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Understanding
Pandemics

What is a Pandemic: A pandemic, Greek word meaning “All People”, is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region- “A Global Outbreak”.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pandemics start with the virus mostly infecting animals.  The virus then travels to humans, then the stage where the virus quickly begins spreading from human to human.  It is common for infections to occur from the new virus as it begins to spread worldwide.  A pandemic is not a disease or condition...it must be INFECTIOUS and Widespread to be considered a pandemic.  Popular pandemics of the past include such viruses as smallpox,  the Spanish Flu and  tuberculosis.  Current day pandemics would include HIV and the H1N1 viruses and the Ebola Virus.

Location:  Pandemics are a global emergency situation,  that usually will begin in a singular location “Ground Zero or Patient Zero”

Duration:  Mortality rates are massive and Pandemic durations may last for years (HIV Pandemic began in 1969 and is expected to kill 90-100 million individuals in Africa by the year 2025.

Caveat:  Pandemics can be tracked and preparedness can be readied with ample awareness.  There is no preparing once the pandemic has reached your location, the damage is already done.  Begin planning for a Pandemic before the crisis exists!  Biological warfare is another cause for pandemic implementation (See 1346 Mongol V.S. Kaffa, Black Death in Europe,1937 Sino-Japanese War carried by infected fleas, 1979 Soviet city of Sverdlovsk anthrax leak- “biological Chernobyl”.)  Avoid Hospitals if pandemic has reached the major population stream (they will be overflowing with infected people and they do not have the facility, staff nor materials to treat,prevent and cure a pandemic situation).

5 Steps to Survive
Pandemics
  1. Always have a 72 hour emergency or 72 hour evacuation bag prepared for each family member, including animals in the household. Evacuations are to be expected…Be Ready!
  2. Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing. Wear a N95 Respiratory Mask at all times and carry nitril or vinyl gloves to prevent picking up the virus from surrounding areas.
  3. Minimize your exposure to other individuals. Quarantine all infected individuals (hospitals will be overpopulated if pandemic has reached the majority of population.)
  4. Do not bring “outside” animals into the house for safety during a pandemic. Keep inside animals inside at ALL times to prevent infection from spreading by insect or contact contamination.
  5. Avoid public places, work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings. If at all possible, evacuate from your location and travel to another “safe zone” location. Chances are during a pandemic, large areas will be quarantined and travel will not be allowed. Prepare to hunker down and protect yourself and your family from any outside exposure. Do not allow additional individuals (neighbors, strangers etc) to take refuge in your home due to risk of contamination.
Pandemic
Checklist
  • Water- at least 1 gallon per person per day (at least 14 days worth), Water filters and forward osmosis bags are a great alternative to combat contaminated water sources. High-Capacity, mobile Water Filter; to provide potable water from contaminated water sources
  • Food- At least 2 week supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare, mobile stove for cooking food. *Always have waterproof matches in your food mess kit. Store all Emergency Supplies in an easy-to-use container.
  • Large Trauma/ Triage First Aid Kit include, (7 days worth of medications and cash), Antiseptic gel, wipes etc. soap, borax disinfectant powder.
  • Multi-purpose tool, Knife, Gas/Water shut off key
  • Flashlight with extra batteries , candles, extra lanterns
  • Personal Hygiene and sanitation items
  • Battery powered, hand-cranked radio with NOAA channel; two way radios to call for help if trapped. Have local emergency channels dialed in for quick reference of emergency directions and evacuation locations.
  • Extra clothing ( burn all clothing that comes in contact with the virus)
  • Family and emergency contact information (laminate), Water Proof Document Holders
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier , bowl, water bags)
  • N95 Respiratory masks (one mask per 3 day period per person in household) 3 months worth of masks * Emergency supply centers have boxes of 20 masks per box available.
  • Nitril, vinyl Gloves
  • Maps of Area
  • Extra wool Blankets, emergency blankets and Emergency bags
  • Tarps, rope and sheets needed in a quarantine location for sick or infected individuals.
After a Pandemic Strikes
  • N95 masks and protective gloves should be worn at all times!
  • Listen to a portable, battery operated / hand crank radio for updated emergency information Listen to local news for current updates on the situation.
  • Stay away from foreign buildings and areas you are not familiar with. Avoid public exposure such as shopping centers, grocery stores, schools, travel, social events and public gatherings (of ANY type).
  • Pandemics will last along time and it is important to understand that bugging-in during this situation is imperative. Have enough food, water, protection and first aid to last at least 1 month to support your family and pets.
  • Water tables may be contaminated, so it is essential that you have a high-capacity water filter in your home. (Berkey waterfilters and Pro Pur water filters are the two most tested and reliable on the market)
  • Until you receive notice from the CDC, WTO, FEMA or Homeland Security of an “all clear”, it is not safe to enter back into contaminated public forums. Stay put and BE ready!