Good Information VS Bad Information

Good Information VS Bad Information


By Eve Gonzales
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We all know that there is a wealth of information on just about everything these days in magazines, books, and on the internet; some is great and beneficial information and some are so far from the truth that they can cause you to actually die.


When I see articles or videos that give really poor information or guidance which can cause death I actually have to address it.


It just so happens I found one of those articles in a magazine I really enjoy reading and have read for years. I was stunned and amazed that this magazine would even consider such an article as it is clear this woman has never survived or responded to a disaster and is just telling you how she sees it.


The basic point of her article is to determine what disaster event you most likely will have to face and prepare for those and do not worry over the others. Is that sound advice? Well it depends on what you determine to “not worry about”.


Her article talks about the fact that you can not protect yourself from a zombie apocalypse, the plague, or a meteor. In fact she states, “What happens if the bubonic plague breaks out?…Then it’s game over folks. Some things just aren’t survivable…”.


To tell someone that they can not prepare for or survive the plague is some of the most misinformed and life threatening advice I have seen in a long time. It certainly is knowledge you will need to acquire but you do not just throw your arms up in the air and go “that’s it I am going to die”! What reckless information and mindset that is. It also tells me she has not researched history to see how others survived the plague or other epidemics.


She goes on to state, “…In other words, do prepare yourself to handle that multi-day power outage, but don’t bother preparing to survive bubonic plague. Your preparedness efforts must be limited to what you, yourself, are capable of doing. Unless you have extensive medical training and a hospital with a full staff and abundant pharmaceuticals, you won’t be able to effectively deal with thousands of people with the plague…”


True, you may not be able to help thousands but you sure can learn how to help your family, your neighbors, and your community.


The tone of the article almost feels as if she is belittling people who have learned specific survival skills she thinks are hopeless causes; poking fun at those who have learned life saving skills and who will use them when called upon; I find this to be a poor and reckless attitude on several levels as well as bad council. You do NOT have to have a medical degree, a large fully staffed hospital, or a boat load of pharmaceuticals to survive such an event but you will need some knowledge on natural alternatives, have those items you need, and will have to practice quarantine.


A hospital is the last place I would go if a plague or epidemic were occurring unless I was unconscious and someone took me there against my will. Why, because I know first hand the dangers that occur when you gather the sick and healthy into one location – more people get sick and germs spread! A hospital is a- germ haven where you have a greater chance of getting infected and then you carry it with you when you leave there. You may not have been sick when you took a friend there but you may have become infected just sitting in the waiting room for that person; and when you leave you will be infecting others and so the epidemic spreads because you decided to stop at a store, go to the post office all on your way home! Spread, Spread, Spread! And the epidemic grows!


Just look at this past year’s flu epidemic! People swarmed to the hospitals (the sick and the healthy) but in some places they actually put tents up outside that the flu victims had to go to in order to reduce infecting those within the hospitals. Other hospitals made the healthy people stay outside and only the infected were allowed through the hospital doors. Many people had to make several visits to the hospitals because the antibiotics were not helping them and they continued to get worse and some died including children.


However, I know other people who chose a natural route and either recovered faster or did not get sick at all. Knowledge can take you a great distance but you have to put that knowledge into practice because there is usually a learning curve.


But what about a zombie apocalypse you might ask? Ok, so I do not watch zombie movies because I have seen enough zombies for real in disaster areas, not flesh eating of course, however, my adult children love to watch those shows. So one day we discussed the possibility of a zombie apocalypse (the CDC also has addressed this issue as a rare but possible event) and what might bring on such a catastrophic situation. I told them, the closest true examples of that type of behavior could come from a wide spread breakout of rabies, starvation where people become cannibals (Yes this does happen folks we just have not seen it here in the USA), some sort of contagious neurological disease (an example would be if wasting disease ever mutated and began to effect humans {wasting disease is strictly affecting animals right now and does not cross from animals to humans}) or some other virus introduced into society. I am not worried about it at this point but if they are viruses or some form of bacterial disease I have a plan for that and so should you; and since antibiotics would not work on a virus that option is off the table for those of you who choose only to use prescription and over the counter medications; so you will need another plan, not just for the plague but virus and disease in general.



Starvation where people turn to cannibalism would not be a pretty sight and actually would be outright terrifying, but it is not something I think about on a daily basis. It is definitely, however, one situation that would fall under your protection portion of your planning for any scenario. So, in a way you are already prepared, maybe not mentally but at least on the self defense end of such a nightmare situation.


As for a meteor, can it happen, sure it can, anything is possible. Would you need to find the safest area possible to survive such an occurrence – of course – but if you survive the initial hit then all your supplies, skills, and knowledge will help you survive the aftermath if it should happen. If the meteor lands on your head – well then your time is up, but if you do not take a direct hit but the grid is down then you will be able to make it if you thought and prepared ahead for any type of disaster because you still need water, food, medical, protection, shelter, etc. regardless of what brought on the massive disaster in the first place.


The point is, when you make your game plan for a disaster or long term grid down survival event you need to have the basic life essentials covered; be prepared mentally; have skills; be flexible; and be able to think outside the box.


When you make your plans you need to have a way to have safe water; food for short term and long term; a medical plan with skills and supplies to implement that plan; protection – this will be vitally important because you will not be able to talk down a gang of people who want what you have; your emergency game plan and procedures as well as your meet up point; your plan for shelter or how you will get to your shelter; and you must be preparing yourself mentally – something most people fail to do and are therefore rendered a victim when the disaster happens.


If you make a well rounded plan you will be prepared for most things that come your way and if an “unplanned for event” happens you just have to be determined to think outside the box and be able to alter your existing plan to meet that moments threat or danger; sometimes you may only get a few moments to accomplish this. (This type of plan should not be your original game plan! Many people think they can make a plan as they go along – that is ill advised and has not worked well for victims in disaster areas we have been in. The type of plan I am talking about is having to make slight alterations to your existing plan to accomplish surviving the unknown threat.) Can it be done – you bet! I can say this because each time we have gone into a new disaster, in a new location, we are always forced at some point in time to think way outside the box to come up with a working solution. No event has been just like the others and people respond differently as well, so you have to roll with the punches. But what you never do, if you want to survive, is take the mental attitude of “Game Over Folks!”



As someone who has responded to 20 major disasters and one who has seen enough chaos, destruction, and death to last several life times, my advice I would give you is, “Choose to live until you take your last breath; learn all you can about as much as you are able; make no excuses; and buy the items you and your family will need. If you have prepared for the scenarios that most likely will affect you then with just a few alterations, when necessary, you will have planned for just about everything that can come your way – even if you did not think about it at the time you devised your emergency response plan.


But what you can NOT do is to eliminate an essential area from your plan because right now you think it is hopeless. Instead of choosing to die become proactive – sign up for  classes in skills you need to learn, start digging for options, become determined, and just get it done. I know you can do it because I know many who never thought they could and did. You really are the only one who stands in your way. Remove the excuses and your brain can start finding the solutions.


We have a saying in the disaster response world – Failing to plan is planning to fail!



But remember – After you have put your emergency plan on paper, you aren’t finished.  You not only need to continually review and improve the existing plan, but also to keep adding in ways to respond to new scenarios or problems you hadn’t thought of before.


As for the information you find out in the media forums – if they ever tell you “Not to worry because you can do nothing about it”; if they tell you “Not to prepare”; or if they tell you that something is “hopeless or impossible”; then you may want to think twice before taking their advise.


Almost every problem has a solution – you just have to find it!



Here are a few good resources we recommend: some are instructional, some are scenario, but all have valuable information to help you with your preparations



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