Viral Pandemics – Thoughts and Preps- Part III

A Couple of Thoughts on Outside Movement

Full-on outside equipment for moving through populated and contaminated areas….

You might find the need to move through a heavily infected area. Going down the rabbit hole of serious breakdowns in society, here are some thoughts on outside movement.

  • Full body cover PPE with spares
  • CBRN cartridges for the Peltor 5400
  • Non-lethal stand-off self-defense items such as bright flashlights, pepper spray and stun guns
  • Personal firearms, if allowed
  • Walkie talkie and a way to hang it on your person
  • Perhaps a bullhorn for loud and long distance yelling /communicating
  • A secure system for carrying what you need without damaging your suit

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CBRN cartridges (overlaid with P-100 cartridges and /or covers) will protect your lungs against biological and chemical contaminants (along with radiological and nuclear contaminants). You know what is in your home. You don’t know what might be accidentally let loose outside, under conditions where local societal breakdown has occurred. These are pricey, and should only be added to your kit after other items have been acquired. They are useful under other scenarios, though, and might warrant a spot on your shelf as a Three-Fer item.

Blood spatter is infectious. One drop of ANYthing Ebola can infect /kill you, so be careful about weapons usage protocols, and always be aware of your surroundings. Remain alert, even when threatened and operating under hyper-focus. Don’t engage at point-blank unless absolutely necessary. Try to talk the bad guy down. Let him leave and carry any illness with him out of the area. Give him time to reconsider things. He may only be stressed beyond his normal good nature. I’m sure most Americans would also be stressed if they had to take lethal action – so protect yourself, too. If you have to act, though, be wise about it. The practice of knowing what is behind your target becomes much more important when there is the possibility of spraying people with infected blood and tissue. Spatter also moves toward you, the defender. If you can engage at a distance, do so. (Be ready to decontaminate inside spaces if you must resort to such final action against a violent intruder in your home.) The entire area behind him is a potential infectious zone. This matter is such a huge consideration that you really should discuss it with someone you trust. Protecting against immediate loss of life is the primary concern. The addition of a killer infectious agent ranks a dearly close second.

Communicating with others in your group while traveling, or from the outside to people inside your home is important. Get hold of and test some hand-held commo units. Keep extra batteries for them. Practice using them with gloves on. You might even want to see about covering them with some sort of plastic bag, and seeing if they can still be operated that way with gloves, and loud enough to be useful. Like other preps, test them.

Supply List – Food /Water, Medications and Sanitation
  • Water: 3 gallon per person, per day minimum, allows for sanitation and hygiene flexibility
  • 1,300 calories minimum of food per person, per day (count total calories on Nutrition Labels – NEVER go by claims made by food companies in their advertising)
  • A means of food preparation such as kerosene, propane or electric grill, solar ovens, fire pit and supplies
  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Sanitation supplies: toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, feminine hygiene, bucket for flushing toilets during water outages, and /or supplies for your chemical toilet
  • In depth store of regular Rx and non-Rx medications
  • Immune System Support – (more below)

Food and water stocks should carry you through the initial wave, quarantines and a possible follow-up wave. Plan on 90 days. Heavy duty garbage bags are meant to contain and secure all of your household garbage, “well person” sanitation debris and possible portable toilet refuse. Infected person debris also goes into heavy duty bags, sealed, doubled up and sealed again.

Regular garbage service may be interrupted. You might be placed in mandatory quarantine as seen on the news, and not allowed to leave your home. Odds are you will be assisted with trash removal if this happens, but if the event is serious, there will not be enough outside help to meet the need. Perhaps a community quarantine will allow for individual transport of bagged garbage to a central, localized collection or storage point. No matter the situation, try to plan on doing it all yourself. The less garbage you produce from food preparation, the better it will be on you and everyone else.

Medications can generally be prescribed for 90 day supplies if your condition calls for continual medication. Talk to your doctor about that. This is standard practice for many. Some individuals have skipped taking their medication once a week, and built up a reserve. I can not recommend this practice. It goes against physician prescribed medication routines. If you chose this route, you need to be aware of the possible serious results of irregular dosing.

One place you do NOT want to visit unless necessary is a pharmacy. There will be those that are convinced they have a regular flu, and will carry their pandemic virus with them to pick up their medications, OTC or otherwise. If you must visit the pharmacy, wear some old outer clothing that you can strip off and dump. A mask won’t be too out of place, and you can say it’s to protect others, not yourself. Stay away from personal contact and keep contact with any objects to an absolute minimum. Wear gloves if you have to. If you don’t care what people think, go in “dressed to live”.

Disposing of contaminated waste you have double or triple sealed in bags may be difficult. It needs to go somewhere. Burial isn’t a good option, as it may pose future contamination issues.  Burning is a good choice, but only if you can “incinerate” it. Most people can only build a burn pile – and though I’m no expert on those, I strongly doubt a burn pile counts as a controlled destructive flame. Stacking the bags in the open is a horrible idea, and they can be breached by rodents, cats and dogs. The best method I can think of is to secure them in an outbuilding or shed. Even this poses problem, with heat and “ripening”. See the problem? Without proper sanitation services, left to our own methods, controlling this deadly waste from sealing to destruction is difficult. You will need to give thought to this problem as framed by your particular circumstances.  Whenever bagging or transporting infectious materials, be very sure you do not spill anything or damage a bag or container. Clean-up is hazardous, too.

