Pandemic Readiness: Understanding and Preparing For Ebola

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For the past couple of weeks, I have been writing and re-writing an article on finding calm in a sea of Ebola.  The first draft was written over two weeks ago and to be honest, as much as I tried, I simply could not get it to gel.

So much has been written already.  Some is good and some is not.  That said, I feel that prepper’s, as a group, are probably feeling a bit of Ebola-fatigue.  Now I hear noises that the main stream media is shuttering news of Ebola as it is spreading to individual communities.  Whether true or not, I do believe that we have the right to be informed, whether the news is good or the news is bad.

Pandemic Readiness

Today I have decided to take a different approach relative to pandemic readiness and more specifically, preparing for Ebola.

Alex Smith – Understanding & Preparing for an Outbreak + Book Giveaway

Many of you might remember Alex Smith from previous Backdoor Survival Book Festivals.  He is the author of Staying Home, Getting Home, and Home Remedies – all of which are concise, well written, and useful tomes for the prepper library.  In mid-October, he sent me a copy of his latest book, Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak and even though I was still traveling, I read it cover to cover in a single sitting.

This is an important book.  Not so much because it includes groundbreaking strategies, but because it succinctly goes through the history of Ebola, symptoms, a discussion of various strains, and what to do if Ebola comes knocking on the door of your community.

Lucky for me, or I should say us, Alex and I have stayed in touch and as a result, he is willing to share a chapter from his book so that you can benefit from his research.  We decided to share chapter 7 because it outlines what to do if an epidemic reaches your immediate area.  As with the rest of the book, it clearly outlines strategies that we can embrace during an Ebola pandemic or any other pandemic that might occur during these uncertain times.

Alex is also holding two copies of his book for two lucky Backdoor Survival readers.  More about that in a moment.  First, here is some advice for dealing with an epidemic if it reaches the crisis stage in your area.

Chapter 7: Crisis Stage – Epidemic in Your Area

If the virus reaches your immediate area, consider yourself in the midst of a crisis and immediately institute extreme precautions.

• Stay at home. Do not leave for any reason.

• …If you absolutely must leave, wear full PPE and create a decontamination area outside of your home. The area should be outfitted with:

o Bleach trays to walk through for your shoes.

o Bleach spray bottles. A spray will require the assistance of another person.

o Drying racks for bleached items.

o Decontamination will be discussed in greater detail in Chapters 8 and 9.

• Develop a quarantine area outside of your home in the event that friends or family arrives to stay with you. The area should be sufficiently supplied so that someone could remain in the area for several weeks without requiring interaction with you. The point of the area is to segregate and monitor the new arrivals for symptoms, until it is certain they are not infected.

• You may find yourself in the awkward situation between a regional outbreak and a full-blown epidemic. This may cause you to make the decision to stay at home while normal services are still ongoing. In the event that mail delivery is still functional, retrieve your mail with gloved hands. Microwave the mail for two minutes to ensure it is free of infection. The microwave should not be in the house. Place it in your decontamination area.

• Avoid animals that are potential carriers. This includes both wild animals and pets that may be living outdoors. If a severe outbreak occurs in your immediate area and you have pets living outdoors, you will be faced with a heartbreaking choice: risk infection from your pets, or humanely euthanize them to protect your family. Furthermore, understand that the authorities may decide to euthanize animals to reduce the spread of the disease. Madrid (Spain) health authorities euthanized Excalibur, the dog owned by the first Spanish Ebola patient, Teresa Ramos. This was done in spite of mass protests to save the dog.

• Prepare for potential civil unrest. After Excalibur was euthanized in Spain, protesters clashed with police in the streets. Imagine the response if authorities began mass euthanization of animals, or forced quarantining of people? Do not allow yourself to be a part of any unrest that erupts in your area. Doing so will only increase your risk of infection.

• In the event of mass strikes of healthcare workers, first responders, etc., panic will ensue. Protests and looting may erupt. Economies may crash. Martial law may be instituted. Supplies may dwindle. At this point, YOYO (You’re On Your Own). Be able to provide food, water and other basic needs for your family.

