Current events are strongly focused on the possibilities of Ebola spread across the states. Even with CDC precautions and screenings for possibly infected health workers returning to the country, there are still isolated incidences of infection. As with many viruses, Ebola can appear as a different symptomology in different people, and scientists are realizing that much less is actually understood about this disease. That idea also brings about the concept of truly understanding what preparedness means. It is more than a recognition of how diseases like Ebola can spread, but also having the presence of mind to generate a plan which addresses the possibility. While contact avoidance and isolation can be a part of prevention, it also needs to include common sense principles that revolve around basic living and daily routines.
Looking At Spread
For the health care workers who are committed to being of service and have put themselves in harm's way, precautions were taken to reduce the risk of contamination. However, even these individuals with a familiarity of epidemiology could obviously not completely reduce the risk of contamination. For families and the general public, there are some points of awareness that can be gleaned from the outbreaks in this country.
- Ebola is spread through contact
- Contact can include touching items that have contaminated bodily fluids
- While broken skin contact is a know transference vector, so is contamination through mucus membranes
- Saliva is a bodily fluid that can act as a vector
- Animals can transfer Ebola to humans through bodily fluids
These known facts about contamination also bring up greater question for preparedness and keeping family and loved ones safe. While many survivalists are able to live off the land in cases of emergency, the animal to human contamination, and the factor of saliva as a vector bring up the need for secure food and water sources that will not contribute to spread.
One part of preparedness that can aid in addressing the known, and even the unknown, factors of the disease is using long term food storage and food kits to stockpile for any possibility. This also means that each member of a family or household unit should have their own personal supplies, so that chances of contamination are cut down. Emergency food rations, ready to eat meals, and water supply are all integral to living.
At Valley Food Storage, we offer pre-packed emergency food kits with individualized packaging, and these can also be obtained in ranges from one month to one year of food at a time.
Keeping a safe water supply is also important, but having the ability to safely filter water in case of log term demands can be even more integral. Individual water bottles with built in purification can ensure that cross contamination through saliva contact is at a minimum, while personal food kit rations will also reduce possible vectors.
Ultimately, it is not always possible to account for all outcomes, but having a survival plan that includes food kits, water, and rations for extended periods of time can reduce the impact that an epidemic may have on you and your family.