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What to Do If You Are Really Worried About Ebola

Updated on September 26, 2014
This is up-to-date as of September 8, 2014.
This is up-to-date as of September 8, 2014.

Disclaimer: This article is not to scare you, or make you think you should head for the hills. This is an article if you want to prepare survival items if the Ebola does eventually become a Pandemic and hits the United States. The chances of this becoming a pandemic in the US is incredibly, incredibly small.


By now, you most likely have seen reports on television and on-line about the Ebola virus non-stop. It's seems like they are reporting it more than the Swine Flu epidemic we encountered a few years ago. Well, they kinda are. This isn't Swine Flu, this is something much more serious. As of late September of 2014, there have been nearly 5,000 cases of Ebola this year, and half of the individuals who have been diagnosed with the illness have died. There is no prevention that we know of right now, and there is no treatment other than just treating the symptoms that the patient is presenting.

Our nation is sending 2,000 military troops to the region to get a better grasp on what we are dealing with. A close friend of mine is actually going. While this is serious, that doesn't mean you should be picking out burial plots just yet. But, there are things you can do if you are really, really worried. I'm not saying that this is something you need to do, but it is something you can do,

Later in the article, I will provide a starting list on what you can buy to start a pandemic kit, if that is something you want to buy. First, I want to mention a book I read a year ago. It may sound silly, but I really do recommend a specific fiction novel that isn't too old, and is actually quite prophetic for what we are going through right now; it's called "The Jacarda Pamdemic", by Steven Konkoly.

I am going to list it bellow so if you want to buy it, fine. I don't mention the book so you will just click on the advertisement so I can make money. Exit out of the article and go on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, or whichever site you like if you want to look at it. I just list it below for ease of access.

I don't know the author, and I get no money mentioning his book.
I don't know the author, and I get no money mentioning his book.

This book is about a person who prepared for a pandemic before there was any sign of a pandemic, and it benefited him and his family greatly. It doesn't mean you need to dig out a bunker, it just means if you are really concerned, you might want to buy certain items at the store.

As of right now, the sky is not falling. If you are really worried about it, there are things that you can pack to prepare for a pandemic. Right now, it's not that bad, but I will include a list if you really want to make a pandemic-kit.

Quick-Tip: Either way, start taking vitamins right now. It helps prevent a lot of illnesses, and it may help ward off Ebola if it came to it.

Before I list the first one, you may have seen the news report that says Ebola may become airborne. Right now, there is absolutely no proof of that. Yet, you can find functioning gas masks at your local Army Navy Store. If it did come to that, you want to get it sooner than later. In the tiny, timy, chance it did get that bad, people would be flocking to the Army Navy stores, and they would be sold out. So, if that is something you want to buy, they usually cost less than $50 each, you could get one. You might want to learn how to use one first; you need to know how to don-and-clear it.


So, here is the list if you want to prepare for a pandemic. Keep in mind, you want to prepare for 3 months at least. You need enough for each person who would be staying at your house. Keep in mind other friends or family may ask for your help.

1. Gas mask, buy one per-person.

2. Buy a good, thorough first aid-kit, with back-up prescriptions.

3. Bring as much cash you feel comfortable.

4. Have all important paperwork and identification on home and car.

5. Have enough dry and can food for each person, for three months.

7. Get as many gallons of water you may need, and get water purifying tablets.

8. If you think necessary, get a can of pepper spray.

9. Buy 5-10 packs of duct tape.

10. Buy as many plastic drop cloths as you have windows, buy extras.

11. Buy whatever entertainment needs you want, but I would recommend books.

12. Buy one flashlight and two packs of battery per-person.

13. Buy two packs of chem lights per-person.

14. Have or buy an AM/FM radio.

15. Get as a good enough rain suit as you can. If you don't want to buy a good one, you can go to the $1.00 store. You really should get a good one, and one per person. You will duct tape at the wrists and ankles.

16. Buy five gallons of bleach. You can get this at the $1.00 store.

17. Buy extra gas cans. Make sure your car is filled-up completely with gas first.

18. Each person needs a pair of boots, normal boots will do.

19. Buy a box of latex gloves.

While it won't exactly look like this, it will look mismatched, but this is what your aiming for.
While it won't exactly look like this, it will look mismatched, but this is what your aiming for.

You need both the mask AND the canister on the side. If you don't buy both, and they usually do come with both, then you bought a new paperweight.

Gas Mask Basics

I listed rain suits on the pandemic list. This will work as a ghetto-style MOPP gear, in case you come in contact with come one who may have been exposed, or if you need to go out in public and you fear the air may be compromised.


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      Linda F Correa 

      3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Common sense rather than panic should be the guide for the moment. Good list of information. I keep most of this stuff in my house just in case of a hurricane or bad weather here in Florida. So, for me, short of the protective outerwear, I would be ready

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      Gilbert Arevalo 

      3 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      You put together a great list of emergency items every person should start stocking up in their home.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice information, Alli! Thanks for sharing.

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      Very interesting and full of good tips. One thing though about the masks. The filters often have expiration dates and, once in use, can only be used for a certain length of time before they need to be replaced. If anyone is going to be buying the masks, they should also buy extra filters.

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      Andrew Smith 

      4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Ebola is truly disgusting, especially at the end of life and the way it spreads. I don't think it will become pandemic, obviously, and thank you for pointing out at the beginning that it's very unlikely. We should, nevertheless, take it much more seriously.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ebola is a very scary disease and hopefully it can be confined to the African continent. I am not about to panic as I think Australia has very good screening in place and I don't live near a major city anyway. Your information and tips are very good though, and I'm sure the book "The Jakarta Pandemic" is too. I read one years ago about Ebola by Robin Cook, though I can't remember the name. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information for sure. Honestly, I never worry about this stuff. If I did, I'd be afraid to go outside each morning. Always aware but never fearful....that could be my mantra for life. :)

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