Several readers have posted comments asking what to do about prescription medications in terms of preparedness.
This is a dicey question. I don't have any easy answers.
Most over-the-counter medicines have a long shelf life and it's worth stocking up on the basics. But what about those essential prescriptions that quite literally are saving lives?
The only thing I can suggest is to speak candidly with your doctor about your fears, and ask him if he'll prescribe as long a backlog as the medicine's shelf life will allow. He may or may not do this.
A lot depends on the relationship you have with your doctor. When Y2K hit, our youngest was a baby, so I asked my OBGYN if he could prescribe certain medicines (chiefly painkillers) "just in case." He knew us well (he delivered both our girls) and trusted that we would not abuse his trust when it came to prescribing medicines we didn't need but wanted to have on hand.
So ask. Can't hurt, might help.
I don't expect society to shut down if this economic mess wrecks our economy. People will still need medications. I just pray they can still get them.
I know this is not a satisfactory answer to a lot of people, so I hope others will post their own ideas and suggestions. If any doctors wanted to jump in the loop, I'd appreciate their insights as well.