I'm already about as bugged out as I care to get, since I've been expecting the economy to go kablooie, along with a legion of other 'what-ifs'
over the past decade or so. Grocery shopping (if the stores even stayed open, that's hardly a given) is a few minutes' drive but this is a very
small town, and the house backs up to BLM timberland and mountains, so exposure to any plague virus would be limited to going for supplies. The
Umpqua River and its tributaries are minutes away so year round water and fish is available.
I've done quite a bit of reading about plagues starting with historical descriptions of the Spanish Flu
The Bird Flu Book
and the Richard Preston books, and others. The Spanish Flu outbreak is
instructional; it tended to come through in waves with quieter times in between. People self-quarantined as best they could and ALL non-essential
public activities were cancelled; that means church, sporting events, I presume school. I'm not sure what people did about their jobs. Probably the
govt demanded 'essential services' show up for work, everyone else not.
Some small towns avoided any deaths by posting armed guards on the roads leading in and out of town and no one was allowed in or out; another town had
a small town doc who advised everyone to 'get drunk and stay drunk' during an outbreak; they also, interestingly, had no deaths from the Flu either.
Not sure if it was because the alcohol was anti-viral, or everyone was too drunk to leave the house.
The point I'm making here is if an Ebola outbreak happens, perhaps the best thing to do would be to be ready with food for several weeks, water,
optional information possibilities like shortwave radio, and be prepared to hunker down during the times when an outbreak is appearing. If the
electricity goes off because that service is not being maintained, you're going to be highly isolated, but I think that would be worse case scenario.
The bigger your city, the more frequent, worse intensity and longer those hunker down times might be. A city like New York where people live in
small apartments and generally shop every day would seem to be death traps.
I think all the people vaguely planning to 'bug out' don't realize, unless they're first on the road and have a specific place in mind that they
know will accept them, bugging out is not going to work. You don't want to be trapped on a highway with hundreds of other cars, some of them stalled
and out of gas... and how far can you walk with your supplies? Exposure would kill most people inside of a week, as would bad water or no water.
With Ebola, simply avoiding other people seems to be a sure win-scenario, to the best of your ability.