Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Dose of Doom and Gloom


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


by
Rick Scavetta, U.S. Army Africa

The Big Idea
The first article, I would like to highlight, is a piece from Charles Hugh Smith, over at Of Two Minds blog.

In this article, Mr. Smith suggests the traditional job/work/employment is going to change, for the worst, for most of us (you and your family)

Link:
Of Two Minds - Our New Robot Overlords and The Third Type of Capital
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogoct14/robot-overlords10-14.html

Note:
Mr. Smith has sounded this alarm before, and I agree with him. As technology changes our world (becomes cheaper and smarter) people will turn to it. Robots will (have) replaced humans.

So, ...

You have to ask yourself, what will my family do?


Cause for Alarm
For some folks, every time these United States' Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has a practice exercise, it is time for alarm, especially, if they are messing up a current event. These folks think these exercises are precursors for some round up of dissidents.

While possibly true, that is usually not the case.

And, ...

That's a problem.

Link:
BlackListed News - FEMA Conducting Pandemic Drills Amidst Ebola Crisis
http://www.blacklistednews.com/FEMA_Conducting_Pandemic_Drills_Amidst_Ebola_Crisis/38659/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Note:
Yes, there is the possibly that FEMA and other government organizations could be used to herd you and your family into internment camps by an oppressive government for a nefarious reason.

But, ...

These practice events are usually planned years in advance to insure that the organizations involved with the exercise have the people and the money to attend the event. According to some professionals, these practice exercises are really wastes of tax dollars because the simulated events are too simple, unrealistic, or considered 'pencil' drills. In other words, useless.

Plus, ...

As we see from current events (Ebola), the emergency preparedness organizations aren't exactly inspiring confidence.


Every Year
I have probably warned of these threats to you and your family.

These events?

They are the recurring events like hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, and many others. (I don't think there is an earthquake season ; - ) that you and your family need to be prepared for.

Link:
Times of India - Power out, trees fall as hurricane crosses Bermuda
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Power-out-trees-fall-as-hurricane-crosses-Bermuda/articleshow/44873138.cms

Link:
The Weather Channel - Wipha Losing Strength, Batters Japan with Wind and Rain
http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-wipha-tokyo-japan-20131014


The 'War' Continues
Just in case, folks have forgotten that fighting continues in the Middle East.

Oooh, ...

Some folks are still funding extremists freedom fighters


Link:
The Telegraph - How Qatar Funds Extremists Across the Middle East
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/qatar/11171847/How-Qatar-funds-extremists-across-the-Middle-East.html

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,


by
CDC microbiologist Frederick A. Murphy

Background
A virus and bacteria are different things, but both can make you and your family sick, take Ebola. It is a virus so is influenza (flu) or the common cold. E. coli is a bacteria that can cause food poisoning, so is the Yersinia pestis bacterium (a bacteria). It caused the Black Death

A bacteria will have DNA and can replicate by itself. It's alive

Most viruses have RNA. It is not alive. It needs a living cell to replicate.

Natural Defenses
Your body has natural defenses. One of these defenses is your bacteria and fungus covered skin. (yeah, your skin is covered with beneficial bacterias, fungus, and other microbes). These bacteria and virus keep other harmful bacteria and virus from entering our body when you are cut.

Another natural body defense is your blood. If you are cut, you should let the cut bleed for a little while. This flowing blood will keep bacteria, viruses, and other microbes from entering your body.

Another natural defense is your immune system. It provides resistance to diseases in various ways. One way is a general defense, the innate or non-specific immunity. The innate immune system is immediate but not specific. It other words, the innate immune system starts immediately, but in a general way.

Another way your immune system protects you is the adaptive immune system. This immune response system is slow, but specific to the invading bacteria, virus, or microbe. Plus, it remembers the bacteria, virus, or microbe, if you're infected again and provides a faster response, the second time. This is the reason for immunization shots.

Lastly, there are folks that are 'just' immune.

But, ...

They (you and your family) don't know it until you're infected and survive : - 0

Human-Made Defenses
A couple of days ago, I told you about some of the protective equipment you and your family would need "If" you're planning to deal with people infected with Ebola, handle dead bodies with Ebola, or clean up a large amount of blood and body fluids possibly contaminated with Ebola.

Soap And Water
Another human-made defense is soap and water. A similar method is hand sanitizer.

Either defense, you wash your hands for 30 seconds, scrubbing your hands.

But, ...

There are problems with hand sanitizer.

