epidemicBy now you’ve probably heard of Ebola. But what is it and for the Advanced Survivor, what happens if Ebola comes to America?

Ebola is a virus that in many cases causes its victim to hemorrhage from sores in the skin, mucous membranes, the stomach and mouth, nose and gums. (1) If it brings to mind something from a zombie movie, you wouldn’t be far off.  The Centers for Disease Control explains that it is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids and sharing needles. (2) They also state that you have to have personal contact with an infected person with active symptoms.  The CDC Says that the current epidemic is limited to 1700+ cases on the west coast of Africa, but as you probably know, two America aid workers helping with the epidemic were infected and transported to the US for treatment.  (3)  There is no cure or FDA approved treatment for the disease which kills between 50 and 90% of those infected. (4)

If you were around in the mid-eighties, you probably recall this scenario: west central Africa origin, spread by bodily fluids, 50%+ death rate.  The HIV/AIDS virus started much the same way killing 36 million people since its discovery in 1981 with 36 million living with the disease today. (5)

Now, there certainly are no waves of zombies headed our way now but “What If?” Advanced Survivors are not ones to sit back and wait.  They take action.  They integrate the skills necessary to survive in to their daily lives. How might you do this? Should the worse happen, you’d want to be in a position of self-sufficiency: you own food source, water source, self-protection and all the skills needed to survive would be second nature to you and your family. This is how we do it.

Seventeen years ago our family began a Class 3 Firearms dealership, thereby training and arming people to protect themselves and their families. Two years ago, we began to worry that this wasn’t enough. The threats out there are too many…..people need more than bullets to survive. Discussing this with our friends, we all decided having food to eat was a pretty nice perk in life – and living without it wouldn’t work out to well. So, we went on the hunt for food that families could easily stockpile for an emergency situation. How likely is such a situation? Well, how often do your lights go out? What if they stayed out for say…a week. How about two? Now assume the grocery store, gas station, and ATM also have no power. Now you have a full blown situation on your hands. Hope you have food.

Now, the more serious situation. That Ebola virus all the way over in Africa. Well, it is the largest outbreak of Ebola in world history.   What do you think happens if the outbreak makes its way into a major American city? If this thought has not yet crossed your mind – it should.  And if it does….. I hope you have food – and a lot of it.

These two situations are prime examples of what set us on our way to find a source for emergency food. And not just any emergency food, but really great tasting emergency food.  After finding a few brands and acquiring samples, we had all of our friends over to the house one Saturday and we had an emergency food cook-off to see what folks liked the best. Well, E-Foods won hands-down. Some of the guys liked it so well they asked for some to take on hunting trips! Not long after that weekend, we started offering E-Foods to our customers, and they loved it too. We’ve been proudly offering it ever since (check our emergency food here). If you haven’t given serious thought to preparing your family for an emergency – start now. The situations discussed here are not fairy tales. I actually lived through scenario one – and I pray that none of us have to live through scenario two…… but if we do… join us in having the piece of mind in knowing your family can hunker-down and be OK.

And should a pandemic hit our shores, emergency food alone won’t be enough.  So we regularly test and share products we find essential to survival on AdvancedSurvivor.com, including:

Postscript.  In researching this article we found one disturbing similarity between the HIV/AIDS source and the source of Ebola; something called “bush meat”.  People in these west African nations frequently eat food caught in the wilderness around them; namely chimpanzees (apparent source of HIV/AIDS) and monkey and fruit bats (suspected source of Ebola). (6)  We’re not saying hunting is bad. In fact, it necessary for survival but we recommend is that you take particularly care to thoroughly cook all meat whether you buy it in a store or kill it yourself.

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