“Entitlement” and Ebola: A Deadly Mix

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Today, housing, food, and health care is free for the taking, just as long as one remains gainfully unemployed.   It’s become ingrained in our culture to expect help at every juncture, but at what cost?

We saw a preview of what “entitlement” can bring within minutes of a food stamp glitch that occurred on October 2013 when word got out that a power outage had lifted the caps on EBT (food stamps) cards. The result?  Walmart Shelves Emptied in Food Stamp Shopping Spree. Good Morning America reporter Susanna Kim related that police had to be called when food stamp recipients stripped shelves bare, filling carts to overflowing with more food than what most could possibly store in cupboards and refrigerators.  One employee described it as worse than Black Friday, “I saw people drag out eight to ten carts.”

“There was no food left on any of the shelves, and no meat left.  The grocery part of Walmart was totally decimated.”

The melee stopped abruptly when a Walmart employee made an announcement on the intercom saying that the computer system had been restored and card limits were returned.  At that time, customers left shopping carts full of food in store isles.

We should pay close attention to this because now the stakes of entitlement are much greater than greed.  This time, it doesn’t involve the theft of food snatched from the shelves of a couple of Walmart stores.  This time, entitlement has the potential to endanger us all, and take the economy with it.

Right now, the government is working double-time to assure the public that we have nothing to fear while thousands of people flee the hot zones of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  It appears entitlement reaches far beyond our borders and it is revered above common sense or the welfare of the populace.

As of October, 14th, the CDC reports 9,216 cases of Ebola and 4,555 deaths, although people in the front lines fighting Ebola report much higher numbers.  On the CDC states, “Numbers are lower than actual laboratory confirmed cases and deaths because stratified data are temporarily unavailable for Liberia.”  The reason for the lack of data was not given as Ebola rages.

(David’s note:  As with any disease, there are active efforts made by local leaders to control media spin.  As an example, the 2009 H1N1 Flu virus was originally named the “Mexican Flu” but political pressure changed the name to “Swine Flu” much to the disdain of hog farmers.

Numbers are lower than reality for a few reasons that we know of.  Active suppression, an overwhelmed medical infrastructure with more important things to do than fill out paperwork, and no reporting mechanisms in place at all for people who suffer and die at home and who’s relatives keep quiet lest they’re labeled.)

On September 23, CNN World reporters Laura Smith-Spark, Miriam Falco, and Jen Christiansen Report CDC: Ebola cases could reach at least 555,000 by January. The following is an excerpt:

The number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could rise to between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January if there are no “additional interventions or changes in community behavior,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Tuesday. The estimate was derived from a new forecasting tool developed by the CDC.

The range of estimated cases — from 550,000 to 1.4 million — is wide because experts suspect the current count is highly under-reported. The official death toll from Ebola in West Africa has climbed to more than 2,800 in six months, with 5,800 cases confirmed as of Monday, the World Health Organization said.

In the meantime, we are told not to worry because airports are screening for Ebola symptoms.  We’re told that the U.S. couldn’t humanely halt the travel to and from the stricken areas because it would negatively impact aid arriving to these areas.  And about that aid. . . how is it possible that U.S. troops deployed to battle Ebola in West Africa WON’T be equipped with Hazmat suits and are given only four-hour Ebola training before heading to W Africa?  We’re also being told that the CDC is on top of things. . . that the spread of Ebola will not happen on our soil.

Should we then ignore the obvious?

Other than perpetuating the entitlement of entering the U.S. at will, which has already opened Pandora’s box for disease to cross our boarder’s, daily, what other possible reasoning could there be to allow American’s to be exposed to Ebola and the possibility of shredding our flagging economy?

The first promise we were told, that airports are screening for anyone who may be infected by Ebola is disingenuous, at best.  On October 9, HLN Morning Express reported the following story: Ebola reporter ‘Horrified’ by airport screening.  The following is an excerpt:

  • CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen recently came through screening after a trip to Liberia
  • She says agent told her to be on the lookout for signs of Ebola, but could not tell her what they were

Cohen tells HLN’s Robin Meade that she and her crew were “shocked” by the lack of screening they received when coming back through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Screening For Ebola Won’t Work

The point is, no matter how carefully passengers arriving from hot zones are screened, it will not stop the spread of Ebola in the U.S.  The health care system in West Africa was never excellent.  Now it is broken.  Consider the plight of anyone that has been exposed to the virus.  Based upon a report on October 14 released by ABC Eyewitness News the WHO stated the death rate for Ebola has been denigrated from 50% to 70%.  Anyone able to afford a ticket who hasn’t made selflessness the centerpiece of their lives would likely choose to fly to the U.S., or Europe, or another developed country for medical treatment.

