How many times in the last several weeks have you heard about Ebola? Too many? Me too. Some may say I am crazy, some may say I am cautious, and some are walking around living in their bubble of life without a clue.
It was only a few weeks ago, when I published a booklet for Ms. Prepper regarding getting home in the event of a natural or man made disaster. My fear then was ISIS, Al Qaeda, or other radicalized group/individual might do something in Manhattan that could be catastrophic for the City and it’s residents in some way. However, with the new potential threat of Ebola, regardless of those that are recovering, currently, I am concerned. What happens, “if” it gets out of control in a region of the United States and local and state agencies cannot keep up with medical treatment for patients. Yes, our federal government will kick it up a notch and try to contain the outbreak, and that lends itself to a number of different conversations. “If” it happens, if it gets that bad, if there are shelter in place orders, what’s your plan?
So what is “the plan.” Honestly, mine is a loose plan to date, but I am preparing. Preparing costs money, if you don’t have some of the preparations you may need for this potential pandemic disaster, hurricane, or something else.
In the Patriot Nurse video I have included above, I include to help reiterate what I am going to put below shortly. So what are some of my concerns? Well immediate concerns beyond food, water, & security is hygiene. Not just any hygiene, but something I am going to call “hygienic decontamination.” What do I mean by that? Well, in the event the SHTF regarding an Ebola outbreak, I want a way to decontaminate those I know that are not infected, are not carrying the virus in such a way it will make them sick, but still need to be decontaminated in the event it is on their clothing, body, or other gear. So, what am I buying or what do I have in my preparatory stock that can be used for decontaminating gear and/or people? Below is a short list:
- GLB — GLB is a chlorination product to disinfect pools. A tablespoon can make a gallon of bleach for personal use. I got this from the book NO FEMA. Chlorine bleach will kill the ebola virus. If you want to know how to mix it so that you have the proper ratio of GLB bleach to water, you can check out this document on “Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces.”
- Lawn & Garden Sprayer — This will primarily be used to house the GLB/water decontamination solution that needs to be mixed in order to “wash down” a person, clothing, or gear. You can make your mixture, pressurize the sprayer, and self decontaminate or decontaminate someone else.
- Tyvec Suits with Hoods, elastic cuffs, etc. — Yes, they are disposable, but if there is a “shelter in place” order, one may have to go outside to interact with another. It may be inevitable, and I want to be sure both myself and Ms. Prepper have the proper gear to help protect ourselves.
- Duct Tape
- Nitrile Gloves
- N95 masks and “other masks” that can be used to cover our faces. If you do some research, there’s content out there on the InterWeb, talking about Ebola being smaller than the N95 filtration, so N95 may not be as helpful as we in preparedness think it would be. Read some of this stuff, and judge for yourself. For the average person, layering different types of masks may be a way to add a multi-layered approach to not ingesting Ebola. All I have here is theory, and do not have gear that would allow me to pipe oxygen into a mask and keep one completely free of breathing in something that may become airborne. An interesting thought here, is that if you are a diver, and have a “full face mask” there may be a way to rig up your diving system so you do not expose yourself to contaminated air; but I leave this for you to figure out.
- Plastic sheeting. Yes plastic sheeting. This will be used for various purposes. Most importantly to seal off a second bathroom and hallway. It will be used to seal off an area used for:
- Decontamination area
- Sealing windows and doors
- Sealing closed contaminated clothing and/or gear
- Creating both negative pressure rooms or positive pressure rooms (more on these later as my buddy Shane, who is a nurse is working with me on these).
The above is simply for the decontamination of a person, clothing, and/or gear. This is simply one segment of the preparations. Other areas of preparation are most notably water and food. With regard to water:
- I’ve recently replaced 35 gallons of water storage, added another 10 — 15 gallons,
- located my WaterBob,
From the perspective of food, I ordered up some additional food that suits Ms. Prepper’s diet, although I doubled it up as long term food storage as well. To be transparent, what I ordered for her were vegetarian MRE meals, in addition to a few other odds & ends.
I do have to buy some additional dog food this week for Puppy Prepper.
Ultimately, I am preparing to shelter in if I have to. I don’t see a benefit, yet, to Bugging Out, unless we bug out VERY early in a semi-permanent fashion. But, honestly, we’re not prepared for that, as we don’t have a permanent bug out location “yet.”
As for Bugging In, or heading to a fallback location, or BOL, there’s various OPSEC concepts at play, that I have not completely been thought through yet as well. This is an area of high consideration and importance in the coming week or two.
In conclusion, there are other plans that are “in-progress” and will mature, change, and will be adapted for in time. None of these plans are by any means perfect that I am trying to put into place. However, as close as I can get to perfect for “us” and others that may be involved are what are important to me.
What are your plans? Have you started or are you in pre-panic mode, as I was a couple weeks ago? Let me know.