The World Health Organization says that the chances of the globe suffering from a worldwide pandemic continue to increase. But along with the increased risk of a global outbreak is the fact that humanity is far from ready for it to happen.
If a similar situation to the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918 occurred now, instead of 50 million deaths, over 80 million could die. A global catastrophe of that magnitude could wipe out 5% of the population. “The world is not prepared,” the report from the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), co-convened by the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), warned.
“For too long, we have allowed a cycle of panic and neglect when it comes to pandemics: we ramp up efforts when there is a serious threat, then quickly forget about them when the threat subsides. It is well past time to act.”
While disease, epidemics, and pandemics have always existed, greater population density and the ability to travel anywhere in the world within 36 hours means disease can spread rapidly through a country and then go worldwide. The WHO report additionally warns that technological advancements can also provide the laboratory environments for new disease-causing microorganisms to be created, increasing the risk of a future global pandemic.
“All parts of society and the international community have made progress in preparing to face health emergencies, but current efforts remain grossly insufficient,” the report said. The WHO called for world leaders to take seven concrete actions to lessen the risk, including monitoring progress during international summits, creating multi-year disaster plans, strengthening United Nations coordination, and building preparation systems across all sectors.
But instead of relying on governments and the political ruling class to take care of you, why not prepare on your own? If you believe there’s a pandemic possible, perhaps instead of hoping there isn’t one, you should make sure you can survive.
You’ll want to hunker down in your home as soon as possible and keep it as clean as possible to reduce the risk of getting sick. You should also build a “quarantine kit” or “pandemic survival kit” with some necessary items. These are the items you’ll want if you and your family stay home and are not ill, and the ones you’ll need if someone does become infected.
- Body Suits and N95 Masks
- Thick Plastic Sheeting (common at home improvement stores) and Duct tape or painters’ tape
- Simple and easy to clean cot
- Strong High Mil Trash Bags
- Hydration and Electrolyte Options (sports drinks or others)
- Immune Booster (pine needle tea, for example)
- High-quality disinfectant soap, bleach, and scrubbing tools
- 8. Disposable latex gloves
- 5-gallon bucket to act as a backup toilet (multiple would be preferred)
- Water – in this case, at least 2 gallons of water per person for up to 7 days if possible. More is better.
Should a person get sick, you’ll need to create a “quarantine room” to care for that person while keeping everyone else safe.
Across the ages, in every survival story, a disaster of some sort plays a prominent role. Sometimes the part is played by the government, sometimes it is played by Mother Nature, and other times, the role is taken on by a random mishap. If we have learned one thing studying the history of disasters, it is this: those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not. A crisis rarely stops with a triggering event. The aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. Because of this, it’s important to have a well-rounded approach to our preparedness efforts. Due to the overwhelming nature of preparedness, we have created the Prepper’s Blueprint to help get you and your family ready for life’s unexpected emergencies. To make a more comprehensive, easy-to-follow program, The Prepper’s Blueprint has been simplified and divided up in a way to help you make sense of all the preparedness concepts and supply lists provided. We have divided the chapters into layers of preparedness.