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By Aton (“The Old Man”) Edwards, I.P.N. Executive Director
Howdy folks, I feel that it’s time to speak with you about a major situation that I know you’ve been hearing quite a bit about over the past few days -
The Ebola virus outbreak in Africa.
As it stands right now, it shows no signs of slowing down and the heath care infrastructures assigned to contain it are completely overwhelmed. With these conditions it is safe to assume that that the situation will worsen before it improves and the body count – close to 1000 on August 6th – will continue to rise - as will the number of infected individuals.
It’s also reasonable to assume that some of the people living in the hardest hit areas will do whatever they can to get as far away from the “hot zones” as possible. Many will cross borders into neighboring countries. Others with the resources to do it will leave the continent altogether and head for Europe or the USA.
I’m sure a few already have.
At this point, I’d say that the probability is high that Ebola will be moving out of Africa onto other locations around the world.
We’ve got a major situation on our hands that can rapidly grow beyond our ability to control it.
Laurie Garrett, Senior Global Health Fellow for the Council Of Foreign Relations and author of the Coming Plague recently stated that the outbreak is officially “out of control,” that we are in a perfect storm and, that there is no strategic plan for how this epidemic will be brought under control.
The WHO (World Health Organization) is currently holding special meetings to determine if the African outbreak is an international threat. Holding meetings is about all the WHO can do as it is too financially strapped to provide any real assistance. Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) a volunteer organization has over 500 doctors and other health care experts working in the hot zones – but they are strained well beyond their limits.
We’ve reached a tipping point of a potentially catastrophic situation and the public is in need of accurate information that they can use to allay fears, separate fact from fiction, and, also the wild conspiracy theories that are currently sprouting up everywhere on the internet.
So – I’ve decided to write the following “what you must know” piece about Ebola that you can use to inform and, if necessary (hopefully not) protect yourself if there is an outbreak in the US. It’s not likely, but in today’s world, anything is possible, and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Let’s begin with the obvious.
1. What is Ebola?
It’s a negative strain RNA virus first identified in 1976.
2. How is it spread and what are the symptoms? It’s spread through direct contact with a person who is infected with it and manifesting symptoms. By direct I mean you’d need to be exposed to either their sweat, blood, urine, feces, mucus, saliva – or semen to get it. It’s important to note that although the CDC , WHO and other similar entities and virologists say that it is not transmittable by air (pneumonic) like a respiratory disease, you must also recognize that they are speaking conservatively.
For example, if you found yourself sitting next to someone infected with the disease who sneezed in your direction, or perhaps touched you with a sweaty hand, you could contract the illness.
If you are infected with Ebola it can take from two to three days or up to three weeks to manifest symptoms.
Here’s another scary fact.
Ever heard of a FOMITE? if you aren’t a MD, Nurse or other medical professional, you probably haven’t.
Basically a fomite is a an object or surface where the virus could be deposited and transferred. It could be a escalator railing, subway pole, elevator button or doorknob. Could even be a necktie. Anything the virus can hitch a ride and hang out on will do. If someone who is manifesting symptoms comes in contact with a surface you touch — and — they leave a little “deposit” of their bodily fluids – you run the risk of contracting the disease if you touch it. There isn’t lots of data available about how long Ebola can survive outside of a host, but even if it was only 24 hours, in a high traffic area, that would be very bad. Especially in large cities where the population is dense and fomites are everywhere.
3. Can it be stopped from spreading? Yes it can. Anyone who manifests symptoms must be isolated and tested. In addition, everyone that they have come in contact with when they first fell ill must also be quarantined. If you KNOW that you may have been exposed to someone with Ebola, you need to closely monitor your temperature during the Ebola incubation phase – about three times a day for 21 days to be safe. If you manifest symptoms, don’t travel – call 911 and inform the dispatcher you may have Ebola.
