All posts for the month July, 2014



Patrick Sawyer, a married father of three was making his way back to the United States after attending his sisters funeral in Liberia. He was due to attend a conference in Lagos, Nigeria before flying home to Minnesota. His trip required three flights, he made two of them before falling ill. The first from Monrovia to Lome in Togo, and the second from Lome to Lagos . During the flight he became ill on landing he collapsed in the airport.

The passengers on the two flights he completed were given details about the signs and symptoms of Ebola…and were then allowed to continue their onward travel. As Ebola can take up to 21 days before people start to show symptoms there are grave fears that the virus has now escaped Africa and will start spreading around the globe.

Dr Derek Gatherer of the University of Lancaster an expert in infectious diseases said yesterday:

“Anyone on the same plane could have become infected because Ebola is easy to catch,” he said.

“It can be passed on through vomiting, diarrhoea or even from simply saliva or sweat – as well as being sexually transmitted. That is why there is such alarm over Mr Sawyer because he became ill on the flight so anyone else sharing the plane could have been infected by his vomit or other bodily fluids.”

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) director of operations Bart Janssens echoed his concerns:

“This epidemic is unprecedented, absolutely out of control and the situation can only get worse, because it is still spreading, above all in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in some very important hotspots,” he said.

“We are extremely worried by the turn of events, particularly in these two countries where there is a lack of visibility on the epidemic. If the situation does not improve fairly quickly, there is a real risk of new countries being affected. That is certainly not ruled out, but it is difficult to predict, because we have never known such an epidemic.’

Europe is on high alert after it emerged that Germany has agreed to take Ebola patients at a hospital in Hamburg. The World Health Organization has requested help from the west in dealing with the outbreak.

 Doctors assure that the utmost precautions will be taken to make sure the disease does not spread during treatment. The patients will be kept in an isolation ward behind several airlocks, and doctors and nurses will wear body suits with their own oxygen supplies that will be burned every three hours.

German authorities were expecting the arrival of Sheik Umar Khan, an Ebola expert who caught the disease while treating patients in Sierra Leone, but he died before he could be transported.

“We were actually anticipating the patient’s arrival over the weekend,” Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, head of the viral diagnostic unit at Hamburg’s Bernhard-Nocht-Institute, told German public broadcaster NDR.

Are they insane? Transferring these patients from general to isolation wards is hazardous enough, transferring them internationally is just insanity of the first order. While politicians around the world insist they have sound plans afoot for screening and dealing with an outbreak workers on the ground are nowhere near as sure. Lucy Moreton, leader of the UK Immigration Service Union said:

“Members are very concerned. They serve on the front line; they are the first point of contact usually for people coming off an aircraft and the concern is what do they do if they’re confronted with someone that doesn’t appear well who appears at the border.

“There is no health facility at the border, there is no containment facility, and until extremely recently there has been no guidance issued to staff at all as to what they should do,” she said on BBC Radio 4′s The World Tonight.

“They are phoning us up and asking ‘what are we supposed to do, how do we spot this, how do we protect ourselves?’, and we can’t answer that for them just now.”

Neither the World health organization or individual governments have yet recommended a travel ban to the affected areas. Unless international travel in and out of these countries is stopped eventually Ebola is going to get out, and then God help us all.

Of all the diseases it’s possible to get the two that scare health workers, (and retired health workers) the most is Ebola Zaire and smallpox.

There is only one surefire way of NOT getting Ebola, and that is to put yourself into self-imposed quarantine should it arrive in your area. A wildfire cannot spread without fuel, well Ebola can’t spread without hosts to spread into.

I really hope I am wrong, but I have a very bad feeling about this. I have no doubt that whole towns will be quarantined should Ebola arrive on our shores. Military rule is likely to be one of the consequences of such an outbreak. Curfews and public meetings will be banned.

You MUST be ready for this. Waiting until it’s here will be too late.  Have a plan and stick to it. Go into self-imposed isolation before you are forced to, that way you are in a controlled situation which goes a long way to removing the panic that enforced orders cause.

