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Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans
"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.

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Ultimate 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

Enhanced Pandemic Supply List:

Pandemic supply #1: Pandemic Mask (NIOSH-95 respirator).
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. Here is a
short and sweet video about the
importance of owning and N95 NIOSH mask.

  • 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: 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 #3: Duct tape and plastic drop cloths.
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. Here's
how to set up a quarantined safe room.

Pandemic supply #4: 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 #5: 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. .

Wear pandemic gloves during times of crisis to:
  • Take out the trash.
  • Do the laundry of someone sick.
  • Caring for sick individuals.

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.

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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: Soaps, plus sanitizers and disinfectants.  
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

  • 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 #9. Thermometer.
Preferably an analog and not a digital thermometer as an extreme pandemic may
cause power failure as people in the power companies don't show up to work. Have
disposable thermometers handy. Th

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

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 diapers.
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.
Single use emesis bags, pictured immediate left 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

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 Kit  
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 following:
  • 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
  • N-95 masks and goggles
  • antiviral tissues
  • heavy duty sanitizers, such as steramine tablets, and antibacterial

Here are a few pandemic kits, which are happy prepper's recommended:

  • Pandemic Flu Kit. The Pandemic Flu Kit, immediate left 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
  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 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 tape.

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 severely.

Other bacteria and viruses are lurking too, including
Anthrax (bioterrorism),  
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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