If they are already exhibiting early onset Ebola symptoms, such as a low-grade fever, all it takes is to pop a couple of Advil, get past the screening process, and they’re good to go.

In the meantime, our health care personnel are left to figure out how to protect themselves while training and advice on the correct PPE (personal protection equipment) is still being figured out by the CDC.  Apparently the $6.6 billion budget the CDC receives is not sufficient to protect our healthcare personnel or the American people.

Because of the previous protocol for Personal Protection Equipment and the complete lack of training on CDC’s part on protocal to avoid becoming infected, two Dallas nurses are now battling Ebola.

On October 21, USA Today reporter Liz Szabo wrote: CDC issues new rules for protecting workers from Ebola.  Here’s a quick excerpt:

Hospital workers treating Ebola patients should wear double sets of gloves, disposable hoods with full face shields and special masks, according to strengthened guidelines issued Monday night by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The guidelines focus on personal protective equipment, or PPE, giving hospitals and clinics more specific instructions about gloves, gowns and face masks, and how they should be put on and taken off.

Nurses and other medical professionals have expressed concern that they are unprepared and unprotected when treating patients suspected of having Ebola. Nurses have complained that they were sent into the room of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the USA, with the skin of their necks exposed. Two nurses who treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas became infected with the virus and are now hospitalized.

The question is, will the upgrades to PPE the CDC released be enough to improve their image and gain back public trust?

The CDC’s responsibility over the lack of monitoring Amber Joy Vinson, the second Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola may continue to be a sore spot.

On October 16 ABC via Good Morning America reported in an article : Dallas Nurse Told The CDC She Would Be Flying

A Dallas nurse who treated an Ebola patient contacted federal health officials before boarding a passenger flight Monday due to a slightly elevated temperature, but was allowed to board the flight because she was not exhibiting additional symptoms of Ebola, ABC News has learned.

Amber Vinson’s temperature was 99.5 degrees – below the 100.4 reading for a fever, according to a federal official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A fever is one of the symptoms of Ebola. Other symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. She was not asked to avoid boarding the flight.

Later in the article:

The patient was not showing any other symptoms while on board the plane – no vomiting or diarrhea. The only symptom Amber was showing was the fever,” CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told ABC News.

From what the public has been told, a person infected with Ebola is not contagious until they show symptoms.  A fever is one of those symptoms.  Yes, blood, vomit, and feces carry the disease.  But so does the sweat of someone infected with Ebola.  It was not said whether Vinson’s symptoms included a cough or sneezing, but although Ebola is not considered airborne, particulates in the air can be.

So what has been done to protect those who were on the flights with this second nurse to contract the Ebola virus?

Following the diagnosis, the airline and other organizations are taking extra precautions. Frontier Airlines placed six crew members – two pilots and four flight attendants – on paid leave for 21 days “out of an abundance of caution,” CEO David Siegel said in a statement.

This was over and above CDC guidance that stated that our flight crews were safe to fly,” Siegel said.

The jet that carried Vinson and 131 others to Texas is in a hanger in Denver, the airline said, ready for its fourth cleaning. The plane’s seat covers and carpet were removed around the area where Vinson was sitting, and the environmental filters were replaced, the airline said. Cleanings were also scheduled at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Additionally, Ebola screenings begin today (16Oct) at four new airports: Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Extra precautions are also being taken for people who shared flights with Vinson. Three Texas schools – North Belton Middle School, Sparta Elementary and the Belton Early Childhood School – will be closed today (16Oct) after two students were on Flight 1143 Tuesday, school officials announced.

Two Cleveland schools, Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School, will also be closed today (16Oct). A staff member there flew on a Frontier Airline plane that may have carried Vinson to Texas the previous day, school officials said.

Employees from the Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth on an Oct. 10 flight with Vinson were placed on paid leave.

Additionally, the military advised a Texas family to remain in isolation for 21 days – the length of time it could take for symptoms to appear – after a military member stationed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Ft. Worth, Texas traveled on the same Frontier Airlines flight as Vinson.

No members of this local family are exhibiting any symptoms and are being isolated purely as a precautionary measure,” authorities with the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District, where one of the family members is a student, said in a statement. 

So far it appears that the entitlement of travel to the U.S. has led to two Dallas nurses contracting Ebola while the situation continues to threatened our welfare, and it has caused school closures.

Is that the worst of it, or is the nation headed for an economic tsunami if if our elected officials don’t get their act together?