  • If you really have to leave your home make sure ALL of your skin is covered. Just brushing against a sweating person who has Ebola can pass the virus to you, if it can get in through a cut, scratch, graze or via mucous membranes.
  • Wear eyeglasses or sunglasses to prevent entry via the eyes.
  • Facemasks should be worn when out in public if an outbreak is declared. There is a right and a wrong way to use paper facemasks. Pinch over the nose and face the person you are talking to. Turning your head to one side allows pathogens to enter via the gaping edge of the mask. Wear fitted filter masks if you can afford them.
  • Any clothing worn outside of your boundary should be removed in a prepared area before entering the house. Paper coveralls should be burnt in a controlled space such as an incinerator, regular clothing should be put into a bucket of bleach water if they show no sign of contamination, or should be burnt is they have any unknown marks on them that were not there before.
  • Never enter the house with your shoes on after going outside your perimeter.
  • Shower or wash immediately on your return, outside the house if possible. If showering keep you eyes and mouth closed until you have thoroughly washed your hair and face.If adequate water for showering is not available concentrate on your hands and then your face. Wash your hands thoroughly in a mild bleach solution and using fresh water wash your face and neck.
  • Keep your skin in good condition as dry chaffed skin is more prone to infection of all kinds and far more likely to have a breach in it than supple skin.
  • If you have ANY skin condition such as dermatitis,eczema or psoriasis cover all defects before leaving home.
  • Any fresh food, including meat and fish, brought after an outbreak is declared should be soaked in a mild bleach wash and then rinsed in clear water before use.
  • Do not handle meat and fish with your bare hands as any human blood from a nick on the butchers finger will be indistinguishable from the animals blood.
  • Peel all vegetables before use.
  • Cook all food thoroughly. You might like your steak rare, but it’s not advisable during an outbreak, it needs to be cooked right through in case the butcher was infected.
  • Avoid doctors waiting rooms and hospitals unless you have a life or limb-threatening condition.

You need to take a long hard look at your preps. Do you have enough staples to last a few months at least? Many of the basics are dirt cheap, pasta, rice, dried potato flakes and lentils for example. In any emergency situation these staples will form the basis of hundreds of different meals, allowing you to add small amounts of protein to create balanced meals for you family over an extended period.

Make sure you have enough over the counter medications to deal with minor issues as they occur, and have as much prescribed medication as you can in your home.

If Ebola does spread around the globe we will be witnessing a plague of biblical proportions. Ebola Zaire has a fatality rate of up to 90%, potentially able to wipe out 6,300,000,000 of the worlds population in a matter of months. The last time the population of the planet was 700 million people was around 1750, 275 years ago.

None of us can afford to think Ebola is something that only affects far away lands. Maybe once, but not anymore. International air travel, something most of us do without a second thought, something that has expanded our knowledge of the world as a whole, something that has played a major part in economic growth for decades, may be the very thing that brings society to an almost grinding halt.

Take care



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This article first appeared at Underground Medic: Minnesotan Patrick Sawyer Was One Flight Away From Becoming Patient Zero In A U.S. Ebola Outbreak.


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(Pictured: Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System)

By Mac Slavo

The Department of Defense informed Congress that it has deployed biological diagnostic systems to National Guard support teams in all 50 states, according to a report published by the Committee on Armed Services. The report, published in April amid growing fears that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus might spread outside of West Africa, says that the portable systems are designed for “low probability, high consequence” scenarios.

Some 340 Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) units have thus far been given to emergency response personnel. The systems are “rapid, reliable, and [provide] simultaneous identification of specific biological agents and pathogens,” says executive officer for the DOD’s Chemical and Biological Defense group Carmen J. Spencer.

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program has sharpened the DoD diagnostics portfolio by increasing the capability of our fielded system, some 340 of which have been provided to the Military Services.

The Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System is a portable system capable of rapid, reliable, and simultaneous identification of specific biological agents and pathogens. By partnering with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the Food and Drug Administration, we have made accessible additional diagnostic assays for high consequence, low probability biological threat agents for use during declared public health emergencies.

This collaboration has facilitated the availability of viral hemorrhagic fever diagnostic assays for use during a declared emergency and adds previously unavailable preparedness capabilities to this fielded system.

To address the need for a near term capability to combat emerging threat materials, we have already provided Domestic Response Capability kits to the National Guard weapons of mass destruction civil support teams resident in all 50 states.

These kits provide emerging threat mitigation capability that includes detection, personnel protection, and decontamination.

