Pandemic Preparedness
Considerations for a Pandemic Emergency Response Plan

"No one is immune to fear:" such was a line in advertising for
the movie Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow,
Jude Law and Kate Winslet. The movie follows the rapid
progress of a lethal airborne virus. A pandemic is a virus or
disease that affects a large number people in multiple countries.

Hollywood may have dramatized a virus that doesn't really
exist, but they have also illustrated a very real threat to
mankind. Pandemics kill and can kill quickly! A pandemic can
happen in a matter of hours and last up to eight weeks, and
you can get it simply from being at the wrong end of a sneeze
or by being on a transcontinental flight.

Pandemic preparedness guide for preppers

Do you know what to do in case of a pandemic?
You can't control pandemic around you, but you can take extra
measures to protect yourself. There are four basic ways you can
do just that.

  • Take extra precautions. Want to avoid a pandemic in
    your family or group? Take heed of the 50 simple things
    you can do to prevent Ebola. Mind you, this is an extreme
    preparedness list, but why not go to extremes? It's your
    life we're talking about and you're a prepper.

  • Increase your water supply. Viruses are so small that
    they easily can get through a water filtration system, which
    is why municipalities chlorinate water. Chlorine kills viruses
    and bacteria. Raw water sources may contain both bird and
    human flu virus. The chlorine stockpile for water treatment
    plants is about a week. Without chlorine, infectious
    pathogens could be supplied to the public.

  • Stock up on Adequate Pandemic Supplies. Learn how to
    prevent airborne contagions from getting into your home,
    and get the necessary supplies while they are still
    available, because by the time the pandemic is in the air,
    time is gone to get the supplies you'll need to survive.
    Following are some ideas for your pandemic emergency
    plan. It's a pandemic preparedness checklist of sorts...

Enhanced Pandemic Supply List:

Pandemic supply #1: Pandemic Mask (NIOSH-95
The first line of defense, a pandemic mask helps reduce the risk
of spreading germs, as with the swine flu, common cold or a
bird flu pandemic. Pictured right, is a pandemic mask intended
for pandemics; they are particulate respirators which filter out
many chemicals as well. NIOSH-95 is a must own respirator!
Immediate right is the best selling  NIOSH-95 approved
respirator: the 3M 8511 Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve,
and it comes in a 10-Pack for your family or group.

  • NOTE: Though gas masks are not specifically for Ebola
    protection, many preppers are taking precautions to get
    them now, while supplies are still available. Here are the
    eight considerations for buying a gas mask.

Pandemic supply #2: Goggles.
To prevent droplets from entering the cavities of the eye, you'll
want to wear goggles. If someone in the family has been
exposed to the virus, you'll use these goggles. Or in extreme
cases if venturing out in escape to your bugout location.
Obviously, you can't sleep in goggles!

Pandemic supply #3: Duct tape and plastic drop
During a pandemic, preppers must consider quarantine as part
of their pandemic response plan. Duct tape can aid in survival in
many ways. Use duct tape to seal off windows and doorways.
how to set up a quarantined safe room.

Pandemic supply #4: Gloves.
Nitrile exam gloves are standard practice in the medical
industry: even for CPR trained individuals who are instructed to
put on the gloves before helping an individual who has fallen.
Keep the gloves inside zip lock bag to keep the gloves clean of
bacteria and dirt. The care in wearing gloves is that you realize
anything you touch with the gloves will then be contaminated
as your hands would have been.
Wear pandemic gloves during times of crisis to:
  • Take out the trash.
  • Do the laundry of someone sick.
  • Caring for sick individuals.

Learn also how to properly remove gloves, pulling them inside
out and rolling them so the possible bio-hazard virus never
touches your skin:

Pandemic supply #5: Tyvec suit.
Buy one for every member of the family and then some for
unexpected guests or for new exposures. Pictured left, a tyvec
suit provides inherent barrier protection against dry particulate
hazards, for such things as asbestos and lead abatement. It's
better to have more Tyvec suits on hand than you think you'll
need. Certainly you won't want to discover a ripped suit at a
critical time. In the case of an Ebola outbreak, you'll want to
treat yourself like the bubble boy and seal all points of contact
to create a barrier.

