Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Protection Outside the Home and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak

When the experts can’t agree, it’s clear that there’s a problem. When they can’t agree about something as deadly as the coronavirus, we’re all in danger. Yet that’s the very situation we face. Top experts are delivering varied prognostications about the killer virus, ranging all the way from “less serious than the flu” to “we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg”.

In all fairness to those experts, they really haven’t had much time to study this new disease. Many of those top experts are scrambling wildly to understand the virus, what parameters it can survive under and how it spreads. That’s usually the work of years and they’ve only had a few weeks to work at it.

Nevertheless, that lack of information just makes the coronavirus more dangerous to the rest of us. Without accurate information, we have to assume the worst, just like the doctors who are studying it do. That means a virus which is transmitted by “air” (actually by aerosol – droplets expelled from coughs and sneezes) and has a high mortality rate.

As of this writing, the coronavirus pandemic is still marching around the globe, with a total of over 60,000 confirmed cases in 28 countries. Of the 52,793 current active cases, only 15% (8,117) are considered serious or critical. But the more telling number is the closed cases, of which there are 7,604 individual people; 6,235 of them recovered and were discharged from the hospital and 1,369 resulted in the patient dying.

Officially, the fatality rate of coronavirus is listed at a meager 2%. But that figure is known to be incorrect. The problem is, it’s too early to make an actual determination. If we divide the number of deaths to date, by the total resolved cases, we get a mortality rate of 21%; but that’s not accurate either. Typically, the mortality rate of a pandemic is higher in the earlier days, with the survivor rate increasing towards the end.

But here’s the really scary statistic: the transmission rate is listed as a 3, with different studies giving answers anywhere from 1.4 and 4.0. If that number was less than 1, we could count on the epidemic burning itself out. But the higher the number, the more it will take to cause it to burn out.

Even if we take the best case figure, from the various studies, this pandemic is not going to burn out on its own. Something is going to have to happen, to make that happen, the question is what. And while we’re at it, what do we need to do in order to protect ourselves and our families? The world is an open book in terms of transportation, economy and immigration. This also means it’s open to disease as well.

There can be an overwhelming number of items to consider when preparing for a pandemic. This is particularly true for those who have little medical knowledge. It may all seem foreign. To combat this confusion, I thought it necessary that we break up our preps into three very distinct categories.

Treating a Pandemic Within the Home

  1. Plastic Sheeting is one of the most important items to have an abundance of. It can do things as simple as separate a few rooms to becoming a way to safely transport those who have died from the pandemic. The sheeting can also be used to cover windows and doors, if the pandemic gets out of hand. Have at least 200’ for all your needs.
  2. Disposable Gloves
  3. Disposable Foot Protection
  4. Disposable Aprons
  5. N95 Respirator Masks
  6. Face Shields or eye protection
  7. Tyvek Disposable Coveralls offer great body protection.
  8. Thermometers
  9. Fever Reducer
  10. Congestion Meds
  11. Antidiarrheal
  12. Throat Lozenge
  13. Inflammation Reducer
  14. Both Crystalline Vitamin C and cone flower (echinacea) will give you an option to boost the immune system. These two are critical in assuring your ability to stave off the disease, as well as fight it off once it’s attacking you.
  15. Echinacea
  16. Water Storage will be crucial and you will want to have at least 1.5 gallons per person per day. This water will play a massive role in the hydration of those who become sick.
  17. Water Filter
  18. Hydration Powder will add a little oomph to your water through things like electrolytes. You may not have an IV on hand, but that doesn’t mean you cannot stay hydrated properly.
  19. 100 Contractor Trash Bags
  20. 100 Indoor Trash Bags
  21. Cans with Tight Fitting Lids
  22. Plenty Antibacterial Soap for hand washing
  23. Quality Bodily Fluids Cleanup Kit (SUPER SORB)
  24. Hardback copy of serious medical volumes like The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies, The Survival Medicine Handbook, The Doomsday Book of Medicine.

Pandemic Protection Outside the Home

There are items that you can include for protection outside the home on a daily basis. These items would not be part of your EDC or everyday carry, but would be better suited in something like a get home bag.

  1. One of the most important pieces to have in that bag when prepping for a Pandemic is the N95 respirator. These are not very expensive and will protect your nose and throat from pathogens.
  2. You will also want some basic meds stored in your car as well. These meds should be for dealing with symptoms. Meds that will fight fever, diarrhea and something for sore throat would all be great options. A non-drowsy medication for congestion would also help.
  3. A basic trauma kit will also be vital. Remember that pathogens can enter your body through any damage in your skin or any orifice. If you are cut during a pandemic, it will be crucial that you clean and cover that cut ASAP.

Ideally, these items get you home as quickly as possible where you can survive a little more safely without the germs of the outside world.

Three Considerations for Pandemic Security

Unfortunately, even while people may be suffering from disease inside your home, you will still have others who want to get into your home to get what they need. This is particularly true for areas that are densely populated. They will be looking for meds, food and water. They will likely have people who are sick in their own lives. It’s a terrible thing to think about.

Still, if your family is safe within your home, the last thing you want is someone from the outside tracking germs inside. You must stay vigilant and try to stop threats at the doors or windows of your home. Being proactive in this method could save those in your home.

The Attack Drone is a dual-purpose technology that acts as eyes outside the home, as well as a deterrent for those who want to come on to your property. This battery powered quad-copter will not fly for very long, but you will only need to give chase once. Outfit your drone with some lightweight sharpened metals or even something that looks like a taser. This is an intimidation method more than anything else.