Full Congressional Report via POTR 

According to manufacturer BioFire Diagnostics, the JBAID is capable of detecting a variety of infectious disease targets including Anthrax, Plague, Ricin, and various forms of influenza. The detection kits sent to National Guard units also include hemorrhagic fever detection capabilities, giving the military the ability to identify potential infections in as little as thirty minutes:

The ruggedized JBAIDS is an open platform that analyzes 32 samples in 30 minutes and is deployed in field hospitals, mobile analytical labs, shipboard medical labs, food and water safety test centers, research labs, and other mobile scenarios.

ebola kit
(Pictured: Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System)

The Ebola threat recently popped up on the global radar when an infected individual traveled via airplane from Liberia to Nigeria’s capital of Lagos, alarming bio-specialists who say it could just be a plane ride away from U.S. shores.

As noted by Steve Quayle, Department of Defense planners had already taken steps to deliver the biodetectors to the National Guard before April of this year, suggesting that, while no infection of Ebola in North America has been confirmed, the military is already taking precautions.

The military has response plans in place for national emergency events that could include anything from a pandemic outbreak to economic collapse, both of which could lead to civil unrest.


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It is unclear how real or imminent the threat may be, but it is clear that a massive surge of Governmental spending and preparedness has occurred since Hemorrhagic H7N9 Bird Flu came on the scene in 2013 and those preparedness activities are accelerating as EBOLA has started to gain momentum in Africa.

In that regard, spotting the field use of the biomedical equipment shown below is an extremely strong indicator that a Biodefense operation is underway. Pay special attention to the JBAIDS device shown below, its presence at any medical or field facility is prima facie evidence of a high risk medical event of disastrous proportion.

This article first appeared at Congressional Report: Ebola Bio Kits Deployed to National Guard Units In All 50 States

8 Lightning-Fast Vegetables For Your Fall Garden

By Tricia Drevets

Between weeding, watering and keeping garden pests at bay, you may be thinking that you’ve got all you can contend with to keep your spring-planted garden going, but August is a great time to begin a second gardening season. In fact, you still have plenty of time before the first frost to plant many vegetables that will provide as big a harvest as your spring planting.

Here is a list of vegetables you can plant now and your family can enjoy eating when the weather cools.

1. Beans: The earlier in August, the better for bean planting. Look for varieties that have the word “early” on the seed package. Try these varieties: Provider, Bountiful and Black Valentine.

2. Carrots: There are quite a few varieties that can work. Give Scarlet Nantes a try.

3. Cucumber: Cucumbers grow well this time of year and are a good choice for August planting. Vine varieties do need plenty of room, so if space is a concern, try more compact bush varieties such as Marketmore.

4. Kale: A great addition to early fall soups, an August planted kale crop will yield well into the cooler months. Premier kale is a good choice for early maturity and for cold hardiness.

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5. Lettuce: You should be able to plant lettuce throughput the month and still enjoy a fall crop. Once again, look for early varieties. Good choices include Buttercrunch.

6. Peas: Your best options for successful August planting are green peas and sugar peas. A good variety to try is Sugar Snap  and Green Arrow.

7. Radish: Radishes are fast and easy to grow and are a great addition to your late-summer garden. Plant now and you’ll have fresh radishes for your salads in about 30 days. Try French Breakfast.

8. Spinach: You can sow spinach now through the middle of the month for a fall harvest. Give Bloomsdale a shot.

Other vegetables to plant now for a fall harvest include: beets, endive, garlic and turnips. Be sure to clear your planting site of troublesome weeds and your finished spring plants. Turn and till the soil well before spreading a two- to four-inch layer of organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings or compost. This layer enriches the soil and serves to improve drainage and to retain moisture. Many of these plants can be successfully grown in containers as well.

Insects that have had all summer to increase their populations can be a problem with your late-summer plants. Ensure proper moisture for the plants you have in your garden and fertilize when necessary, keeping in mind that healthy plants are less susceptible to diseases and to insects. Check your plants frequently for signs of a problem.

Many vegetables, including cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, are more tender and have better flavor when they mature during cool weather. You can even extend the season by protecting your plants with floating row covers that are supported by stakes or wires after the nights cool down.

It is well worth the effort to plant now to keep your garden going into the cooler months.

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This article first appeared at Off The Grid News: 8 Lightning-Fast Vegetables For Your Fall Garden

3 Stages Of SHTF

By Ken Jorgustin

A slippery slope – the collapse – and then lockdown. Consider this sequence while contemplating the big picture of societal collapse into SHTF, and how you would recognize it and prepare for it…


Slippery Slope

This begins with creeping normalcy and shifting baseline. Like the proverbial frog that won’t jump out of the pan as it is being slowly boiled, so too are many people unable to see and react to significant change that occurs gradually.