Already the travel industry is feeling the heat.

Almost back-to-back,  Carnival Cruise Lines and the arline industry have taken hits with regard to the public’s trust.  As described in an October 17 L.A. Times article, With Ebola scare, travel industry hits rough patch, written by Hugo Martin. Here’s an excerpt:

“With a series of embarrassing accidents in its wake, the $37.1-billion cruise industry was looking forward to a strong booking season this winter.  Instead, cruise operators are facing the same crisis that has shaken the airline industry: Ebola.

Mexican authorities Friday blocked a Carnival cruise ship from docking in Cozumel after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted Carnival Corp. that a passenger may have handled Ebola-contaminated lab specimens at the Texas hospital where a Liberian man died.” 

A recent October 20  KATV article,  Survey shows Ebola Scare is Affecting Travelers reports the CEO of Unicomm, the nations largest travel show company, urged the U.S. government to restrict travel from Ebola restricted countries.

Based upon the survey of 6,200 active travelers in 6 metropolitan  markets regarding the impact of current Ebola occurrences as they relate to their travel plans and their overall outlook regarding the U.S. travel system, 40% of active travelers will likely limit travel outside the USA in the next 30 days with over 12% stating they will not travel internationally due to Ebola concerns.

USA Today on October 16 headlines that Market indexes dive but pare earlier big loses.

The Fault? ISIS and Ebola, which led to the following:

Airline stocks were roiled by the prospects of curtailed travel due to the spreading Ebola virus, although they bounced back from early loses of 5% or more.  United Continental fell 1.4% and American Airlines ended 0.5%.

How much longer will our economy hold if people pull the plug on travel, and crowded places like malls, restaurants, sports events, movie houses, and concerts?  The stock market is already begining to feel the sting and unless the “entitlement” of travel to and from the hot zones of West Africa is stopped, we could well be witnessing why extending entitlements of a few ahead of the many is not healthy for the population or the economy.

Have you avoided travel, crowded shopping malls, or entertainment venues while the uncertainty of Ebola in the U.S. remains?  Would you give the CDC and our leadership a passing grade for their handling of Ebola in America?

(Ox’s note:  I’m on a plane flying from one coast to the other on a airline WiFi connection as I add this note to meet my wife and kids who have been traveling up and down the East coast for the last week.  The situation right now reminds me of FDR’s famous quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  It would suck to get Ebola, but 3 cases in a country of 300+ million isn’t exactly an epidemic.

And, while I agree that it’s smart to prepare for a pandemic, it’s MORE important to prepare for widespread cases of large groups of people making poor judgements based on panic.  I’m not sure what will have happened in Ferguson by the time you read this, but I’d guess that more people will be injured and possibly even die as a direct result of reactions to the Michael Brown case than from Ebola in the next few weeks.)

On that note, if you haven’t checked out the Social Chaos Survival Guide, I want to encourage you to do so.  It goes into detail about how to get home (or get away from home) in a riot, mob, or other breakdown situation like what many are expecting to result from the Michael Brown verdict in Ferguson or if more Ebola cases pop up.  Learn more by going>HERE< now.

God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva

It’s Getting Real: What To Advise Family & Friends

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Have you noticed a certain change of attitude with family members and friends with regard to  prepping?  Are you suddenly being asked for advice about food and water storage, prep goods, self defense and medical supplies?

I’ve got to say, I was surprised when the sale of Ebola “gear” started flying off the shelves.  Tyvek suits, N-95 and N-100 masks, protective goggles and nitrile gloves are getting harder and harder to find.

Of course, all the press about Ebola is hard to ignore, but even so, the fact that people are shelling out hard cash to prep for a possible outbreak points to the fact that many are waking from their stupor.

If this sudden interest in self-preservation grows legs and moves from reaction to action, there will be fewer desperate for a way to survive.  That’s a good thing.

So, what do you advise someone who has woken up to the reality that meals on wheels won’t be knocking on their door three times a day with a hot meal and their continued health may be left to them to figure out?  Today’s post is a compilation of what will be needed for self-sufficiency. It isn’t everything.  That would take a book.  but it covers a lot of the necessities.  Today’s post is long.  But better to have a list to hand a budding prepper than to spend weeks explaining everything.

Build Your Medical Supplies: Just The Basics

Basic Medical supplies are another must.  But basic doesn’t really cut it while Ebola becomes a growing reality.  The list below is from a previous post. Level 2 and 3 medical supplies are included in the original post.