Perimeter Alarm will help you understand when someone has ventured too close. This will allow you some lead time so the threat does not come barreling through the front door or bashing through a window. Be sure the alarm runs of simple batteries and have a plan to change them after a while.

Any threat must be dealt with as quickly as possible. You do not want an infected person touching you or getting into your home. This is not time for a wrestling match. Be sure you have an effective firearm that will stop someone, even in light body armor, from getting into your home.

Basic preps will still be necessary in conjunction with these preps, which are more specific to the pandemic. Always start with a great base that you can build on.

Every time the government expands, taking over another part of society, it does so at the cost of individual and state freedom. what we are going to do when they come for our freedom of speech and our freedom to bear arms?

Communism hit center stage with the Russian revolution, as first Vladimir Lenin and then Joseph Stalin remade Russia into the image created by Karl Marx. This didn’t affect us here in the USA much until World War II, when we were uncomfortable allies with Russia. Even then, there were those who saw communism as being the political savior for all mankind. But it wasn’t until World War II ended and the Cold War began, that we clearly saw the juxtaposition of capitalism versus communism in the world.

Ever since then, there have been those in this county who have been pushing for us to become one more socialist country in the world. They hold up socialism as the shining light, where all people are treated equally. The government exists only to make sure that happens.

But even then, there is an elite in any communist government. Someone has to make the decisions about who gets what and those people always take care of themselves first. While socialism or even communism might be a great theory, it requires perfect people; and the world has always had a shortage of those.

Yet there are those in our political system, who still proclaim socialism as the way to go. They make it sound better by calling it “democratic socialism.” But all it takes is a look at other countries who have gone socialist to see what that means; you can vote it in, but you can’t vote it out.

Nevertheless, they try to make their political ideology look good by promising lots of freebies, not letting people know that they are going to have to pay exorbitant taxes to get those freebies. Rather, they claim that the rich, who don’t pay “their fair share” will pay them. Yet every time politicians talk about raising taxes on the rich, it is the middle class who feels the pinch, not the wealthy.

To the low-information voter, especially the low-income, low-information voter, this all sounds good. They get free health care, free birth control, free education, free phones, free food and free income, and someone else has to pay for it. What could be better?

Interestingly enough, over the last century, every socialist or communist government has gotten into power by proclaiming their concern for the poor. This gave them a large pool of low-information voters they could count on, so that they could get voted into office. They lied to their followers regularly, both about their own intentions and those of the opposing party. All that mattered was that they got into power. We could be seeing the same thing happening here.

So, is the United States on its way to becoming a communist country, as some would like?

As I look back over the last 50 years, I can see where we Americans have lost a lot of our freedoms. Every time the government expands, taking over another part of society, it does so at the cost of individual and state freedom. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the IRS or the EPA; they get their power by stealing our freedom.

In that sense, you can say that we are already on the road towards communism and have been so for quite some time. A major step towards getting us there was Obama’s signature healthcare law. Never intended to work, the Unaffordable Healthcare Act was merely supposed to be a stepping stone towards a single-payer healthcare system, which would allow the federal government to take full control of 17.9% of our economy.

Basically all that Obamacare has done for the country is raise the cost of health insurance and medical care. Yes, it did give some people who were previously denied health insurance coverage by insurance companies the legal right to buy insurance. Yet that could have been done at a much lower cost and without having to hire 30,000 new IRS agents, further bloating an already oppressive government agency, in the process.

Even regulatory agencies like the Department of Education can be seen to be pushing our country towards socialism and then communism. These agencies do nothing more than take the power to make decisions out of the hands of US citizens and our local governments. One of their main ways of doing this is by controlling tax dollars. Money passed out to state and local governments by these agencies always comes with a price; one of toeing the line on some regulation or other.

Part of the problem here is that once a government agency is established, it is all but impossible to shut it down. Take the EPA for example. It can be fairly argued that there was a need for the EPA, when it was founded by President Nixon in 1970. But since then, the majority of the work that the EPA originally did has been taken over by state governments, leaving the bloated federal bureaucracy in place to spend taxpayer money and create stifling regulations.

The new House of Representatives seems to be making a greater push for the government to take over other parts of our economy as well. Some representatives have even gone so far as to float the idea of taking over major corporations, “for the good of the people.” Should this actually happen, it will be the sign that our country is actively being taken over by a communistic government.

If we keep doing that, we’re going to find ourselves backed into a corner; actually several corners. The first corner will be the elimination of our First Amendment freedom of speech. The “PC Police” are already at work on this, using “political correctness” and “hate speech” to silence those who don’t agree with them.

Totalitarian authority can’t handle disagreement, so they have to criminalize that disagreement in order to silence it. Everyone will be forced to toe the party line, saying what they’re supposed to say, as if they believe it. They won’t be satisfied with us being quiet, but rather insist that we say things their way.

Once they’ve accomplished that, it will be easier for them to take the next big roadblock to communism out of the way, our Second Amendment rights. Totalitarian governments must always disarm the people, so that they can keep control. As Mao Zedong, the first communist leader of China said, “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

Without guns, what can any of us do to stop anything the government wants to do? The Second Amendment was given to us for this purpose. If those in power are going to get the power that they want, they have to take it out of our hands. That’s why the gun grabbers always attacks the AR-15 rifle, rather than pistols or shotguns. You can’t fight a war with pistols; you need rifles for that. As long as we are armed with rifles, we are a danger to the totalitarian communist government they crave.