• Have the proper training in firearms handling to protect life and property, if need be.

• Remember the following:

o Use precautions with all potentially infected persons.

o Identify suspected cases through symptoms.

o Assume Ebola until proven otherwise.

o Isolate the person until authorities arrive.

o Wear PPEs when necessary.

o Disinfect reusable supplies and equipment immediately after each use.

o Dispose of waste properly and immediately in a burn pit.

o Practice safe burial procedures if authorities are unable to assist with this.

o Make preparations in advance.

The Early Progression of Ebola through Guinea

Ebola Origins Chart 400

Background Gathering

After my initial read, a question I had for Alex had to do with how he was able to pull this information together so quickly.  Here is his response.

I had been following the outbreak on and off from very early.  As it continued to spread, I began to focus a little more attention to it.  Still, I didn’t expect this.  In August, it began to look like something other than what we’ve seen in the past (to me at least; MSF had been saying that since March – and exactly zero people listened to them.  The CDC sent Five.  Whole.  People.  to Guinea in March… Fail).

From an epidemiologist’s perspective (which I’m not, btw) it wasn’t “behaving” (behaving is a *very* loose term for a virus with such a crude structure) like your run-of-the-mill, infect-a-village-and-quickly-burn-out Ebola outbreak.  Something was different.  But what?

Maybe the virus was different.  Though this strain is considered to be the Zaire Ebola Virus (ZEBOV), there are studies yet to be published (that I can find) that purportedly show there are differences between this outbreak and previous ZEBOV outbreaks.  This sub-strain (if it is such) is allegedly found more abundantly in the respiratory system.  This research is coming out of Canada.

When the details are released, aerosol transmission may be undeniable (as if we really should be denying it now).  Furthermore, and this is something I’ve heard very few people talk about, but if this *is* ZEBOV, why is it so far away from its origins?  Why have there not been any outbreaks in the past 40 years between Zaire and W. Africa, showing it existing or trending towards the coast?  I don’t know the answer to these questions.  I would like an epidemiologist’s opinion on this one.  I haven’t heard it yet.

Maybe Africa has changed.  The urbanization of Africa is in full swing.  Perhaps nothing has changed, and Ebola has always been this deadly, but it has only had the opportunity to ravage clusters of mud huts.  This time, we had the unfortunate circumstance of the virus getting to an urban center within about 4-5 generations.  An urban center, mind you, in a country that had absolutely zero historical experience with the virus.  Ever.

Maybe both.  And I believe this to be the case.  And that’s a tad bit disconcerting.

It took several weeks of full-time effort compiling the information I had gathered.  Fortunately, a lull at work allowed me to do just that.  So I did.  I charted case and death rates, mapped prior outbreaks, compared them to this one, traced the origins of the outbreak (attached and in the updated kindle and paperback version), and finally put them in a book format.

Every day, like you, I’m learning a little.  Sadly, it looks like we have a long time yet to keep learning.

The Giveaway

Two readers will win a copy of Alex Smith’s book.  To enter, utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Rafflecopter form below.

Please note that each winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected. Good luck!
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Note:  If you are having trouble accessing the widget, you may also enter here:  Win a copy of EBOLA: Understanding & Preparing for an Outbreak by Alex Smith.

The Final Word

All pandemics are frightening and Ebola is no exception.  Couple that with the lack of credible information coming from established authorities and it almost feels as though we are entering the twilight zone.

Truthfully, if you have been prepping for awhile, you most likely have already taken basic precautionary measures as part of your routine preps.  All that is left is to have a plan of action outlining what to do in the unlikely event that things get bad.  Alex’s book, Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak, can help with that.

