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So what IS the difference between pandemic preparation and epidemic survival?
The easiest way to explain the difference is that an epidemic happens when a disease such as swine flu, for instance, affects a large number of people in a certain area.
It becomes a pandemic when it turns into worldwide epidemic proportions.
So in all reality, preparing for something in that nature is really no different that prepping for any OTHER disaster or scenario, except that we pay more attention to the medical or physical side of things.
The swine flu is a prime example of this. As far as I know it was barely even of epidemic proportions but it can give us a great idea of what CAN happen with something like this.
I personally think it was more of a flu SCARE than anything but even then, if the city decides to shutdown because of a disease, there is not much you can do about it, except to hope that you are prepared!
The pneumonic plague is another example...
I believe it was in '09 that there was a quarantine in China because of this plague. And anytime there has been a quarantine in the past, to me it simply means it could happen again.
And with all the international travel nowadays, there is no guarantee that we are safe in America.
But again, let's not forget that mastering the basic skills of survival is what can ultimately save us!
I am a HUGE fan of natural remedies and cures.
With a family of seven there is no end to the times you COULD run to the doctor if we didn't know a few simple remedies for some of the more common ailments.
There is a nasty but powerful Super Tonic you can make from scratch that will pretty much chase anything away that comes close as far as illness.
Course, there isn't much to be done, except make a trip to the ER if there is a broken bone or something, but for many other things, such as earaches, sinus infections, headaches, etc, there are simple hand-me-down solutions that work quite well.
Any survival prepping SHOULD include some basic knowledge of natural remedies!
Plus the fact, that in any event of pandemic or epidemic proportions, it will be extremely hard to get to a doctor without getting contaminated with whatever IS making it's rounds.
So learn a few simple things about health as you stockpile foods and supplies... and study pandemic preparedness! =)