4. Can it be treated? Outside of standard medical care that treats the severe illness that a hemorrhagic virus produces, there is currently no “magic bullet” drug or therapy that can treat Ebola. There is an experimental drug called Zmapp made from tobacco plants and monoclonal antibodies taken from mice exposed to the virus that shows some promise. The two US citizens Nancy Writebol and Dr.Kent Brantley who received the first dose administered to humans are recovering but the verdict is still out on the drugs safety.
5. What is going on in Africa? First of all, this crisis didn’t start yesterday. It’s been about 5 1/2 months since the first death appeared in Guinea and spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, and almost certainly other areas in Africa. It’s spreading rapidly due to a number of factors – poverty, lack of adequate health care, ignorance of the people about how the disease can be contracted, poor governance, bad information, etc.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this piece, the countries that have been hit the hardest are completely overwhelmed by the outbreak. They are nowhere near containing it as they don’t have the resources. Many of the healthcare professionals don’t even have personal protective equipment (PPE’s) such as gloves, masks. It is truly a grave situation that will continue to worsen unless the resources to help contain it are immediately shipped to the areas.
The World Bank has pledged to donate $200 million dollars.
It will help, but the funds won’t arrive in time to purchase the PPE’s and other materials needed to stop the disease from spreading further.
6. Is this some sort of deliberate attack? In a word … no. This outbreak is the result of poor resources combined with distrust of the local and foreign health care professionals, burial rituals that expose people to the contagion etc. There are actually militarized versions of Ebola, and even its ugly cousin Marburg but believe me, this isn’t one of those. So you can turn down your conspiracy theory meters. Save ‘em for the real thing.
7. How bad can this get? So far it’s killed nearly 1000 and is spreading like wildfire. If it isn’t contained and controlled soon, the possibility exists for it to become much worse – especially if it mutates into a new strain as viruses tend do everything they can do to survive … including change into something more resilient. It also depends on just how fast it can spread. One way to measure this is to determine its basic reproduction rate or “r naught” (Ro) factor
Simply stated – in laypersons terms:
“an r naught (R0) is basically the average number of people that one sick person infected with a disease will spread it to other people while the disease is still communicable.
The higher the value of the r naught factor, the harder it is to contain.
The Ro factor hasn’t yet been calculated for this outbreak but it’s estimated that it’s high – but not as nearly as high as measles — because it isn’t pneumonic. Yet. If Ebola mutates into something airborne, better start making your peace with the universe because it will spread like a fire in a gasoline rainstorm and in about a month or less, it would be everywhere. The only people standing after that would be the ones with natural immunity or resistance.
Then they’d have “Randall Flagg” to deal with at that point (anyone who’s read the Stand knows what I mean)
8. How Do I Protect Myself From Ebola? It’s not pneumonic … yet, so it’s easy to guard yourself. You can’t get it unless you come into direct contact with an infected persons bodily secretions. If you know someone who has it – if you don’t have personal protective equipment, keep a safe distance away. Don’t touch their bedsheets, clothing or anything else that may have their bodily fluids on it. In the meantime … wash your hands with regular soap – don’t use antibacterial as it can dry out the skin. Keep your skin moisturized to prevent it from cracking. Little microscopic tears in the skin provide the virus with a pathway to enter your body.
9. Should you be worried? No, not worried but definitely concerned. Without a major mutation in the disease that makes it more communicable, even if it does reach the US or any of the industrialized nations, they will be able to contain and control it.
What I do believe you should all be doing is …
learn from this situation and realize that it is your wake-up call.
Sooner or later we will experience a pandemic.
Something at least as big as the 1918 Spanish Flu that killed 675,000 Americans & maybe up to 50 million world wide. Adjusted to our population today, that would kill 3-5 million Americans -150 million worldwide. –
Or, we could possibly experience something on the scale of the Black Death from 1346-53 that killed up to 50% of the European population and about 1/6 of the world. Whatever it is, the time is now to take the precautionary measures that will help you to survive a pandemic.
Stock up on food – the more you have the better off you are. Having the ability to hunker down is one of the most important survival tasks during a pandemic.
Stay informed – make certain to have a battery free hand crank/solar radio that you can use to constantly monitor the news reports.
