Killing Ron Brown: A Clinton Crime Family Story


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Killing Ron Brown: A Clinton Crime Family Story
Reading Time: 7 minutesYour life is in danger. At this moment, a Chinese nuclear warhead sits in a missile silo. Its guidance, if launched, instructs the warhead to detonate a mile or two above your home. And this was all made possible by extortion, murder, and illegal campaign contributions to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Remember Ron Brown? Brown was Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce.

Ron Brown ran the Clintons’ extortion racket in the 1990s.

Ron Brown played a role . . . he would rather not have. Targeted by an independent counsel along with his son Michael and his confidante (and my source) Nolanda Butler Hill on unrelated charges, Brown desperately needed the Clintons’ help to keep himself, Hill, and especially Michael out of prison. In true Underwood fashion, the Clintons exploited Brown’s vulnerability by making him their international bagman.

Jack Cashill writing on American Thinker

Follow the Money

Records show that Commerce Secretary Ron Brown used his position to raise illegal donations for the Clintons. Brown turned the Commerce Department into a shakedown machine, just the way the Mafia shakes down businesses. Commerce under Clinton was a protection racket. Donate to the Clintons or something bad might happen to your company. Or your kids.

In a 1998 summary of Clinton’s criminal activities involving Chinese campaign contributions, Phyllis Schlafly wrote:

Bill Clinton’s friend and ubiquitous Democratic fundraiser Johnny Chung told Federal investigators that he funneled nearly $100,000 from the Communist Chinese military to the Democratic campaign in the summer of 1996. The money was handed to Chung by the daughter of the top commander of China’s People’s Liberation Army, General Liu Huaqing, who was also one of the top five members of the Chinese Communist Party’s ruling Politburo.

Remember that illegal influence peddling is the primary mission of the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton used the State Department to extort cash payments from corporations and foreign governments. Clinton laundered the dirty money through the Clinton Foundation.

In the 1990s, the Clintons ran the same money laundering scheme through Ron Brown’s Commerce Department.

The More You Know About the Clintons, the Sooner You Will Die

After a religious experience, Ron Brown’s confidante Nolanda Hill told her story to former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post reporter Jack Cashill. Writing on the 10th anniversary of Brown’s likely assassination, Cashill says:

Hill is convinced and always has been that Ron Brown was assassinated. At the time of his death, I had refused to believe such a scenario possible. I was doing talk radio then in Kansas City, and I vigorously rejected all speculation about conspiracy. When I started research for my book, Ron Brown’s Body, in 2003, I began with the conviction that the plane crash was accidental and the famed hole in Brown’s head was some sort of anomaly. To say the least, I have lost that conviction.

Cashill has made the story his life’s work. And for good reason. Bill and Hillary Clinton are extortion artists at best and murdering traitors at worst.

You should believe the worst. As Jack Cashill wrote in American Thinking in 2014:

As Hill tells it, Brown arranged a meeting with Clinton at the White House family quarters. It did not go well. When Clinton said there was nothing he could do for Michael, Brown resorted to his ultimate bargaining chip. If he had to, he told Clinton, he was prepared to reveal the president’s treasonous dealings with China, news of which had yet to break.

We now know the China deal involved selling US military secrets to China in exchange for Chinese contributions to the DNC laundered through a tech company called Loral. The latePhyllis Schlafly explained in 1998:

In June 1994, the CEO of Loral Space and Communications, Bernard Schwartz, made a $100,000 contribution to the Democratic National Committee. He then joined a Ron Brown trip to China that led to a $250 million telecommunications deal for Loral’s satellites to be launched by Chinese rockets [in violation of US law at the time].

In October 1994, Clinton lifted the sanctions he had imposed on China for selling missile technology to Pakistan. In early 1995, Schwartz sent a letter to Clinton urging that responsibility for satellite-export licenses be shifted from the State Department to the Commerce Department. Meanwhile, both Schwartz and Johnny Chung made more huge donations, in excess of $100,000, to the Democratic Party.

Back to Ron Brown’s desperate meeting with Clinton. Guess how Bill and Hillary dealt with Brown’s threat.

Next thing you know, Ron was on his final seat-selling trade mission, this one to Croatia to cut a deal between the neo-fascists who ran the country and the Enron Corporation. Yes, that Enron. He never got there. The Air Force plane that carried Brown, the military version of a Boeing 737, crashed into a hillside outside Dubrovnik. Brown and 34 others were killed.

After the crash that took out the US Secretary of Commerce and 33 others, the Clinton Administration covered up everything. They prohibited an autopsy of Ron Brown’s body despite evidence of a bullet wound in Brown’s skull. The military general in charge of the “investigation” repeatedly lied to the press and to Congress. The US Air Force released false press statements claiming the plane’s wreckage was found in the Adriatic. The US government said the plane crashed in the “worst storm in a decade,” which was a laughable lie even at the time. And many involved in the investigation died by accident or gunshot wound before testifying.

Those are facts on the record.

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But Nolanda Hill thinks the Clinton’s ordered their hit on Brown before that White House meeting. Here’s how Jack Cashill recounts Hill’s thinking:

Today, after much reflection, Hill no longer believes that the meeting with President Clinton triggered the trip to Croatia. She believes that the planning of Brown’s demise had already begun. “They [the president’s advisors] knew he was going to get indicted. They knew that he was gone.” Brown was the classic “man who knew too much.” The knowledge that had protected when his legal problems could still be fixed left him vulnerable when those problems were beyond fixing.

