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Norwegian authorities regularly publish a list of things you should keep in stock in case of a crisis (they do include "paper towels / toilet paper", unspecified recommended quantity, as #18 of 22). The list is years old, it is not Corona specific.

Quite a few of the list points require you to buy/do something you do not usually do. E.g. in case the heating fails, you should have alternate heating, like a portable propane heater or a wood stove, and a fair supply of burning material. Few people go out to buy a propane heater if they never will use it except in a bad crisis, even fewer will have a wood stove installed. A fair share of older houses do have a wooden stove not used for decennies; piling up birchwood(*) just because of something flu-like isn't the first thing you will do.

Toilet paper is a very low-hanging fruit on this list. Just pick it from the shelf in the grocery store. It is cheap; you don't need to empty your savings account as you might if you decide to install a wood stove. You are guaranteed to consume it, e.g. extra batteries for your flashlight will loose their charge with time and will most likely be wasted money. It won't require any change of habit; preparing dried food is a different thing if you never eat that kind of stuff, and you are a little reluctant to fill your basement with food that you will probably never eat.

Toilet paper is the very easiest point on the list to convince yourself that you have done "something" to be prepared.

I noticed that Wikipedia states that the average consumption of toilet paper in the US - I guess the entire Western world is in the same range - is about 2 rolls per person per month. If you buy 144 rolls to be on the safe side, it should last for about 6 years, if you are an average person, or 3 years of you are an average couple. If this is your last chance to buy toilet paper for 3 years, then the crisis will affect you significantly more in other ways than TP!

(*) Side track: I was going to write "piling up a 'favn' of birchwood" - but what is is 'favn' in English? Historically, it is the distance between your fingertips with your arms stretched out, "fathom", used to measure ropes and depth of water. When buying firewood, a pile of two feet deep, one fathom high and one fathom wide, is a 'favn', and is the standard unit for wood. Today, it has been normalized to 2 meter by 2 meter by 60 cm, or 2.4 cubic meters.

I unsuccessfully googled for information about the standard measure for buying wood in English speaking (and firewood-burning) countries. When you stock up wood for the winter, how do you measure it? Is there an English term for 2.4 cubic meter, or do you use another measure?
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