First, hand sanitizers "cannot effectively clean the hands when they are exposed to blood or fecal matter." (body fluids) Another problem with the hand sanitizers is they dries the hands. As I know from personal experience, dry hands can crack causing breaks in the skin. Plus, hand sanitizers can slow the regrowth of beneficial bacteria on your skin.

Vaccines
Another human-made defense is vaccines. Some people are suspicious of vaccines and won't take them because of the potential side effects.

Me?

Sign me up because vaccines have a long track record of preventing or lessening the effects of a virus infecting humans.

However, ...

There is no vaccine for Ebola, currently.

How To Avoid Ebola
First, 'Don't be there."

This means stay away from areas with outbreaks, avoid sick people (all sick people), avoid crowds (as ol' Remus, from the Woodpile Report, tells us all the time ; - ), don't share things like eye makeup, water bottles, and needles (like preppers share needles, but I had to say it) Lastly, avoid being there.

So, ...

Get you emergency evacuation kit ready.


O.K. I have to plug the book Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead because it's all in there. Have a plan, build an emergency evacuation kit and how to correctly evacuate, things to take, and a lot more.


Next, wash your hands, wash your hands, and wash your hands. Did I say wash your hands?

Next, don't touch your face, rub your eyes, or stick your fingers in your nose. (I sound like my mother ; - )

Lastly, realize, you may have to get ready to self quarantine yourself and your family.

Someone Else's Suggestions
Katniss and I were talking, and she mentioned how people can survive being infected with Ebola by having a 'healthy' immune system.

I am sorry to say; I went off.

Folks, people are pushing this Elderberry syrup to help 'boost' your immune system. It's bullsh*it because it won't keep you from getting infected by Ebola, only wearing proper protective equipment, avoiding crowds, and all the other scientifically collected and tested methods might work.

If you don't believe me.

Fly to Liberia, drink the Elderberry syrup, and work in an Ebola ward. Trust me, no one will take me up on the offer.

Another piece of sh*t advice has been microwaving your gloves to sterilize them. The gloves are disposable, throw them away, properly.

Note:
I have a family reunion going on this weekend, my brothers and their families with lots of cousins are going to be here, so I may not get a chance to write more about setting up a self quarantine and some of the stuff you may have to do.

So, ...

Don't freak out, until then ; - )

P.S.
You and your family might want to listen to the commentary from Shepard Smith.

He has some good things to say, for you and your family.

P.S.
I don't agree with everything he said.

But, ...

I never do ; - )

Link:
Mashable - Fox News' Shep Smith Gets Serious on Ebola
http://mashable.com/2014/10/15/fox-news-shep-smith-ebola/

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday: 15 October 2014


Welcome Prepper and Survivalists,



by
CDC microbiologist Frederick A. Murphy

I am going to change, for today, the normal format for Wednesday's post because of the current Ebola threat for the readers.

Background
Ebola is a virus that is currently spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person. These body fluids are urine, saliva (spit), sweat, feces (poop), vomit and semen. There is also a 'sharps' hazard from needles and syringes used by infected people.

The Ebola virus is not spread through the air, water, or insects like mosquitoes and flies. It can only be contracted from infected mammals such as monkeys, apes, and humans.

Normally, an Ebola outbreak is confined to West Africa. With growth of urbanized areas, human encroachment of forested wilderness areas, and the ease of international travel, Ebola has recently occurred outside its traditional boundaries.

Historically, Ebola has a fatality rate of 25% to 90%. The current epidemic fatality rate is about 55%

Concerns
Currently, Ebola is normally spread by 'direct contact only' that means you have to have a cut, scrape, or wound breaking the skin or contaminated body fluids getting into your eyes, nose, mouth or through sexual contact.

Additionally, ...

Dried Ebola virus can survive for several hours on doorknobs, counter tops, and other surfaces. The Ebola virus can survive several day (I have read up to six days) in body fluids at room temperature.

Now, some folks are reporting of the possibility that Ebola may become 'airborne.'

That is true.

There is a possibility someone having a cold, allergies, or other respiratory illness with sneezing and coughing could spread the virus by sneezing or coughing directly into your face.

However, ...

It has to be directly into your face. Not like with the flu virus.

Protective Equipment
Now, some folks are rushing out and buying protective equipment for their families. This may be a waste of resources.

Why?

* Do you and your family plan to come into contact with a person inflicted with Ebola?

* Do you plan to care for someone infected with Ebola?

* Do you plan to come into contact with items contaminated with Ebola?