Remember, this is a time to remain calm and level headed. This is not doomsday; far from it.  Read, study, and learn as much as you can about pandemics so that you will be able to take charge and take control if  the worst happens and Ebola comes to your neighborhood.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak by Alex Smith a great resource for your preparedness library.   While the focus in on Ebola, his strategies for dealing with it apply to any widespread pandemic.  Whereas I prefer print books, if you choose the eBook version, Alex is planning to keep it updated as events unfold.  Updates are free if the option is turned on in “settings” on the Kindle device page.

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Pandemic Readiness: Understanding and Preparing For Ebola — 57 Comments

  1. It has already been confirmed in Oregon, I believe and healthcare professionals are monitoring someone that may be exposed to it here in Jackson County. However, I would not be worried unless there are more cases confirmed.

  2. How close? The nearest town is 24 miles away. That’s too close and I would go into lockdown as soon as I suspected Ebola’s presence there or closer.

  3. That’s a tough call… we’re 28 miles from a big city and fairly isolated from the closest town but have neighbors within 1/4 mile that commute to work in the city on a daily basis, so I’d have to say an outbreak within a 50 mile radius would have us closing the gates.

  4. We are shutting down at two cases within 25 miles. My children will not have this option. One is a OR specialist, a career director at a collage and another in public service. Before they come they will be quarentined at their homes. We are all within five miles, and could bring them here after if needed. Hopefully they are supplied for as long as it takes though. Yikes….scary stuff, but a reality of our present times.

  5. We’re in New Jersey and NY is close enough! We’d be locking down as soon as it crossed the state lines. In fact, there was a scare in Newark Airport where the person was found to not be infected, but we were already in the prep stages. We realized how short we are in Pandemic prepping and started working our plan for it.

  6. Full hunkerdown? Probably my immediate neighborhood or 3 mile radius if my sons school was at risk. I couldnt pull him out for any length of time unless possible threat was in the school. Luckily I work from home.

    • Lori: It might be helpful to check out your area’s homeschool rules or “sick/at home” provisions for your area. I know here in Florida they have on line school as well as very liberal homeschool rules that allow parents to take their kids out of school for a period of time or for good, especially in situations like this. If you make some calls or do a search you could have that information at hand and be ready to bring your child home until the crisis passes. Since you work from home, this might allow you the peace of mind to be more productive if Ebola gets that close. Just a thought. Good luck!

  7. We live about 50 miles southwest of Dallas. We started making plans as soon as the first person was identified. We opted not to panic, just prepare and play the wait and see game. We were lucky this time.

  8. Nearest small community is 25 miles, large city 80 miles. I would start shutting down when it reaches the large city since people commute from the smaller one.

  9. I would hunker down as soon as someone in my county became infected. I would also avoid traveling into any county/townn where Ebola was infecting people.

  10. I think when it’s in our area I would “shut down” Like the idea of using an old microwave in Decomp area to make sure mail is ok. Just wonder if we could “degerm” the clothes without too much trouble. I have dried gloves and hats in my old one when grandkids come in from outside in the winter.

  11. We live apx. 12 miles east from a small village and 30 miles west from a small town. Lots of folks wrk in the small town, too. We’d probably hunker down if virus was in either locality.

  12. I live in the tri-state area of Ky, In, and IL. If anyone in one of these 3 states was diagnosed with Ebola, I would put out the word to my children and grandchildren, that I am going into quarantine and give them my thoughts on the reasons. I would give them the opportunity to join me, as they know of my preps.

  13. I am feeling like the Doberman guarding the front door and watching and listening. I am watching to see where the suspected cases are and if any are confirmed. It is distressing to think the media would hide it from us.
    If there were any suspected cases in our immediate area we would stop all trips out to local stores or businesses. I would say perhaps the concern would be the greatest if it were within 25 miles from home.
    I am working as quickly as possible on filling the gaps in my preps. That’s not always easy when you are married to a non prepper but I’m carrying on.

    • Just a word of encouragement as a person living with a non prepper – keep being the watchman on the walls for your family and friends. Maybe/hopefully nothing happens, but if it does, your work will be invaluable. Keep watch, my friend. You’re doing the right thing!