  • 4inch X 4inch Sterile Gauze Pads
  • Band Aids—Get plenty in assorted sizes!
  • Non-Adherent Sterile Pads (Both Sterile to protect wounds and larger to wrap wounds)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (For cleaning wounds and can be used as a gargle for tooth abscess)
  • Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (Yeast infection, stomach upset and more)
  • Ibuprofen (Fever reducer & helps to control inflammation)
  • Aspirin
  • Children’s Fever Reducer
  • Tylenol (Fever reducer)
  • Benadryl (Treatment for nausea, insomnia, allergy)
  • Penlight Flashlight (To check for sore throat & pupil dilation with head trauma)
  • Surgical Tape
  • Feminine Pads (Can also be used as economical bandaging for larger wounds)
  • Mucinex (Helps reduce upper respiratory infection & the chance of pneumonia)
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Helps to control infection of wounds)
  • Hydrocortisone Cream (For treatment of rashes, poison oak and poison ivy, etc.)
  • Butt Paste (Treatment for chafing)
  • Non-latex Examination Gloves (Helps to avoid cross-contamination)
  • Instant Cold Packs (Used for relief of sprains)
  • Thermometer–Both Adult and Children
  • Ace Wraps

Ebola Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) & An Important Update

  • Full face respirator

  • Tyvek coveralls with hood

  • Nitrile gloves

  • Disposable shoe covers

  • Disposable hair nets

  • Duct tape to secure gloves

  • Bleach or hydrogen peroxide & spray bottle to sterilize PPE and contaminated surfaces

Food: Just The Basics–1 Year Supply Per Person

Someone new to food storage may be overwhelmed by the amount of food required for a one year supply.  But it can be built upon, one month at a time. The goal of a one years food supply provides time for a garden to begin to produce.

No matter what is recommended on a food calculator, selections should be made based upon what a person or a family will actually eat.

Click Here for my favorite food storage calculator.  What I love about this particular calculator is it’s the only one I’ve been able to find that includes fruits and vegetables.

Over time, extras can be added to food storage for variety.  For my large family group, I have added ingredients to make pizza, Mexican, and Italian meals and seafood dishes.  They will only be served a few times a week (I’m NOT Rockefeller), but by changing up meal times, it avoids Appetite Fatigue which can occur when eating the same or similar meals day after day.  Children and the elderly are most susceptible to appetite fatigue, and it can lead to their choosing to go hungry.

Add comfort foods, canned meat, chicken and fish as money allows.

Caloric requirements will be higher in a SHTF scenario because of the increased workload we’ll be faced with.  For this reason, purchasing items like tuna or sardines packed in oil rather than water is advised.

One Year Food Storage-Per Person

  • Cornmeal or Whole Corn (whole corn can be ground for cornmeal)-25 lbs.

  • Flour-20 lbs.

  • Oats, Rolled-25 lbs.

  • Pasta-25 lbs.

  • Rice, White (brown has a shorter shelf life)-50 lbs.

  • Wheat-150 lbs.

  • Beans (Buy a variety-including split peas & lentils)-60 lbs.

  • Fruit (*dehydrated, *freeze-dried, canned or fresh)-185 lbs.

  • Vegetables (*dehydrated, *freeze-dried, canned or fresh)-185 lbs.

  • Peanut Butter-4 lbs.

  • Shortening-4 lbs.

  • Mayonnaise (Mayo packets can be purchased at restaurant suppliers)-2 quarts

  • Cooking Oil- 2 gallons

  • Salad Dressing (bottled or dry packet)-1 quart

  • Powdered Milk-60 lbs.

  • Canned Milk-12 lbs.

  • Powdered/*Fresh eggs & *Cheese-13 lbs.

  • Honey-3 lbs.

  • Sugar-40 lbs.

  • Brown Sugar-3 lbs.

  • Molasses-1 lb.

  • Corn Syrup-3 lbs.

  • Jam/Jelly-3 lbs.

  • Powdered Fruit Drink-6 lbs.

  • Baking Powder-1 lb.

  • Baking Soda-1 lb.

  • Yeast-.5 lb.

  • *Salt-5 lbs.

  • Vinegar-.5 lbs.

  • Tuna Fish-60 cans

  • *Water-14 gallons

* The 185 pounds suggested for fruit and vegetables will need to be calculated for dehydrated and freeze-dried.

* If you’re interested in preserving eggs, unrefrigerated,  check out this previous post Store Eggs Long-Term Without Refrigeration!

* To store cheese without refrigeration, check out the post Is Survival REALLY survival Without Cheese and Homemade Bread?

