A pandemic may incapacitate (and/or terminate) a significant portion of the population. It may cripple our infrastructure due to the lack of people working during the outbreak. It will likely leave you without groceries 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 and updated for your information, given the Plague 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 home sphere. Therefore in order to be fully prepared, you must have the ability to self quarantine. To not 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. They will continue to go about their daily habitual routines of going to work, the grocery store, etc. They will be exposing themselves to the potential mortal consequences of the deadly pandemic.
Almost every transmissible disease has an incubation period during which time 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 days. Incubation period of pneumonic plague 1 – 3 days. 2 – 6 days for bubonic plague.
Ideally the quarantine area will be a separate building from your own living quarters. This may be an outbuilding, garage, empty house, or barn. If you choose to offer a room within your home, choose one vented to the outside. No ducting connecting with 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…
PANDEMIC SURVIVAL LIST
Water, water, and more water. Consider a quality drinking water filter.
Water storage, especially useful for a temporary isolation room. The “WaterBrick” from Tom over at CampingSurvival is especially useful (handles, stackable, manageable weight w/3.5 gallons).
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. Also related: Disinfectant Bleach-Water Ratio. Note that bleach will lose approximately half strength after 1 year.
4 boxes of Purple Nitrile Exam Gloves which offer the highest level of chemical protection available.
Quality Respirator Mask such as this 3M P100 Reusable Respirator Mask which is a superior standard N95. That said, the 3M N95 masks are also a good choice for protection. Have the patient wear one if within proximity (never share it afterwards).
A Face Shield such as this Safety Works Adjustable Headgear will help protect the eyes, nose, and mouth (potential entry points of infection) while in proximity to an infected person.
Antibacterial Sanitizer (with Benzethonium Chloride) for meticulous hand sanitizing. Wash hands often after any public or patient exposure!
Clear plastic sheeting to set up an isolation room like this 4 Mil 10’x25′ roll. Be sure to have enough…
Duct tape (Duck Tape) – for setting up an isolation room and securing plastic sheeting.
HEPA filters – enough for whole house air filtration.
Portable toilet for provisional isolation room (Reliance Products Lightweight Self-Contained Toilet) and replacement Doodie waste bags.
50 Heavy Duty contractor bags per person such as the HUSKY 3 MIL thick bags for provisional toilets, contaminant disposal, and garbage. Much stronger than your normal trash bag.
100 ordinary kitchen trash bags per person for ordinary garbage.
25 lbs. of kitty litter per person (e.g. Purina Cat Litter) for sick people’s body fluids clean up and provisional toilets.
100 rolls of toilet paper per person – for personal sanitation.
20 rolls of paper towels per person.
An aggressive anti-grease formula soap such as Dawn Ultra.
Disposable coverall suite such as the DuPont Tyvek (several).
Chemical resistant gloves for dealing with dangerous wastes (Wells Lamont Chemical Resistant Gloves).
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 the Plague is currently raging and spreading (reason enough to prepare!), other potentially calamitous threats are out there. Ebola, MERS, SARS, avian flu and other illnesses could re-emerge at any time.
While the list above is not complete for an overall pandemic preparedness plan, it should get you to thinking about your own preparedness. Search Modern Survival Blog for further ideas and opinions regarding prepping & preparedness.
This article has been updated and reposted due to the Plague outbreak in Africa (2017). Although an annual seasonal occurrence there, this time it is evidently much, much worse. People are concerned that airborne pneumonic plague may spread beyond the continent (air travel…). There’s no cure.