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Preparedness Tips (Oct. 31, 2014):
The Ebola scare was never really over.  It was just a matter of time before someone
in New York City would contract Ebola and become an official patient (and a doctor,
no less!) and now a five year old is being tested for Ebola in NYC.  Indeed, Ebola is
not over; however, it's important to remember the mantra of the prepping
community, which is namely to "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst."
Grab your essential oils. This is going to be a long ride!

  • Ebola: Prepare now, panic later.

  • Do you have enough food in your pantry to last a 21-day quarantine? With
    the various pandemic threats out there, it's time to freshen up your preppers
    pantry to ensure you have food stored up to survive at home and minimize
    your exposure to potentially ill people. If your pantry isn't up to par, check out
    our food survival guide.

  • Need a new prepper project? Take a look at our popular Prepper's TO DO list,
    which we recently updated and revised.

What if Ebola gets a "Typhoid Mary"?
Mary Mallon (a.k.a "Typhoid Mary"), was the first person in America identified as an
asymptomatic carrier of a pathogen for Typhoid fever. While employed as a cook, she
may have infected approximately 53 people at the turn of the century (three of these
people died of Typhoid Fever). Ms. Mallon was forcibly isolated by public health
authorities twice. She died in isolation thirty years later. Could it happen again?

  • Bleach and Ebola: Bleach can kill Ebola on surfaces. Clorox sales are
    skyrocketing and the most effective of their products towards combating Ebola
    is Ultra Clorox 02490 96-Ounce Germicidal Bleach, pictured right. Clorox
    Germicidal Bleach cleans and disinfects exam tables, floors, bed rails, tables
    and equipment surfaces. It effectively kills 38 microorganisms and is 61,500
    ppm sodium hypochlorite (6.15 percent) with a pH level at approximately 11.5.
    As well, EPA-registered disinfectant. Now, more than ever, it's time to stock up
    on bleach and other disinfectants, like Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing
    Tablets, for when the bleach runs out.

  • Got water? Make sure your family has enough water to survive a pandemic or
    other disaster where water may be in short supply. A family of four needs 270
    gallons for a three-month supply, according to Utah State University. We have
    a unique water storage tank that will fill 260 gallons. (The the other ten
    gallons are up to you.)

  • Gift from the Three Wise Men: (Frankincense and Myrrh). Preppers will find
    a fascination with the biblical references to Frankincense and Myrrh.

  • Frankincense: The botanical name for Frankincense is "Boswellia
    serrata." It has a rich woody, earthy scent with a deeply mysterious
    nuance dating to biblical times. According to Matthew 2:1-12, wise men
    came from the East to visit Jesus, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense (an
    aromatic gum resin used in incense and perfumes), and myrrh (another
    aromatic plant resin). Frankincense is indeed mysterious. It's not only an
    excellent mosquito, flee, tick and fly repellent, but it is an antiseptic,
    astringent, carminative (to prevent formation of gas in the
    gastrointestinal tract), diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant. It has a
    grounding aroma that's often used in meditation. Frankincense may help
    rejuvenate aging skin, and is effective with bacterial and fungal
    infections as well Frankincense is a luxury, but doesn't have to be
    expensive. Left, is the affordable Plant Guru Frankincense. Goodness
    from nature, check out Frankincense and other essential oils.

  • Myrrh: Also mentioned in the bible, Myrrh (botanical name  "Commiphora
    myrrha") has a warm, rich, spicy balsamic aroma. Oil of Myrrh comes from
    the resin of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora. This
    essential oil is an oleoresin or natural gum. Oddly, Myrrh is used in
    embalming, making it an unusual gift for the baby Jesus. That was the
    third gift to Jesus and often overlooked luxury.  Though Myrrh Essential
    Oil can be possibly toxic in high concentrations and it was used as an
    embalming oil, Myrrh is an antimicrobial, antifungal, astringent. Perhaps
    the embalming qualities would make it good for burial of Ebola victims.

  • Thieves Oil and Ebola: They say Ebola isn't airborne, but why not dab a little
    Thieves Oil during this whole Ebola thing for extra measure? Thieves Oil by
    Young Living Essential Oils, pictured immediate left was tested at Weber State
    University, Ogden, Utah, and found to be effective against airborne bacteria!
    During the 15th-century plague, thieves used an oil of cloves, rosemary, and
    other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims.

  • Grab your Thieves Oil for Enterovirus, too! Enterovirus EV-D68, the other
    pandemic, is spreading with thousands of kids nationwide. What are the
    symptoms of EV-D68? Primarily Enterovirus is a respiratory illness,
    accompanied by fever, skin rash, mouth blisters, body and muscle aches. Its'
    time to get out your Thieves oil, elderberry, Calcium pills and other super
    immunity boosters.

