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Cloth Mask Effectiveness for a Pandemic

There’s been a lot of conflicting information floating about on the cloth mask effectiveness for pandemics like today’s COVID-19 coronavirus. The CDC reversed its stance on wearing cloth masks recently while the WHO has a slightly different viewpoint on who should be wearing masks. In both cases, it’s an about-face stance from where medical advice began – anything short of an N95 mask is useless, and even those have limitations. by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s expat prepper Since N95 masks sold out so quickly, people have been scrambling to buy up…

Pandemic is an Inevitability

In the summer of 2014, the media and state actors panicked over the emergence of an ebola epidemic in Western Africa. The panic was understandable and entirely warranted. After all, ebola kills around 50% of those infected.  Moreover, a cursory examination of ebola’s symptoms are terrifying. Among other things, ebola can induce blood vomiting, severe rash, and liver inflammation. After the disease was reigned in and Western African States declared their health crises under control, health departments around the world began to reflect on their response to the ebola epidemic.…

Ebola Is Predictable. Human Behavior Is The Wild Card.

The Ebola river is a tributary of the Congo river and runs for about 150 miles through the northern jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1976 there were two simultaneous outbreaks of a new hemorrhagic fever. Forever after, Ebola, or more properly EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) is a single word that conjures up the ultimate enemy; a microscopic villain that grotesquely kills indiscriminately, and then kills those who try to help.  I’ll be honest here. I don’t personally work with Ebola, but I do know people who do. …

6 Ways To Prepare for Ebola

Ebola.  Even the name is a bit creepy.  The disease itself, is horrifying.   First you get flu like symptoms, then vomiting and diarrhea, then your organs start shutting down and you bleed from all your orifices before dying. The death rate from this virulent disease is anywhere from 55-90%. Those are not good odds.  Basically, there are no proven cures for this yet.  Some experimental stuff, but who knows how far those will come.  I’m sure there’s not much profit in it for the pharmaceutical companies in a rare disease that…

How do you prepare for THIS?

  You wanna know what scares the holy living bejeezus out of me? Tsunamis. I live about 25 miles inland from the Southern Maine coast, and it’s relatively flat land, with little terrain until you get immediately west of me. Worse yet, I work about a mile from the coast of the Atlantic ocean. If there’s a bigass tsunami headed my way M-F, chances are I won’t know much about it until I’m swimming. There’s just something about a wall of water travelling over 200mph carrying cars, houses, people, animals,…

Are You Prepared to Quarantine?

I’ve been seeing rumblings about the Bird Flu strains circulating in China right now. Apparently there are a couple of very fatal ones. Nothing new here folks, nothing to worry about, says the main stream media. I’m sure there are people out there prepping for it though. So let’s talk about what you’d need to maintain a quarantine if the situation ever called for it.  Food and water obviously. Detention of humans or animals suspected to have communicable disease until they are proved free of infection. The term is often…

Dealing With Death After The SHTF

Life and it’s counterpart Death have been on my mind lately. (When they can compete against the thoughts of food.) Death presents some interesting challenges, depending on the type of SHTF event that you’re dealing with. How prepared are you for death? Let’s look at a few scenarios. An epidemic, a large earthquake, and the absolutely certain. An Epidemic –  Doesn’t matter what the disease is. The hospitals have enough beds for the first what, 300? 500? Maybe the first 1000 if you’re at a large hospital.  Eventually families will…

3M N95 1860 Surgical Respirator Masks for Future Pandemic Problems

Nothing beats steering clear of people, not touching your face and keeping your hands clean when a pandemic hits, but there’s one thing for sure, during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic pandemonium that rapidly ensued, quality respirators quickly became impossible to buy. I know, because I looked. EVERYONE was sold out. The few that were available were getting gobbled up on eBay at ridiculous prices. Related: Cloth Mask Effectiveness for a Pandemic Summer is passing too quickly and fall rapidly approaches; with it comes the dreaded …. cold and flu season.…