The real question boils down to what we are going to do when they come for our freedom of speech and our freedom to bear arms?

Pandemics: Risks, Impacts, and Mitigation. People and Things Travel Further, Faster, and More Often-The Effects of a Pandemic Today Would be Greater than Ever Before

Two things make our society massively more vulnerable to what we term bio-risks – anything from deliberately introduced lethal diseases to the results of random mutation of regular viruses and bacteria already in our environments.

But to start with, here’s an interesting fact.  Most diseases don’t like to kill too many people too fast, because they rely on living people for their own survival – as a host to live in, and as a means of passing on their offspring.  If a disease kills too many people, too quickly, they end up harming themselves as well.  So evolution tends to moderate the lethality of most diseases.

Furthermore, in places where there are common diseases, the people develop some resistance to those diseases, meaning the people and the diseases can co-exist in a balanced situation.  That is why we Americans have to take anti-malarial precautions when traveling somewhere rife with malaria for example, even though the local people are living quite comfortably alongside malaria.

But – and here’s the catch.  Changes in our lifestyles have occurred faster than diseases can evolve to keep up with us.  The two key changes, below, in particular, mean that diseases that once posed moderate risks now can pose massively greater risks.

The population is More Densely Crowded

In our modern world, if someone coughs onto a door handle, 100 people might touch that same door handle in less than an hour.  If someone sneezes on a bus or train or plane, the germs carry instantly to 20 or 30 people within a dozen feet of them.

When people lived in rural areas, what happened in one homestead or one small town rarely impacted much beyond that because people weren’t crowded together for much of every day.  A person would get sick, and stay at home, and their family would largely stay close around them, with only limited interactions with other households.  And if they did travel somewhere, they’d probably be traveling by horse or open carriage, not infecting hundreds of fellow travelers as they did so.

Non-farm employment was typically in small businesses rather than huge office complexes.  There were no such things as shopping malls with thousands of people going in and out of them every day.

The ability of a disease to pass from person to person, within a local area, was much more restricted than now.

People – and Things – Travel Further, Faster, and More Often

The ability of a disease to travel long-distance was even more constrained, 100 and 200 years ago.  100 years ago the fastest method of transportation was the train (at about 40 mph) or boat (less than 20 mph); and 200 years ago, it was the horse at perhaps 10 mph or a boat at 5 mph or less.  In other words, infected people would simply die before they got too far out of their home area (or, perhaps, recover – either outcome meaning the disease was no longer being passed on).

Today we have planes that can fly nonstop, halfway around the world, in less than a day.

The person next to you on the bus might have just flown in from a faraway country yesterday, bringing who knows what foreign disease with him.

Or, in the airport, on your way from San Francisco to Chicago, you pass a person who has just landed from London, and who was seated next to someone from Ghana.  He caught an infection from the Ghanaian (who continues to infect more people on his travels), and the man you met is now about to infect people in San Francisco, including you at the airport, and you’re about to now go to Chicago and continue the spread of the disease, infecting someone on your flight to Chicago who travels on to New York, and so on and so on.  Give it a day or two, and the disease is everywhere that has an airport.

It isn’t just people who travel.  So to do things.  Much of the food you eat has come from hundreds or thousands of miles away.  As we sometimes find out to our cost, contaminated meat from one packing plant can impact on people all across the country.  Unwashed lettuce containing a dangerous hazard might start its journey in another country, and fan out all across the country, infecting people semi-randomly across the US.

A crate packed full of clothing made in South East Asian and airfreighted here might also have one or two dangerous disease-bearing insects that escape into the greater Los Angeles area upon arrival at LAX.

In the past, people obviously didn’t travel as much, and they also traveled more slowly, meaning that by the time they came down with a disease, they had not had a chance to get far from home, limiting the disease’s spread accordingly.

To return to our earlier malaria example, 100 and 200 years ago, malaria was not a problem outside its prime areas of existence, because people and mosquitos with the disease didn’t travel far away from the prime malarial regions.  But today, a mosquito or a person can be in one part of the world in the morning and many thousands of miles away by the evening.

Diseases which are not crippling risks to the local acclimated population can become lethal when suddenly introduced to a different population with no built-in resistance.

We Are Less Disease Resistant To Start With

Some credible studies have suggested that our clean healthy lives are actually weakening our immune systems.

When children used to literally eat worms and dirt at the bottom of their garden, when food wasn’t always thoroughly cooked or safely stored, when children would regularly fall over and get cuts and scrapes, people exercised their immune systems and built up a more resilient and healthy system in general.  Exercise, healthy living and healthy food with fewer chemicals and additives all helped too.

Today we have so cocooned ourselves in cleanliness that trivial infections can become more serious.  But – not to worry, because we nowadays have sophisticated antibiotics to protect us from most bacterial infections, right?

We Are Destroying Our AntiBiotic Effectiveness

Alas, no.  Doctors are colossally over-prescribing antibiotics, partially due to pressure from anxious patients (and their anxious parents) and are sometimes now prescribing them even for non-bacterial infections, even though they are useless for such things.

Why do doctors do this?  Two reasons.  First, liability.  The doctor reason ‘Well, the illness is probably not bacterial, but maybe it could be, or maybe there will be a secondary infection that might arise, and if I don’t prescribe the antibiotic, I might subsequently be sued; it costs me nothing to write the prescription, so why not’.

