Pandemic Supplies

ebola-health-worker-and-patient-un-dot-orgThe following article comes courtesy of Dr. Doom and Nurse Bloom. It can be seen in its original form HERE.  

The world is full of infectious diseases that have made the news in recent weeks. From the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa to the diseases crossing the U.S. in the recent immigrant crisis, there are all sorts of reasons to be concerned about your family’s safety.  The response, however, should not be panic.  Some planning and a little common sense will ensure that you will stay healthy even in the face of contagious illness.

Your plan should start with a strategy to isolate infected individuals from the healthy people in your group. The key to success here is to have a designated sick room at one end of your retreat or camp. The sick room should be stocked with bedding, utensils, and other items reserved for the sick. For more information on this topic, check out our article on “The Survival Sick Room”.

Once you have your sick room in order, you’ll need supplies. There’s a lot of bad news about Ebola and other contagious diseases, but there’s good news as well. One is that Ebola and many other germs can be killed with simple soap and water.  Chlorine bleach also does the job and is a great option for decontaminating surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, and items used by the infected. Put a 1-1 1/2 cups in a gallon of water for a powerful disinfectant.


For many infectious diseases, masks, gloves, and aprons may be all you need as wearable items, but more prudent folk include googles or other eye protection and coverall gowns that cover the head and feet as well. N95 masks are considered the safe bet here, although there are some articles I’ve seen that call this into question with the more contagious diseases.  You could consider N100 masks, but these are more expensive and difficult to stockpile.  For more, see our article about “Pandemic Masks”. Gloves should be made of nitrile, as we are seeing more and more people that are allergic to latex.


Miscellaneous items would include a thermometer to keep track of a patient’s fever, hazardous waste bags to safely dispose of contaminated materials, and a noisemaker.  A noisemaker? Yes, it’s comforting to the sick to have a way to let you know they need help; they may be too exhausted to call out.

Here’s a list of what you should have:

To Wear:

Coveralls (with head and shoe covers)
Masks (N95 or N100)
Nitrile Gloves
Duct Tape

To Use:

Hand Sanitizers
Alcohol, BZK wipes
Hazardous Waste Bags
Soap and Water
Chlorine Bleach

I’m sure you can think of other items that will help you care for the sick, but it’s a good start.  With these mostly inexpensive items, you’ll have a good chance to succeed, even when everything else fails.

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones


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8 thoughts on “Pandemic Supplies”

  1. I’ve also been considering Nano Silver, from the Dr. Rima website, to add to my medical supplies. I don’t think it could hurt to learn to use it.

  2. GOOD STUFF, Rourke! I love Doc Bones and Nurse Amy! There is no better medical advice for survival related topics. After watching “Contagion” a few years ago, we picked up a bunch of medical supplies. That movie was scarier than The Book Of Eli to me!

  3. WE use the silver based antibiotic cream and it works great. We get it in our local pharmacy. Its $5. a tube but sometimes we can get it on sale. We also have the silver liquid on hand.
    I have my doubts how well a safe room will work because by the time the person is ill- wouldnt we in the family all have been exposed already??

  4. I highly recommend Dr.Alton and Nurse Altons latest book. The survival medicine book -2nd edition-larger 554pp.and exc.
    Also Common sense in Uncommon Times surviving in a changing world-by Brian and Pamela Crissey (updated 2nd edition.)

  5. My family and I have refused the annual flu shots due to the fact it is suppose to protect you from last years’ virus. None of us have had a serious case of the flu in all this time. I did have my childern get the school required boosters/shots but I am not sure I would do the same today.

    Since the last transmittable disease that had a devestating death toll in the US was in 1918, it is not surprising that most Americans don’t take threats of pandemic viruses more seriously. With all the conflicting information that is aimed at us, most people tend to ignore the subject until it is too late. Also out of all the things people prep for this seems to be toward the bottom of most lists. If you even half believe in the 1% that is suppose to be pulling the strings behind the scenes, it does sound like a plausible scenerio to decrease the USA’s population. I pray that this isn’t so and most of the country will dodge the bullet. Time will tell.

    • Thanks Keegan. I a waking up to the possibilities that an Pandemic may bring us. It is not something I thought much about. My how times have changed.


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