Back to Cashill’s American Thinker article:

The Enron executives landed safely in their own jet just a few minutes earlier despite what the Clinton administration called “the worst storm in a decade.” As I learned in reading the 22-volume USAF report on the crash, it was not even raining at the time, and the sun was peeking through the clouds. I requested that report eight years after the crash. As far as I know, I was the first person in the media to request it, and the New York Times had a reporter on the plane.

And the Enron flight carried a very important connection to Hillary Rodham Clinton, as will see very soon.

Clinton’s Treason Goes Deeper Still

These paragraphs from Phyllis Schlafly’s excellent summary of the Chinese missile scandal will make you shudder:

The rationale for allowing U.S. satellites to be launched by Chinese rockets is that the technology is safely locked up in a black box, and Americans monitor the launch to assure that it stays secured. But when the Loral rocket blew up, the parts were scattered. The Pentagon refused comment on the Drudge report that the Loral engineers who reviewed the recovered debris said that the encryption hardware was missing.

U.S. intelligence has reported that China has targeted 13 of its 18 CSS-4 long-range missiles against U.S. cities. The CIA says that China’s targeting was made more accurate by Loral’s unauthorized help. The Justice Department started a criminal investigation of Loral, and the State Department warned that Loral’s actions were “criminal, likely to be indicted, knowing and unlawful.”

In March 1996, despite the objections of Secretary of State Warren Christopher, the Defense Department and our intelligence agencies, Clinton personally transferred jurisdiction over satellite-export licensing from the State Department to his pal, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. Meanwhile, Bernard Schwartz stepped up his contributions to the Democratic Party and became the largest single contributor in the 1996 election cycle. Clinton signed another waiver this year to allow Loral Space to export a satellite that is scheduled to be launched by the Chinese in November.

To cover up their treason, the Clintons apparently ordered the assassination of Ron Brown and 33 others who boarded a doomed Air Force flight on a trade mission to Croatia.

So why haven’t the Clintons been tried and convicted for these capital crimes? Becausethey’re out of reach of US law, protected by the Wall Street and corporate interestswho laundered Chinese money to the Clintons in the 1990s. That and Republican fecklessness. The GOP impeached and tried Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal when the real crime of the Clinton Administration involved treason and state assassinations. Assassinations and sham investigations.

The Mysterious, Beautiful Woman

While the Ron Brown assassination story has yet to reach its end, Jack Cashill’s reporting explains Clinton’s desperation to win the White House in 2016. And it involves a mysterious woman.

Zdenka Gast
Zdenka Gast

Cashill found an intriguing open loop in an Air Force report on the assassination of Ron Brown. (The USAF does not call the report an assassination report, but you know by now that it was.) This open loop was a Croatian woman named Zdenka Gast.

[For more about Zdenka Gast and Hillary’s serial lies, click here.]Gast was supposed to be on Ron Brown’s plane. At the last minute, she was removed from that death flight’s manifest and moved to the Enron plane.

Why the move?

According to a witness, “There were problems in — in — in this — in concluding this deal where they wanted to sign a letter of intent, and so, rather than — than go on the Brown trip, she stayed with the Inron [sic] people to do the final negotiations.”

The Air Force never interviewed Gast. The USAF claimed they were unable to find her. But Cashill found in a few minutes of searching. He contacted her office. Gast’s office said she’d return the call shortly. Six years later, Cashill is still waiting.

Well, no. Cashill isn’t waiting. He knows he’ll never hear from Gast. As Jack Cashill explains in his American Thinker story:

Inquiring into Gast’s background, I came across the Croatian-language magazine Gloria. The photo that graced this article leapt off the page at me. In the center of three smiling women, all linked arm in arm, was Gast, an attractive, full-figured redhead. On her left was the then Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman. On her right was none other than Hillary Clinton. Gast was one of only forty guests at a 2000 White House wedding reception for Herman, the woman who dispatched Brown on his fatal trip. Most of the other guests the reader would recognize by name.

According to public records, Gast lives in Grand Island, New York with a home in Florida. She’s listed as CEO of Z Global Consulting Ltd., a company with no apparent legal formation in any state. Except for a bare-bones LinkedIn profile, Gast seems to have been wiped from the internet.

Let’s hope Zdenka, now 67, is still alive.

 

Hillary Clinton keeps her friends close . . . and her witnesses closer. Just ask Ron Brown.


Also published on Medium.

Cashill and Clinton here.

Senator Clinton, Just Who Is Zdenka Gast?

Ron Brown's Body: How One Man's Death Saved the Clinton Presidency and Hillary's Future
Ron Brown’s Body: How One Man’s Death Saved the Clinton Presidency and Hillary’s Future

© Jack Cashill

WorldNetDaily.com
December 4, 2008

Although his colleagues on the U. S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be content to throw Hillary Clinton softballs during her confirmation hearing, I suspect Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina has moxie enough to throw the would-be secretary of state a nasty curve as follows:

DeMint: Senator Clinton, just who Is Zdenka Gast?

Clinton: Zdenka Gast? Help me out here.

DeMint: Let me refresh your memory. Gast played a key role in Commerce Secretary Ron Brown’s fatal trip to Croatia in April 1996. Ostensibly at least, Brown went to Croatia to broker a deal between the Croatian government and a certain American corporation. Gast served as liaison between the two.

Clinton: Why is this an issue?

DeMint: For starters, it was a sweetheart deal that the White House coerced Croatia to sign. For another, the White House’s Croatian client was president Franjo Tudjman, a notorious anti-Semite. And for a third, the company in question was Enron. Otherwise, no problem.

Clinton: Enron? Please! What’s your source? Some right-wing blog?

