Quarantine or sick ward
How to set up a quarantine room or camp
Quarantine is a topic rarely discussed among preppers. Beyond social distancing, the
purpose of setting up a quarantine, or sick ward, is to prevent deadly germs 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 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
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.
- 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 exposure.
- 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 persons
- 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.
What are your plans for a quarantine? How are you planning on handling a quarantine?
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