The problem is – a relatively small set of ‘first steps’ may lead to a chain reaction of related events culminating in some significant effect (SHTF), much like an object given a small push over the edge of a slope sliding all the way to the bottom.



The slippery slope effect could lead to an avalanche of boulders as the entire wall-face collapses to a pile of rubble. The collapse occurs suddenly.

Societies along with their life support systems suffer abrupt failures after a long term ‘slippery slope’ decline of it’s culture, it’s civil institutions and/or other major characteristics of it’s society.

Factors that may combine and contribute to collapse are economic, social and cultural, overpopulation, resource depletion, or major natural or man-made disaster including war or invasion.

During collapse, and for a time, power actually becomes decentralized and people tend to be more self-regimented and have many more personal freedoms with a slackening of social rules, although what’s left of society as a whole is suffering chaos. Geographically speaking, communities become more isolated.


Lock Down

Lockdown – a state of containment or…

Continue Reading at Modern Survival Blog: 3 Stages Of SHTF


By Brian Lada

The zone of unsettled weather that brought beneficial rain to drought-stricken areas of the Plains will shift over the lower Mississippi River Valley to close out the week.

The slow-moving system responsible for this batch of rain will focus on Arkansas on Thursday then Mississippi and Louisiana for Friday.

Umbrellas will be put to good use as rainfall totals range from 1 to 2 inches through Friday from eastern Oklahoma to central Mississippi; this will be enough rain to cause localized flooding.

Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana; and Greenville and Jackson, Mississippi, are just a few cities that will be affected by the heavy rain.

Areas located near rivers, streams, ponds or other bodies of water should take extra precautions as the rain causes water levels to rise and possibly result in flooding issues.

Although some flooding is anticipated, major flooding is not expected with locations in close proximity to bodies of water feeling the main effects from the heightened water levels.

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In addition to the flooding rain, this system will also bring below-normal temperatures.

Highs are forecast to run 5 to 15 degrees below normal on Thursday and Friday across the same area affected by the rain.

This includes high temperatures in the lower 70s for Little Rock, Arkansas, compared to the city’s normal high of 93 F.

Those looking for drier conditions and near-normal temperatures will have to hold out until the weekend as the system progresses to the East Coast.

If you are planning on hosting a barbecue, accomplishing yard work or partaking in an activity in the outdoors this weekend, Sunday looks to be the better day weatherwise as a few showers and thunderstorms will linger around the lower Mississippi Valley on Saturday.

However, it does not appear like Saturday will be a complete washout with much of the day being dry.

The table above shows the amount of rainfall that several cities across the region have received during the month of July through July 30. Rainfall amounts are given in inches.

July has already been a wet month for the region with this rain adding to monthly totals.

Little Rock, Arkansas, has received some of the highest rainfall amounts across the lower Mississippi Valley this month with over 200 percent their normal precipitation for July.

As a result, much of the soil across the area has an above-normal soil moisture content across the area.

The heightened soil moisture is a contributing factor to how easily flooding can occur when heavy rain events like this track across the area.

However, it appears as though much of the region will be dry to kick off the first week of August in the wake of this system.

The exception to this will be areas along the Gulf of Mexico where showers and thunderstorms develop during the afternoon.

Showers and storms of this nature are not uncommon along coastal areas during the summer month as they often develop as a result of interactions between the air over the ocean and over the land.

More at AccuWeather: Flood Threat Shifts Over Arkansas, Mississippi

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If you have ever bounced around backpacker sites, watched YouTube videos or researched hiking the Pacific Coast trail, you may have heard the phrase “cotton kills”. This stems from the fact that when wet, cotton is very poor insulator. This is usually only an issue when you are trying to stay warm though. To be effective at keeping you warm, clothing should keep a layer of air between your skin and the cloth to keep heat in. When it is wet, rather than keep the moisture off your skin, it clings to the skin as water molecules fill the fibers of the cotton. When this happens, the moisture pulls the heat out of your body as opposed to trapping it in. When this happens, it can quickly reduce your body temperature. There are other fabrics recommended for cold weather for just this reason because when wet, the last thing you want to be is cold. Hypothermia is a bad way to die. But, does cotton really deserve such a bad rap? Could it really kill you and should preppers do our best to avoid it at all costs?