Second, in response to pressure from their patients.  Few doctors develop the close relationship that family doctors formerly had with their patients.  They have become the slaves of their productivity studies; they don’t even have their own friendly warm consulting room.

Instead, they flit from room to room, where their patient is waiting for them, already having been prepared, vital signs checked, history recorded, by nurses and nurse assistants.  Rather than asking the patient what the problem is, and chatting with them to elicit more information and to relax and build a rapport and trust while doing things such as taking temperature and blood pressure, they read the notes on the computer, then start diagnosing and prescribing almost without interacting with the patient at all.

The former 20+ minute patient visit is now more like 5 minutes.

So in their rush to complete their consultation, it is easy to accede to a patient request, and there is always the hope that the placebo effect may assist the patient, even if the antibiotic itself doesn’t.

The next part of this problem is that patients often don’t take the antibiotic as directed.  As soon as they start to feel better, they stop taking the antibiotic, particularly if the antibiotic has or threatens to have any type of side effects.  This is a very dangerous thing to do because at this point there are still some bacteria in the patient – hardy bacteria who are slower to die from the antibiotic.  If the poisonous antibiotic stops attacking them, these resistant bacteria recover and become more resistant for next time and next time.

Furthermore, there are so many antibiotics being prescribed – and for animals as well as people (not because the animals are sick, but to make them grow faster) – that much of the water and ground is now contaminated with low levels of antibiotics, which allow for bacteria to become acclimated to the antibiotics and develop resistance to them.

The result is the appearance of increasingly resistant bacteria.

How Many Times Can We Win at Russian Roulette?

Remember SARS?  Swine Flu?  Bird Flu?  These – and many other viruses that don’t get such prominent news billing – all credibly threatened to become global pandemics.  In each case, the threat did not become a reality, but it was not due to any particular clever/appropriate response by society.  It was due to good luck and the viruses are not quite as lethal/infectious as initially thought.

But the viruses continue to mutate.  The good thing about mutations is that 98% or more of all mutations create weaker rather than stronger viruses.  But some small percentage of mutations create more lethal and/or more infectious viruses.

With our society the way it is now, the conditions are ideal for a lethal infectious virus to spread like wildfire, across the entire world.  It doesn’t only have to be an influenza type virus.  It could as likely be an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Good luck has meant this has not happened to date, but as soon as our lucky streak ends, we will be in for a life-changing event.

The Effects of a Pandemic Today Would be Greater than Ever Before

Our vulnerability today in the event of a pandemic is much greater than ever before.

The last major pandemic was the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919.  Back then, continents were linked by slow ship rather than fast plane, and only about one person in five lived in a city.  Most of the population were in low-density rural areas, and each city dweller (who did not make his own food) had as many as five rural residents who could make food for him.

Life, back then, was ‘low intensity’.  Electricity was a convenience, but not integrated into every part of our lives.  Wireless radios were just starting to come out.  Television didn’t exist (and at the risk of amazing our younger readers, neither did the internet, either).

In this low-intensity world, it is estimated that 25% of the US population came down with the Spanish flu, and 10% of those who caught the flu died from it.  What would the numbers be like today, in our much higher intensity world?

Initially, governments were slow to acknowledge the Spanish flu and the danger it posed and preferred to refer to the pandemic as ‘only the flu’ so as to prevent panic.  But, whether ‘only the flu’, or not, social disruptions became increasingly extreme.  Restrictions were placed on public gatherings (including funerals and even store sales) and on travel.  In San Francisco and San Diego, it became compulsory to wear gauze masks in public, and one town made shaking hands illegal.

Desperate shortages of health care professionals existed, and similar shortages affected other service industries – in some cities, there were not enough phone operators to allow for normal phone service.  There were also shortages of coffins, morticians, and grave-diggers, such that mass graves were dug by steam shovel and dead bodies buried en masse.

To put the impact of this flu outbreak in another context, 25 million people have died of AIDS in the first 25 years of this disease.  In comparison, 25 million people died of flu (in a world with a much smaller population) in 25 weeks (many more died in total, over a longer period).

Now think about what would happen today.  And instead of a shortage of phone operators, maybe there’ll be a shortage of public works employees.  We might lose our water or our power or our sewer services.

These days we have many fewer hospital beds than we had then because people spend much less time in hospitals and fewer healthcare workers in general.  We have less ‘surge capacity’ to accommodate a massive outbreak of anything – we don’t have the hospital beds, or the hospital space of any type, or the healthcare workers, or the medical supplies needed to manage a sudden outbreak affecting maybe 50 – 100 million Americans.

And those restrictions on public gatherings and store sales?  What happens if you can’t go to buy more food for a week?  For that matter, what happens if 25% of the people who deliver food to the stores are off sick, and 25% of the people who prepare the food are also off sick, and so on?

Does a 25% reduction in manpower means a 25% reduction in services, or a lesser amount – or, perhaps, a much greater amount?  Does a 25% reduction in police means a 25% rise in crime or a doubling in crime?

Talking about the reduction in the police, it is probably the police would also need to be retasked to all sorts of additional duties, and just as we’ve seen in past rioting events (eg Los Angeles in 1992)

Terrorist Bio-Attacks

The other new dimension of our ugly world today is the potential for terrorists to release some form of bio-attack into our communities.  Anthrax, botulism, or any of dozens of less well-known but equally deadly evils could be seeded into a small part of our country and then be quickly spread around the country by unknowingly infected individuals.

