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 10 Expert Preppers On Lessons Learned From COVID-19, Pandemic preparedness, and General Emergency Preparedness

The Covid-19 Pandemic has caused a worldwide recession, over 500,000 deaths, and has resulted in other related, adverse consequences. Arguably, COVID-19 is the worst health disaster seen since the 1918 flue epidemic. (It is the worst I’ve seen in my lifetime) One potential positive effect of COVID-19 is that it has brought some respect to the disaster prepping community and emergency preparedness.

Coronavirus Lessons

From a purely, learning, and I’ll admit a cold perspective, COVID-19 is an excellent opportunity for examining how disaster preparedness efforts have worked out. That is why I am excited to list what the top 10 expert preppers have learned from this Coronavirus crisis. If you already are a Prepper, look at this article and see if you had some of the same worries. And if you want to start prepping, read this list to learn the valuable lessons acquired from the Covid-19 pandemic.  Each of these 10 answered the following question:

What you’ve learned from Covid-19 in regard to prepping?

The numbers are only included for identification and do not indicate ranking. 

1.Bernie Carr From Apartment Preppers

When the coronavirus first hit the news, I had a feeling it could turn into a disaster so I started monitoring the daily developments and posting articles about preparing for a pandemic. However, when it became more widespread and panic buying started I realized how quickly store shelves can get emptied out within just a day or two. Lessons learned:

  • Prepping for disasters is basically the same for various emergencies: food, water, first aid, shelter, hygiene. If you stick to the basics you will be able to cover most disasters such as a pandemic, natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, ice storms, etc.
  • Due to social distancing and isolation from COVID-19, it’s important to have items that boost morale such as comfort foods and snacks, books to read, and entertainment at home. It’s also important to establish a routine that includes daily exercise and keeping in touch with family or loved ones.
  • I also learned conservation of supplies is as important as acquiring them. When toilet paper was plentiful, no one pays attention to usage, but when it became scarce you become more mindful you shouldn’t use so much or you’ll run out For example, since antibacterial gel and wipes are still in low inventory, you need to be mindful of not using them up.

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2.  Bunker Bob From Bunker Basics

I learned from Covid-19 that worst-case scenarios can manifest. When the first few cases in China were reported, the WHO hadn’t suggested people wear masks and economists were expecting the economy to recover rapidly. However, infections have spread across the majority of the globe and the economy is in shambles. This is why it’s so important to prepare in advance for SHTF events of this nature. You should prepare to mitigate the risks posed to your health and your finances. Exercise good hygiene and wear a mask–it’s low-cost insurance! Practice frugality when managing your finances and create a rainy day fund. These early preps can help to stave off the worst individual effects of a SHTF event like the coronavirus. Prepare for the worst times during the good times to stay protected.


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3.  Joe Ready From Ready Lifestyle

COVID-19 has certainly been interesting from a prepping standpoint. To me, the thing that stood out the most was how quickly our “just in time” delivery system started to break down. Stores around me started to limit the number of items that you were allowed to buy within a couple of days of the White House’s daily COVID briefings and I started seeing empty shelves in some places a day or two later. I was also surprised by what people prioritized when they started their last-minute preps. The toilet paper was gone but the canned food was mostly untouched…just crazy!

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4.  Dan Stevens  From Modern Survival Online

Dan gets straight to the point and says, what needs to be said:

In short, people panic way too easily, they give up their freedom easily, and can’t assess a situation-Dan Stevens

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5.  Bob Rodgers From Prepper’s Will

To be honest, this pandemic didn’t catch me unprepared, so on the preparations side, I was covered. The best lesson I’ve learned is that information can keep you ahead of the masses, and it’s crucial during a survival scenario. I was already convinced that being informed is mandatory when SHTF, but this was a good opportunity to see how I can use it to my advantage.

I’ve been tracking this story since late December (on forums and groups that were leaking info), and I’ve advised a lot of my contacts to do the same and stock-up on what they would need in case it hits the US. In January, it was clear that China can no longer control it since contradictory information was being released one day after another. It was a no-brainer that people traveling in enclosed spaces would spread the diseases everywhere on the planet. To put it simply, I’ve learned to track information, separate truth from faction/fake news, and keep everyone in my network up to speed. Truth be told, it helped them more than it helped me. Some still can believe that it happened, and they now see emergency preparedness as a requirement to keep their families safe.

