If Ebola comes to your area, your objective should be to ISOLATE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY from potential exposure to the virus.
The most effective means of isolation is to be somewhere where the virus is not present. In other words, LEAVE THE AREA until the situation clears. Are you prepared to do so? If so, the following checklist may help. If you choose not to leave, but rather remain in place, most of the checklist still applies.
Here are the things you can (and should) do TODAY to be ready to leave when Ebola arrives in your area…
- Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas (there will be runs on the gas stations, and shortages will occur)
- Make sure you have all of the medical provisions you need for yourself and your family for at least the next 30 days, and pack them to endure a journey for that long
- Make sure you have a supply of food and water for 30 days, and have them packed to bring with you
- Identify an area where you will be able to travel which will provide you lodging (a relative?), security, and which can also be reached on a single tank of gas (unless you have additional portable gas tanks filled to bring with you — which you should)
- Have enough of the best available protective gear (clothing, mask, gloves) for yourself and others who are with you
- Have some form of self defense to bring with you, preferably a firearm that you know how to use
- Have about a month’s supply of cash on hand to bring with you. An ATM card will be of no use if the banks decide to shut off funds
- School materials so you can home-school your kids while you are away (you will need to pull them out of school, of course)
If you cannot leave the area, remain isolated as much as possible from the outside world until conditions begin to feel safe once again. This means having all of the above precautions in place — but within your home. (These are good precautions to have in place at all times, anyhow, in case of any unforeseen disasters.)
Finally, if you need to be out in public without protective gear, and given the fact that Ebola may be spread via tiny particles that are coughed or sneezed into the air, these guidelines would be wise to follow:
- Stay away from areas, and certainly from buildings, where infections were known to have occurred or were suspected
- Stay at least 15 feet away from anyone who is displaying symptoms of any type. If they are coughing or sneezing, leave the room.
- Do not touch things that others in the area have touched. Avoid tables, pens and pencils, handrails — be sensitive to letting your skin come into contact with anything another person may have touched, coughed or sneezed upon
- Do not bump into walls, furniture, or other items that you can avoid
- Wash and disinfect your hands as often as you can
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