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“Duct Tape 911”: Get Your Autographed Copy Today!

Duct Tape 911, by James Hubbard, MD, MPH, aka The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Excuse me if I’m a bit excited. My new book, Duct Tape 911, goes on sale today, and I think you’ll love it.

The whole title is Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together. In it, through step-by-step instructions and illustrations, I show you 23 ways to substitute duct tape for medical supplies.

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No Post Today: Product Announcement Coming Wednesday!

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

There’s a fun, useful, affordable product coming your way, and I’m working on getting my eggs in a row for the launch on Wednesday. So no blog post today. The product will make a great Father’s Day gift, by the way. (If you don’t subscribe to this blog, please do so to make sure you find out about it.)

Until Wednesday …

10 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Help Mom Prepare for Anything!

Help Mom Prep: 10 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’ve always had a little trouble deciding on gifts. I want them to be special, unique, and something that makes the recipient say, “Ooh, how great is this.” Of course, it doesn’t help that I wait until the last minute to start looking.

Yes, maybe your Mother’s Day gift always includes taking her out to eat or cooking for her at home. Maybe flowers and a card. Perhaps she likes that routine (mothers usually appreciate just about anything from their children, if it’s done out of love). But in case you want to add a little extra this year, I asked a few of my prepper friends for some ideas—gifts that say you did a little thinking. And who knows. Perhaps you’ll get an “Ohh, how great is this” out of her this year.

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U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know

U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

It was inevitable that the virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, would come to the United States. Friday, the CDC announced that it has hit our shores through at least one known infected person.

You may have seen this announcement being reported in the media. Here’s some information to help you put the news into context.

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The Best Tornado Safety Tips for Your Best Chance of Survival

The Best Tornado Survival Tips for Your Best Chance | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

My mother was in the deadly Tupelo tornado in 1936. She wasn’t injured, but over 700 people were. And well over 200 more died. She often recalled the people yelling for help when none was available. Hearing her tell stories about the aftermath is one reason I became so interested in disaster- and survival-medicine. I learned tornado safety tips early.

I remember very often sitting up with my family as a child at night, away from the windows, as the thunder shook. Once I even heard

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Do Air Driers Help or Hurt When Drying Your Hands? Take the Hand Washing Quiz!


by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’ve examined literally thousands of people with colds, flus, and stomach viruses in my time and have caught less than a handful (pun intended) of their infections.

The reason? I attribute it a lot of it to proper hand washing (and a good immune system).

Yes, protective gear, such as gloves, is important, but hand washing is still one of the most effective things you can do to protect yourself against many, many infections—as long as you do it in the proper way.

Here’s a quiz on proper hand washing that I based on facts and the documenting studies at the CDC’s website. To tell the truth, before I read the research, I’m not sure I would have scored 100 percent. Let me know what you score! (I’ll list the questions again at the end so you can count how many you got right.)


>> Proper Hand Washing: Take The Quiz! -

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6 Things You Need to Know About Malaria, Just in Case

Normal red blood cells have light centers. The purplish ones have been infested with malaria parasites.

A “Long-Term-Disaster Diseases” post. See the rest in the series here.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Today, April 25, is World Malaria Day.

When my father was a boy in Mississippi, he had malaria. Millions of others did also in the American South in the 1930s. After a few days of the typical fever, teeth-chattering chills, and drenching sweats he got over it. Many did. But many others died. Millions still do—some here in the United States.

We don’t yet have a vaccine for malaria, but we do have effective drugs. Even so, during a long-term disaster, those drugs may not be available. So here are some important facts to know.

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Your Disaster Decontamination Guide: Step-by-Step Mega Cleaning

Your Disaster Decontamination Guide: Step-by-Step Mega Cleaning

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

This is part 2 in the universal-precautions series. See part 1—your disaster fashion guide—here

Imagine there’s a long-term disaster. An infectious disease has broken out. It could be something as common as a stomach virus or as devastating as Ebola. When medical care is scarce, either could be deadly … and both involve the expulsion of infectious fluids, such as diarrhea (and, in Ebola’s case, blood).

Two of your family members have gotten the disease. It’s up to you to care for them.

So you put on your “personal protective equipment” and get to work. But when you get a break from your caregiving responsibilities, there’s another step you need to take to better protect yourself from the disease. It’s part two of the “universal precautions.”  (Part one was putting on that protective gear.) You need to disinfect your environment.

How to Clean Up Blood and Other Potentially Infectious Fluids

Disinfecting your surroundings means not just wiping up blood, vomit, and other fluids but cleaning them up in such a way that you kill all the contagious germs they’ve put into your environment.

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Your Disaster Fashion Guide: The Outfit That Fights Diseases

Your Disaster Fashion Guide: The Outfit That Fights Diseases | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Back when I was growing up, I don’t think the phrase “universal precautions” was in a health care worker’s vocabulary. Now, we’re well-versed in such “precautions”—techniques that help prevent spreading diseases. But back then, people were more lax.

We lived more like you might live at home with your family today—which is not like you’d want to live during a disaster.

Back then, sure, people with highly contagious diseases were isolated, but few health care workers were afraid of getting a little blood on them from someone with no obvious illness. (Of course they should have been because people did get hepatitis from contaminated needle sticks, cuts, etc.)

Even when I was in training, I knew of a pathologist who examined surgical specimens gloveless so he could get a feel of the texture.

Then came AIDS, and everything changed.

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Unprecedented Ebola Outbreak. Could It Spread Here?

Unprecedented Ebola Outbreak Happening Now: Could It Spread Here?

This is the third post in my “Long-Term Disaster Diseases” series. See the rest here.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

A new outbreak of Ebola is going on in Africa, and Doctors Without Borders is calling it “an epidemic of a magnitude never seen before”—not because of the number of cases or deaths. There have been more in previous outbreaks. It’s because of how the disease is spreading.

In the past, Ebola has always stayed confined to a small region. This time the same strain of the virus has been found infecting people several hundred miles from the original area.

The questions on the minds of many people who don’t live in Africa are, could it come here? If so, how do I prevent it?

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