* Do you have the resources to store a large amount of chlorine disinfectant and disposable protective equipment and the means to safely dispose of the contaminated equipment?

* Do you have the knowledge to set up a decontamination station?

* Lastly, do you even know what protective equipment you and your family need?

With that said, ...

You and your family have decided to purchase protective equipment. You will need gloves, boots, coverall (pants and coat) , specialized head covering (hood), face shield and eye protection, and protective mask. All of these items, except the protective mask, are impervious to liquids (waterproof) Damn, I almost forgot, you need a waterproof apron, too

With a possible 90% fatality rate, this is not a time to improvise.

Note:
I might change these links to try and make some money from folks, but for right now, these are for illustration purposes only.

Gloves


by
Tjwood
You want Nitrile gloves. I would suggest the extra tough Nitrile gloves (Uline) with an extended cuff, if possible. You need to buy them in various sizes. I like and wear an extra-large at work. Some guys at work like a snugger fit, so they wear a large.

Note:
I personally like my gloves slightly powdered. They are easier to slip on and off.

Either way, large or small, powdered or unpowdered, you and your family will want a lot of these because you are going to be wearing two pairs, every time you use them.

Remember:
Ebola has up to a 90% fatality rate.


Boots


by
Kameraad Pjotr
Ordinary waterproof boots are fine. I would suggest purchasing white boots for ease of seeing possible contaminates.

These boots should have no buckles, zippers or other openings like rips, tears, or ...

You know, ...

You should be able to stand in a pool of water, and the boots should not leak.

No hip waders or knee highs either.

Why?

You'll see ; - )

 Protective Coverall


By
Jarek Tuszynsk
The next item for your protective equipment is a waterproof or water-resistant coverall. I would suggest something like the Tyvek elastic coverall or the Tychem elastic coverall that covers your whole body. You could also purchase a coat and pants made from the same type of material.


By the way, you want them a little big. They have a habit of ripping out the crotch when you take too big of step or climb up and down ladders.

Either way, don't get the hooded ones.

 Protective Hood

If you listened to me, you bought the protective suits without hoods (There is a reason. I'll tell you later).

So, ...

You will need protective hoods like these from Uline.

 Protective Mask

If you are former military, when I say protective mask, you probably think of the old M-40 protective mask or the MCU-2/P Protective Mask. If you're still serving, some of you will think of the the newer M-50 protective mask.

Nope.

I'm talking about the 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) N-95 from Uline and FitSeal's N-99 from SafeHome

Remember, the Ebola virus is currently  transmitted only by blood or body fluids, so a N-95 mask is adequate.

However, if your going to the expense of buying all this protective equipment, you might as well splurge for the N-99 masks.

Now, some of y'all are going to purchase a 'real' protective mask like the ones I first mentioned. I have even seen folks recommend your family do that. At $200 to $300 a mask, you'll be out close to a $1000 just for the mask. Plus, you have to decontaminate them, so you'll need a lot of filters at $30 to $40 for one filter after each use.

What?

You thought you could reuse filters to save money?

Face Shield and Eye Protection




by
Photographer's Mate 3rd Class
Lamel J. Hinton
Next, you are going to need a face shield and eye protection.

The face shield can be the typical face shield found in industrial applications. It just needs to completely cover your face, like this setup from Uline.

The eye protection needs to be goggles, with no vents, better know as indirect vent safety goggles

No, safety glasses, duh.


If you have to ask, you shouldn't be doing this.




 Apron

Lastly, you are going to need a waterproof apron to cover the zipper on the Tyvek suit!

 Warning:
Trained professionals have died using these techniques.
You have been warned


Suiting Up
First, you are going to need someone detailed orientated.

No joking, ...

This person needs to be an obsessive-compulsive, clean freak, that loves you.

I'm serious, ...

Don't have someone that dislike you help you suit up!

Next, you're going to strip naked and put on hospital scrubs and socks. No watches, No jewelry, No wedding rings, and No street clothes. No underwear that includes a bra. (O.K. maybe just a bra)


Don PPE
by
Athalia Christie

If you have to ask, you shouldn't be doing this.

Next, put the Tyvek coverall on. Don't zip up, yet.

Next, place the pair of waterproof boots on. The waterproof coverall's legs should go over the boots.

Next, put on a pair of Nitrile gloves on your hands then another pair. It's known as double gloving. The sleeves of the Tyvek suit go over the gloves.