Stock up on materials and supplies – make sure to have all that you need to survive a protracted emergency.
There you go Good luck to you and I hope this info helps.
By Nelson Vega, I.P.N.
On Saturday, May 31st 1-6:30 PM, the I.P.N. will present the first broadcast of X-Stream! Our live streaming uncensored program featuring Executive Director Aton Edwards. This will be the first in a series of three online training sessions in the I.P.N.’s unique “ia- science of life-protection” protocol.
This session will feature the basic principals (Tao) of “ia” along with basic personal/home/community disaster preparedness & self-reliance. The 6 hour class is designed to help new I.P.N. instructors to learn how to teach our unique preparedness methods that have helped to train thousands around the worlds since 1989.
Several I.P.N. members used “ia” methods to survive and escape horrific disasters including the most notable, America’s largest act of terrorism, the WTC/Pentagon attacks back in 2001.
Over the years, Edwards and several other experts have shaped “ia” into an easy and quick to learn and apply highly effective disaster preparedness/response/self-reliance protocol that will help all who practice it to survive nearly any emergency or disaster, become self reliant and learn how to protect and preserve our planet. It is as Edwards describes “a new martial art – not unlike Kung-Fu or Karate, self-defense skills that protect the individual. “ia” is protection for life” … all life!
It is sure to be a rewarding experience for all who join the broadcast!
By Sam Singh I.P.N.
The I.P.N.’s own Executive Director Aton Edwards has kicked off our Ready-UP! America & NOW! programs with a bang with a special appearance Monday on the Katie Couric Show “Katie.” On the show, Edwards spoke about the importance of disaster preparedness and what you need to know and even own.
The LifeGear Go-Bag was featured in the segment along with Leatherman Multi Tools. Edwards is working to help direct the general public toward equipping their homes with Go-Bags and other potentially life saving preparedness equipment as part of the Ready-UP! effort. Several major companies have joined the Ready-UP! team and many more are signing on.
Edwards goal for the Ready-UP! program is to help direct Americans to cutting edge information, equipment and techniques that will allow them to become prepared, self-reliant and live sustainably.
I.P.N. Member RJ Coté is laying down the truth on the air! Recently, BBC World Service presented a segment on Urban Preparedness for Disasters, and RJ spoke to the fact that support services will not be accessible to many New Yorkers when they most need it. The time to think about this is NOW. ABC Nightline will have RJ speaking to the evacuation of millions competing for resources on the way out of the NYC Metro area.
RJ is a longtime computer expert for I.P.N. and can explain how mini-disasters like computer crashes can be avoided just by planning ahead. He goes on to say the same goes for life-threatening events. “Never stop learning,” says the quiet man who looks like he should be on a boat, with his signature Greek skipper’s cap and twinkle-eyed grin.
“A few minutes spent today thinking about your plans in the case of a disaster – for your family or for yourself – can save lives, including your own.”
You can reach RJ by dropping him a line via email.
By Kendell Cobb
Like most mothers, I was fearful of what the big bad world had in store for my children and was a “prepper,” readying-up my family long before I realized it. Not the extreme prepper type with an underground bunker and AK-47’s, but I did stockpile non-perishables and supplies, had all kinds of exit plans depending on the crisis and trained my daughters how to handle various situations and to think on their feet to survive. My girls showed me what they were made of when we faced our first big challenge.
We were attending Caribana for the first time. It’s an enormous annual parade in Toronto held on the QEW highway, parallel to Lake Ontario that draws locals and visitors from around the world. We had never seen anything like it before. Our senses were engaged—live bands were playing soca, reggae and calypso from floats; costumes were themed, bright and outlandish- men, women and children were dancing and gyrating from the floats as well as those that followed behind on foot, some with giant head pieces with feathers and shimmering body make-up; spectators were just as much of the show; food vendors lined the highway tempting attendees with tantalizing Caribbean flavors that wafted through the air. We were mesmerized.