By the time the authorities worked out what was happening, and decided on what to do about it, much of the country would already be compromised.  There comes a point when the concept of quarantining no longer makes sense because most of the country would have to be in the quarantine zone!

Unfortunately, all the amazing new tools and knowledge of geneticists and biotechnologists can be used for evil as well as for good.  The totally lax security concerns of researchers who develop dangerous strains of germs and who like to share them with each other, while making good sense in a benevolent world and enhancing the sharing of knowledge and research, are incredibly dangerous and alarming when one of the people receiving the shared knowledge and the lethal research strain of some bug is someone keen to use the knowledge for evil rather than honorable purposes.

Creating and inserting pandemic-causing diseases into our society is dismayingly easy, and does not require nearly the degree of technology and visible infrastructure that is required for developing or delivering nuclear weapons.

Preparing for Bio-Doom

In terms of duration, a pandemic will probably be a Level 2 event.  The Spanish flu attacked the US in three major waves, spanning a good twelve months.  This was in part due to the movement of troops from Europe back to the US at the end of World War 1, and in part just due to natural factors.

New pandemics will spread at a faster rate, for sure, and might, therefore, last less time in total (but also might extend on at least as long).  The impact on society is unclear, and maybe mild or might be severe – in other words, can you survive in place, or do you need to bug out to your retreat?

The end of the epidemic will occur when one of two things occurs.  One possibility is when population densities have reduced to a point where it is no longer being readily transmitted, and where the remaining people will either be survivors who now have immunity after their earlier infection or naturally resistant people who are not susceptible to the disease to start with.

The other possibility is that our medical scientists will come up with vaccination or cure for the ailment, enabling people to quickly terminate any infection.  This is the medical equivalent of a ‘Hail Mary’ pass, however.  The lead-times required to first come up with a solution to a new threat, and then to develop enough of the drug that resolves the problem, could be way over a year or more.

Needless to say, it would be very nice to have the option to bug out if possible when confronted by a pandemic.  It is a bit harder to decide when you should do this, though – on the other hand, the good news is that the lack of an obvious defining event means that the entire population of your city region won’t all take to the freeways to evacuate the city simultaneously.

Clearly, you need to keep apprised of the latest bio-risks and the Pandemic ratings given by WHO and CDC to any new threats.  At some point prior to being surrounded by a pandemic and probably infected yourself, you’ll need to shut off contact with the outside world and let the pandemic pass you by.

If there is no threat of social disorder, it probably makes sense to stay where you are.  But if the threat of social disorder starts to increase, and if your normal residence starts to lose essential services such as water and power, then you might want to consider making an orderly departure and moving to your retreat.

During the period of ambiguity as to if an outbreak will become a pandemic or not, you’ll want to become very careful at controlling your exposure to germs.  Washing your hands becomes essential prior to any potential transfer of germs from anything to your hands and then on to anything that could end up in your mouth or nose or eyes.  And gently reducing the time you spend in concentrated crowds of other people is a good thing to do, too.

We Will Have To Reboot Our Standard of Living To Survive As a Nation

In 1940 you could buy a nice cape cod style home for around $2,500. Someone entering the job market likely started out at $25 a week. A 1940 Buick with a straight 8 would run you $895 and up.

Why this stroll down memory lane? Because it is meant to show how much inflation has changed the price of things. When we still used money that was based on gold and silver, inflation was kept in check to some degree. Fractional reserve banking and excessive credit creation have distorted the value of things we depend on for life and we are coming to the end of that failed experiment. All of our recent prosperity has been paid for with our ability to print dollars out of thin air.

If you want to know where we are being led you only have to stroll down any city street where the homeless live, or you can look through the many pictures of the great depression. The American people are being systematically impoverished and it is being done knowingly by those in charge and is allowed by a dumbed down, apathetic public too busy staring at their iphone to notice.

If this nation is to survive and retain a reasonable standard of living and quality of life, we will have to downsize to a level that we can actually afford. We will need to forego the 2,000 sq. ft. $300,000 homes we all like so much and settle for a more affordable 900 sq. ft. $30,000 home we can actually pay for. We will have to give up the $40,000 autos coming out of Detroit now and settle for a smaller inexpensive model that can actually get 60 mpg.

We will also need to return to a financial system that is based on real value. This being gold and silver money. If we try to use anything else we are simply trying to fool ourselves. You cannot use a currency that does not act as a store of wealth over the long term.

We can do this by choice and salvage what is left of our country or we can continue on the current path and end up an impoverished country with a dictator in charge like most other failed nations in the world.

If we want to continue having a country worth living in we need to go back to what we know works and try to build up from there. We no longer have sufficient manufacturing capacity to employ all of the people in this country and any kind of welfare will not work without debasing the currency.

This will necessitate 20% of the population going back to living on small farms to insure they have a job and sufficient resources to care for their families. Nothing else in our current situation will work. We have too many unemployed people living off of the state and this will end soon. We will either have a mass exodus from the country or a mass extinction within it. As unpleasant as it sounds that is our future if we do not make substantial changes while we still have time. That time is nearly up.

Downsizing our lives and our wants will be a necessary change if we want to salvage something of our future. We have lived too long in fantasy land and now we must come back to reality. The west line has moved and we will never get back all of the production jobs we once had. We must accept that and accept that our country will be less productive and less prosperous in the future and learn to live within our means.

A Pandemic That Scares The General Population Into Submission Can Act As Cover For Many Different Events. This is the future of gun control in America?