  • Consider hygienic temperature taking options. Whether you've got Ebola on
    your hands, Enterovirus, or the case of Influenza, when it comes to taking a
    temperature, no touch is the safety factor you should follow. Pictured right is
    an infrared, no-touch thermometer. Online you'll find other thermometers,
    which are disposable, also pictured right.

  • Get your pandemic mask for the flu season: The curad mask, pictured
    immediate left, inactivates 99.99% of tested influenza viruses on 5 minutes
    contact with the surface of the face mask. Tested on specific seasonal flu
    viruses, Pandemic H1N1, Avian, Swine and Equine, the mask has a hydrophilic
    plastic coating that rapidly absorbs aerosol droplets away from the outer
    surface of the mask.

  • How Nigeria effectively wiped out Ebola. The World Health Organization
    (WHO) may announce Nigeria Ebola Free, shortly. What has Nigeria done
    differently? They did at least five things:
  1. Nanosilver: Nigeria was given Nanosilver as an experimental drug
    according to the Wall Street Journal article by Gbenga Akingbule, Aug.
    15. 2014. Ebola Virus: Nigerian Patients to Be Given Experimental Drug.  
  2. Closed borders: Nigeria closed their borders as CNN reported on Aug.
    22, 2014.
  3. Schools Shut down.  Nigeria closed primary and secondary schools until
    mid October. Schools, while they were open, employed no touch
    temperature readings. Optimally, an infrared thermometer, as pictured
    immediate left, is an ideal addition to your first aid supplies.
  4. Hand washing: Nigeria promoted effective hand washing techniques.
  5. Education: Nigerian actors helped with education about Ebola, including
    encouraging early diagnosis for effective treatment.

  • Is Ebola Curable with NanoSilver 10ppm? Dr. Rima Laibow says yes, and
    points to declassified research about a nutrient effective in neutralizing Ebola
    (nanosilver 10 parts per million)! The declassified research in 2009 from the
    Department of Defense shows that NanoSilver 10ppm (not to be confused with
    Colloidal Silver) inactivates and neutralizes the Ebola virus. Silver Biotics,
    pictured immediate right, in the blue bottle, is nanosilver 10ppm.

  • Is Ebola Airborne? If we trust the CDC, "Ebola is contagious only if the person
    is experiencing active symptoms;" however, Forbes provides speculation that
    Ebola could be an airborne virus.

  • Can you eat freeze dried chicken without cooking it? Yes! You could eat
    freeze dried chicken straight from the mylar bag and it makes a tasty snack!
    Pictured immediate right in a Lodge cast iron skillet, is Legacy Foods chicken.
    Legacy offers NON-GMO meats, coffee, milk, fruits and veggies and other high
    quality emergency prepared foods. While there is no cooking required for a
    protein snack of this freeze dried chicken, left it is prepared by adding 1-1/2
    cups water to a cup of meat and garnished with cilantro, lime, bell peppers and
    onions as part of a Mexican fiesta. You can live well in uncertain times if you
    plan ahead with quality emergency foods. Plan a Mexican Fiesta with shelf
    stable foods!

  • One stove that takes three fuels? Yes. The Volcano 3 Collapsible Cookstove,
    pictured both left and right, will help you grill, wok, bake, roast or use a dutch
    oven and it take three fuels! Propane, charcoal and wood.  Never be without a
    source of heat for cooking. Whether you camp regularly, need a portable grill
    for tailgating, or need an off-grid solution for emergencies, the extremely
    versatile Volcano Collapsible grill and stove is the answer.

  • What's on your bucket list? There are dozens of projects you could be
    starting today if you have a 5-gallon food grade bucket. We have dozens of
    ideas to get you started prepping with a 5-gallon bucket.

  • Potatoes in the pantry: Ten pounds of potatoes! Left, Augason Farms sliced
    and dehydrated potatoes is good to have in your deep larder. Make
    casseroles, add to stews, think scalloped potatoes.

  • Did you pack everything? 50 Survival Items you Forgot to buy. We compiled
    a list of fifty survival gadgets in all to improve your chances for survival or make
    life off grid easier. Granted, this isn't your ordinary list.