Pandemic supply #6: Antiseptics.
Want to know the difference between an antiseptic and a
disinfectant? Antiseptics apply to the skin  (while a disinfectant
applies to surfaces and not skin).  

Antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizers will help you control
exposure and help minimize the risks of pandemics on your
hands; however, unless you're wearing gloves it may be too late
if the virus has made contact with your skin. Other points of
entry to the body include entry through nasal passages, eye and
ear cavities, as well as contact through the genitals.

Pandemic supply #7: Soaps, plus sanitizers and
As mentioned above, a disinfectant applies to surfaces (and not
to the skin). A
disinfectant is a chemical liquid that destroys
bacteria, viruses and fungi. A sanitizer performs the same
function; however, it is generally safe for food handling. Both
kill bacteria and both apply to surfaces. Stock them all: soaps,
sanitizers and disinfectants.

  • Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing tablets (for your food
    handling surfaces). Steramine sanitizer tablets, pictured
    right, is a sanitizer ideal for food processing equipment,
    sinks, countertops, cabinets, refrigerators, stovetops,
    cutting boards, and all other non-porous articles and
    surfaces.  The bottle includes 150 Steramine Sanitizing
    Tablets, and you'll need just one tablet to make a gallon of
    disinfectant. Odor-free, and non-corrosive, Steramine does
    not irritate the skin.

  • Benefect Botanical Disinfectant (for other disinfecting other
    surfaces). Pictured right, Benefect is the first and only
    botanical disinfectant in North America. It kills Kills Over
    99.99% of Bacteria, Fungus, TB and HIV. Use Benefect as
    an alternative to chlorine, ammonia & oxidizers which isn't
    corrosive, flammable or reactive nor does it pose a public
    health risk. This means you don't need any Personal
    Protective Equipment (PPE) such as: rubber gloves, boots,
    aprons respirators or face shields to protect yourself from
    the product.

  • Simple Green d Pro-5. Simple Green d Pro-5, pictured left,
    is absolutely effective on the bacterial, viral, and fungal
    threats.Simple Green is a one-step sanitizer, and fungicide.
    It can be used in food production, processing, and service
    facilities, as can Steramine, but it goes above and beyond
    with it's extensive efficacy list including disinfecting
    against Hepatitis B and C, Human Coronavirus, Canine
    Distemper Virus, and Avian Influenza. Keep this specific
    Simple Green product in your pandemic prepping kit.

Pandemic supply #8. Thermometers.
There are many kinds of thermometers you should stock for
different circumstances:

  • Analog thermometer. An analog thermometer can help you
    during an ElectroMagnetic pulse (EMP), or simply when your
    batteries drain from digital thermometer.

  • Disposable thermometer. Have disposable thermometers
    handy in your bugout bag (not in a car).

  • No-touch thermometer. No-touch thermometers were used
    extensively in Ebola-stricken countries.

Pandemic supply #9: Probiotic Supplements.
Not typically on a prepper's list, but probiotic supplements will
surely help you stay as healthy as possible. If you stay healthy
you may be able to avoid the pandemic altogether. Something
you can do today to improve your health and well being and
simultaneously prepare for a pandemic is to ensure you get
more probiotics into your diet. Acidophilus contributes to
healthy immune function. While the Priobiotic pill,is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, it
certainly encourages intestinal balance. Talk with your doctor
about increasing the flora in your body.

Pandemic supply #10: Medicine.
Ensure your prepper's medicine cabinet has plenty of pain
relievers, fever relievers, cough suppressants, anti-diahreal

Pandemic supply #11: Electrolytes.
Ensure your overall prepper supply list includes plenty of
emergency drinks on hand, including the ingredients and recipe
on how to make your own electrolytes in the event you run out
of emergency drinks.

Pandemic supply #12: Facial tissues.
As with toilet paper, a prepper can never stock too much facial
tissue in the name of preparedness. In a pandemic situation,
you'll want to have a recptacle ready for disposal of facial
tissues to help limit the cross contamination. To remove the
bag itself, you'll need to use your entire protective gear tyvec
suit, goggles, mask and all to collect the bag and place it into a
biohazard bag.