If a pandemic were to get lose in the nation most people would look to government for answers and help but there are those that would stay as far away from the government as possible. These are the self sufficient people that government fears the most. They have the supplies and knowledge to stay alive when most others won’t and that is reason enough for the government to get them out of the way. They are potential impediments to total government control. So what might the feds do to eliminate this potential threat to their power?

The first thing needed is to identify these people and assess their potential threat to the government. That has been ongoing for several years now with doctors asking about firearms ownership and new regulations to get child protective services into homes to insure the safety of the children.

The second thing is to verify the location of the individuals home. After all, you cannot do anything to someone unless you can find them. This was done in part during the last census when workers recorded the GPS coordinates to individuals homes and it is said that the postal service now scans the front and back of letters to capture the addresses on them not only to tag your address but to see the location and identity of those you are in communication with.

Once you have the enemy identified you want to destroy, neutralize or suppress their abilities to work against you. This can be done in many ways. The ostracizing of the prepper community and the listing of preppers, veterans and Christians as domestic threats by fusion centers has forced these people to try to keep a low profile while they prepare for future events.

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The final phase is to remove these people from society completely. That is where we are now. There must be some coordinated way to separate these people from their supplies and their support networks.

With a pandemic the government has the excuse to conduct wellness checks on individuals to assess their condition. This will be done under the cover of containing the virus. The reality is that once it goes nationwide, the virus cannot be contained and these wellness checks can be used to remove those that the government wants out of the way. After all, what citizen would complain about the government removing someone that can infect the community. If the government has to get violent, no one will say anything so it is a good time to remove people for other reasons as well.

The health officials will force entry into homes to check individuals and when someone with firearms and ample supplies is found they can be labeled as infected and removed to camps with the sick. In the beginning those that know what is going on will resist and probably shoot at government workers that try to break through self imposed quarantine zones around their homes. This will lead to workers being escorted by armed security that will be able to assault homes and force entry. This is the future of gun control in America. It is the only way they could hope to accomplish it.

After these well individuals are placed in sick camps they will suffer one of three fates. They will either contract the disease and die, contract the disease and survive or not get sick at all. Those that survive will likely be kept at the camp to care for the sick that continue to come in. A pandemic would require tens of thousands of workers to tend to the sick and there are not enough to do that at this time so this is a likely answer. These healthy people would become forced labor for the government. If you do not think this is a possibility you need to read some of the executive orders now in effect. The government can conscript anyone during an emergency and use them as forced labor for free. These free laborers are expendable while trained medical personnel are not.

If the government wishes to maintain some type of healthcare system in the nation they will likely divert infected persons away from hospitals so that those locations can maintain operations. It would be necessary to maintain operational hospitals for the government workers and those that serve them. If hospitals were overrun with plague victims it would decimate the medical staff and completely collapse the medical system. The medical workers that did not die would stop showing up to work in many cases as an act of self preservation. Doctors and nurses are highly trained people and you cannot replace them easily.

Those forced laborers that are left after the pandemic is over can be utilized or eliminated as the government wants and is a good way to get trouble makers out of the way. This may not be the plan but it makes some sense. Its what I might do if I were in charge and had a certain agenda in mind.

A pandemic that scares the general population into submission can act as cover for many different events. It can be cover for the economic collapse that will surely arrive one day, it can be used as a money maker for pharmaceutical companies, it can be used to consolidate power by the government or it could be used to reduce the population which is the stated goal of some in society.

This article is meant to make you ask questions, not to frighten you so here are some things to think about in the days to come. Why did Crucell develop an Ebola vaccine in 2006 and now hides the fact? Why is GSK rushing another potential vaccine into production that will likely be mandatory for the general population? Why does FEMA have contracts with foreign governments like Russia to provide manpower in the event of a disaster in America? Why do we have executive orders that can turn the population into virtual slave labor even in times of peace? Why does the CDC have thousands of coffins on hand? Why do we have UN vehicles being prepositioned around the country? Why have local police been militarized? Why are preppers, veterans and Christians being demonized by the government? Why does the FED continue to destroy the dollar knowing what it will do to the country? Why is our southern border left open? Why is the government reluctant to stop people from infected areas from coming into the U.S.?

This outbreak may fizzle out and become nothing but if this black swan lands, it could be a world changing event. If the government does come for you one day, the only thing you can do is not be there when they arrive. At this time there are more questions than answers and some of the answers are not very comforting. One thing that is certain is that we are living in interesting times. Only time will tell how this will end.

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Coronavirus Spreading Faster Than Anticipated: How Much Risk Do We Face And What Precautions Should We Make?

The real question for us is: how seriously should you and I be taking this? Is this potentially as bad as the Ebola pandemic of 2014? How much risk do we face and what precautions should we make?

Let’s Get This Straight

When we hear the word “pandemic” we tend to think of things like the Black Plague, the worst in history, which killed off 60 percent of the European population in the 14th century. But by definition, a pandemic is a “regional” epidemic. In other words, it’s an epidemic that hits several neighboring countries in the same region of the world.

Perhaps it’s time for that definition to change. With modern air travel being so prevalent, any epidemic can easily spread to other countries; and it’s not limited to spreading to neighboring countries either. As we’ve seen in this case, pandemics can quickly make it around the world, carried by those who have been infected. They, in turn, become the disease’s instrument to infect others.

In a sense, we live with pandemics every year, although they are not commonly referred to as such. The flu, which goes around and around the world, fulfills the definition of a pandemic. However, it’s not normally referred to as such, simply because of the low percentage of victims who die of it.