  14. We also live in a very rural area. However, we also have 3 adult children who criss cross the nation doing their jobs. So I disagree with those saying they have few commuters and therefore not so worried. My children come to visit for a weekend and the community would have no idea where they have been. One needs to assume, I believe that there is always a possibilty for a pandemic to rear its ugly head. Talk to your family about being watchful and to take whatever precautions that are necessary. Disease has a unique way of protecting itself from eradication. Now how close does it need to be, to me is irrelevant. Fact is it is here and we are not being fully informed by our government. So, common sense and precautions should be the phrase for the day. Be aware and trust your instincts. We are truly the only ones responsibele for our survival.

  15. In my community which is rural. Unfortunately I live in an apartment so some of these suggestions will be difficult if not impossible.

    • Do you have an apartment manager or an apartment association, like a neighborhood association with your apartment complex? If so, perhaps you can begin sharing with them what you’re doing and why, giving them data the supports being prepared, and the steps the group should take in the event Ebola (or any disaster) comes close. If there isn’t an ability to discuss these things with the whole complex, talk with those nearest you, invite them over for cookies/coffee or some other open house and begin discussion. In any preparation scenario, banding together and working together is one of the greatest tools you’ll have to survive. Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. Prepare and then reach out!

  16. We are country mice and plan to gather and close up at the first hint within our three county area. The real issue is, how will we get reliable, timely information…….

  17. Well, we already implemented partial lock down when the case was confirmed in Dallas. A very close relative of mine had a neighbor who was visiting TX at that moment and was heading home two weeks later. I called my relative and bluntly informed her that after her neighbor returned from TX I didn’t want any visits from her for 21 days minimum. I have made only mandatory trips to town since then and used extreme cautions while there. I know that a nearby airport has a direct daily flight to/from the Dallas Airport and there would be no telling if somebody who had shared a flight with that guy or encountered him in the airport had then boarded a flight to the one near me. (near as in 50 miles but it is a very popular metro that a lot of local ppl go on weekends to go shopping and such). To me the possible chain of transmission is just too easy to go too far in this day of mass/distant transportation.

  18. I Would hunker down as soon as there are cases anywhere on the North American continent that cannot be easily traced and explained. So far all the cases in the US have explanations and have been self limiting. I think Nigeria is a good example of a limited outbreak. They know who brought it in and they contained it. I have food, water , and PPE. I can hold out a long time.

  19. If it reaches my state – michigan, then my husband and I would have to have a serious chat about his work travel. He’s already said that a 21 day quarantine would be professional suicide. If it got w/in 50 miles of our house any unnecessary travel would be out of the question. Trips would be short and with precautions.

    • We are in Michigan also and I have talked to my husband about the question of working from home if we started to see cases in our area. Normally his company doesn’t allow it. He doesn’t think it will be necessary but at least I put the thought in his mind.

  20. Here is a link to Mr. Richard Preston, he wrote an article in the New York Times about Ebola back in 1992, then wrote a book about it called “The Hot Zone” Richard also has a facebook page.
    he has a lot of info on it.
    Also you can go to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) they also have info Ebola, that the CDC is not talking about. Hope this helps

    http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2cscg8/i_am_richard_preston_author_of_the_hot_zone_and/

  21. My son and I have talked often of what will be our “trigger point”, the thing that causes us to go into “lock down” mode. He teaches at a local university where there are many international students and they do a lot of research using animals from Ebola infected countries. Our trigger (so far) is when someone within a 200 mile radius of our home becomes infected.That number is arbitrary, but we felt that with the heavy movement of people through our area this would cover most of the larger population centers where we would get information. It’s concerning and difficult to decide. We just prepare as best we can. Ebola, unlike other diseases, has such a high kill rate and we are still in the process of figuring it out. Without a real “cure” for it, supportive care is the most effective way we have of dealing with it. So far, we’ve been lucky. The instances of Ebola in America have been scattered and we’ve had the time, resources, and ability to monitor the hundreds of people who might have been exposed. But what happens if this begins to spread exponentially in areas where we have higher concentrations of people, and this happens in greater numbers spread out over the whole country. The system will be overwhelmed quickly. That is the real concern. Your information on this disease has been cautious, without causing fear. I like that. You’ve given us detailed, simple information that is as effective as anything we know so far. I appreciate it and love that you bring it to my inbox often. Keep up the good work!