Pandemic supply #13: Bio-hazzard bags.
How is a bio-hazzard bag different from an ordinary trash bag?
You won't want to skimp! A bio-hazzard bag provides a high
density isolation liner to provide maximum film strength for
tough applications. They also feature star seal bottoms which
allow equal weight distribution and leak resistance.
Additionally, bags are red to indicate use for infectious waste or
hazardous waste to warn others.

Pandemic supply #14: Cloth diapers and adult
Family members of cancer patients can appreciate more than
most the necessity for adult diapers when sickness strikes.
Containing the mess resolves the unsanitary conditions and
reduces spread of disease. Cloth diapers serve as a first aid
item for stopping bleeding, and you can use them to clean up
vomit or provide a cool water compress for a fever. Learn more
about the
usefulness of cloth diapers in prepping with kids.

Pandemic supply #15: Vomit bags (emesis bags).
Single use emesis bags, pictured immediate right in blue, by
Mediline will help sickness cleanup. Used by Kaiser Hospitals,
this product is extremely hard to find.

Pandemic supply #16: Laundry detergent.
You'll need to sterilize bedding or throw it away. Washing
laundry on the sanitary (deep clean) setting is imperative. In
the old book Velveteen rabbit, the little sick boys things were
burned. It's not a bad idea in modern times to get rid of the
problem by burning if all other means of sanitation are not

Pandemic supply #17: Portable radio.
As with any massive catastrophe, your list of pandemic supplies
should include

Pandemic supply #18: Water filtration system.
Water could also produce contaminants worthy of a pandemic.  
Even if the water is not the cause of sickness, the fact remains
that the entire water supply could be stopped if the population
is not able to work and ensure the municipal water supply
operates properly. A cutoff of the water supply would be
uncertain doom and devastation. Having a means to filter water
would put your survival at better odds.

How to Put Together Your Own Pandemic
Get your pandemic kit together, or buy a ready made pandemic
kit. With so many commercially available kits already put
together for you, you'll know exactly what to do in case of a
pandemic emergency: head to your kit! Stock a kit in your car
during flu season and you'll be on top of things for pandemic

  • Basic Pandemic kit: For your pandemic kit you'll need the
  • NIOSH mask (and consider an NBC-gas Mask, which covers
    you from Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare)
  • Surface disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nitrile gloves + Checmical restistant Guantlet gloves
    (double gloving)
  • Disposable thermometers.
  • Tissues

    A basic pandemic kit will include the following:
  • isolation gowns, exam gloves buffount caps (hair
    covers) and foot covers
  • N-95 masks and goggles
  • antiviral tissues
  • heavy duty sanitizers, such as steramine tablets, and
    antibacterial wipes

  • Pandemic Flu Kit. The Pandemic Flu Kit, immediate right
    hand, by Sundstrom, is a comprehensive kit that includes a
    high-efficiency P100 particle filter. Each filter tested for
    99.997% absorption capacity for very small particles such
    as bacteria and viruses. A single respirator and filter can
    be disinfected and reused. The very simple to understand
    disinfection procedure uses inexpensive alcohol bath. Best
    of all, it's NIOSH approved.

  • Infection Protection Kit: Add the infection protection kit,
    right to your pandemic flu kit. This has all the personal
    protective equipment and supplies, such as N95
    respirators, eye protection, vinyl gloves, disposable
    thermometers, biohazard bags and more.

How to Survive a Pandemic
In the event of a pandemic alert, here is a list of suggestions
for you and your family to follow. Mind you this list goes to
extreme measures, but you will need to take extreme measures
to survive a pandemic. Following is a list to help you survive a

