Survive biological events

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Increasing the odds of surviving a Biological event or disaster

The description for "Biological events" can be found under "Why be prepared".

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It is generally accepted by many people that biological events are always under control and will not extend far beyond their place of origin. It is also excepted that organizations such as the CDC will always be a few steps ahead of any disastrous outbreak. Relying upon these beliefs should not be part of a survival plan. Embracing the concept that one day these biological agents and compounds will escape causing a wider array of disease and death should be considered as part of our plan of action. Believing as such has a tendency to prompt proactive behavior and planning which is conducive for surviving such an event. Is it possible to survive a biological event? Are there preventative measures that can be implemented in order to survive an outbreak or biological terror attack?

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Outlined in the description or situation for biological events are two types of causes for biological hazards to be prepared for. Those would be naturally occurring, (as a result of or a bi-product of a natural disaster), and intentionally occurring, (associated with terror attacks). Mentioned below are preventative measures to consider when the aim is to survive biological events which may threaten the quality and longevity of life.

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Common tactics and preparations for biological events and disasters.

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It is generally advantageous to be prepared for most all contingencies despite the nature of the event. Self reliance is key!!! To place our families in situations where we are dependent on others or requiring assistance from government organizations is not proactive or a recommended action to rely on. The best defense for most all calamities is to achieve a basic level of preparedness which can be modified or adjusted for a variety of circumstances.  Awareness of what is require to survive is most important. The essentials for preserving life should be first on the list for acquisition and training. The concept to surviving events associated with biological disasters is to decrease opportunities of exposure. To stay clear of effected areas which includes where wind and water may carry airborne biological agents. It is vitally important to have a degree of preparation in place and ready to be implemented or deployed when necessary. During disastrous events a great deal of resources are transferred or funneled from the general public to immediate areas of triage and forward operating bases, (FOB), therefore resources may become scarce for a time. Self reliance is key!!!

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Basic or general preps include food, water, shelter, medical kits, methods of disinfecting or isolation procedures, alternate forms of communications and a reasonable distance from ground zero.

Secondary preps include but are not limited to measures of security, transportation, fuel, navigational information and a bug out location.

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Survive naturally occurring events

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Observe

It is important to pay attention to what is going on in our geographical areas where we live. Naturally occurring events or disasters can result in biological outbreaks. With that being mentioned it can be an advantage when paying close attention to the after effects of a disastrous event which has occurred in your area. Watch the news, ... pull up the latest information on the internet and talk with neighbors. Be observant in every aspect so as to prevent being caught off guard. Make an attempt to gain any and all information related to the situation.  Having a scanner tuned in to the local emergency services can only aid in gaining more information on the situation which will better serve in making important life saving decisions. Being observant also means to watch the roads to see what direction vehicles are moving, .... generally away from most calamities. Very often emergency vehicles will be moving in the opposite direction. Notice where the birds are and where they are headed. Birds typically fly away from poisonous or poor quality air. Land animals will also traverse away from a bad situation. Refrain from drinking the local water supply as it may already be tainted, ... especially if that supply is taken from an open water way such as a stream or river. Water supplies coming from the areas of ground zero should be avoided at all costs. Have a few maps on the table and mark where the point of origin or ground zero might be in relation to where you are. Note the wind direction and speed. It is at this point where calculations determine if bugging out is a good or bad idea. Be observant to save life. We may only get one chance during such an event.

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Isolate

Another important tactic to implement is concerning exposure. Having appropriate cashes of supplies will decrease the need to go out into suspected effected areas. It is very common for people to rush out to the grocery stores during such events so as to gather food, water etc only to catch bring home the infectious agent and seal our fate. Is those types of individuals that believe they can get to the stores and back before the calamity hits their neighborhood. This is also the highest cause for spreading diseases and such to other areas. Be prepared ahead of time. Many "Preppers" have some sort of bio-chemical suits, gas masks or filtration apparatus for such events. It is often considered overkill until such a time when those extreme preps are needed. Isolate yourself until remaining indoors is no longer an option.

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Action plans

The decision we make may determine the difference between life and death. Many communities perished as a result of staying inside for too long while a disastrous event was taking place in their area instead of bugging out. All plans of action should include the option of bugging out. Especially when it's necessary. To have evacuation routes away from a calamity can only prove to be life a saving tactic when the time comes to leave in a hurry. Doing nothing often results in the lose of life or quality there after. Having a plan of action, (POA), is simply smarter.

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Survive intentionally occurring events

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Intentionally occurring events are most often a result of what is commonly referred to as a terror attack. Inherent characteristics of a biological terror attack are associated with synthetic or manufactured compounds, agents or viruses with a destructive lethal capability far beyond those which are naturally occurring. Potency, concentration and characteristics can be altered in such a way that can influence rapid kill rates. Other distinctions between natural and intentional events are associated with delivery methods and the lack of adequate warning. As mentioned above, ...  outbreaks caused by natural disasters are most often preceded by a catalyst which can provide a degree of warning where as a biological attack typically offers little or no warning at all. This means that if we are in an area effected by a biological attack the chances are greater of being exposed. That is most likely the intent for the perpetrators. To cause heavy casualties and destruction. Below are resources, instruction and preparedness tips on how to increase the odds of surviving a biological or chemical attack. Be sure to peruse all resources to gain the widest array of applicable information and prepare accordingly.

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Capture                   How To Survive A Pandemic or Chemical Attack

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According to the US government, a biological or chemical terrorist attack is highly likely to occur within the next few years. Will you be prepared? Video episodes / educational. Surviving Disaster, a double feature, the world is under attack from terrorists with deadly nerve gas and a global pandemic threatens to kills millions. [Read more]

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How to Survive a Chemical or Biological Attack

Biological and Chemical weapons may be the most devastating and uncontrollable weapons ever rendered by man. Biological weapons are any man made weapon caused to disperse viruses, bacteria, or toxins derived from living organisms to cause death or disease within humans. Recent statistics claim that in the event of a future terrorist attack, the means in which the attack would be achieved would be through the use of bio-chemical weapons. This is not hard to believe, considering most bio-chemical agents can be created in ones own home with readily available materials. Due to the nature of biological and chemical weapons, the most widely predicted use for such weapons would be against the populace of a nation, where it may inflict massive fatalities and economic destruction. However this does not mean that a bio-chemical attack is unsurvivable, with proper knowledge and readiness it can very well be a crisis that one can overcome. [Read more]

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    Staying Safe in the Immediate Aftermath

Although each type of disaster brings its own unique challenges, the steps listed here are applicable to many different situations you may face. For information on safety and recovery after specific types of disasters and emergencies, please visit the Disaster and Safety Library[Read more]

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Bio-terrorism Preparedness Assessment

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References

http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/safety-immediate-aftermath

http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-a-Chemical-or-Biological-Attack

http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-a-Chemical-or-Biological-Attack

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-119952231.html

http://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.fema.gov/

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