DeMint: No, your ambassador to Croatia, Peter Galbraith. He told Air Force investigators that Gast had been scheduled to fly with Brown on the USAF plane that crashed but flew in instead on a Swiss Air Charter with the Enron guys.

Clinton: You’re making this up.

DeMint: Let me quote the official, 22-volume U.S, Air Force Report. Said Galbraith, “There were problems in—in—in this—in concluding this deal where they wanted to sign a letter of intent, and so, rather than—than go on the Brown trip, she stayed with the Inron [sic] people to do the final negotiations.”

Clinton: Bull. Enron was a Republican company.

DeMint: That is what the media tell us, and Gast was allegedly a Republican too, but in the nineties Enron execs were frequent flyers on Brown trade missions. Remember the deal in 1995 when you all held up a $13.5 million aid package to Mozambique until its president agreed to give Enron a major stake in a local gas field?

Clinton: I have no recollection of that.

DeMint: As you probably heard, Brown more or less sold seats on these missions to raise money for what Senator Fred Thompson’s committee would call “the most corrupt political campaign in modern history.”

Clinton: I had nothing to do with that campaign.

DeMint: Dick Morris says otherwise. As he tells it, you were the one who brought him into the White House after the Dem’s November 1994 whipping, and you were there with the president, Al Gore, Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, and DNC chair Don Fowler when his plan for a massively expensive ad campaign was approved. In fact, The DNC cupboard was bare. The money had to come from somewhere.

Clinton: Prove it.

DeMint: Brown could have. In fact, Judicial Watch had scheduled him to give a deposition on this subject as soon as he returned from Croatia. It’s a shame he never returned.

Clinton: And why would Tudjman submit to such a deal?

DeMint: Glad you asked. According to the Financial Times of London, Tudjman linked the Enron deal to a variety of political demands, chief among them—and this is a quote–“avoiding his arrest and that of other senior figures by the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal.”

Clinton: You’ve got it backwards. The Serbs were the war criminals.

DeMint: The Serbs had no monopoly on ethnic cleansing. If you recall, just months before Brown’s death, Croatian forces drove more than 200,000 Serbian civilians from their homes in the Krajina region and killed some 14,000 of them. The White House and Galbraith aided and abetted the Croats as something of a reward for their agreeing to the federation between Croats and Muslims in Bosnia.

Clinton: I had nothing to do with that.

DeMint: I didn’t say you did. But I am curious as to why you took a one-day detour to Tuzla in Bosnia just nine days before Brown left Tuzla on his fatal flight. You may have fudged about the sniper fire, but Tuzla was a dangerous place in 1996. As the White House spun it, “No first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt has made a trip into such a hostile military environment.” And you brought Chelsea?

Clinton: I wanted to say “thank you” to our troops. What are you insinuating?

DeMint: Nothing, just asking. Much of this would be clearer if we had all the facts.

Clinton: What are you missing?

DeMint: Our best witness. After Galbraith told the Air Force about Zdenka, the investigator said, “We’ve been looking for her.” Apparently, they did not find her. The report lists 148 witness interviews, but Zdenka’s was not among them. You might have been able to help.


Above: Zdenka Gast

Clinton: How is that?

DeMint: You know the lady. I have this photo here from a Croatian language magazine named Gloria taken a few years after Brown’s death. In the center of the photo is Zdenka, the redhead, not bad looking. On her left, as you can see, is Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman. On her right is you.

Clinton : Probably some big fundraiser. I get my picture taken with all kinds of people.

DeMint: This is a little more intimate, a lot more. This was taken at a wedding reception for Herman at the White House. You hosted it. Only 40 people attended, just about all of them DC big shots except Zdenka. Zdenka boasts that she was supporting your senate run and that—quote–“Hillary paid special attention to me.”

Clinton: And that’s somehow suspicious?

DeMint: It’s no more suspicious than your detour to Tuzla or the hole in Ron Brown’s head or the White House refusal to do an autopsy on Brown or the “inexplicable” deviation of the aircraft into the mountainside or the lethal bullet hole in the chest of the airport aviation manager.

Clinton: Are you finished?

DeMint: This is just question one, Senator. Fasten your seat belt.

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ABOUT EBOLA HEMORRHAGIC FEVER

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (recently referred to as Ebola Virus Disease, so just EVD) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered (but not confirmed) to be the natural host of the Ebola virus. EVD is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. There are five known species of Ebola virus and one known species of the Marburg virus. The Ebola virus species that is currently the source of the outbreak in West Africa is called Zaire Ebolavirus.

 
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Since the first cases of Ebola HF in the current West Africa outbreak were detected in March, 2014, between 50-90% of those who become infected die. And the deaths are particularly gruesome including bleeding from the eyes, internal bleeding, major organ failure, grotesque rashes and more. Click HERE for a terrifying, detailed description of the physical effects of Ebola.

HOW IS EBOLA TRANSMITTED?
Good Question!
Contact w/Bodily Fluids – Public health authorities such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization currently state that Ebola is contracted by coming in contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with an infected individual’s blood or body fluids, including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, semen and fecal material.

Aerosol / Airborne Transmission – Evidence suggests public health officials are intentionally crafting language so as to minimize public concerns regarding other possible means of transmission. For instance, though public health authorities publicly state that Ebola is not AIRBORNE, there are a multitude of published, peer reviewed studies firmly establishing transmission of the Ebola virus, as with many other contagions, via AEROSOLS, such as saliva particles and droplets released via coughs and sneezes.

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The general difference between AIRBORNE and AEROSOL transmission rests, in large part, on the size of the particles and thus, how long they can remain suspended in the air.

