Yesterday I went into our small town (population 1000) to check our post office box and to pick up some tomatoes for Don.
Curious, I peeked into the aisle stocking hand sanitizer. Stripped bare.
Pasta was low, but still in stock.
Needless to say, no toilet paper or facial tissue.
In the paper-goods aisle, I overheard a young woman on her cell phone talking to her husband, discussing toilet paper options. I got the impression the young woman wasn't local, and that she was on a scouting trip to find toilet paper.
So, for those who find themselves short of this basic bathroom necessity, please consider these:
These are cheap, three-for-a-dollar washcloths I picked up years ago at various dollar stores. They are our emergency TP supply and can be treated like cloth diapers -- put soiled cloths in a bucket of water until it's time to wash them, then wash in hot water. There's no more "ick" factor than diapering a baby. They come in a variety of ugly colors, so each family member can have the ugly color of their choice, if desired.
As for hand sanitizer, try this recipe:
2/3 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, 70% or higher
1/3 cup aloe vera
And please, folks, stay calm. This is not the bubonic plague.