SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at more coronavirus news from southern California.
COVID-19: Increasing Ventilator Production
“Kiple is the CEO of Ventec Life Systems out of Bothell. Founded 12 years ago, Kiple says the company’s latest ventilator model meets those needs. It’s the 18th model they’ve developed.
Dubbed ‘VOCSN,’ the ventilator can act as an oxygen concentrator, a cough assist, provide suction for symptoms of pneumonia, which many COVID-19 patients exhibit, and can be used as a nebulizer should that person need medication.”
JWR’s Comment: Once the hospitals are filled to capacity, it will be YOYO time. There is no way enough ventilators can be built in time. Be advised that the window of opportunity to find used steam vaporizers and oxygen concentrators on Craigslist and Facebook is closing fast!
Now Everyone’s a Prepper
They prepared for the worst — now everyone’s a prepper. JWR’s Comment: My prediction for 2020 and 2021: Weeks of boredom and toiling labor, punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
Matt Bracken: DIY Face Masks
Some practical how-to from Matt Bracken, over at American Partisan: 5-Minute D.I.Y. Anti-Virus Face Mask
Los Angeles Mayor Issues No-Bugout Order!
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Issues “Safer at Home” Order for Residents. Much of this is unenforceable, but here is a quote:
“Meanwhile, residents are not allowed to go to work unless providing essential services as defined by this order, visit friends and family if there is no urgent need, travel to or from a job outside the city, travel to or from a vacation home outside the city or visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility.”
LA Mayor: No Power and Water For You!
LA County Sheriff Orders Gun Stores to Close
LA County Sheriff orders gun stores to close; adds 1,300 deputies to patrol. Thankfully, that was later rescinded, but not with any apology for the trampling of fundamental rights. JWR’s Comment: So gun shops are “non-essential”, but weed shops are “essential”? Considering that COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease, and smoking exacerbates it, I’d say that LA County officials are insane.
City Dwellers Flee to California’s Deserts and Mountains
National Food Hoarding?
By way of the Whatfinger news aggregation site: Countries are starting to hoard food, threatening global trade
N95 Mask Re-Use? Stanford Hospital Docs Say: “Whoa”
Tony sent a link to a chart assembled by doctors at Stanford Medicine: Can Facial Masks be Disinfected for Re-use?
Turning Hand-and Half Into Milk
Reader Lynn G, wrote to mention:
EMP Protection of America’s Power Grids
Reader C.B. spotted this: Initiatives to protect US energy grid and nuclear weapons systems
Another JWR Podcast Interview
G.C. sent a reminder to readers about this, which aired late last month: Podcast: James Wesley Rawles: Practical Coronavirus Preparation