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Until recently both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada directly warned about possible AIRBORNE transmission of the Ebola virus. Beginning in August 2014 all such references were scrubbed from publicly available agency information resources.

[ EXAMPLE 1: ] – Sometime between August 2-4, 2014 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control CHANGED THE LANGUAGE of their guidance document entitled, Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals, to remove any reference to AIRBORNE transmission. Thankfully the WayBack Machine archived the old version.

OLD VERSION https://web.archive.org/web/20140802085653/http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html

NEW VERSION ( Link )
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html

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[ EXAMPLE 2: ] – Sometime between Oct 1-2, the Public Health Agency of Canada actually CHANGED THE LANGUAGE of their Pathogen Safety Data Sheet on Ebola to to remove references to AIRBORNE transmission, including the removal of citations to key scientific literature. Thankfully the WayBack Machine archived the old version.

OLD VERSION ( Link )
http://web.archive.org/web/20140803232909/http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php

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NEW VERSION ( Link )
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php

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ADDITIONAL REFERENCES ON AIRBORNE / AEROSOL TRANSMISSION

In August, 2014 Dr. Barbara Knust of the CDC revealed in a conference call with clinicians from across the U.S. that there is a risk of Ebola transmission even through “casual contact,” which she defined “to be within three feet of a patient for a prolonged period of time.” [Citation 1]

“But the kind of exposures that we consider to be high risk would be things such as percutaneous or mucous membrane exposure to body fluids of the symptomatic Ebola virus patient, providing direct care of a symptomatic patient or exposure to blood and body fluids without standard bio safety precautions, doing processing of body fluids of confirmed patients without appropriate PPE, or standard bio safety precautions and participation in funeral rites which include direct exposure to human remains in the geographic area where an outbreak is occurring without appropriate PPE.

Low risk exposures [but a risk none the less] include having casual contact with an EVD patient either by being a household member or providing patient care that is just a casual contact kind of a situation rather than direct exposure to blood and body fluid without PPE.

And casual contact we’re defining in here to be within three feet of a patient for a prolonged period of time.”

[emphasis added]

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: If a CDC scientist states casual contact (within 3 feet) of an infected individual poses a risk of exposure, what does it mean for airline passengers?

In Sept., 2014 the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) published a position paper urging healthcare workers to employ advanced personal protective equipment because of the threat of aerosol transmission: [Citation 2]

“We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks.”

In 2012 research published in the scientific journal Nature demonstrated the ability of the the virus to pass between pigs and non-human primates without direct contact. [Citation 3]

“In 2009, Reston-EBOV was the first EBOV detected in swine with indicated transmission to humans. In-contact transmission of Zaire-EBOV (ZEBOV) between pigs was demonstrated experimentally. Here we show ZEBOV transmission from pigs to cynomolgus macaques without direct contact. Interestingly, transmission between macaques in similar housing conditions was never observed. Piglets inoculated oro-nasally with ZEBOV were transferred to the room housing macaques in an open inaccessible cage system. All macaques became infected. Infectious virus was detected in oro-nasal swabs of piglets, and in blood, swabs, and tissues of macaques. This is the first report of experimental interspecies virus transmission, with the macaques also used as a human surrogate.”
In 2006 a press release published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), specifically states that Ebola is infectious by aerosol: [Citation 4]

“Ebola virus causes hemorrhagic fever with case fatality rates as high as 80 percent in humans. The virus, which is infectious by aerosol (although more commonly spread through blood and bodily fluids of infected patients), is of concern both as a global health threat and a potential agent of biological warfare or terrorism. Currently there are no available vaccines or therapies.”
In 2006 the scientific journal PLoS Pathogens carried a peer reviewed paper stating “…the pathogen is extremely deadly and highly infectious by aerosol…”: [Citation 5]

“Although the worst outbreaks have resulted in only several hundred deaths worldwide [3–6], the filoviruses are considered a significant global health threat, because as the reservoir remains unknown, the pathogen is extremely deadly and highly infectious by aerosol, and there is anecdotal evidence that the use of both MARV and EBOV were explored as potential biowarfare agents in the offensive program of the former Soviet Union [7–10].”
In 2005 guidance published by the U.S. Army on medical management of biological casualities specifically states that Ebola may be particularly prone to transmission via aerosols. [Citation 6]

“Lassa, CCHF, Ebola, and Marburg viruses may be particularly prone to aerosol nosocomial spread. In several instances, secondary infections among contacts and medical personnel without direct body fluid exposure are well documented. These instances suggest a rare phenomenon of aerosol transmission of infection. Therefore, when a VHF is suspected, additional infection control measures are indicated. The patient should be hospitalized in a private room with an adjoining anteroom for putting on and removing protective barriers, storage of supplies, and decontamination of laboratory specimen containers. A negative pressure isolation room with 6-12 air exchanges per hour is ideal for all VHF patients and is strongly advised for patients with significant cough, hemorrhage, or diarrhea. All persons entering the room should wear double gloves, eye protection and HEPA (N-95) masks or positive pressure air-purifying resperators.”