Our festivities came to an abrupt end when gunshots rang out. The crowd panicked and stampeded down the highway and on the grassy shoulders. It was mayhem. When I looked down to grab my children, my eldest was climbing up a tree. My little one had the same idea that I did and we dropped and rolled under a parked Econoline van. While grown people were running in the herd like sheep and being trampled, my daughters had presence of mind to think quickly and independently in a crisis situation. It was a proud moment, amongst many, that I’ll never forget!
From the time my girls were very, very young, they were taught to think critically and independently– a very conscious decision. I knew it was key to their survival in all areas of life.
As mothers, we are usually our children’s first teachers. Obviously, how we handle this overwhelming responsibility will greatly influence how our children grow, how independent and confident they are and how they handle stressful or dangerous situations. Children should be taught skills that match and challenge their abilities. Sometimes these lessons or skills come organically as you go through your day. Some lessons will be cerebral- well thought out and planned, others physical. Both are important.
Some children don’t enjoy or excel at sports, but your child must be physically fit to be able to endure what may come. (My daughter was safely up in that tree in seconds!)
My upcoming posts will explore family-focused techniques that we moms can use to prepare our families that are inclusive of our children at their various ages and stages.
By Rev. Darren Ferguson
Back in 2012, my Church, Mount Carmel Baptist in Far Rockaway was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. We have rebuilt since then, but I remember the hard lessons we learned during that period. One of the most important is that — we are horribly unprepared for disasters and emergencies.
It is only a matter of time before another Sandy passes our way, and I believe that it is time for us to build an infrastructure that can help us to prepare for disasters, respond to them while they occur and recover when they pass.
It is for these reasons that I have joined the Ready-UP! effort. I know that with the information, resources and skills it can provide, I can not only help to prepare my congregation, but also my community and city. I’m looking forward to getting started and hopefully with God’s blessings, we can be ready for the next storm or any trouble that comes our way in the future.
I don’t ever want to be in the position I found myself in on Oct. 28 2012, when I was shocked into a cruel reality. I remember receiving an urgent text message as I was about to preach my Sunday sermon. We were told to evacuate immediately, and that both of the bridges that lead to and from the western portion of the peninsula would be shut down. Hurricane Irene had proven to be a false alarm in 2011, and we mistakenly thought that Sandy would be as well. I instructed all of our parishioners to leave immediately after service. My family and I packed up and headed out to my sister’s place in Bloomfield, N.J.
When I ventured back on Halloween, it took more than five hours to get to Far Rockaway, a peninsula that lies between Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. What I saw on the way was sobering, if not devastating: boats in the middle of the street, debris everywhere, no electricity for miles and miles of Queens and Long Island, and homes – hundreds, if not thousands flooded — many destroyed. My own home and church in Arverne took on nearly 7 ft. of water. At Mount Carmel, our offices, fellowship hall, kitchen, and bathrooms were destroyed.
Immediately, we set up the church as a help center. We gave out literally tons of food, clothing, and water in the wake of the storm, all through generous donations from organizations, churches, and individual supporters. A few weeks later, God gave me a vision: a tent set up in the church parking lot on Thanksgiving Day. I prayed, then e-mailed and called everyone I could think of. On Thanksgiving Day, we set up a 30 x 60 foot tent. Under this shelter, the saints provided every conceivable Thanksgiving food, both traditional and cultural. We served hot Thanksgiving meals to more than 300 residents of Far Rockaway. When I arrived on that day, I walked from the entrance of our lot to the parking area where the tent was set up. I saw people of all colors, cultures, religions, and orientations, working together for the common good. There were no Blacks or Whites, Republicans or Democrats, no Liberals or Conservatives, Straight or Gay, but only people – together. This great quilt of caring lavished love and hope on the people of our community by providing a true Thanksgiving fellowship and meal. I was moved to tears, at points sobbing because of the sheer beauty of this sampling of humanity. At Christmas, we gave out more than 1,000 toys to children in the community who had their joyous celebration snatched away by a Grinch named Sandy.