But what About the Coronavirus?

It’s not widely known, but according to the CDC website[1], the flu accounts for anywhere between 12,000 to 61,000 deaths per year. Most of the time, those deaths are caused by a combination of the flu and some other disease; either a pre-existing respiratory problem or contracting pneumonia due to the flu. If one has renal problems or is dehydrated and contracts the flu, the chance of dehydration is increased, with the potential of leading to death. The elderly, who often have already weakened immune systems, and the very young seem to be the most susceptible to dying from the flu.

But the percentage of people who die from the flu is actually extremely low. With a potential of 60.8 million cases of flu per year, even the highest death toll recorded by CDC is only one-tenth of one percent of total cases. I’m not being cavalier about that; but one-tenth of one percent is much better than 2.8 percent, which is the current statistic for the coronavirus or 80 percent, which is typical for Ebola.

Like influenza, coronavirus isn’t one single virus, but a family of seven (there are four major strains of flu). A couple of these strains, SARS and MERS are rather serious, much more serious than what’s being experienced in China. Yet, even the more benign version that is spreading today is taking victims.

So far, all of the victims of this epidemic are located in Wuhan, China. They have all been old men. So it’s likely that they had some other underlying condition, which made them especially vulnerable to the disease. It is also likely that it was a combination of that condition and the virus which ended up killing them, not just the coronavirus alone.

Treating Coronavirus

We won’t know the full risk of the current coronavirus outbreak until CDC is able to quantify it and determine its parameters. As of yet, we have very little information about it, let alone about how to kill the virus. Although I have heard rumors of a vaccine, it is way too early to tell if it will work or if it will infect the very same people it is intended to protect.

One thing that most people don’t realize, is that unlike bacterial infections, which can be treated with antibiotics, there are no antiviral drugs that doctors can prescribe. Medical science has had zero success in developing drugs that will combat viral infections.

Part of the reason for this is that there are so many different viruses out there. In addition to that, those are so simple that they mutate easily. In fact, a large part of the reason that viral epidemics burn out is because the viruses mutate through successive generations, reducing their potency to the point where they no longer kill those they infect. But that ability to mutate also makes it hard to develop antiviral drugs that work.

That’s why vaccines are so important. Vaccines are essentially a less virulent form of the virus. As such, they don’t cause the full effects of the disease. Instead, they trigger the body’s immune system, causing it to develop antibodies that kill the virus. Then, if the individual is exposed to the virus, their body’s immune system is already prepared to combat it, protecting them.

Surviving a Pandemic

It is unknown, as of yet, whether the one victim of the coronavirus here in the United States infected anyone else with the virus, before seeing his doctor. It is quite possible that there were several days between the time he returned home and the time that symptoms began. If that’s the case, he could have come into contact with a wide range of people, some of whom could have become infected as well.

I’m sure that the appropriate medical professionals in Washington state are working hard to identify everywhere that the victim went and everyone he came into contact with. Those people will all be screened for the coronavirus, just like people returning to the US from China are. But all it would take is for them to miss one infected person, and the disease could begin spreading through the population. How fast it might spread and how many people might become infected is anyone’s guess at this time.

Should this reach epidemic proportions here in the USA, we will need to take precautions to protect ourselves. If enough people do that, the disease will burn out. But just what sorts of precautions do we need to take?

All viral infections travel from animals to people or from people to people. Variants of the flu, like the swine flu and the bird flu, are named the way they are, because the virus first infected people by passing from those animals to people. But then the virus started passing from one person to the next. This has been shown to be happening with the coronavirus.

But just how does it do that?

Viruses, and other disease-causing pathogens, normally travel from person to person through bodily fluids. The most dangerous of these is called “aerosol” often mistaken for airborne. Truly airborne viruses can travel from one person to the next simply by breathing. Recent studies of the flu virus indicate that it might travel in this manner. Previously, it was thought to only travel through aerosol. That’s bad enough.

Aerosol refers to tiny droplets of saliva and mucus which leave the body when one coughs or sneezes. These can travel several feet and be breathed in by other people. They can also deposit on common surfaces, where others can get them on their hands. The virus then enters the body through the eyes or mouth, when the person rubs their eyes or eats with their hands.

As part of our natural defenses against sickness, our skin does an amazingly good job of keeping out viruses and other microscopic pathogens. The only way they can get through the skin is through a natural opening, like those I just mentioned or through a cut or contusion in the skin.

Once inside, the viruses multiply, until they reach the point where they cause illness to appear in the person’s body.

Isolation

The easiest way to avoid infection is to avoid contact with other people. In Tom Clancy’s book, “Executive Orders,” the President institutes a nationwide quarantine and closing of all public places of congregation, to stop a case of bio-warfare, where the Ebola virus had been released on the public. The fear generated by that order reduced human interaction to the point where the epidemic died out.

While it might be impractical to cut off interaction with others altogether, a serious enough epidemic could make that necessary. Had the people of Europe known about the spread of disease and instituted such a quarantine, the Black Death wouldn’t have claimed so many victims.

Even without a quarantine, it is possible to greatly reduce the risk of infection by the simple expedient of reducing contact with other people. If you are isolated from others, they can’t spread disease to you. The risk associated with contact you must have can be mitigated by keeping enough distance between them and yourself, so that virus particles cannot travel from them to you via aerosol.