In 1995 research published in the International Journal of Experimental Pathology demonstrated fatal aerosol transmission of Ebola to monkeys with a little as 400 virus particles (plaque-forming units (PFU)). [Citation 7]

“The potential of aerogenic infection by Ebola virus was established by using a head-only exposure aerosol system. Virus-containing droplets of 0.8-1.2 microns were generated and administered into the respiratory tract of rhesus monkeys via inhalation. Inhalation of viral doses as low as 400 plaque-forming units of virus caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days. … Demonstration of fatal aerosol transmission of this virus in monkeys reinforces the importance of taking appropriate precautions to prevent its potential aerosol transmission to humans.
In 1995 research published in the infectious diseasejournal Lancet demonstrated fatal aerosol transmission of Ebola between rhesus monkeys without any form of physical contact. [Citation 8]

“Secondary transmission of Ebola virus infection in humans is known to be caused by direct contact with infected patients or body fluids. We report transmission of Ebola virus (Zaire strain) to two of three control rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) that did not have direct contact with experimentally inoculated monkeys held in the same room. The two control monkeys died from Ebola virus infections at 10 and 11 days after the last experimentally inoculated monkey had died. The most likely route of infection of the control monkeys was aerosol, oral or conjunctival exposure to virus-laden droplets secreted or excreted from the experimentally inoculated monkeys. These observations suggest approaches to the study of routes of transmission to and among humans.”

SUSTAINED SURFACE CONTAMINATION

Despite public pronouncements by the CDC, WHO and other public health personalities that the Ebola virus does not survive beyond a few HOURS on contaminated surfaces, published research in respected, peer reviewed scientific journals show that “viable” Ebola virus can in fact survive for multiple WEEKS on surfaces outside the body.

In 2010 research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology demonstrated that two different strains of Ebola, including Ebola-Zaire which is at the heart of the current W. Africa outbreak, is able to survive for extended periods of time at low temperatures on plastic and glass surfaces as well as in liquids. [Citation 9]

“Our study has shown that Lake Victoria marburgvirus (MARV) and Zaire ebolavirus (ZEBOV) can survive for long periods in different liquid media and can also be recovered from plastic and glass surfaces at low temperatures for over … 3 … weeks. The decay rates of ZEBOV and Reston ebolavirus (REBOV) plus MARV within a dynamic aerosol were calculated. ZEBOV and MARV had similar decay rates, whilst REBOV showed significantly better survival within an aerosol.”

IS THERE A VACCINE?
NO. There are experimental drugs under development which have been tested on three individuals infected with Ebola. Two survived. As of the latest update to this site (October 8, 2014) there are no mass produced vaccines. Patients receive symptomatic treatment only.

USGOV AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

On April 8, 2014 the Department of Defense informed Congress that JBAIDS hemorrhagic fever testing systems had been deployed to National Guard units of all 50 States.

On July 31, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Warning advising U.S. citizens to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

On July 31, 2014 President Obama issued a new Executive Order with a revised list of quarantinable communicable diseases to include severe respiratory illnesses.

On Aug 1, 2014 Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization stated the Ebola outbreak “is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” and “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries.”

On Aug 1, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued Ebola guidance to US Hospitals on Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients.

On Aug 3, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel

On Aug 6, 2014 it was announced that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moved its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to its highest activation level, an action it last took during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

On Aug 7, 2014 Tom Frieden, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control, told Congress that Ebola’s spread to US is ‘inevitable.’

On Aug 15, 2014 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had been “vastly underestimated” and “extraordinary measures” were needed to contain the disease.

On Aug 26, 2014 the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General issued a report stating that DHS is “ill-prepared” for combating a pandemic such as a global Ebola outbreak.

On Aug 28, 2014 The U.S. State Dept .warned U.S.citizens traveling abroad that they may be subject to increased screening procedures, forced quarantine or berestricted by foreign governments from traveling for up to 21 days in response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.

On Sept 12, 2014 Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, stated that Ebola virus cases in West Africa are rising faster than the ability to contain them.

On Sept 14, 2014 President Obama described the Ebola outbreak as a national security threat to the United States and has ordered the deployment of 3000 U.S. soldiers to the region to assist in the setting up field hospitals and isolation units, to provide protection for medical staff as well as other tasks in an effort to help in the overall international response.

On Sept 15, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning to all hospitals, clinics, doctors, infectious disease specialists and other medical professionals nationwide stating that “now is the time to prepare” for the eventual arrival of Ebola cases in the U.S..

On Sept 22, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a new report and forecast indicating there is potential for 1.4 MILLION Ebola cases by January 20, 2015.

On Sept 24, 2014 it was reported that U.S. waste management companies are refusing to haul away Ebola-related hospital waste citing federal guidelines that require such materials to be handled in special packaging by people with hazardous materials training.

On Sept 30, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first case of Ebola in a patient diagnosed in a U.S. hospital.

On Oct 2, 2014 the UN’s Ebola Chief Warned the Virus Could Become Airborne.

These and other extraordinary statements, efforts and developments should be YOUR indicators that the W. Africa Ebola outbreak has U.S. and international health authorities particularly worried. They should also serve as indicators that now is the time to make some preparations of your own BEFORE there is a major national rush to do the same.

HOW CAN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY PREPARE?

