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

  • 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 available.

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 preparedness.

  • 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
  • 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 pandemic:

  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
  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
  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

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 isolated.
  • 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, includes
  • 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
popular 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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