Eight months later, the community has come back, but not entirely. Stores and businesses are still boarded up. Construction still goes on in homes whose owners have to do it themselves because money from FEMA and Insurance has proven inadequate or, in some cases, non-existent. As the attention of the population has shifted to our upcoming mayoral election in New York City, catastrophes in other places, and Supreme Court decisions, people of faith must continue to do the work of evangelists, fighting for the continued support that we need to truly rebuild – which is more than just better infrastructure or additional government grants.
We must insist that greater attention is paid to climate change – more than just speeches from the executive branch. God has given us dominion over the Earth, but we must be good stewards over this great responsibility. To ignore this is to risk another super storm in another major East Coast city – with the unfortunate risk of greater loss of life and property.
People of faith in particular must stop trying to figure out the letter of God’s law, and engage in the spirit of God’s law – a law that demands love and respect as standards of care for all of God’s creation, including the very planet on which we live. We cannot raise the temperature of our planet, rob the earth of all of its precious minerals, and build with no regard for the delicate balance between nature and progress that must be maintained in order for our world to be preserved for future generations. As one who has witnessed firsthand the devastation nature can dole out, I will pray and act toward greater faithfulness over the Earth. True evangelism must include a sense of “environmental evangelism.” We must preserve and protect our planet, even as we await the return of our Lord and Savior. This is an integral part of the “well done” for every “good and faithful servant.”
Rev. Darren A. Ferguson is a preacher, teacher, singer, motivational speaker, and social activist. He serves as the Pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Arverne (Far Rockaway), N.Y., and is the leader of the Starve The Beast Campaign – to reduce violence and recidivism in NYC. He is the author of How I Became An Angry Black Man: From Prison to the Pulpit an autobiographical account of his story of redemption. Most importantly, he is a proud and devoted father to his daughter, Naia, and a loving husband to his beautiful wife, Kim.
By Sam Singh, I.P.N.
As the brutal winter of 2013-14, draws to an end, the I.P.N. is busy preparing a series of Ready-UP! presentations in the great Canadian city of Toronto. The ice storms, blackouts and other harsh weather related troubles have hit the area hard and Ready-UP! can provide the residents with the information and tools they need to prepare for the next winter and the approaching summer.
Ready-UP! Canada will also help them learn how to prepare for many other different types of disaster and emergency including large blackouts like the type experienced during the 2013 ice storm, pandemics such as the 2003 SARS outbreak that killed 44, and placed over 25,000 in quarantine, or something that many around the world fear, a global economic collapse.
The recent conflicts in Russia and the Ukraine, Syria and economic instability in nations such as Greece, Spain and France could easily worsen, sending global markets into a free-fall. This would have major repercussions for Canadians and all who live in North America. Ready-UP! will show all who attend the presentations how to prepare for this contingency along with great self-reliance and sustainable living information too.
Classes will be taught by our Executive Director, Aton Edwards and several other experts from team “Ready-UP!” Edwards is a top preparedness, self-reliance and sustainable living expert who has trained thousands around the world to mitigate against, respond to and recover from a multitude of disasters and emergencies. He has appeared in many international television and radio programs such as National Geographic, Discovery, MSNBC, Fox, and many others.
The presentations will be staged at local area Churches, schools, and other meeting areas across the city. Ready-UP! is working to build alliances with the local government, faith-based organizations, community groups and all who are working to make Toronto safe, self-reliant and green.
Contact us @ RUCanada@readyforanything.org to learn how – or for event booking, classes or general information.
By King Simon Kweku, I.P.N. Senior Operations Officer, Ready-UP! America/NOW team, UR Conductor.
I’ve been with the I.P.N. for over 16 years and have trained hundreds of people in our discipline “ia” (improvisational adaptation) Considering the number of disasters and other situations that have arisen over this period of time, I feel confident that my students were prepared to meet these challenges and overcome them. What concerns me are those that aren’t in the know and unfortunately, there are far too many of them.
This is a dangerous situation that must be remedied immediately. Large numbers of unprepared people create a multitude of problems when disasters strike. Not only are they in need of assistance, critical resources, (water, food) first responders are often overwhelmed and stretched to their limits by the enormous demands placed upon them. As we have seen many times in the past (Katrina) and even recently with Hurricane Sandy, F.E.M.A. (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and other governmental organizations, cannot be counted upon to come to the rescue. The time has come for us to recognize that we must learn how to do-for-self, or suffer the consequences.
