“Ebola Toll Soaring: Warning that virus cases could top 10,000 a week”
“WHO: 10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen”
“An apology for breaking quarantine. Nurse contracted Ebola”
“Ebola crisis: Outbreak death toll rises to 4,447, says WHO”
October 14th 2014… These aren’t ad titles from some survival firm enticing you to purchase goods. These are headline captions from Fox News, CNN,the BBC and the A.P. These are truly scary times!
If we look back in our history, to similar events that started much like todays Ebola pandemic, http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29541235, we see that shortly after World War I the Spanish Influenza killed more than 50 million people worldwide. During this time, the average life expectancy in America dropped by 12 years! Why am I mentioning something that happened so many years ago? Simply because Ebola, like the Spanish Flu, is a pandemic. Scarier yet, is this article from ABC news: “Was Ebola Behind the Black Death?” http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117310. Here experts are speculating that the “Black Death” that devastated medieval Europe was not the bubonic plague, but rather an Ebola-like virus. Ebola is getting compared to the worst pandemics that have ever been recorded in history!
So, what should we do in wake of all of this information? First and foremost, know the disease process! How it is spread and how to disinfect if possible contact with the disease is questionable. This contact can be as simple as going to the store to get food and coming in contact with a person who is infected. Here is a good article to check out: “How not to get Ebola” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29518703. Number one on their list is “Don’t touch”. So in writing this article, as a health care professional who teaches Infection Control, I can say I’m personally scared in what I have found in my research.
The methods I will undertake in my preparedness will be the ability to STAY HOME, if at all possible. This means stock piling foods. Personally, I prefer Efoods, Bulk emergency food doesn’t take up NEAR the space as conventional or canned foods and they last much longer. We do have canned foods, as well as packaged food, but we supplement with Efoods. These aren’t the MRE’s your grandparents had in the Army or even what is currently issued. These are actually VERY tasty! Also it’s cheap, at approx. $1/serving for a full meal. Try that price against canned food. Some are even Gluten Free and Kosher certified! Next is water supply. The average person needs a minimum of 1 gallon of water/day according to http://www.ready.gov/water. So swing by Lowes or your local grocery store and pick up some 5 gallon bottled waters for about $6 each. That big jug, when emptied, can be used for a variety of other things or it can be refilled with water, as it is a food grade.
So stick with us. Next we will pick up with more preparedness essentials such as medical supplies, personal protection gear and much more!