how to set up a quarantine

How to set up a quarantine room or camp

Quarantine is a topic rarely discussed among preppers. Beyond social distancing, the
main purpose of setting up a quarantine, or sick ward, is to prevent deadly germs,
parasites, diseases or plagues from infecting and killing the rest of your group.

Preppers who live on farms away from big cities may think they are at low risk (and
therefore may not bother to set up a quarantine), but, ironically, it's the rural
locations in which the infected will be drawn towards in an effort to escape
pathogens they may already carry. For these reasons, every prepper must take
action now to get a quarantine plan in place.

How to set up a Quarantine
While it's an unpleasant thought, it may be necessary, as in a pandemic situation,
to  restrict the movement people who seem healthy, but may have been exposed to
a communicable disease. In setting up a quarantine room or camp, prepper survivors
wait to see if the new members become ill before exposing the potential hazard to
the other survivors. The length of time of a quarantine depends on the type of
communicable disease.

Factors to Consider in Setting up a Quarantine Room or Camp

  • Sanitation station. Before bringing possibly infected individuals to your home
    or camp, the quarantined person must be scrubbed and rinsed. An ordinary
    garden hose will do the trick (along with a scrub brush and sanitizing solution,
    such as GoJo, pictured right). Be sure the quarantined person scrubs under
    fingernails and carefully bathes.

  • Location: The location of your quarantine room or camp is important. Ideally, a
    slightly off-premise cabin or Recreational Vehicle is an ideal solution for
    quarantine, as is a garage. If the quarantine area is a room is in your home,
    make sure to have fast access from entryway to the room as with a back door
    as you risk exposure to your family or group the moment the quarantined
    person enters your home.

  • Burning and / or laundering: In addition to setting up a sanitation station
    and having a location that minimizes risk to others, the quarantine plan
    eventually will require a place to burn contaminated and/ or launder these
    items. As quarantined guests enter your facility, you must confisiscate their
    possessions and place them in biosafe bags for destruction or storage. The
    option of storage will be a difficult decision as the materials must be stowed
    away from the others until the germs have died.

Materials required to handle a quarantine:
  • Duct tape and plastic sheeting to fit windows and to make a double sheeted
    entry (trapped airspace barrier). A great place to get plastic sheeting is at the
    dollar stores. It's one of 99 things for preppers to buy at the dollar stores.
    You can also order online in bulk at the top left-hand of the page. Get 48 drop
    cloths for about a dollar each.
  • Bleach
  • Quarantine sign: Imagine the people who will leave you alone simply by
    having a quarantine sign. The OSHA format WARNING sign in bright orange,
    pictured lower right of the page, makes your Quarantine message clear with
    English text. It's easy to put up, move and take down, so it's great for
    temporary or long-term use, thanks to the magnetic backing holds tight with
    12 lbs. per inch minimum pull at zero air gap. It resists UV, chemicals, abrasion
    and moisture, so you can use it indoors or out at temperatures from -15 to
    +160 F. Have fun: it's entertainment for your halloween trick or treaters!
  • 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
  • Other items to include in a pandemic kit would include: emesis bags (for vomit).

  • Room or camp requirements:
  • Food and water: Minimum two weeks to a month of food, such as Mountain
    House bucket, pictured right; electrolyte drinks ; emergency water and a
    means to boil it.  
  • Medicines: Diahreal medication and fever reducers, are of top importance for a
    quarantine room. See the complete list of prepper medicines to consider,
    including elderberry syrup and Oscillococcinum.
  • Sanitation: Set up a wash basin with soap and water, hand sanitizers. Make
    sure you have trash bags, a portable toilet with disposable bags, and toilet
    paper; and, of course bleach.  Extra clothes are also important for people who
    may have soiled their clothing during the course of their stay in quarantine.