* There’s NO such thing as storing too much salt.  It has many uses, not the least of which is its bartering leverage.

* The 14 gallons of water included in the basic food list is a bare minimum for a two week storage.  It is preferable to store much more!

Note: Formula and baby food should be added to the basic food list when applicable.

Top 50 Must-Haves

The “must-haves” listed below came from a previous post, Top 50 Preparedness Items (and why).  I’ve removed the descriptors to keep today’s post manageable, but you may want to read the original.

Now when you’re asked, “Where do I start?” you can point them here.  It’ll save hours of your time.

1. Water Purifier

2. Water Containers

3. Wood Matches, Flint-Style Fire Starter Kit & Plenty of Matches

4. Buckets

5. Bleach or Hypochlorite Granules

6. Flashlight, Headlamp

7. Toilet Paper

8. Alternative Cooking Device

9. Dutch Oven

10. Solar Oven

11. Manual Wheat Grinder

12. Heavy-Duty Pull Cart

13. Hatchet, Ax, and Maul

14. Tree-Felling Ax

15. Rope

16. Tarps

17. Manual Can Opener(s)

18. Heirloom Garden Seed

19. Garden Tools: Gloves, Shovel, Spade, Hoe, Rake, Spading Fork, Hand Fork, Pruners, Pick Ax

20. Wheelbarrow

21. Canning Supplies

22. Wash Tub, Clothes Pens, Hand Agitator & Wringer Mop Bucket

23. Emergency Long-Burning Candles

24. Oil Lamps, Replacement Wicks, Replacement Chimneys

25. ABC Fire Extinguisher

26. Board Games & Cards UrbanSurvivalPlayingCards.com

27. Children’s Crafts & Activities, if applicable

28. Camp Toilet

29. Wood-Burning Heat Stove, if applicable

30. Fuel: Wood, Propane, Gasoline, Propane, Diesel

31. Heavy-Mil Plastic Sheeting

32. Basic Tools & Misc: Work Gloves, Hammer, Screwdrivers (assorted sizes), Philips Screwdrivers (assorted sizes), Allen Wrench set (both American and metric), Pliers (assorted sizes), Plumbers Wrench, Crow Bar, Key-Hole Saw (to cut holes when there is no power), Tape Measure, T-Square, Wood Miter Box, Wire, Bungee Cords (assorted), Hand Saw, Nuts, Washers, Nails, Screws, Duct Tape.

33. Basic Auto-Repair Tools

34. Plywood & 2 X 4’s

35. Snake Bite Kit

36. Wind-Up or Solar Powered Radio

37. Two-Way Radios

38. NiMH Rechargeable Batteries & Solar Charger

39. Swiss Army Knife

40. Hunting Knife

41. Binoculars

42. Weapons

43. Ammo

44. Fishing Gear

45. Topographical Maps

46. Compass

47. Backpack

48. Camp Gear: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Folding Shovel, Tarp, Camp Cookware & Dishes, Hikers Water Purifier, Water Bottle/Canteen, Backpack w/ Survival Essentials.

49. Reference Books: Gardening, Seed-Saving, First Aid, Self-Defense, Wilderness Survival, Food Dehydration, Food Storage-Related Cookbooks, Dutch Oven Cookbooks, and Meat Curing

50. Alternative Transportation: Bicycle

Bathing, Hygiene  & Laundry Products

This final check-list are basic must-haves from a recent post, Keeping It Clean.

Bathing & Hygiene Products

  • Body Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Shampoo
  • Cream Rinse
  • Body Lotion
  • Moisturizer
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Washtub for Laundry & Bathing
  • Camp Toilet/Materials to Build an Outhouse

Laundry

  • Laundry Soap*
  • Clothes Line
  • Clothespins
  • Washboard or Manual Agitator (Check Lehmans & Amazon)
  • Washtub (see above)
  • Wringer-Style Mop Pail/Antique Wringer-Washing Machine/Manual Clothes Wringer

*Here’s an excellent solution to keep down the cost of laundry soap and limited storage space–visit the Duggar’s Favorite Recipes: Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap.

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Do you have friends or loved ones who are waking up and are in need of this compilation of prepping must-haves?  Do you have any recommendations to add?  Please sound off by commenting below.  

God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva

 

 

Ebola & Other Infectious Disease

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Ebola: First US Diagnosis of Ebola Amidst Growing Concern

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Are You Really Prepared For Grid-Down Cooking?

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Recent Ebola Developments: What We Need To Know

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Thanks Everyone! Here’s The Final Movie List, With a Few Book Recommendations As Well

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