  1. Stock up on supplies, now while they are still available.
    Ensure you have the ten items described above to help you
    prepare for pandemic.
  2. Take Probiotics. Improve your family's intestinal flora now
    and especially during an outbreak!  Have plenty of
    probiotics on hand and increase your intake of probiotics in
    supplements and in the foods you eat, like Acidophilus in
    kefir and yogurts. Eat well, including a healthy diet of fresh
    fruits and vegetables.
  3. Reduce your dependency on antibiotics. Antibiotics are over
    used in the United States and this compounds the problem
    of adaptive micro-organisms. Talk to your physician about
    going without antibiotics.
  4. Get a survival prescription. Ask your doctor to prescribe
    Tamiflu or Relenza as either medication may effectively
    treat avian flu. Alternatively, consider Boiron
    Oscillococcinum* for Flu-like Symptoms. Boiron
    Oscillococcinu, pictured immediate right, is a homeopathic
    product to help relieve body aches, headache, fever, chills
    and fatigue. See prepper survival medicines.
  5. Don't touch stuff others touch. Avoid as much as possible
    contact with pencils and pens, elevator buttons,
    doorknobs, coins, handrails and places where many other
    hands have touched, particularly during the flu season.
  6. Avoid shaking hands. During flu season, tell others that
    you're not shaking hands. Don't worry about being rude:
    it's your life!
  7. Wash hands frequently. Before eating and after having
    been out and about, make it a routine to wash your hands
    with warm hot water and clean under the fingernails.
    Recite the alphabet twice and you'll have washed your
    hands for an adequate time.
  8. Minimize the sneezes and coughs. Cover your mouth when
    you sneeze to avoid spreading droplets to your family. Turn
    your body away from someone coughing or sneezing.
    Again, don't worry about being rude.
  9. Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth). It's
    nearly impossible  to avoid touching your face. Give it a
    try! For one hour, try not to touch your face. Humans tend
    to touch their face six more times every few minutes. You'll
    quickly realize this fact when you give it go.
  10. Stay away from people. Just stay home during an extreme
    outbreak. Don't send the kids to school. Don't go to work.  
  11. Wear a NIOSH-95 Respirator (pandemic mask). If you must
    venture out and expose yourself and your family during a
    pandemic during extreme crisis, then by all means wear
    your mask! Who cares what others may think! You're a
    prepper and your goal is to survive. Wearing a mast is an
    absolute minimum requirement. Products such as masks
    and gloves, even an disposable apron or clothing can help
    you avoid contact with the deadly virus.
  12. Wear also your Tyvec suit, gloves, and goggles. This of
    course warrants an extreme situation or society may think
    you are "Howard Hughs-ing" on you.
  13. Quarantine Your Family: Set up a quarantine room if you
    suspect a family member is sick during a pandemic
    outbreak. For starters, you'll need duct tape and plastic
    shielding. Here's how to set up a Quarantine room.
  14. Watch this History Channel Pandemic dramatization to
    better understand the impact a pandemic can have on life
    as we know it.
  15. Take note. Keep a record of diarrhea, vomiting, coughing
    and breathing problems and rashes of anyone in your care,
    so that you can report to medical staff if necessary. Make
    sure to mark the date and time, along with the severity of
    the problem at hand. In this way, you can monitor the
    progress of the virus.
  16. Get information. Check in with the Centers for Disease
    Control and the World Health organization for important
    alerts and information.
  17. Expect disruptions in power and water! As people stop
    showing up for work, the mechanics behind the grid will
    weaken and may eventually fail. You may as well expect
    the unexpected!
  18. Be alert about pneumonia. You may well survive a
    pandemic and yet succumb to the secondary problem of a
    pneumonia infection. At risk groups include people more
    than 65, people with diabetes, people with asthma and
    other chronic illnesses.

Notably missing from this list of things you can do to survive a
pandemic is getting a flu shot. This is a personal decision to
discuss with your physician. Many preppers abstain from getting
vaccines as they don't protect you from new strains and are

How to help prevent a pandemic during an outbreak:

Watching China for H7N9, the new bird flu virus, is not enough.
Preppers must have a plan and prepare for the highly inevitable
possibility that this new strain of bird flu or another can quickly
emerge. While there is currently not a person-to-person spread,
this is a serious concern for all preppers who realize the
magnitude of the potential catastrophe. They know how quickly
services will be shut down as people huddle at home or at the
hospitals to deal with the immediate problems.

The domino effect will be in effect. People will swell into
hospitals and care facilities. Hospital staff will bring home the
pandemic whether it's the medical staff, the food staff, the
janitorial or administrative staff. Many will choose to stay at
home rather than to risk their lives. Gas stations could shut
down as employees no longer return to work. The store shelves
will be empty as trucks will not have enough gas to deliver
groceries. Employees will not be available to load or unload
trucks even if there were enough gas. Soon water and electricity
will halt as the grid shuts down to lack of manpower. National
Geographic did a good job of illustrating how a pandemic could
shut down society.