  22. We live in a rural area but within 15 minutes of a all town and an hour from large city with an international airport. If any cases appeared in the lg city we would take precautions but if it reached any other towns between the lg city and us, we would lick down. We are not fully prepared for a pandemic but are working on it. In the meantime we are continuing our longer term food and water preps.

  23. It’s not just ebola, this year we’ve had a respiratory disease, a few years ago we had ‘the bird flu’ and then there’s all the ‘stuff’ we have coming across with illegals across the southwest. LA’s skid row has been dealing with scabies and resistant strains of TB for years. As well throughout most of the southwest they’ve confirmed ‘the plague’ in rodents. ANYONE of these could become the next pandemic.

    Being aware and prepared is the key.

  24. I think anywhere in my county is too close. Due to multi-area contact from sports, I would pull my children from school immediately. My husband (a teacher there) would be harder to convince.

  25. Living right next to the Mexican border has my family and me on edge. We are watching it closely and are prepared if the virus shows up on our side of the border.

  26. We live in south Texas in a large city where my husband teaches in a large high school. If Ebola was reported anywhere in the city, we would hunker down.

  27. A problem here in Michigan is that the heath department says there are several people they are monitoring for symptoms but refuse to say what city or part of the state they are in. They cite privacy issues for the individuals but I think that attitude in unfair to the general population.
    In cases like this you never know how far away you might be from someone who is infected.

  28. I am involved with CERT. This would be a good time to help people to prepare to hunker down. Most people do not have the slightest idea on even where to start to not expose themselves, family, friends and coworkers. Just the basic knowledge shared with the locals would help. This book sounds like many pages to share with people to get prepared. Winning this book would help many.

  29. We have been laying in extra supplies – food, water, medical supplies (including nano silver)
    We will hunker down if it is within 25 miles of us.

  30. Full bunker down? If I hear of anything within 100 miles. If the news is actually commenting on one case, there are sure to be more exposures that aren’t talked about.

    Any how are we supposed to hear about anything if there’s essentially a ‘news blackout’ going on? Can anyone pass on resources to use to check on things? I use ‘Alert USA’, but I love to have additional sources.

  31. for myself it’s not necessarily where it is but how widespread it is becoming, one person who came from overseas is not enough for me to implement any changes a dozen cases? and yeah lockdown.

  32. I work next door to the busiest ER in the area. Any word of any sign and the family and I will be proceeding with extreme caution. I can, fortunately work from home and our local schools are very cooperative. Yeah, working for the hospital system puts me at risk, but it also keeps me in the know and not reliant on our rediculous media services.

  33. Where we live most people work in Baton Rouge or New Orleans, therefore we would hunkerdown as soon as there were reports of Ebola in any of the 8 parishs (counties) around us.

  34. I would start worrying if there was a case within our county as they would be using the same hospital, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. Good information to know in the report.

  35. Have any of you read the #Ebolagate and #Vaccinegate threads at Jon Rappoport’s blog? There’s a lot of facts there which a great many people seem to be very averse to even contemplating, let alone consider. Here’s just few key quotes:

    “The “experts” present a unified front. They assert that their tests for these viruses are correct, pure, and extremely useful.

    Yes, the tests are useful to the pharmaceutical companies who make the drugs that purport to kill the viruses and the vaccines that purport to give immunity to the viruses.

    But as I’ve shown in prior articles, these tests (antibody, PCR) are far from accurate. Worse, they’re irrelevant.