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It is imperative that you stay well informed. If the Ebola virus begins to circulate in the U.S. or via airlines serving the U.S. market, you will want to find out at the soonest opportunity so as to begin to manage your risk factors (social contact, travel plans, kids in school, etc…) and take appropriate measures for yourself and family. No doubt the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations will continue to provide information on the spread of the virus, availability of medications and travel advisories. You can find a list of excellent information sources further down this page.
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Get your annual flu vaccination as early as possible. Many of the initial symptoms of Ebola are very similar to influenza (fever, nausea, muscle pain, headaches, etc..). While this will NOT protect you from the Ebola virus it will likely help keep you out of the medical system and thus reduce your chances of possibly falling under the purview of newly expanded list of quarantinable diseases which now includes severe acute respiratory syndromes (diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness).
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Get a pneumonia vaccine shot. Here again, while this will NOT protect you from the Ebola virus it will likely help keep you out of the medical system and thus reduce your chances of possibly falling under the purview of newly expanded list of quarantinable diseases which now includes severe acute respiratory syndromes (diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness). This is particularly important for individuals 65 and older as well as those with chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma, emphysema, severe allergies, etc..
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Become a hand washing fanatic and stop touching your face. This is a powerful habit to get into as a defense against numerous diseases. In the event of an epidemic / pandemic situation, you should wash your hands several times a day with a good antimicrobial scrub. Additionally, it would be wise to carry an alcohol-based disinfectant, though this should not be a substitute for thoroughly washing your hands regularly under running water.
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It is strongly recommended that airline travelers, including domestic passengers, become hyper sensitive about their proximity to those visibly ill during your trips. Given that hundreds of passengers from affected countries arrive in the U.S. daily from international locations, only to then diffuse into the domestic airline network, your increased, polite vigilance can only be a benefit to your overall safety. If they look sick, steer clear. This is not rude, just simple common sense.
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In the event of an epidemic / pandemic situation, you would be infinitely wise to exercise social distancing. This might seem like a no-brainer, but the most effective way to prevent becoming infected by most communicable diseases is to avoid exposure to others who may be infected. As an infected individual is already contagious by the time symptoms appear, it is important that you stay aware and informed.
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Familiarize yourself with guidance provided by the CDC and WHO for medical workers and airline staff (a comprehensive list is provided below). Their recommendations on how workers should protect themselves apply equally well for the general population. Though the protective measures in these guidance documents obviously run into the extreme, it should be simple to adjust them to your particular situation. Also be aware that this guidance WILL, FOR SURE, change regularly to accommodate new information and practices..

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In the event of an epidemic / pandemic situation, be prepared to protect your breath with a respirator / mask. As indicated above, there is a body of evidence showing the Ebola virus is capable of airborne transmission via cough and sneeze plumes. As such, it is important to protect yourself from potentially inhaling the virus when in the presence of others. To this end, use only respirators labeled as “NIOSH certified,” “N95”, “N99” or “N100” (See Table Below) as these help protect against inhalation of very small particles. Follow the directions and make sure the masks are worn properly to eliminate entry of unfiltered air between the mask and the sides of the face. Inexpensive sources are provided below.

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CDC / NIOSH Filter Class Table (click for full guidance document)

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In the event of an epidemic / pandemic situation, be prepared to protect your hands. Wear medical grade disposable examination gloves. This will help protect you from possible contact with an infected individual or surfaces. These gloves are cheap enough that you should never have to reuse a pair. Wash your hands after careful removal. Inexpensive sources are provided below.
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In the event of an epidemic / pandemic situation, be prepared to protect your eyes. There are ample scientific studies showing that communicable diseases can be contracted by getting aerosolized particles and droplets in one’s eyes. Glasses are not sufficient protection. A pair of inexpensive chemistry lab goggles provides ample protection. Inexpensive sources are provided below.
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In the event of an epidemic / pandemic situation, be prepared to carefully dispose of any potentially contaminated materials properly. Gloves, masks or filters, tissues, etc.. should becarefully handled. Prepare a special container for such items OUTSIDE of your living environment. Consider them a potential biohazard.

Depending on your location, you may wish to consider your own burn can or burn pit.

REASON: Waste management companies are refusing to haul away the soiled sheets and virus-spattered protective gear associated with treating the disease, citing federal guidelines that require Ebola-related waste to be handled in special packaging by people with hazardous materials training.

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Be mindful of the fact that in the event of an epidemic / pandemic situation, there is the potential for disruption of basic services such as power, telephones, internet access, garbage pickup and more. If the service relies upon a human for upkeep or operation, it is subject to problems due to widespread employee absenteeism or death toll. This concept can also be extended to other areas we take for granted including gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and more. This is why it is essential to be prepared PRIOR to an emergency taking hold.

SIMPLE EXAMPLE:
In December, 2013, multiple Alaska Airlines flight crews were hit hard by influenza, resulting in flight cancellations.

EXTREME EXAMPLE:
In August 2014, both St. Joseph’s Catholic and John F. Kennedy Memorial hospitals in Liberia shut down after workers at both facilities abandoned their jobs following the deaths of many staff members.

While there is the perception that the American medical system is much better equipped to handle an outbreak, do not be deceived into complacency. Medical staff in America are just as susceptible to the virus as other geographic locations. In the event of an epidemic or pandemic situation, hospitals WILL be overwhelmed.

When medical staff begin becoming infected it is wise to presume that a certain percentage of the staff will NOT report to work. Further, as many nurses and support staff in the U.S. are unionized, there is also a HIGH probability that this will happen sooner rather than later into a public health emergency if the threats are sufficient.

THE SIGNS ARE ALREADY HERE

In September 2014, approximately 1000 unionized nurses protested in the streets of Las Vegas over the fact that U.S. hospitals are not ready to handle a major Ebola outbreak.

In October 2014, America’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses stated that American hospitals are still not communicating policies to health care workers regarding how to handle potential Ebola patients.

According to National Nurses United co-president Deborah Burger:

“As has been shown in Dallas, they are not prepared. […] We’re still not clear on why our hospitals are dragging their feet. […] We think there may be a bit of denial involved in this.”

Additional preparedness steps you should realistically already have completed for other emergency situations:

• Stock up on essential medications (insulin, BP meds, Mom’s Xanax, etc…).

• Stock up on necessities such as food and water. Prepare at least a two month supply. The focus should be on nonperishable foods and meals that do not require cooking.

