How To Survive Ebola

12 Oct

Preppers are in the news because of their Ebola preps. How should preppers prepare for Ebola? The same advice applies to many disasters: Stockpile food and water and prepare to sit out a crisis.

ISOLATION is your number one defense from Ebola. Stay home. Hunker down. Avoid unnecessary contact with others. Keep your family at home.

With many things timing is the key. Staying home right now makes little sense. Your boss won’t be happy and you could lose your job. There is no immediate risk.  If you wait too long, you could be infected and carry the disease home.

My advice: Wait until at least 10 to 15 people in your city have been diagnosed with Ebola. The odds are you won’t have been exposed yet. Even 100 confirmed cases implies relatively small risk to you. By all accounts Ebola doesn’t spread too easily yet.

By the time 1,000 people are confirmed in your city, it could be too late. By 10,000 to 100,000 it’s too late.

If you live in the country, you’re probably safe until your local town has confirmed cases. Then it is certainly hunker down time.

Timing is everything. Working folks can’t just stay home because of one or two cases. It’s not necessary yet. Do identify a point beyond which you’d put your isolation plan into practice.

Your second line of defense, if you go out after a major spreading of the disease is to wear a protective suit, face mask, and gloves. When you return to base (home), spray yourself with a mixture of 10 parts water to 1 part bleach. That should kill any Ebola that decides to tag along.

These articles show the supplies that are popular among preppers stocking up:

If a major spreading of Ebola would occur, you’d want to hunker down for as long as possible. Preppers who have 4 to 6 months of food and water stocked would be safest.

Charlie Palmer, Author The Prepper Next Door.

ThoughtfullyPrepping has a nice series of articles about Ebola.

5 Responses to “How To Survive Ebola”

  1. thoughtfullyprepping October 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Ooo, ouch Charlie. Spray yourself with bleach? Dangerous advice my friend.
    You haven’t specified what strength or type of bleach, how much, how often, what effect that will have on clothing, boots, skin or what to do if things go wrong.

    • preppernextdoor October 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      My bad writing. I mean spray your hazmat–tyvek–suit, gloves, mask before taking it off. Not your skin or yourself. Maybe 10 to 1 water to bleach. Good catch. READERS DON’T SPRAY YOUR BODY WITH BLEACH! Don’t spray skin with bleach.

      People are preparing for a major Ebola outbreak. The companies that make simple hazmat suits are selling them like hotcakes. It’s good to see people making some basic preps. These basic suits cost like $8.

      You’re not kidding about the bleach. In my book, I tell the story of a doctor who combated a mouse infestation in his basement. Hantavirus is spread by mice and a serious thing. He went nutso with the bleach and burned out his lungs. Faced with Ebola or hantavirus or the equivalent, I’d go a bit crazy with the bleach myself. Those both have about a 50% survival rate. So worst case scenario, we have a 50-50 chance of living if Ebola spreads.

      The nurse who treated the first Ebola patient in Texas has tested positive for Ebola and they claim she wore full protection and followed procedure. I doubt that’s true. If true Ebola spreads much more aggressively than we thought and have been told.

      • preppernextdoor October 14, 2014 at 12:05 am #

        Just wanted to add your clothing isn’t affected because it’s under the tyvek. Worst case for boots, blotchy effect and shortened life. No big deal given the risk you’re offsetting.

        The reason for the bleach spray is to re-use the tyvek suit a few times. Yes, in a perfect world you could just dispose of your old PPE and get issued new. Even with re-use, you’d go through quite a few if you started venturing out. They are called “disposable coveralls” for a reason! Most of us don’t have 50+ suits stocked per person.

  2. equippedcat October 13, 2014 at 3:54 am #

    Better make sure your insect defenses are up to snuff. What if a mosquito bite an infected person and then you?

    And protect your animals. Dogs, at least, seem to be able to catch the disease and pass it on, without being symptomatic themselves.

    • preppernextdoor October 13, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

      Thanks for the information. I’ll need to learn more about the mosquito angle. Maybe that’s why it spread so quickly in Africa?

      My mosquito defenses are OK. A topic I wrote about in the book: DEET for bug spray, know how to replace window and door screens if damaged, drain stagnant water about your home if possible, if not look into mosquito bits which kill larvae (, and as a repellant you can get citronella oil and use candle stubs to make your own low cost citronella candles for use around the home.

      If society ever breaks down nobody will be spraying for mosquitoes like they do in the cities and surrounding areas and it would be absolutely miserable. I hate mosquitoes. For the next several months I’d be OK with no mosquito defenses. They all freeze to death. One advantage of living in a state with cold winters.

      Good point about Dogs. I didn’t know this. Some officials somewhere put down a dog who belonged to somebody with Ebola (don’t recall the details offhand) and there was a bit of a protest about that. One dog dies, hundreds of thousands of people upset. Thousands of people die in Africa, people yawn. I only caught a bit about this on the news as I was leaving the door. People wanted the dog quarantined for 20 days. I guess that’s one advantage of living in a rich society, we can spend the money to quarantine dogs!

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