Some folks suggest taping the sleeves and legs of the coverall to the gloves and boots. You can do that, but use a 'weak' tape because you don't want to rip the suit as your removing it, later.

Now, zip up the Tyvek suit and place the impervious apron on.

After you do that, place the hood on.

Note:
Yes, you will see in the later picture that folks are wearing their hoods under the apron. That's a mistake. If you don't know why, you shouldn't be doing this. (I'll tell you why in a moment)



by
Athalia Christie

Next the mask goes on according to the manufacture's instructions (the straps are over the hood) then the goggles.

Next, the face shield

Lastly, your detailed orientated, obsessive-compulsive, clean freak, that loves you partner has been inspects your gear to make sure there are no tears and no uncovered skin through the whole process.


by
Athalia Christie

One last time, the detailed orientated, obsessive-compulsive, clean freak, that loves you partner checks your protective equipment.

Why, Why, Why???
By now, you're probably wondering why the sleeves go over the gloves, the pants' legs go over the boots, the waterproof apron over the coverall, the hood over the apron, and the face shield over the mask and goggles.

And, ...

Not a piece of skin showing.

If someone was to puke, spit on you, piss on you, throw sh*it at you, or just explodes, the resulting blood and body fluid would run down the protective equipment like water on a roof. Finding no opening to contact your skin; possibly infecting you with a virus the kills up to 90% of the people it infects.

Wearing the Suit
You are going to fry in this protective suit. If could be 50°F (10°C), you will be sweating. Any hotter, and your boots will fill with sweat ; - )

So, ...

You're going to want to rush. Don't!!!

Take your time and make sure you stay as clean as possible. Every time you dirty your gloves, wash them with a strong chlorine bleach solution. Same for your apron, you want to stay as clean as possible. Plus, try not to touch anything unless it's important

Cleanliness is survival when you're dealing with Ebola.

Next, never, ever on pain of a slow and ghastly death touch your face. No matter how bad your nose itches, don't scratch it.

Removal
Getting dressed was the easy part. Taking it off is going to be difficult.

So, ...

You're going to need a decontamination station.

The first stop is washing your gloved hands with a strong chlorine bleach solution.

The next step is getting sprayed down with the strong chlorine bleach solution from a garden sprayer.

Once again, you want your detailed orientated, obsessive-compulsive, clean freak, that loves you partner to spray your protective equipment in such a manner that every inch of you is covered in bleach solution and none of it washes under the protective equipment.



by
Athalia Christie
As you can see in the pictures the decon team is wearing minimal protective gear. This might work. I would want a little more gear, but that's me.

Next, you step into a strong chlorine bleach solution to decontaminate your boots.

After that you step forward to a clean place, so your partners can start removing your gear.

Yep, that's right partners.

'Cause every time they touch your protective equipment, they either change people or change gloves.

So, ...

Off comes the face shield.

Next, the goggles then the mask.

Very carefully remove the hood, so that nothing drips on you as the hood is taken off.

Next, the apron comes off then the tape around the sleeves and boots. Make sure you or your partner does this slowly to avoid ripping the Tyvek suit.

As each item is removed it is taken to a place to be safely stored until it can be decontaminated, again.

Next the suit comes off then the boots, then the gloves.

Next, you strip out of the hospital scrubs and socks and take a shower with a weak chlorine bleach solution then rinse and then soap and water.

Save It or Trash It
The gloves, protective mask, and the tape (if you use it) are all disposed of responsibly. This contaminated material can't just go in the trash. It has to be properly disposed of by incineration.

The Tyvek suit, hood, and apron are decontaminated using a strong bleach solution by another detailed orientated, obsessive-compulsive, clean freak.

Or, ...

Just trash everything but the boots.

Lastly, ...
If you don't know the difference between a virus and a bacterial infection, your family might just want to implement a self quarantine.

Warning, Warning, Warning
Katniss showed me an article from our local hospital just before she went to bed.

The article said the local hospital was reevaluating its procedures since the recent infections of healthcare workers, here in these United States and Spain.

So, ...

Be prepared for all this information to be out of date and to implement other precautions.

P.S.
There's more.

Link:
Centers for Disease Control - Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease)
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

Centers for Disease Control - Transmission
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/index.html

Centers for Disease Control -
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/n99list1.html

Bloomberg - Spanish Health Worker May Have Gotten Ebola From Suit
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-08/spain-steps-up-ebola-containment-as-more-health-staff-monitored.html

The Washington Post: Health and Science - Suiting up for Ebola
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/suiting-up-for-ebola/1312/