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses, 99.9% of giardia and cryptosporidium, 99.99% of chlorine, chemicals (VOC’s), heavy metals and radiological contaminants.
Remember that as long as you have access to clean running water, you will still be able to depend on that service right now.