 – Immune System Support & Antioxidants
  • Doctor Joseph Mercola Immune System Support – Dr. Mercola’s web site
  • KriaXanthin – from VitaCost – Omega-3 supplement works against inflammation and is an Antioxidant
  • Liquidl Vitamin C with Quercetin – Fast absorption Antioxidant
  • Vitamin D3, sublingual or liquid – immune support and antiinflammatory effects
  • Vitamin K (needs D and visa versa) –  Hemorrhage support

Antioxidants are showing to be effective in slowing virus multiplication. This is a great help to your body’s immune system, which will try to defeat an invader if given time to respond.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, water soluble (meaning it’s hard to overdoses on it, unlike muscle-stored compounds) and supports blood vessel wall structure. These are all good things when considering influenza.

Vitamin K is important for blood clotting. It should be obvious that anyone taking coumadin or other clot prevention medications are caught in a bad place if they contract Ebola. There are warnings specific to this HERE.

If you are undergoing treatment for a bacterial infection, and are taking antibiotics for it, there is a good chance that the good bacteria in your gut is being harmed by the drug. Out immune systems are heavily reliant on good gut flora. Whenever you are on antibiotics, be sure to also take a probiotic supplement to support the good guys, and help rebuild their numbers.

HERE is a link to a CDC /NIH pamphlet on vitamin support.

Entertainment Items

Boredom relief for a quarantined group, including any ill individuals, is very important. The mind must be kept active or people will go stir crazy. The ill will lose hope without some sort of stimulation and interaction. Consider these things….

  • board games
  • cards
  • puzzles
  • brain-teaser books
  • DVDs and a player
  • video games
  • crafting supplies and books, model kits
  • books of your religious preference and a small library of diverse subjects
Sick Room /Isolation Room – Supplies
  • HARD SURFACES – as few porous surfaces as possible (remove unnecessary cloth, linens and rugs, and securely cover the carpet with removable plastic)
  • Quarantine might stretch to 90 days based on some recent news of early Ebola study reviews
  • Quarantine enclosure can be a room, sectioned-off area of a garage, one of the better plastic outdoor sheds or an outbuilding with the ability to seal up well
  • Negative-pressure system to help “seal” the room /structure
  • Heavy plastic sheet for entry points, floors, walls and ceiling – 4 mil sheet or better
  • Duct tape for sealing room, anchoring plastic
  • Portable chemical toilet and supplies
  • Heavy duty waste bags and a container to store them in – 33 gallons cans
  • Hibiclens and bleach
  • Bed with pillows, all frame surfaces covered in plastic
  • Trash can with plastic bag. Bag should over lay the edge of the can enough to allow for a good twist and tie to seal it up.
  • Plastic water container that can receive fresh water from outside the room. It can be removed periodically for sanitizing and cleaning if such activities are not possible in the room.
  • Wash basin if some items are to be washed in the room. Secure the waste liquid in double plastic bags and transport out of the room in a bucket with a secure handle, to prevent dropping the bags.
  • Gallon-sized zip-loc bags
  • Clipboard with paper and pen for note taking and record keeping
  • Good lighting, perhaps on a dimmer
  • Portable lighting for power-out emergencies
  • Clock radio or an emergency crank radio
  • TV and DVD player
  • Skype, Facetime or wireless intercom for general conversation and banter
  •  Some emergency communication method for the sick person to call for assistance, such as a cell phone, wireless intercom, loud bell or air horn
  • Flashlights
  • A trash can, 33 gallon minimum, to hold open a heavy duty trash bag, and store soiled clothing and linens prior to sealing and removal for disposal or sanitizing
  • Heavy Duty bags for the collection can, 4 per day for the duration (2 double bag removals, as needed)
  • Baby wipes
  • Soft tissues for personal drying and sneezes, etc
  • Heavy paper towels for disposable absorption
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cotton balls
  • 4×4 or 6×6 wound pads for absorption
  • Supply of paper towels to pre-clean isolation coveralls with a mild bleach solution – careful not to overwhelm the patient with fumes
  • Thermometer – traditional with disposable plastic sleeves, or non-contact
  • Vomit pail, with liners and closures
  • Disposable nitrile exam gloves
  • Disposable heavy latex cleaning gloves
  • Plastic disposable aprons
  • Measuring cup, or graduated disposable dosing syringes for administering liquid medications
  • All usual medications the patient generally needs
  • HEPA filter and air movement equipment for negative pressure air supply filtration (negative pressure to be covered in Part IV of this series)


Swordfish Ultraviolet Air Purifier – 200 Sq. Ft Room

This is an item of special note. It costs about $110 or so, sometimes less. For that price, you get a machine that will kill or inactivate all virus particles by disrupting their RNA. The low flow air movement fan brings air inside the unit, where the viruses are exposed to an ultraviolet light bath over a long enough period of time to kill them first-pass. It will service a 14 x 14 foot room. Virus particles are small – small enough to get through HEPA filters without a problem. This device will not “filter air”. Its purpose is to pull viruses into hostile environment and then kill them. (Fair is fair, I say.) No ultraviolet light escapes into the room itself. Left running, it will keep particle levels much lower than without it. While we do not have one here, it is “on the list”. I first heard of it from POTRBlog during the 2013 H7N9 run-up, when I read his very convincing review.


Coming NEXT…

In Part IV, we will talk about Sick Room /Isolation Room Setup – with quite of bit of information from Jerry D Young. He did such a great job on it, that I’m going to post his thoughts in their entirety, with a few side notes. Included will also be Preparation and Decontamination Rooms, Day to Day Practices, Ebola Carriers both living and systemic, NIH /CDC information on sanitizers and sterilizers, and “Cash is King”.

The series continues to grow because there always seems to be just a little bit more info to share, and I want you to have everything that seems needful.

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