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21 Things For Pandemic Survival

September 18, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin


A pandemic may incapacitate (and/or terminate) a significant portion of the population, crippling the infrastructure due to lack of manpower and possibly leaving you without groceries, utilities and other services for the duration (months or longer).

If a deadly virus were to infect the population and spread easily from person to person, a pandemic (worldwide outbreak of disease) could begin. No one can predict when a pandemic might occur.

Are you ready to self quarantine for 30, 60, 90, 120 days?

Re-posted for your information, given the Ebola virus outbreak:

Surviving a pandemic is a matter of isolating yourself from OTHER INFECTED PEOPLE until the die-off has run it’s course. This could be many months or even longer.

Since you won’t know who all is infected, you will need to stay away from everyone outside of your (hopefully healthy) group within your home sphere. Therefore in order to be fully prepared, you must have the ability to self quarantine without the need to go out where other (potentially infected) people are. This includes going to ‘work’, grocery shopping, etc..

You must have everything that you need already at home.

During the onset of a pandemic, most people will not fully realize the ramifications and will continue to go about their daily habitual routines – going to work, going to the grocery store, etc. exposing themselves to the potential mortal consequences of exposure.

Almost every transmissible disease has an incubation period during which the person is infected but not yet showing signs of disease. Quite often, a person can be contagious for one to several or more days before exhibiting symptoms.

During the circumstance when someone within your group becomes infected, that person will have to be quarantined to avoid infecting everyone else. If you take in any new members to the group, they should also be quarantined to assure that they are not infected (many viral infections will manifest themselves within a period of 3-5 days, and most within 10-14, Ebola virus potentially up to 21 or longer).

Ideally the quarantine area will be a separate building from your own living quarters, such as an outbuilding, garage, empty house, or barn. If you choose to offer a room within your home, choose one vented to the outside and without ducting connecting to the rest of the house. Make sure the room has a negative pressure by leaving a window cracked, so the air flows into the room from the remainder of the house and exits through the window.

The following starter-list of prep items (focused on preps to do with pandemic) should give you some ideas in order to better cope with survival. In reality there is much more to consider than this list, but hopefully it will set you off in a direction to begin considering your options…



Water, water, and more water (consider a quality drinking water filter and water storage)

Food Storage – for all members living in the household (3 months minimum)

5 gallons of liquid bleach per person of the household to sanitize everything. Be sure to read this article, Ebola Virus Disinfection With Bleach

4 boxes of exam gloves (different sizes for every member of the household)

Quality N95 masks

Antibacterial Soap (with Benzethonium Chloride) or Hand Wipes for meticulous hand washing

100′ roll of clear 4 mil plastic – for setting up an isolation room

Duct tape (Duck Tape) – for setting up an isolation room

HEPA filters – enough for whole house air filtration

25 lbs. of lime per person – for provisional toilets

50 heavy duty black 3 MIL garbage bags per person – for provisional toilets and garbage

100 ordinary kitchen trash bags per person – for provisional toilets and garbage

25 lbs. of kitty litter per person – for sick people’s body fluids clean up

100 rolls of toilet paper per person – for personal sanitation

20 rolls of paper towels per person

Washboard, Clothesline, and Laundry soap – for potentially washing clothes by hand.

Good dish soap like “Dawn” or other aggressive anti-grease formula

Water filtration and purification devices

Water collection, storage and carrying containers

Safety Goggles and/or a Face Shield will help protect the eyes (potential point of infection)

A Tyvek Disposable Coverall Suite might be a very good idea (several) – check sizes


Some of the ideas are excerpted from the LDS Preparedness Manual which offers a well rounded set of advice on survival preparedness in general.

The world is dangerously ill-prepared for the fight against pandemic outbreaks. While Ebola is currently raging and spreading (reason enough to prepare!), other potentially calamitous threats are out there. MERS, SARS, avian flu and other illnesses could re-emerge at any time.

While the list above is incomplete (for an overall pandemic preparedness plan), it should get you to thinking about your own preparedness. Search this website and others for further ideas and opinions regarding survival preparedness.