  • Do you know the first signs of dehydration? Besides hoarding medical
    supplies, you must understand treatment and care and be aware of the signs
    of dehydration, including dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps and tiredness. To
    remedy dehydration, mix a pink of salt in almost a pint of water and drink. (Use
    a mason jar in the pint size, and fill it up about 3/4 of the way.) Something not
    often talked about in prepper circles are emergency drinks, and yet the
    smartest and happiest preppers on the planet will pack not just water, but a
    variety of emergency drinks and drink packets for energy, vitamins, and
    nutrients, electrolytes, a boost in morale, and more!

  • Dude get your pantyhose! An old military trick is to wear pantyhose
    underneath the socks to help avoid friction and blisters for long hikes. It's just
    one of those weird survival tricks that works. You'll also stay warmer when
    wearing pantyhose and keep chiggers and ticks at bay. With pantyhose you
    can filter water or improvise a fishing net, even use it to carry food you gather
    in the wild. Wear them, ladies and gentlemen!

  • Why is a tea bag in first aid kits? Why is tea important in surviving uncertain
    times? Did you ever stop and wonder why a tea bag is in a first aid kit?
    Survival tea (how to use and why you should stockpile):   Tea has amazing
    health benefits whether ingested or placed topically to remedy medical
    ailments. We've compiled some ten compelling reasons to include tea bags in
    your stockpiles, bugout bags and medical kits. Tea bags are a pain reliever
    (particularly toothaches)! As well, tea makes an excellent tinder, so be sure to
    pack some bags of tea in your bugout bag and discover more uses of tea in

  • Fall is almost here, do you have a good book? You've been meaning to read
    One Second After, and now's the time when the air is crisp. One Second After
    by New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen, pictured left, brings
    us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real. It's a story in which one man
    struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America
    loses a war. In one second, a war will send America back to the Dark Ages.
    The war is based upon a terrorist weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A
    weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies.

  • Have a Doomsday Prepper's Secret Garden? The Secret Survival Garden, a
    book by Rick Austin, pictured right was featured first on National Geographic's
    Doomsday Castle, and most recently on episode five, season four of Doomsday
    Prepper's, Nat Geo's other documentary about preppers, homesteaders and
    survivalists. Read the book and be sure to catch his wife Survivor Jane, who is
    also an author and Internet celebrity. Get a glimpse of this dynamic prepping
    duo on the latest episode, which you find On Demand.

  • Essential skills: What are the 9 best essential oils for preparedness?
    Essential oils for preparedness is a topic not often discussed in prepper
    forums, and yet preppers partake in using essential oils for their health and
    survival. Get into essential oils with tinctures to help you stay healthy and
    thrive in uncertain times.

  • Got meat, milk and eggs? Rice and beans together form the perfect protein;
    however, the best source of protein for preppers isn't necessarily rice and
    beans! Consider also hoarding freeze dried whole powdered eggs, dairy
    products, freeze dried and canned beef, pork chicken, turkey, fish and even
    vegetables. Consider the 8 best proteins to stockpile.

  • Got propane? Kerosene? Charcoal? 15 sources of fuel for the homestead.
    Learn the proper methods of storing  fuel around the homestead and beyond.
    Get ideas for fuels you hadn't previously considered. Add this list to your
    personal survival manual.

  • Mouthwash saves lives? Certainly mouthwash helps prevent cavities and
    plaque buildup as it delivers its promise of freshening breath, but mouthwash
    has applications preppers also as an antibacterial (kills bacteria), antiseptic
    (kills bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses), and a disinfectant (destroys
    bacteria, viruses and fungi).

  • Got antibiotics? Here are 19+ natural antibiotic alternatives. Take a closer
    look at the available natural antibiotics. Prescription antibiotics may not be
    available when you need them most, so you'll need alternatives. There are
    many natural, botanical antibiotic alternatives to find in the natural food stores
    or search easily online. Natural antibiotics can be your first line of defense
    (before going to the doctor for antibiotic drugs).  Natural antibiotics can help
    you with sinus infections and colds, sore throats, urinary tract infections and
    ordinary cuts and scrapes. You need only have the knowledge of the right
    natural antibiotics.

  • Emergency foods that boost morale! 10 Morale boosting snacks. A basic
    human need for sustenance and comfort, a prepper's pantry is filled with
    variety. When levels of stress are high, having the right kinds of foods can help
    at a subconscious level to improve morale and help you survive. Preppers can
    help plan for a sense of well being and normalcy in uncertain times by stocking

  • Prepping with kids: Instill a passion for preparedness! In prepping with kids,
    you'll find kid-sized ear loop masks offering a layer of protection for cold and flu
    season, and much more. A great read with your child is Prepper Pete Prepares.
    Finally, if you have kids, you'll want a 260-gallon water tank that will ensure a
    family of four has water for three months.

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