• Plan for the possibility that banks will be closed or ATMs empty or out of service. As such, if you learn of a potential epidemic or pandemic situation forming, it is wise to keep a supply of cash on hand.

• Discuss emergency preparations with your family. Make a plan so that children will know what to do and where to go if you are incapacitated or killed, or if family members cannot communicate with each other. These are drastic measures, but unfortunately necessary.

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If you think you or a member of your family is becoming ill in a epidemic / pandemic situation, it is important that you NOT IMMEDIATELY RUSH TO THE HOSPITAL. The simple reality is that you will likely encounter desperate throngs of other sick individuals doing the exact same thing. The chances are also very good that hospitals and other medical facilities will already be overwhelmed.

Attempt to call the hospital emergency room BEFORE setting out to find medical attention. FOLLOW THEIR GUIDANCE TO THE LETTER.

BRUTAL REALITIES

IN AN EPIDEMIC / PANDEMIC SITUATION, IF EBOLA IS SUSPECTED IT IS ESSENTIAL YOU NOT HANDLE / TOUCH / KISS / CUDDLE OR OTHERWISE HAVE PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH THE SICK INDIVIDUAL. ADDITIONALLY, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE SICK INDIVIDUAL BE ISOLATED, PREFERABLY OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME SO THAT NO ONE ELSE IS INFECTED OR THE ENVIRONMENT CONTAMINATED.

For any clear thinking adult, this reason alone should be motivation to follow the preparedness guidance in this document BEFORE a pandemic scenario is upon us. Additionally, if the government is currently allocating significant amounts of capital and other resources to preparing for a possible epidemic / pandemic, this should be your signal to make some preparations of your own.

The lives of yourself and family could hang in the balance.

REGARDING PETS

An infectious disease study published by the Centers for Disease Control in 2005 provides a detailed analysis of an earlier Ebola outbreak during which dogs were tested for the presence of Ebola antibodies (the presence of which would indicate infection by the virus). Ebola virus antibodies WERE detected….

While symptoms DID NOT develop in any of these highly exposed animals during the outbreak, “they may excrete infectious viral particles in urine, feces, and saliva for a short period before virus clearance, as has observed experimentally in other animals. Given the frequency of contact between humans and domestic dogs, canine Ebola infection must be considered as a potential risk factor for human infection and virus spread. Human infection could occur through licking, biting, or grooming. Asymptomatically infected dogs could be a potential source of human Ebola outbreaks and of virus spread during human outbreaks, which could explain some epidemiologically unrelated human cases.”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Given the result of this study, it is clear that in the event of an epidemic or pandemic situation, dogs may present a significant risk to their owners and others if they become exposed to the virus. Pet owners, and particular, dog owners, must be extremely vigilant. Keep an eye on your dogs when outside. Limit their movement where appropriate. Contact with a sick individual could result in the spread of the virus in your home.

Similarly, if someone in your home becomes sick, this CDC report clearly shows that dogs could spread the virus to other family members, while not becoming sick themselves…

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPTMENT (PPE) USE VIDEOS
While these videos do not specifically deal with use of PPEs in an infectious Ebola setting, they
do provide an excellent overview of the general use of these items.

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One of the best risk mitigation steps you can take is to acquire a medical grade skin cleanser, as well as surface cleanser.

Of these, one of the gold standards in hospitals and other clinical settings is Chlorhexidine Gluconate, which is sold under the product name HIBICLENS.

The product is intended for use as a surgical scrub, as a health-care personnel hand wash, a patient pre-operative skin preparation and a skin wound cleanser. The antimicrobial cleaner bonds to the skin to create a persistent antimicrobial effect and protective germ-killing field against a wide range of microorganisms.

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Another essential risk mitigation step is to acquire a hospital-grade disinfectant.

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Sporicidin® is an EPA-registered gold-standard disinfectant for a varity of surfaces which provides continuous residual antimicrobial activity for up to 6 months. The solution is non-corrosive to surfaces including plastics, latex, vinyl, glass, wood, metal, and porcelain. Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution is FDA 510(k) cleared for hospital use and compliant with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards (29 CFR 1910.1030). Sporicidin® has been used in hospital, medical and dental environments since 1978 and provides 100% kill of disease and odor-causing organisms. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

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An ESSENTIAL risk countermeasure for reducing the spread of Ebola, influenza and other contagions, not only for caregivers, but also for the sick, is to acquire a supply of particle masks. The N95 respirator is the most common particulate filtering face piece respirator and will be impossible to find during an epidemic / pandemic situation.

This product filters at least 95% of airborne particles but is NOT resistant to oil. These are (currently) inexpensive and a critical element to one’s preparedness supplies. There are an abundance of scholarly studies demonstrating the effectiveness of N95 filters in reducing the spread of viruses.

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NIOSH-Approved P100 Particulate Mask / Respirators
Similar to the N95, P100 rated filters provide 99.97% filter efficiency against viruses of all types, including Ebola, influenza and other contagions, as well as certain dusts, fumes, mists and radionuclides. P100 are also oil resistant. The masks are well suited for those who want NIOSHs highest rated filtration efficiency. Here again, these masks are (currently) inexpensive and a critical element to one’s pandemic preparedness supplies.

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Transocular (via the eye) infection is well researched and documented. All it takes is a cough or sneeze…. Consider eye protection another essential pandemic mitigation measure. These inexpensive goggles are used worldwide by health authorities and should be part of your preparedness supplies.The style or design is irrelevant. Shielding the eyes from the free movement of air is the primary consideration.