Make your Own Pandemic Preparedness Kit
Review our pandemic preparedness checklist and get ready to
survive a pandemic. Get your pandemic kit together before it's
too late. Preppers may like this list of supplies for pandemic
(it's the contents of the kit pictured right):

One large and Two medium Survivair Opti-Fit Air-Purifying Full-
Face Respirators with 5-point staps, wide-field polycarbonate
optics and speaking diaphrams.

  • Six Unisorb multi-contaminant filters for chemical,
    biological and radiological hazards keep your family
  • 3-M disposable respirators
  • Kleenguard A60 Bloodborne Pathogen and Chemical Splash
    Protection Suits
  • 100 medical-grade gloves.
  • 250 square feet of 3-mil plastic sheeting and duct tape.
  • Biohazard bags for disposal.
  • Hand sanitizers, emergency lighting and 'Caution' barricade

The simple kit from the U.S. Department of Defense, left,
  • 4 Surgical Masks
  • 2 NIOSH Approved N95 Masks
  • 4oz Bottle of Hand Sanitizer & Info Card

Germs are everywhere. Ever think about all the germs you touch
you transfer to your cellphone? On average, a cell phone is 18x
dirtier than a public restroom! Germs and bacteria can grow and
thrive on our phones because they are always warm and they
are stored in dark places. The solution is PhoneSoap Charger,
which sanitizes and disinfects your phone while it charges.

Historically, viruses have killed massive populations within days
and medical professionals agree our society is long overdue for
such a pandemic. Indeed a threat is imminent, and yet mankind
has had some success in controlling. Compare the Bubonic
plague and Spanish Flu to the more recent outbreaks of Swine
Flu and Avian Flu and you can take comfort in knowing
awareness is half of being prepared:

  • Avian Flu. While China has had Avian Flu, the United
    States has virtually escaped threat. An exception is Texas
    in 2004, which had a strain of avian flu. All other strains in
    the United States, "... have been extinguished and have
    not been known to infect humans," according to Wikipedia
    on Avian Flu.

  • Bubonic plague. Many think the Bubonic Plague (also
    called the Black Plague) is long gone, but beware the
    Bubonic Plague is still lurking! Back in the 1600's The
    plague wiped nearly 2/3 of the population of Europe.

  • Spanish Flu. The Spanish Influenza killed 20 percent of the
    world's population in 1918 50 million.

  • Ebola Virus.  Back in the 1976 the first eBola Virus
    appeared and caused quite a stir. It's back with live cases
    of eBola hitting close to home in an Atlanta hospital.
    Deadly pandemics, like Ebola are only a plane ride away,
    and one infected person can trigger a domino effect. If you
    believe the media, however, Ebola can't be spread through
    the air, only through blood and bodily fluids. Why take
    chances? Take extra precautions about Ebola and treat the
    disease as though it's spread through the air.

  • Swine Flu. In 2009 Swine Flu hit the United States rather

Other bacteria and viruses are lurking too, including
Powasson, Superbug, the Measles and West Nile
Virus. Pandemics are usually associated with panic, and panic
can be averted with knowledge.

Happy endings...
You'll feel better once you have the basics in place. Start with
your lungs! Look for a good N95 certification respirator, like the
ten-pack shown left, instead of being tempted by the cheap
kind. You'll find you can use if for dust too and be more
comfortable. Did you that heavy and repeated exposure to dust
could lead to more severe allergic reactions? It's better to
invest in a proper set of N95 before getting that all too
gas mask preppers are famous for wearing!

When you know how to handle an epidemic or pandemic, you
are more likely to survive it. More importantly, is being prepared
for the inevitable. Are you ready? The next pandemic is coming.
Here is a video well worth watching while it is still available:

Above is a theoretical account of a worst case scenario and depicts how a
pandemic can cause a global disaster. It will give you a clear
understanding of how events could unfold and affect water supplies, cause
starvation madness, and how people might band together to survive.

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