Low-Risk Protection

If you do have to have contact with others in the midst of an epidemic, it only makes sense to take some basic precautions. Here we can learn from the medical community and what they do. The basic precautions they take are enough to protect them from almost any virus or bacteria.

What precautions am I talking about? Wearing medical masks to protect the nose and mouth from aerosol, rubber gloves on their hands and in some cases, going so far as to wear goggles, to protect the eyes from the aerosol as well. They do this whenever they are with patients who are infected or who have a disease. Then when they leave those patients, they remove their gloves and wash their hands.

High-Risk Protection

For really severe diseases, like Ebola or Lass Fever, the medical community will step their precautions up a bit, wearing airtight suits that keep everything out. The standard is the Racal suit, which comes with a helmet and an air handling system that cleans the air coming into the suit.

Unfortunately, the Racal suit is expensive, more than a thousand dollars. But we can make an effective substitute out of much lower cost items. People doing hazard materials cleanup wear a Tyvek suit, which is a fibrous plastic, hoods, and booties to go over the shoes that exist as well. One of these suits, with rubber gloves and a hood, will cover most of your body, especially if you tape the sleeve and pant cuffs to the gloves and booties. It’s also a good idea to put on a second pair of gloves so that they can be removed if they become contaminated, without having to expose the hands to the air. For the face, wear a gas mask, which will filter out the air, while protecting the openings in your skin.

When wearing a suit of this sort for protection, you have to assume that the suit will become contaminated. Therefore, you need a decontamination area outside your home, like on the back patio. Before taking the suit off, the suit would need to be sprayed down with an antiseptic solution, then rinsed. Then it could be taken off and the individual could safely enter the house.

If you want to go one step farther for extreme protection, build an airlock out of sheet plastic, just inside the door. Place ultraviolet lights in this airlock, in such a way that the light will cover the entire body of someone standing in there. Ultraviolet is uniformly fatal to viruses, so standing in there for a minute, ensuring that the light hits every part of the body, is a good second stage of decontamination. The problem is, we’re dealing with things that are too small to see. You and your clothes or your Tyvek suit can look perfectly clean, but be covered with bacteria or viruses. Since we have no safe way of telling if they are there, we must assume the worst and decontaminate thoroughly. That’s the only way to be sure and be safe

If The Day Comes When The SHTF, We’ll be in Big Trouble – The Vast Majority Of The Population Is Unprepared For Any Serious National Crisis

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With the recent release of reports from government agencies that warn of potential risk from long term grid failure, it is only prudent to evaluate your readiness for potential problems in our future. Catastrophic events have a habit of showing up unannounced.

When the population is capable of caring for itself following an event, it frees up government assets to devote to fixing the problem rather than taking care of the population. As we have seen in the past, even in the best cases, government assets cannot provide everything the population wants following an event. They can only provide the most basic needs and this decreases in proportion to the number of people that require assistance.

When something happens and you have resources to provide for your needs, you automatically have more options at your disposal to work your way through the problems. This provides you with the freedom to act in your own best interests and not be a pawn to others. Those that are dependant on others for their needs are at the mercy of those providing those necessities.

The recent NIAC report expresses a need for community enclaves where people can hunker down while the problems are being fixed. These enclaves would encompass things such as schools, hospitals and other community assets that are necessary to continue providing necessities to the community. Enclaves that can provide medical needs, water, sewer services, communications and security are just some of the things that can allow a population to weather an event with the least amount of discomfort.

The ability of community enclaves to care for the local population allows the government to deploy available assets to fix the problem rather than provide for the daily needs of the population. This can greatly enhance the ability to fix the problems in a timely manner without the disruptions that can occur when the population is demanding resources that the government may not have. Community self care is one of the basic functions that civil defense units were once tasked with. The loss of a national civil defense program has left the nation vulnerable at the local level and has security implications for the whole nation. The community enclave idea harkens back to the civil defense era of preparedness.

In the event of a nation wide event, the federal government has no way to care for the nation as a whole. The resources are simply not there, at least not at the national or state level. The resources stored by the government are based on a disaster of small scale and limited duration. The government also depends on the ability to pull resources from the private sector in an emergency. An event that disrupts transportation systems would also prevent distribution of the resources that are available at storage locations.

Communities have the ability to store the necessary resources on an individual basis that can allow the nation to recover. Individuals that store supplies help to spread out the cost of resources and provide redundancy and durability to the supply chain. A government warehouse that is destroyed or looted will provide no help to the many who are counting on it but the loss of a few individual storage units can be absorbed on the whole.

The shift from a local civil defense posture to a government operated system has left the population vulnerable to events that could otherwise have far less consequences for the population if they maintained the resources to deal with it locally on an individual basis. The community enclave allows the local group to benefit from the technical expertise of individuals such as doctors, law enforcement, firemen, electricians and plumbers to provide the essential services that the whole group needs while individuals provide the basic supplies their families need.

The ability of communities to remain stable during an event makes the nation as a whole much stronger and less likely to fall into chaos should other events emerge that can compound the situation. There are those in the world that are always eager to use any situation to prey on society for their own benefit. This can be individuals, groups or even nation states seeking expansion and resources.

We have the resources available at this time to prepare for future unknowns but it is up to each individual to make these preparations. Once an event unfolds it is too late to acquire what you need in any quantity. What you have when it unfolds is what you will have to work with for the duration. At this time the vast majority of the population is unprepared for any serious national crisis and without a refocus of our efforts to individual preparations, the nation as a whole will suffer and depending on the event, may not survive.