SHTF Living When TSHTF
Tips and advice on how to survive an Ebola epidemic when SHTF!
Last Revised 9/16/2014

Remember the Rule Of 3 for SHTF survival:

  • You can only survive about 3 minutes without air.
  • You can only survive about 3 hours without shelter/adequate protection from the environment.
  • You can only survive about 3 days without water.
  • You can only survive about 3 weeks without food.
  • You can only survive about 3 months without medication (for chronic conditions).
Ebola Outbreak

How an Ebola Survive In Place Kit Can Provide the Items
You Need to Help You Escape an Ebola Epidemic

A US air marshal has been forcefully injected with a syringe at Nigeria's Lagos Airport [September 7, 2014].

The name of the marshal has not yet been revealed, AFP reported. The FBI said in a statement that United Flight 143 landed in Houston early Monday morning and that the air marshal and the syringe are now being tested.

Fears that the syringe could have been infected with the Ebola virus spread quickly, because Nigeria remains one of the West African countries where the deadly epidemic is currently raging.

If the syringe indeed contains the deadly Ebola virus, the perpetrators were trying to get the virus to the US.

For the people living in West Africa, Ebola has become a real nightmare:

  • Despite all precautions possible, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died. Simply put, they conclude, the current outbreak is different.
  • In West Africa riots are breaking out. Isolation centers are overwhelmed. Health workers on the front lines are becoming infected and are dying in shocking numbers. Entire health systems have crumbled;
  • Ebola continues to spread at an exponential rate. According to the World Health Organization, 47% of all Ebola cases have happened in just the last three weeks. At this point, the official numbers tell us that approximately 3,967 people have gotten the virus in Africa and more than 2,105 people have died;
  • Ebola treatment centers are reduced to places where people go to die alone, where little care is actually offered. It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets;
  • Rather than building new Ebola care centers in Liberia, they are building crematoria.

Transmission rates are at unprecedented levels, and the virus is spreading quickly through Liberia's capital, Monrovia;

Should this horrible disease reach the US, you will need to spot people that are infected immediately. Signs to watch out for include:

  • Spotty Rashes
  • Bruises
  • Broken blood vessels in the skin
  • Collections of blood under the skin after injections
  • Bloody vomit or sputum
  • Spontaneous nosebleeds
  • Bleeding from gums
  • Blood in bowel movements

What should you do?

The Ebola virus is a highly contagious. The first thing that you should do, right now, is to make a plan. This plan should involve:

  1. If you live in a big urban area, you should think about where to bug out. A big city is the worst place to be should a pandemic start.
  2. Learn to identify symptoms of someone with Ebola.
  3. Not cutting corners when it comes to washing and disinfecting (it has probably caused a lot of health workers to lose their lives in West Africa)
  4. Stockpiling food and medical supplies, including dedicated eating utensils, bedding, waste disposal materials, etc. for the sick.
  5. Having a means of communication if the grid goes down (e.g. hand-cranked radios, etc.)
  6. Considering safe ways to dispose of infected materials.
  7. Choosing an isolation room. Picking an isolation room in your home is an important consideration, especially if you aren't confident that medical help will be forthcoming. The room should be at one end of your home, have good light and a window for ventilation. You might, however, want to cover the air ducts in the room.

I recommend stocking up on masks, coveralls, eye protection, shoe covers, and gloves. Special masks called "N95" and "N100" are especially useful but a full body suit would be much more protective.

A series of medications to serve as decongestants, fever reducers, and anti-diarrhoeal agents will be useful. It is especially important to have dedicated bedding and utensils for patient use only. Chlorine bleach is thought to kill Ebola, so have a good supply to disinfect counter-tops, doorknobs, and other surfaces.

Once the epidemic has hit your area, you should be avoiding exposure to large groups of people. This is where some planning to store food and medical supplies will be very helpful. If you have food and other supplies stored in the house, it saves you multiple exposures and perhaps your life. (Editor's Note: An Internet rumor says that American CDC workers are secretly telling relatives to have at least a 90 day supply of food, water, and other essential necessities.)

Please forward this educational post to friends and family so that they might better understand the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

Stay safe. Stay healthy,
Jason Richards

This month, a group of researchers published a report in PLOS Currents: Outbreaks that outlines the risk of Ebola spreading outside of Africa.

For the report, researchers analyzed the flow of airline passengers coming from West Africa to countries such as China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

Overall, they wrote, "[r]esults indicate that the short-term (three and six weeks) probability of international spread outside the African region is small, but not negligible."

Of the 13 countries analyzed, the United States was among the least likely to see an Ebola case. The researchers determined that there is a 1% to 18% chance that one case will enter the United States by Sept. 22 [2014].

But with time, the risk will increase, the researchers warn. "What is happening in West Africa is going to get here. We can't escape that at this point," says lead author Alessandro Vespignani.

American CDC estimates could be over 550,000 cases of Ebola.

Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million Within Four Months, C.D.C. Estimates.

An American doctor talks about his secrets for surviving while treating Ebola: From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe.

For more tips and advice surviving and Ebola epidemic, see: Got your Survive In Place Kit ready?

Water Sanitation Kit (For Warm Sponge Baths)

While surviving in place when SHTF, running water for bathing may not available from your household plumbing. A method of sanitizing water that doesn’t require expensive fuel for boiling or household bleach uses the ultra-violet rays of the direct sun. SODIS (Solar Disinfection) is ideal to disinfect small quantities of water of low turbidity. However, SODIS will not remove harmful chemicals from chemically contaminated water. Fairly clear dirty water is filled into clear transparent plastic bottles of 3 liters/quarts or smaller in size and exposed to full sunlight for six hours. During the exposure to the sun the pathogens are destroyed. If cloudiness is greater than 50% , the plastic bottles need to be exposed for 2 consecutive days in order to produce water safe for bathing. However, if water temperatures exceed 50°C, one hour of exposure is sufficient to obtain safe bathing water. The treatment efficiency can be improved if the plastic bottles are exposed on sunlight reflecting surfaces such as aluminium (foil) or corrugated-iron sheets.

All the method requires is a reusable cheesecloth, a funnel, a washed clear transparent bottle with a cap (e.g. a washed 2 liter empty plastic Coke bottle with the label removed), and a piece of aluminium foil big enough to place the bottle on sideways. The funnel is placed in the mouth of the bottle, the cheesecloth in the funnel, and fairly clear non-murky dirty water from a running source (e.g. a river or stream) is slowly poured onto and through the cheesecloth filling the bottle almost to the top. The funnel and cheesecloth are removed and the bottle capped. Then the bottle is placed on the aluminium foil sideways in the direct sunlight for 6 to 48 hours. The disinfected water in the bottle is then carefully poured out into a small basin or a collapsible camping pail without disturbing any sediment that has settled on the side or bottom of the bottle. If fresh from the direct sun, the disinfected water can be used for a warm sponge bath using soap and hair shampoo or the washing of hands using soap.

A wash cloth, a hand towel measuring approximately 16" x 28", and a small basin or collapsible pail (found at camping stores) will be needed for taking sponge baths. Consider substituting cheaper bath sponges for the wash cloths and cheaper (automotive) microfiber towels for the hand towels. Microfiber towels are less bulky, more absorbent, and dry out quicker. Try and get a microfiber towel as close to 16" x 28" in size as possible. Many of these items can be purchased very cheaply at Wal-Mart, Harbor Freight, Dollar stores, or Thrift stores.

Solar Disinfection Process

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