Latex gloves are essential for protection from H7N9 infections from touching contaminated surfaces, people, etc..

Gloves – Single-Use Latex Examination Gloves
As viruses can easily be spread via your hands, not to mention one of the primary avenues through which YOU become infected….. surgical gloves are a no-brainer. Additionally, the length of time that germs can survive on latex gloves varies and is dependent on a number of factors such as humidity level, temperature, type of surface and germs. The only logical solution is disposable gloves. Those offered via this link are inexpensive and can, in and of themselves, be a lifesaver.

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These masks provide the ultimate in protection and can be used with either N95 or P100 filters. The most important feature of such masks is the near complete isolation of the eyes, nose and mouth. Eyes are protected from airborne particles and everything you breath is run through the disposable filters.

While this type of mask could be viewed as extreme, ask yourself the following question: If a member of your family becomes ill in an epidemic / pandemic situation involving a potentially deadly pathogen, are you confident enough to engage in their care without maximum protection for yourself?

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HEPA Air Filters – Multiple Sizes and Styles
High-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, is a type of air filter. To qualify as HEPA by USGOV standards, an air filter must remove (from the air that passes through) 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 micrometers.HEPA filters are critical in the prevention of the spread of airborne bacterial and viral organisms and, therefore, infection. Typically, medical-use HEPA filtration systems also incorporate ultra-violet lights to kill off the live bacteria and viruses trapped by the filter media. Some of the best-rated HEPA units have an efficiency rating of 99.995%, which assures a very high level of protection against airborne disease transmission.

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CDC GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS
CDC Main Ebola Page

Ebola – Case Definition

Ebola – Disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare Settings

Ebola – Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients

Ebola – Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals

Ebola – Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in U.S. Hospitals

Ebola – Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons w/ Ebola Virus Disease Exposure

Ebola – Guidance Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients (Hospitals and Mortuaries)

Ebola – Guidance for EMS Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points

Ebola – Contact Tracing Primer

Ebola – Guidance for Airlines

Ebola – Guidance for Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola – Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission

Ebola – Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Ebola – Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students

Ebola – Case Definitions of Ebola and Marburg Virus Diseases

Ebola – Clinical Management of Patients w/ Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

Ebola – Contact Tracing During an Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola – Laboratory Guidance for the Diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola – Surveillance in Countries w/ No Reported Cases of Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola – Ebola Event Management at Points of Entry

Ebola – Infection Prevention and Control Guidance Summary

Ebola – Toolkit for Behavioral and Social Communication in Outbreak Response

Ebola – Ebola and Marburg Virus Disease Epidemics: Preparedness, Alert, Control, and Evaluation

Ebola – WHO Risk Assessment: Human Infections w/ Zaïre Ebola Virus in West Africa

KNOW THE LAW

Ebola – Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students
CDC – Legal Authorities for Isolation and Quarantine

CDC – Specific Laws and Regs Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases

CDC – Final Rules for Control of Communicable Diseases: Interstate and Foreign

Executive Order (July 31, 2014) — Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases

FDA Drug Shortage Information

TRANSMISSABILITY CITATIONS

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[ 4 ] The U.S. Army Medical Research Inst. of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), (January 13, 2006). Gene-Specific Ebola Therapies Protect Nonhuman Primates from Lethal Disease [Press Release]. Retrieved from < http://www.usamriid.army.mil >

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[ 6 ] U.S. Army, Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), 6th Edition, 2005.

[ 7 ] Johnson E, Jaax N, White J, Jahrling P., Lethal experimental infections of rhesus monkeys by aerosolized Ebola virus., Int’l Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology, 1995 Aug;76(4):227-36.

[ 8 ] Jaax N, Jahrling P, Geisbert T, Geisbert J, Steele K, McKee K, Nagley D, Johnson E, Jaax G, Peters C., Transmission of Ebola virus (Zaire strain) to uninfected control monkeys in a biocontainment laboratory, Lancet. 1995 Dec 23-30;346(8991-8992):1669-71.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF THIS PAGE

Steve Aukstakalnis (Awk-sta-call-niss) is President of AlertsUSA Inc, a risk management firm providing one of the nation’s most widely used national security threat, warning and incident notification services for mobile devices.

Educated in Physics and CS, Steve is a former research scientist and Program Director for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation. He has served on the professional research staff at the University of Washington and the faculty of Mississippi State University.

Steve is an invited lecturer, instructor and researcher for such organizations as the Dept. of Defense, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, University of Michigan, Pepperdine University, Purdue, Dartmouth, Nat’l Taiwan University, the Smithsonian Institution and a host of other universities, corporations and government agencies across N. America and around the world.

Steve has authored two books as well as dozens of papers, magazine articles and technology reviews. His written work has served as background information and prep material for U.S. Senate hearings and is listed in the Congressional Record. Steve is currently under contract with Pearson – Addison Wesley for his third book slated for publication in 2015-16.

Steve has extensive international travel experience and has lived abroad in both SE Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He spent a good portion of 2010-11 living and working out of a mud hut deep in the bush approx. 70 miles NNE of Monrovia, Liberia.

Steve has significant broadcast media experience and has appeared as a guest on radio and TV shows around the world, including The Larry King Show, Next Step, PBS, NPR, BBC, as well as most major news networks incl CNNABCNBCCBS.

Steve is available for media interviews and commentary on the topic of risk management and family preparedness in relation to the current Ebola outbreak. His extensive firsthand experience living and working in West Africa provides considerable depth and insight on origins of the outbreak and the unique cultural, environmental and topographic challenges faced by health authorities attempting to bring the situation under control. He can be contacted via inquiry@alertsusa.com

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