What Makes Your Survival Kit Ebola Ready?  These Three Things. But First...

There are some people who are selling ebola survival kits with the most bogus stuff in them.

For instance, in one online kit, I found a poncho and a space blanket, AM/FM radio, survival whistle and a deck of playing cards.

What good will these do with ebola protection? None. As a matter of fact, I’ll go as far as saying that a kit like that is a high risk to your life.

We don’t want that.   On this page we’ll cover real gear. Valuable gear. Lifesaving gear. So here's a breakdown of the 3 things you need to have...

  • Head Gear
  • Body Gear
  • Foot Gear

Now, along with gear, there are specific procedures laid out by the CDC. We will not be covering those procedures on how to put on the gear or take it off. My intention now is to expose you just to the gear that needs to be in your ebola survival kit.

I’ve also hunted down and included sources that you can buy from. If you want to read the CDC details, here’s the link. But they don’t give you sources.

As we’re going through these 3 parts, you might see the term PPE. That means Personal Protection Equipment. Its a commonly used term in safety and healthcare circles.

Look, This isn’t BioHazard 4 Gear but…

One other thing. Ebola is considered a level 4 biohazard or BH-4. Biohazard 1 or BH-1 is bacteria and viruses. BH-2 is the same, but they cause mild diseases in humans. BH-3 can cause fatalities but vaccines exist. BH-4 causes fatalities but there are no vaccines or other treatments.

As you can imagine, Ebola being level 4 would require level 4 equipment with positive pressure suites. They also require diluted bleach solutions as a decontamination spray rinse before removing equipment.

The gear I’m sharing is not level 4 by any means. But because not everyone can afford BH-4 gear, this is what the CDC is recommending. This is just a guess, but I’m figuring that in eastern Africa, BH-4 biohazard suits probably aren’t that common.

From some interviews I’ve watched, it appears that the diluted bleach decontamination spray rinse seems to be one of the factors that makes a difference.   So let me share with you what I’ve found from the CDC regarding necessary ebola gear in the FAQ below.

So Here’s Your Next Step To Getting Ready

Here’s what you should do. Re-read this page one more time, and visit the links that I’ve provided. What you could do is create a bug out bag dedicated to Ebola or pandemic supplies. This way you wont have to try and make your normal bug out bag serve too many purposes.

If you found this helpful, then would you please share this with your friends. Make it easy for them with Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

What do you think about these items in a bug out bag? Would they help you remove some fears that you might have about a potential Ebola crisis?

Frequently Asked Questions

What Ebola Upper Body & Head Protective Gear Do I Need?

Here are the PPE items that are recommended for head protection. Most of these will have a product link.

  • PAPR hood with full face shield or headpiece. Reusable helmets or headpieces must be covered with single-use (disposable) hood extending to shoulders and covers the neck entirely and is compatible with the selected PAPR.

What Ebola Lower Body & Foot Protective Gear Do I Need?

The PPE items for your feet you’ll want to include are:

  • Shoe covers, boots, booties, impermeable boot covers. They should extend to mid calf or single use displsable shoe covers.

Do you want to be proactive with the Ebola crisis? If so, then check out building your own kit.

What Ebola Mid Body Protective Gear Do I Need?

Here are the PPE items that are recommended for body protection. What’s noticeable is that each of these has extra length. The gown is particularly interesting as it has thumb hooks. I can only guess that this is some kind of an issue with keeping all body areas covered.

  • Impermeable gowns (single use fluid resistant) that extends to at least the mid calf area or coverall without the hood, CDC recommends gowns with thumb hooks. Apparently, taping the cuffs increases the risk of exposure.
  • Nitrile Examination Gloves – double gloving provides an extra layer of safety during direct patient care as well as the PPE removal process. These will be single use. At the minimum, the outer gloves should have an extended cuff.
  • Hand hygiene supplies

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