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6.  Sean “The Secret Survivalist” Secrets of Survival

I’ve learned that the average person is woefully unprepared for any kind of disaster or event that’s outside of their expectations and that the priorities and survival instincts of the average person are also pretty poor. What I mean by this: say you live in an area where hurricanes happen every year – most folks who live in those areas are ready for a hurricane to land. But for those of us who’re actively interested in prepping and survival, I feel like the possibility of a pandemic has been discussed and talked about (and planned for) since at least SARS. But for the average person, this pandemic has come out of the blue and has left folks shocked and stunned.  To be truthful, I think we should all be thankful that COVID doesn’t have a higher mortality rate. Based on how the world (and our government in particular) reacted to it, with a more deadly virus we could have been talking about millions dead at this point – a total calamity. The other thing is survival instincts. It still puzzles me that when it all went down, the first thing that people wanted to stock up on seemed to be toilet paper. Not food or water or anything like that. The strangest thing is that toilet paper substitutes – boxed tissues, kitchen towel, party napkins – things like that were all still available in my area. So not only does the average person not have the right priorities when it comes to survival, in a crisis, they aren’t even able to think straight at all – because if there’s no toilet paper, surely boxed tissues are a pretty good substitute. Just absolutely bizarre, illogical behavior. In short, almost nobody is properly prepared for anything unexpected happening, and most people seem to have no idea what’s actually important for survival. I think that leaves society in a very precarious position if I’m being honest.


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7.  Dan From The Survivalist Blog

COVID showed us that many of the things we though would happen when SHTF did, in fact, happen: panicking, looting, conspiracy theories, empty shelves, anarchists, and, of course, lots of casualties-Dan (

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8. Sarge From

American Preppers Online

While we may prepare for many disasters, we must realize that each disaster may be completely different than we expect it to be. Changes in severity may demand changes in what is required to deal with such a disaster. For example, if Covid-19 were as deadly as Ebola, then we would have needed to completely isolate ourselves. This is much different than Covid-19 where we can still move around in public. While N-95 face mask are required for covid-19, if it were Ebola, a completely different kind of mask would be needed. We need to account for these different types of situations in our preparedness planning. Simply planning for the worst situation is not always the best solution.

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9.  Rusty From True Prepper

The main thing I’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is about the split-screen effect and just how many people will become complacent even in the face of life-threatening risk. In my experience as an emergency manager, emergencies and disasters presented problems quickly, and the reaction we had to anticipate was panic. The response to coronavirus was mild panic at first, with supply chain interruptions and widespread media coverage. Several months later, and we are interestingly seeing irreverence and even denial from people that have not been directly impacted by the virus itself. Pandemics are a marathon, and people were prepared emotionally for a sprint.


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10.  Derrick James  of


I’m not sure I learned anything “new” per se, at least when it comes to prepping. Really, the unfolding of COVID-19 played out as any person familiar with prepping would have predicted. First, people seem surprised this could have happened (normalcy bias at a time when epidemiologists have been saying for years a pandemic is only a matter of time). Second, people find themselves unprepared and rush to buy items in bulk (where people all of a sudden needing to use the bathroom more or was there another reason for panic buying toilet paper?). Third, economic fallout. What did surprise me was that, given the political division in this country, I thought a SHTF situation like this pandemic might be a time when differences are bridged, and people might come together. That didn’t happen, of course, and now it seems like COVID-19 only deepened those divisions.


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Final Thoughts

As of July 11, 2020, there have been over 500K worldwide deaths attributed to COVID-19. Also, even if you believe that Coronavirus is somehow overblown or mainly hype, you will have a hard time arguing that COVID-19 hasn’t negatively affected the world. The US dodged a bullet with SARS, MERS, and Ebola. So, I am afraid that COVID-19 is just a start, and we need to start taking pandemics and other disasters more seriously.  So, whether you are a Doomsday Prepper or a so-called “Casual Prepper,” you should definitely take these lessons learned from these 10, expert, Preppers seriously. So, always prepare, keep informed, and keep safe.