Pandemics

Make the Most of Your Shelter-in-Place Days

If you’re starting to feel a little bit stir-crazy at home right now, especially if your kids are out of school due to the pandemic, you aren’t alone. I can totally relate as someone who has been working from home for more than 2 decades. If you shelter in place for any reason, you need a plan to use this time productively. Whenever you have a lot of time on your hands, it’s easy to get fidgety, irritable, and with …

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How to Shelter in Place Without Going Crazy

There’s nothing like the word “pandemic” or “Ebola” to get people to finally pay attention to preparedness. When you have a well stocked pantry with enough food to last at least a couple of months, stored water and an effective way to purify tap water, if need be, plenty of cleaning and sanitation supplies, and the knowledge and skills to use them, you are likely not panicking at all. If anything, you’re looking around to see if there’s anything you …

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Get Pandemic Ready

When someone asks me, “What are you prepping for?” my answer is that I don’t prep for one particular event because I’m an “all hazards” prepper. But I know what the real question is. “What do you think is the most likely serious “disaster” to occur?” To that, I answer without hesitation: Pandemic. While flu is the most likely source of the next pandemic we face in the United States, concerns about the Ebola virus — its unprecedented outbreak in …

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Ebola Has Unnecessarily Come to America…And I Am Livid!

I am horrified at what has been unfolding in the U.S. in regards to the Ebola virus. From 2003-2005, I was the Team Leader of a U.S. Government Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a 120+ member group of volunteer physicians, nurses, medics, and supporting personnel able to respond to disaster sites at a moment’s notice to save lives. My team worked their butts off to train, prepare, exercise, and deploy to disasters. We made a difference in Americans lives, and even …

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10 Things You Should Know About Ebola

Like many of you, I have been trying to keep up with stories about Ebola, ever since this terrible virus reared its deadly head, again, in Africa. At first, the stories were interesting and a lot of us in the prepper/survival niche toyed with the idea of, “What if it came to America…”Well, now it’s here, and by the time you receive this email, things could have gone very, very wrong, indeed. Or, perhaps not. We now know of at …

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Everybody’s talking about Ebola — Here’s what you should know

Pin this so you’ll know where to find it later! Click here. UPDATE: Today, 9/15/14, the CDC released a warning to doctors and hospitals to get prepared for the possibility of Ebola. CDC claims they do not know of any other cases but, “…it is possible that individuals with EVD in West Africa may travel to the United States, exhibit signs and symptoms of EVD, and present to facilities.” The warning goes on to give more specific advice for identifying …

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Inside the mind of Steven Konkoly, An interview with the author of The Jakarta Pandemic

When I reviewed 3 survival novels, including Steven Konkoly’s, The Jakarta Pandemic, I had no idea that thousands of readers would be interested. To date, nearly 6,000 people have read that article! I was interested to hear from Steven himself, so I asked him a few questions about the book, his background, and what, if anything, he would do differently with the plot and characters. Here are my questions and his answers. Survival Mom:  The Jakarta Pandemic (TJP) is your first …

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