History demonstrates that an outbreak of a devastating pandemic is unavoidable and statistically speaking we are overdue for an outbreak. What can you do to prepare to protect your family from the shattering effects of a pandemic? The best way to mitigate the effects of a pandemic is to be prepared to self-quarantine for an extended period of time. You need to stock food, water, medications, and supplies so you can survive without going to the store or anywhere else. Public utilities may be interrupted and you need a backup plan so you can live without electricity, natural gas, running water, and sewer.
Preparing to survive a pandemic may seem like an overwhelming task but you should do what you can to prepare. In this post, we will walk you through the steps that we recommend for surviving a pandemic.
What is a Pandemic?
A pandemic is a widespread epidemic of a contagious disease that affects a high percentage of the population over a large geographic area. It is extremely dangerous because it has the ability to be easily transmitted from one person to another. In our global society, an infectious disease could spread throughout the world in a matter of weeks.
Throughout history, pandemics (or sizable epidemics) have included influenza, smallpox, measles, cholera, leprosy, malaria, tuberculosis, typhus, and others. Let’s review some of these tragedies and the number of deaths they claimed.
The Hong Kong Flu claimed 1 million lives in 1968.
Asian Flu took 2 million lives from 1956-1958.
Spanish Flu of 1918 killed more than 50 million people.
Cholera spread killing over 800,000 individuals in 1910 and 1911.
The Russian flu of 1889 killed over a million people.
Cholera pandemic of 1852 took a million lives.
The Bubonic plague (1346-1353) is thought to have claimed as many as 200 million lives.
The Plague of Justinian was caused by the bubonic plague and killed 25 million between 541 and 542.
In 165 AD, the Antonine Plague killed over 5 million people. Read more...