When I started getting into prepping a natural progression as I was conducting research was backpacking. For me, backpacking was a logical companion to having a bug out bag. For starters, I think some backpackers think more about what goes into their packs than preppers. Hiking gear is normally designed to be tough and lite. Prepper gear is frequently military surplus or picked up at Walmart from the camping section which might be tough, but is seldom light. My experiences backpacking taught me a lot of things about living in the woods which went right along with Bugging Out. If you have any doubt about that, just watch some videos about through-hikers who spend months literally living out of their bag in the woods with resupply points along the way who carry less than 35 pounds. Along with the knowledge of what to pack in my bug out bag and how to live in the woods for several days another aspect I learned was what to wear.

Does Cotton Kill?

I had read about the importance of choosing the appropriate clothing you wear for years and the fact that cotton isn’t as efficient an insulator as say Wool. That is true, but I still had a problem with saying all cotton was bad as soon as you stepped out your door in all cases. This sounded like anyone who was wearing cotton when it was cold was doomed to a horrible death complete with snot sickles hanging off your nose. Most of my clothing in the military was cotton and actually the latest models of ACU’s are still 50% cotton. I had wool socks of course, but my uniforms at the time were cotton. Was the military out of the loop on the whole cotton kills idea? We still had the issues of sweating in the Army when I was in believe it or not, but if that was a problem, we simply removed layers as needed in the winter to offset that issue. Cotton has been around for a long time and there haven’t been any benefit concerts I know of to raise money to wipe out the threat of cotton. Anyone who is talking about cotton killing you or robbing your body of heat is basing this on:

  1. Being outdoors in cooler weather conditions and
  2. Getting your clothes wet AND
  3. not being able to change your clothes into something dry

If you aren’t hiking into the woods do you have to be dressed in Nylon gear from Patagonia? What if you are camping in the summer time? What if you live in South Texas? What if you aren’t sweating? What if you can’t afford a new wardrobe simply for bugging out or that magical package from Amazon hasn’t arrived yet and you have to leave with what you have on your back?

Getting back to the hiking correlation, you almost always are away from civilization and in a bug out scenario we mainly talk about being away from shelter. Avoiding cotton in this case could save your life if you become wet from sweat, weather or water obstacles and are unable to change clothes or dry out AND the weather is cool/cold. Backpackers don’t pack several changes of clothes, usually only 2 of anything for even long trips so if your pants get wet and you don’t have any others what will you do?

When I go hiking I never pack a spare pair of pants even though we hike mainly in the fall/winter months. The pants I do hike in are Nylon. I do occasionally have two shirts, but in most cases for 2-3 day hikes I just have two base layer shirts which are t-shirts depending on the temperature and one shirt I wear over the t-shirt. I have other layers too obviously, but those are the basics. I leave a clean shirt in the car for when I walk out of the woods so that when we visit some restaurant I can mask the smell slightly and not offend the waitress. The point is there isn’t a lot of redundancy when I am hiking because it is really easy to dry out your nylon layers. Actually, you can just leave them on in most cases and they will dry out themselves.

Cotton on the other hand needs to be removed. I have had to hang shirts up by the fire on more than one occasion that became wet. These were usually one of my children’s shirts because they don’t get the camping gear I do. They wouldn’t wear these clothes any other time so why spend the money on clothes they will have outgrown by the time we go backpacking again.

Nylon isn’t perfect either

Cotton, unlike nylon can be hung by the fire to dry without too much concern and it will dry out, but cotton takes a long time to dry absent some source of heat. Nylon can melt easily so you wouldn’t want to hang your clothes too close to the fire. I have several pairs of hiking pants that have small holes in various places where they were burnt by embers flying off the fire. Nylon also holds odors in a little more than cotton and is nowhere near as soft. Does this matter in the big picture when it comes to living or dying? No, of course not but it is something of a tradeoff. Having nylon clothing doesn’t mean you will sweat any less or get any less wet. Actually, I think I sweat more when I am wearing nylon, but that could be my imagination. Its just the act of pulling the moisture away that keeps you warmer.

Do you need to completely change your wardrobe to have nothing but clothes made from nylon and fleece in order to live in the cold? Absolutely not, but it is something to consider for your bug out bag. One of the posts I wrote last year was about keeping the weight in your bug out bag as low as possible while still maintaining the supplies you need to live for 72 hours. If you are looking for which clothes to pack in your bug out bag, I would look to hiking clothes (nylon) before I throw an old pair of blue jeans in there. They may not kill you, but you will be able to dry out faster and depending on the situation, this could save your life.

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Is Cotton Really the Worst Clothing for Preppers?

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