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This came to me from my bio-weapons expert who studied under Ken Alibek. It is a basic procedure for how to go into and out of your safe room in the event of a bio event.
I’ve considered the possibility that I may have to get OUT of that safe room to perhaps retrieve medicine, shut off utilities, or heaven-forbid, draw someone away from my family.
My method consists of the following. After building the safe room, sealing it, and getting everyone inside, I divide the remaing space into a larger living zone, and a smaller ‘warm’ zone. The warm zone should be easy to seal to facilitate access.
Everything outside the room is a ‘hot zone’. To be more specific, think of an airlock in a spaceship. You want to do a space walk and need to get out. The inside of the ship is the cold zone which leads to a sealed door which opens onto the warm zone.
Once inside, the cold door is re-sealed behind you and at that point you open the door to the outside . In this chamber, you have your Tyvek suit, HANGING UP, for reasons I’ll explain in a moment, your gas mask, a bottle of bleach solution in a spray bottle, roll of duct tape, box of latex (or nitrile) gloves, and an extra gallon of bleach and water to mix it.
Going out, all you have to do is put on the suit, gas mask, and latex gloves, duct tape your wrists and ankles, and place the duct tape roll on one wrist. The reason you do this is so that if you tear your suit while in the hot zone, you can instantly re-seal it.
Coming back in, this procedure must be followed exactly: Both latex gloves come off and you don’t touch anything except the bleach bottle. If you didn’t use latex gloves, you’ll contaminate your bottle. You take the spray bottle and start at the top of your suit on the hood. This works easier if two people go out, so that you can get hard to reach spots, but in a pinch it can be done alone. Working down, you saturate and make sure that no part of your suit is dry, remembering the bottoms or your feet. Once, done, you unzip the suit, let it fall to your ankles, step out, and hang it up with the back towards you, and without touching the back because this part is still ‘hot’. Now you can spray the back. You are almost done.
Retake the spray bottle and mist over the walls and floor and then, making sure the door to the hot zone is closed and sprayed, you open your inner door, enter, and then re-seal it. No door shoud ever be open without the one preceding it being shut and sealed.
This antechamber is also important in that you can use it to decon other occupants if they’ve been exposed, and also decon people who come in from the outside after you’re already in there. It must be insisted upon that those entering remove all clothing and be sprayed with bleach and then rinsed off. Modesty is trivial in this situation and a pair of scrubs will fit just about anyone. These need to be kept in the cold zone so people will just have to turn away while they dress. As for the bleach bath, it need not irritate the skin, because a 10 to 1 water to bleach ratio is extremely effective.
Note from David:
The same concept of “hot”, “warm”, and “cold” areas can be used for a chlorine gas incident or other non-weaponized chemical incidents, except you do not need to use bleach. Depending on the chemical agent, it may or may not make sense to do this. If you have specific chemical threats in your area, you will want to find out the concentrations that are lethal, what kind of mask you need to filter the chemical out, and what you need to have on hand in your “warm” area to neutralize it.
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