Prepper News Watch for October 17, 2014

Prepper News Watch

Have you considered what operations in a potential Ebola outbreak would be like? It would be a new definition of difficult and uncomfortable. As we are seeing in the news, withouth proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and decontamination procedures, you’re likely to become infected. Keep in mind this isn’t just for Ebola, a pandemic flu would be far more difficult to protect yourself agains, as it truly has an airborne vector.

When suiting up against any virulent disease, the first key to protecting yourself is making sure there is a 100% barrier between the disease and every part of your body, including the back of your legs, hair, and cheeks. The second key is making sure you decontaminate yourself before removing any of this protective clothing. And finally, the thrid key is making sure you absolutely, without a doubt, carefully remove the protective clothing in a slow and deliberate manner, so none of your unprotected body touches the contaminated outer parts of the garments. To do this properly takes practice.

Because there is no way to know if you have fully decontaminated this PPE, you should consider everything a one-time use. Yes, this is expensive, but when you’re talking about life and death, you don’t pinch pennies.

Here are the PPE items you should be looking at:

Some of the items you should have include (keep in mind the prices of these items keeps increasing, as more people are looking to protect themselves).

3M Particulate Respirator 8233, N100 N100 masks are more expensive, but that’s because they are more effective. If you’re plannin on using N95 masks with deadly diseases, you can go ahead and skip the rest of the PPE, as compromising here precludes further protection.

3M 6391 P100 Reusable Respirator Gas Mask – Large These may fit your face better and the filters are easier to replace. P100 filers are just like N100 filters, but they are designed to maintain their filtration properties with oily residues.

Tyvek Ty657S-E Hoods W/Elastic Face Closure Even if your Tyvek suit has a hood, you nay not need these, but they’re good to have, particularly if you need to put together ad-hoc PPE.

DuPont TY122S Disposable Elastic Wrist, Bootie & Hood White Tyvek Coverall Suit Disposable Tyvek suits are the easiest way to protect your body. Larger sizes make it easier to remove.

Dupont Tyvek Boot Covers Make sure your Tyvek booties are high enough under your Tyvek suit so there is no gap at the ankle.

Purple Nitrile-Xtra Powder-Free Disposable Gloves Your gloves need to be extra long, so there won’t be any gaps between the Tyvek sleeves and the gloves. It’s also a good idea to wear more durable, non-porous gloves over these, such as dishwashing gloves.

ComfortShield Disposable Full Face Shield Even though you will be wearing a mask and goggles, you need a face shield for extra protection. One sneeze or projectile vomit from a sick person into your face and you’ll be thankful for wearing it.

3M TEKK Protection Chemical Splash/Impact Goggle You must protect your eyes, if for no other reason than to stop yourself from accidentally rubbing them with your hands.

Ebola can be killed with a bleach solution. According to Public Health Agency of Canada, “Ebolavirus is susceptible to 3% acetic acid, 1% glutaraldehyde, alcohol-based products, and dilutions (1:10-1:100 for ≥10 minutes) of 5.25% household bleach (sodium hypochlorite), and calcium hypochlorite (bleach powder). The WHO recommendations for cleaning up spills of blood or body fluids suggest flooding the area with a 1:10 dilutions of 5.25% household bleach for 10 minutes for surfaces that can tolerate stronger bleach solutions (e.g., cement, metal). For surfaces that may corrode or discolour, they recommend careful cleaning to remove visible stains followed by contact with a 1:100 dilution of 5.25% household bleach for more than 10 minutes.”

Take the precautions now and get prepared. Remember, this isn’t just for Ebola, but all pandemic diseases.

Ebola News

  1. HAZMAT Team Decontaminates Dallas Apartment of Third US Ebola Patient
  2. Biodefense Expert: Not Banning Flights ‘Setting Ourselves Up to Do Harm’
  3. CDC Chief: Ebola Outbreak Would Be Over if We Had Acted Properly a Year Ago
  4. Can Someone Without a Fever Transmit Ebola? CDC Head Won’t Answer
  5. Ebola Scare: Hospital Beds at Texas Health Presbyterian Two-Thirds Empty
  6. Doctors Without Borders Loses 9 to Ebola
  7. Owner of Ebola Victim-Visited Bridal Shop: Health Officials ‘Not Serious’
  8. CNN: Ebola Outbreak ‘Running Much Faster’ than Response
  9. Researchers Expect Over 20 US Ebola Cases In Weeks, “You Don’t Want To Know Worst Case”
  10. Obama Mobilizes National Guard, Army Reserves To Fight Ebola
  11. The Ebola Effect Arrives: Half Of Americans Will Avoid International Air Travel Out Of Ebola Fears
  12. Ebola-Handling Healthcare Worker Currently On A Caribbean Cruise Ship
  13. Some thoughts on the Ebola Virus and the Enterovirus
  14. Every Country in Africa that has stopped Ebola did so by Closing Their Borders: U.S. Refuses to do the Same
  15. Ebola Transmission – Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak

Prepping and General Interest

  1. Major Earthquake Looms as 10 Million Californians Get Ready with ‘Great Shake Out’
  2. MKS Supply to Produce New M1 Carbines
  3. World of Guns: Gun Disassembly
  4. Shelter Life: How to Thrive and Survive in a Red Cross Shelter
  5. Sheltering In Place: Staying Alive During a Pandemic
  6. 8 Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for The Home
  7. (video) Growing Chocolate In Greenhouses In North America
  8. Wilderness Survival For You And Your Dog
  9. Product Review “The Survival Still” by Survival Still
  10. Bartering – Planning For the Future
  11. 15 Ways to Store & Use Winter Squash
  12. 13 Ways To Roll With the Punches
  13. What is Your Self Quarantine Plan?
  14. Survival Gear Review: SunJack Solar Charger
  15. 10 Things To Stock Up on That No One Thinks About
  16. 12 Resources That Most People Throw To Waste
  17. Wildfire Realities
  18. How to be a Prepper…But Not One of Those Crazy Ones
  19. When Should I Go Into a Full Pandemic Lockdown Mode And Self Quarantine?
  20. Prepping works as planned. Until it doesn’t
  21. Convincing Friends and Family to Prep
  22. How To Use Swimming Pool Water In An Emergency
  23. How To Survive A Broken Bone In The Wilderness
  24. Review of LUCI Solar Lantern
  25. 11 Ways to Save When You’re Broke

Economic

  1. Apart From Ebola (And Inflation), These Are The Greatest Dangers To The World
  2. Single-Family Housing Permits Drop To Lowest Since May, Starts Rebound Due To Rental Unit Increase

Science, Nature and Tech

  1. 60% Of California Will Remain In Drought Through Winter, NOAA Warns

Prepper Expos

  1. Kingman Expos
  2. Prepper Fest Az
  3. PrepperShowsUSA | Prepper Shows and Survivalist Expos

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This is a curated list of news stories and articles having interested to the preparedness community. None of the above should be considered an endorsement or an attempt to push any particular agenda by the Preparedness Podcast. They’re simply presented here as an informative source.

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