  • Kitchen Cleanliness: Cleanliness is important in all aspects of preventing
    infectious diseases. Typhoid fever, for example, spreads after ingesting food
    or water contaminated by a human carrier, which makes it extremely
    important for the cook in your family or group to take extra measures to wash
    hands before preparing food or serving beverages. Likewise, the quarantined
    should eat only from disposable utensils, plates and cups to minimize

  • Steramine Tablets: Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets are highly
    important. Just one Steramine sanitizing tablet per gallon of water, makes 150
    gallons of cleaning solution.
  • Fresh clothing: Keep pajamas or fresh clothing available for quarantined

  • Biohazard removal: Infected individuals need to Are you prepared if the
    quarantined person dies or otherwise excretes fluids? Be sure to have a
    biohazard kit on hand to remove fluids and minimize possible exposure to
    others to include biozhard bags, emesis bags, and disinfectants.

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Bodily Spill Kit. Specifically designed to protect the
    user during biohazard clean-up, the Bloodborne Pathogen Bodily Spill Kit,
    pictured below is a 24-piece kit that includes a complete head-to-toe defense
    package for fluid pick-up necessities and to protect against bio-hazardous
    contaminants. This kit meets with federal OSHA recommendations and
    contains an ample supply of garment disposal and biohazard bags. Products
    are contained in a sturdy, reusable plastic case that can be easily carried or
    mounted on a wall.

  • Cavicide Disinfectant: CaviCide is a convenient, ready-to-use, intermediate-
    level surface disinfectant which is effective against TB, HBV, HCV, viruses
    (hydrophilic and lipophilic), bacteria (including MRSA and VRE) and fungi. It is
    safe for all areas of the facility including NICU, operating rooms, isolation
    rooms, patient care areas and laboratories. When used as directed, it will also
    effectively clean and decontaminate critical and semi-critical instrumentation.
    CaviCide is safe for use on non-porous surfaces. It is perfect for cleaning and
    decontamination of environmental and medical device surfaces. See also
    CaviCide disinfectant wipes.

  • Biohazard bags. A biohazard 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. Don't skimp and use ordinary trash bags.

Learning about Quarantines from the past:

  • Ships from foreign lands. In the not so distant past, around the seventeenth
    century, ships required isolation for "forty days and forty nights" after spread
    of the black plague. If after the alotted time, no one died or showed signs of
    disease, the crew was permitted to set foot on land.

  • Typhoid Mary: Even with quarantine, a person can be asymptomatic and yet
    infect others. This was the case with Typhoid Mary, an immegrant named Mary
    Mallon from Cookstown Ireland who came to New York in 1900 and allegedly
    spread Typhoid Fever without herself being affected. Hired as a domestic cook
    (and later a laundress), she may have infected as many as 49 people, with
    three deaths resulting. She spent nearly three decades in isolation enforced
    by public health authorities at the time.

Learning about Quarantine from television and movies:

  • Doomsday Preppers: Setting up a quaratine room or facility is rarely
    discussed on other prepper sites and forums. One episode of Doomsday
    Preppers featured a woman concerned about the Bird Flu and she illustrated
    her plans of quarantine using her son as an example.  In another episode of
    Doomsday preppers on pandemic prepping, a woman ensures hundreds in
    her area has the proper information and tools regarding pandemics.

  • The Colony: In the movie, The Colony, illness was not tolerated. Anyone
    showing signs would face immediate quarantine and without improvement
    would have two options: walk into the blizzard or be shot. The option of
    "walk" was eventually removed as the condemed would eventually wander
    back to the colony and risk infecting others.

  • Contagion: "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.

Happy Endings...

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Here's what Dr. Bones has to say about setting up a sick room...

Why set up a quarantine?
To isolate individuals granted access to a community or a home. All potential
members of a community after a total collapse of society should be placed in
quarantine to ward off potential illnesses and to ensure they are not carrying
diseases or parasites.

Avian Flu


Swine Flu  (H1N1)

How long should someone stay in quarantine?

Happy endings...
Having a preparedness plan in place to include quarantining will be a valuable asset
to your community for survival.

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