My upcoming free Ready-UP! event, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue will help to inform all who attend on how to prepare for a wide variety of disasters and other emergencies. It will also provide information about how to become self-reliant and how we can help protect our sacred planet Mother Earth for future generations to enjoy.
This is the first of many events that I will be staging and participating in as part of our Ready-UP! America & NOW! Movement and coalition. I’m very excited to get our program rolling again! Our goal is to help underserved areas across the nation such as inner cites, rural areas and indigenous communities to become prepared, safer self-reliant and sustainable. If you are interested in: 1. attending my upcoming event, 2. joining I.P.N./the Ready-UP! Movement/coalition 3. joining K.I.S.S. or, 4. booking a presentation, please contact me directly at Kingsimonlive@gmail.com.
Peace and blessings!
By Pam Everett, I.P.N. Officer
This Saturday, February 22, at 9 PM join the I.P.N. Executive Director Aton Edwards and Judge Jeanine Pirro as they discuss the vulnerabilities of our national electrical grid to cyber and physical terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and EMP (electromagnetic pulse) weapons.
They are joined by Navy Seals, the CIA and other experts as they discuss the methods used to protect yourself and your family.
Two years ago in 2011, the film Contagion was released. The story is about a deadly virus that spreads around the world and wreaks havoc with society.
A few years earlier, ABC-TV presented the movie Fatal Contact, Bird Flu in America, a fictional account of the devastating effects of a bird flu pandemic in the United States. It followed the virus as it traveled from a market in Hong Kong and mutated into a human-to-human strain that quickly spread across the globe. After it was broadcasted last year, nearly 2000 of you wrote I.P.N. asking questions about the program and our official position on it. Normally, we would have dismissed programs like these as entertainment designed to attract viewers and exploit their fears about the subject for ratings & ticket sales. In this case, it wasn’t. It dramatically illustrated just how bad things could become if the H5N1 strain of flu mutates into a human-to-human transmissible form.
Currently, humans have no immunity to H5N1. Fortunately for all of us, this form of avian flu hasn’t spread yet, however, as most virologists & epidemiologists already know, the odds are high that very soon a global pandemic will develop and due to modern transportation systems, spread internationally with unprecedented speed. In past pandemics, influenza viruses have needed more than six months to spread. The recent 2009 H1N1 virus outbreak in Mexico spread in less than six weeks.
A short time after it was it was first detected in Mexico City in April 2009, H1N1 killed over 1,154 people worldwide. Most of the deaths were in the Americas. Eventually, there were over 1 million Americans infected.
The most troubling aspect of this development is that a virus of this type could conceivably combine with the avian flu H5N1 or other viruses and trigger a global pandemic similar to the Spanish flu pandemic (another avian flu virus) of 1918 that killed 675,000 Americans and approx. 50-100 million people worldwide.
With the numbers adjusted for the increase in world population, a similar pandemic would kill upwards of 2-3 million Americans over a period of 9-15 months and quite possibly, 150-300 million worldwide. As frightening as it may seem, it could even be much worse than this. In poor countries like Africa, Southern Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, there are no buffers to prevent the spread. It could sweep across these countries like a biological brush fire, leaving a trail of death and suffering in its wake on a scale not seen since the “Black Death” swept through Europe in the 14th century. See link: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/plague.htm
The H5N1 Avian flu strain has a 50-100% mortality rate. See: http://www.medicinenet.com/bird_flu/article.htm this means that in a hypothetical situation where 100 people are infected, between 50% & 100% of them will die upon contracting the virus. Even a mild pandemic would increase the annual death for influenza by a factor of 10 from approximately 36,000 to about 360,000.
The only question here is: Are you prepared if the worst happens?
(Or even the least?)
If you aren’t read on. The following document will outline all of the major survival strategies needed to help you survive any type of pandemic.