Thursday, April 30, 2009

Prepare for the Potential Pandemic Flu Outbreak

The H1N1 flu outbreak is cause for alarm. I am urging my readers to start making preparations for the possibility of a huge outbreak. Here is what you need to do NOW to prepare (taken from the Red Cross website):
  • Stocking extra food, water and supplies at home will reduce the need to go out should swine flu become more widespread, thereby limiting potential for exposure to the virus. If a person does get sick and has extra supplies on hand, they will help reduce the spread of the flu by staying home.
  • Store a two-week supply of food, water and household necessities (such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc.). Select foods that are easy to prepare and store.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day in clean plastic containers. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
  • Insure that formula for infants and any child’s or older person’s special nutritional needs are a part of your planning.
  • Store an extra supply of food for your pets.
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of essential medications and medical items for all family members.

We have started stocking up on foods such as beans, rice, peanut butter and tuna, water, juice, powdered milk, flu medications such as Ibuprofen/Tylenol. You should also stock up on batteries, candles, etc. If this becomes a pandemic, not only will you not want to go out for necessities for fear of catching it, but people may not be able to make it into work, forcing stores to stay closed, power and water plants to shut down, etc. If it does become a pandemic, there will be a mad rush for things at the grocery store just like before a big snow storm, only worse! Be prepared for the worst but let's all hope and pray for the best.

Here are a couple sites you may want to check out (thanks Tracy):

REDCROSS

http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

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