Bird Flu Strain – New and Lethal

 

It is being reported that the new bird flu strain is one of the most lethal encountered so far, and transfers more easily to humans than previous strains.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that so far there is no evidence of transference between people.

However, despite all the potential survival scenarios that are out there, the flu pandemic is the one that is the most likely to happen.   So keep that in mind and research some of the past posts on this site to learn a little more about pandemics.  Prep and prepare.

For more information on the newest bird flu strain check out this link:  NEW BIRD FLU STRAIN

 

Survival Awareness – News Feed, Pandemic

 

A new study raises concerns that some bird flu virus strains are only three mutations away from a possible pandemic;  airborne transmissible, human to human.  Not good news.  But all the more reason to prep.

Link to bring you to the story is here:  Fox News.

Every hundred years in human history there are at least three outbreaks of pandemic.  Usually one of those three outbreaks is a major outbreak.  The last major outbreak that occurred that included America was in 1918-1920.  Word wide the 1918 pandemic has been attributed to between 50-130 million deaths.  The exact death toll world-wide is unknown as the pandemic did also involve third world countries, and at the time reporting/monitoring was not the same as it is now.  In America the 1918 pandemic caused just over 650,000 deaths.  What the experts do say is that the 1918 pandemic could have been much worse in today’s day and age with world travel as easy as it is – that pandemic today would have spread to every country in the world within a matter of days with major outbreaks in every city around the globe. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – News Feed, Pandemic”

Survival Awareness – Email From A Reader

 

I have received an email from a reader of this blog, who will be referred to as Michelle moving forward, and decided to post it here to share with everybody.  Everybody has a unique/different situation when it comes to prepping, as you will see in Michelle’s email:

I ran across your blog site and found it VERY helpful. I’ve recently taken up prepping and have been reading every book I can get my hands on. Because I have a family with 2 small kids and 2 big dogs, I’m having a hard time with the BOB and walking to a retreat location. I have BOB for each family member, appropriately sized for the little ones, but I just can’t see them walking very far. Is it absolutely crazy to have a vehicle as our only way out? I also can’t fathom them ‘surviving off the land’ for any extended amount of time.  Also, because we live in a suburb of (deleted for security reasons), I am having a hard time trying to locate a retreat location. We have 2 separate family member locations, one 40 miles away, one 500 miles away, but they are in suburbs too. We are not in a financial position to purchase a real “retreat property” so what do you suggest we look into? Do we leave the dogs to fend for themselves in a yellow or red event? What type of bug out vehicle do you recommend?” Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Email From A Reader”

Survival Awareness – Bio-security Officials Sound Warning, News Feed

 

This certainly is alarming news being reported:  Combined sources for the information below is CNN and FOX news online.

The U.S. government is very much concerned regarding reports that Dutch scientists have created a highly contagious and deadly airborne strain of bird flu that is potentially capable of killing hundreds of millions of people world wide.

The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Bio-security is currently analyzing how much of the scientists’ information should be allowed to be published if any at all.  There certainly are immense risks of having the scientific findings fall into the hands of terrorists or rogue states.

Following is a quote from a Senior US Bio-Security Official: “The fear is that if you create something this deadly and it goes into a global pandemic, the mortality and cost to the world could be massive.”

Many scientists reacting to the news are questioning whether the experiments and strain alteration should have been done in the first place.

For more information on this news story check out your own various sources one line.

This is just another reason to try and be prepared.  Stocking up on survival supplies such as water and food can certainly help.  But also you need to educate yourself regarding influenza and how to best fight it without being able to receive hospital care.  If a strain this deadly and as easily transferable as the one being talked about ever went global, care centers everywhere would quickly be overrun and shortages of medicine used to fight influenza would occur quickly.  Something this deadly would certainly incur a red event with a collapse of society.

 

Survival Skill Preparedness – Influenza Pandemic

 

Some survival situations are hard to plan for.  A large scale influenza pandemic is such an event.  A pandemic is a very real possibility that every prepper should take seriously and plan for accordingly.  There are things you can do to help prepare yourself for such a disaster on top of your own emergency survival food and general survival gear planning.

First let’s look at some information about influenza pandemics.

An influenza pandemic occurs when a new virus strain emerges for which there is no immunity in humans and for which no vaccine is already in place.  Such a virus causes serious illness and eventually spreads very easily from one person to the next. The Twentieth Century saw three influenza pandemics, two of which were major in size.  The last major pandemic occurred in 1957 and killed nearly 70,000 people in the United States alone.  The major pandemic before that was much worse, occurred in 1918 and killed just over 650,000 people in the United States alone.  Imagine how much worse the 1918 pandemic could have been in today’s modern world of fast air travel, long distance commuting and global shipping. Continue reading “Survival Skill Preparedness – Influenza Pandemic”

How Prepared Are You For A Sudden Disaster? An Easy Experiment #1

 

This is a fun experiment you can perform whether you are a single person living alone or a member of a larger family.  It will give you an idea just how well prepared you are for a disaster, and certainly give you some ideas of things you could do to make yourself better Continue reading “How Prepared Are You For A Sudden Disaster? An Easy Experiment #1”

Things Can Go Wrong – Why You Need To Think About Survival Preparedness

 

We are all lucky to live in this great country that is The United States of America.  For the most part all of us go through our daily lives with an understanding of our place in life and have certain expectations of modern living.  Modern living is of course having still the best healthcare in the world, flat screen TVs in two out of three rooms in the house, indoor plumbing, fast telecommunications, well stocked grocery stores, and of course law & order.

However, the fact of the matter is that the thing we call modern society that allows us to live so well, is maintained by a very thin thread that holds everything together.  The system that supports our way of living can come crashing down faster than most people would Continue reading “Things Can Go Wrong – Why You Need To Think About Survival Preparedness”