Heli,helicopilot wrote: ↑Thu May 28, 2020 6:20 am It made me realize the importance of Preparedness vs Being a Grey Man. I explain...
Prior to the pandemic, we had a a few dozen disposable "surgical" masks and a couple boxes of 50 or so N95 masks. I also still have my issued gas mask as well as a 3M full face respirator (with different filters) and a half-mask, both for hobby work. Finally we had a couple of kid-sized masks from asia that we got as a result of poor air quality index due to fires a few years ago.
In my mind, we would be good in the event of a temporary reduced AQI if we needed to evacuate the area, or in the event of a virus of sort.
Turns out that we certainly didn't have enough disposable masks. As for the other masks, they scream for attention, which is NOT good. I can't imagine the looks I would get at TSC/Peavey Mart with a full face respirator. As for the N95s, they're still sitting in the closet! They were taboo to wear as a "lay person" from the get go after they announced the poor healthcare providers had to do without. There certainly were pressures for those who had them to "surrender them" at local care facilities (yea, I'll bring mine up riiiight away...).
While I could reasonably go around for a week or 2 with disposable masks (maybe my wife is a nail tech and we had a bit of a stash as an alibi), wearing them past that point would have identified I have a stash, again, it draws attention. So the end result is that the only compromise that can be made is having home-sewn REUSABLE (washable) masks.
The Attention that a good supply of masks draws has crossed my mind a few times during this Pandemic.
When the Pandemic first started and masks were near impossible to find, I noticed the looks that people with masks were getting in public. I have to admit although I don't wear a mask, these looks caused me concern.
Now its no big secret that cloth or homemade masks don't provide much protection but for anyone who has a modest supply of disposable masks (surgical or N95) then I think the idea of a cloth or homemade mask that covers the Disposable mask is the way to go. This would allow you to blend in with the masses without drawing undue attention to you and your family.
For any Prepper in a disaster the trick to survival is to blend in and not become a target or you may not have your supplies very long.