    And they mask the fact that actual isolation of the virus from the human body is not being done. […]

    David Rasnick, PhD, has done a search of the literature on Ebola, looking for evidence that the Ebola virus has been properly isolated from a human being. He reports:

    “I have examined in detail the literature on isolation and Ems [EM: electron microscope pictures] of both Ebola and Marburg viruses. I have not found any convincing evidence that Ebola virus (and for that matter Marburg) has been isolated from humans. There is certainly no confirmatory evidence of human isolation.”

    If you don’t isolate what you’re claiming is the cause of a disease, you’re making it up. You’re faking it.

    The cover-up reaches into every corner of the planet and goes back in time.

    It’s a scandal of scandals, a hoax of hoaxes. […]

    Rasnick’s findings are a direct challenge to the basis of the whole “Ebola outbreak.” If indeed the Ebola virus has never been isolated from a human being, the so-called epidemic is unproven.

    “…the swine-flu vaccination program was one of its (CDC) greatest blunders. It all began in 1976 when CDC scientists saw that a virus involved in a flu attack outbreak at Fort Dix, N.J., was similar to the swine-flu virus that killed 500,000 Americans in 1918. Health officials immediately launched a 100-million dollar program to immunize every American. But the expected epidemic never materialized, and the vaccine led to partial paralysis in 532 people. There were 32 deaths.” —U.S. News and World Report, Joseph Carey, October 14, 1985, p. 70, “How Medical Sleuths Track Killer Diseases.”

    “Consider Pellagra. In the first half of the 20th century, in the US, there were three million cases. 100,000 people died. Researchers at health agencies insisted there had to be germ at the bottom of it. They looked and looked and looked.

    Meanwhile, other researchers found out Pellagra was mainly a deficiency of niacin. They were pushed into the background. “A bunch of whackos. Pay no attention to them.”

    Finally, after 100,000 deaths, most of which were unnecessary, the “experts” grudgingly admitted, “Yes, it’s niacin.””

  36. The book looks good.
    We could last a long time with the supplies we have here if I could keep the family home. The only hardship would canned instead of fresh produce.
    Gosh, my husband would be the real problem. He works in a grocery store, so he would run into it eventually, and he is not the sort to hunker down. I might move him into the travel trailer if I thought the risk was there.
    I work in a small company and have my own office, so my risk would be lower and at some point I would just start working from home if it got too close.

  37. I would implement in stages.
    If suspected case within 100 miles: no more volunteering. make sure pantry inventory is all I would want for 3 month stay. Get more fish for the aquaponics and start ratchet it up. Bring be sure at least 20 gallons of fresh water in the house (can purify from aquaponics for addition 125 gallons.) Upgrade pet food storage to 3 month supply. more than 2 confirmed cases in 100 miles Hunker down .

  38. I think that if it hit LA, which is about 30 or 40 miles from us, that would be enough to keep us hunkered down. If it were to hit there, I know it would spread out to the suburbs pretty quickly, unfortunately.

  39. Since I work at the local hospital, I monitor the news and other websites to see where its located. My concern is the city I live in is a port city. If one person from a ship has it, how many more from the same ship has been exposed. As soon as the hospital confirms a case AND suspects other cases will follow, I will hunker down.

  40. I would start to circle the wagons if Ebola hit San Diego, as I live in a suburb, and I think it would be wise to limit our exposure.

  41. I believe that we would consider hunkering down if there were any cases within 25 miles of us. I would perhaps start to limit my activities before that time if there were reported cases of Ebola in people other than directly exposed health care workers or family members of Ebola patients. We live near to a number of hospitals, so that might be something else to consider.

  42. If it were in our state we would be careful, & stay home if in the towns we go into.

    Thank you for the giveaway! This sounds most helpful & informative.

  43. Since the majority of us are eating food grown in soil depleted of many of the nutrients that our immune systems require to deal with any new infectious agent, the least we can do is add 10,000IU of vitamin D to our daily consumption. In addition to Ebola, this would help in surviving cancer and a number of other diseases that are exacerbated by a deficient immune response.

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