MADISON, Wis (SPECTRUM NEWS) -- As concern about coronavirus grows, a Madison man with a passion for prepping for natural disasters and medical emergencies explains what your family may need now that store shelves are running low.
"Prepare for peace of mind and try to be ready for anything that might come our way," Curt La Haise said.
The professional prepper and Guardian Safety and Security Solutions owner doesn't want you to panic over the novel virus.
Instead, he says it is a smart idea to purchase enough dry food to last your family and pets for a few weeks.
"As we say in the prepping world, store what you eat and eat what you store," La Haise said.
When it comes to buying water, he says to avoid buying bottled.
"You know little plastic bottles those tend to deteriorate and you don’t want your water running over your floor," he said.
La Haise recommends investing in a filtration system or something more longterm.
"It’s not just for this virus, we have winter storms, we have flooding, they are talking about this being a bad year for flooding."
And above all, don’t stock up on liquid bleach. With a short shelf life of only a few months, try this trick instead for long term storage.
‘The tablet bleach forms, you can get some of those at restaurant supply stores that they use for sanitation are bleach tablets.’
Curt says to also go back to basics when it comes to cleaning and don't underestimate old-fashioned white vinegar and water.
"Remember when you were growing up, with your grandparents what they used, you know, those type of things that are coming back," he said.
You can learn more about La Haise— and his Madison Preppers group, here.