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What You Should Do To Prepare For An Epidemic (DHHS)
ABC News ^ | 3-12-2006 | Lara Setrakian

Posted on 03/13/2006 10:10:32 AM PST by blam

What You Should Do to Prepare for an Epidemic

Stock Up on Essentials and Have an 'Outbreak Plan'

How To Protect Yourself

Bird Flu

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How To Protect Yourself

By LARA SETRAKIAN

March 12, 2006 — Will there be an outbreak of avian flu that threatens humans? Many experts disagree on when or if a human pandemic will occur, but do say there is a chance that the virus could mutate, leading to widespread infection. In that case, the best thing you and your family can do right now is to prepare for that possibility.

Here's what you need to know to help keep yourself healthy.

Stock up on Essentials

If there is an avian flu pandemic, you'll want to minimize your chance of catching it by staying indoors; you might even be required to stay home if the government asks that people remain in quarantine or "shelter in place." Stocking up today on at least seven days' worth of essentials such as water, nonperishable food, emergency and medical supplies will help you get through an extended time at home if an outbreak happens. Once you've purchased these items, store them in a place where you will not be tempted to dip into them for everyday use. See the checklist below for guidelines on what and how much you need.

Have an Outbreak Plan

It may feel odd or uncomfortable to talk to family members and loved ones about the worst-case pandemic scenario. But if that scenario strikes, you'll all be much better off if you have a plan decided on and ready. Talk with your friends and family about how you'd respond to an epidemic. Figure out how you would care for them and what your first response and responsibilities would be; this is an especially important conversation to have with those with special care needs. Get involved with local groups and community efforts aimed at preparing for a pandemic. If your community has no program in place yet, find out how you and your neighbors can get one started.

Pick up the Habits of Healthy Behavior

The habits that can help keep you healthy in an outbreak are the same good health habits that can keep you from catching the common cold: maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and get sufficient rest. Particularly in a flu outbreak situation, it will be important to wash your hands thoroughly and often, reminding loved ones — especially children — to do the same. Be diligent about covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, teaching any children in your family to do the same. Also teach children to stay away from others as much as possible if they are sick and stay home from work or school if you are sick.

Know Your Emergency Contacts and Information Compile the phone numbers you'd need in case of the emergency, keeping the list somewhere safe and visible. Make sure everyone in your household knows where to find it. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, you should include information for:

Local and out-of-town personal emergency contacts

Hospitals near your work, home and school

Family physician

Your state public health department (full list at www.cdc.gov/other.htm#states)

Pharmacy

Employer contact and emergency information

School contact and emergency information

Religious/spiritual organization

Also, know your essential health information such as blood type, allergies, past or current medical conditions, and current medications and their dosages. Make a list of that essential information for all the members of your household. Keep that list safe and make sure everyone in your household knows where it is.

HHS has sample sheets that you can print out and fill in with all your essential contact and health information.

http://www.pandemicflu.gov/planguide/InformationSheet.pdf

What Else Will I Need

Make sure you have:

Food and nonperishable items, such as ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and soups, protein or fruit bars, dry cereal or granola, peanut butter or nuts, dried fruit, crackers, canned juices, bottled water, canned or jarred baby food and formula, and pet food.

Medical and practical items, such as prescriptions drugs and medical supplies such as glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipment, soap and water, or alcohol-based hand wash, medicines for fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, thermometer, anti-diarrheal medication, vitamins, fluids with electrolytes, cleansing agent/soap, flashlight, batteries, portable radio, manual can opener, garbage bags and tissues, toilet paper, and disposable diapers.

Source: the Department of Health and Human Services


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1 posted on 03/13/2006 10:10:38 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

I know a gal who is actually doing this. It's become an obsession for her. She was already at the precipice of sanity, this stuff's gonna put her over.


2 posted on 03/13/2006 10:14:02 AM PST by digger48
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To: blam

No duck tape? You gotta have duck tape!


3 posted on 03/13/2006 10:14:10 AM PST by steveo (Father's Against Rude Television. You may already be a member.)
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To: blam

Stop eating birds and eggs??


4 posted on 03/13/2006 10:14:24 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: blam

buy lots of sauerkraut. helps to prevent and fight off birdie flu.


5 posted on 03/13/2006 10:15:50 AM PST by joe fonebone (Woodstock defined the current crop of libs, but who cleaned up the mess they left?)
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To: blam

It's like Y2K only the lights will stay on.


6 posted on 03/13/2006 10:16:38 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: blam

Beer.

Beer will save us.

Beer and Rock and Roll.


7 posted on 03/13/2006 10:19:49 AM PST by baltodog (R.I.P. Balto: 2001(?) - 2005)
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To: blam
When you hear geese flying over head, don't look up.
8 posted on 03/13/2006 10:21:30 AM PST by b4its2late (There are good terrorists.............. DEAD ONES.)
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To: steveo

Buzzard tape is Bigger, Stronger....LOL


9 posted on 03/13/2006 10:21:52 AM PST by litehaus
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So you can tape up the ducks and stop them from spreading the flu?

What about duct tape?


10 posted on 03/13/2006 10:23:15 AM PST by Timothy
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To: digger48

it sounds strange..but I already stock up.
I learned it from a depression era grandmother.
Whenever stuff was on sale she bought a little extra of it...cans of soup, pastas, coffee, sugar, etc.
She claimed that as a girl they would load up on stuff in case there was a blizzard and they couldn't get off of the farm. Between their home canned stuff and their store bought, I suspect they could have lived 3 months without going to town...

When she died we went through the old house and realized she had at least a months worth of food supplies tucked away...hehe.

Actually not a bad idea...when non-perishables are on sale..buy a little extra.
And get Duct tape..


11 posted on 03/13/2006 10:23:48 AM PST by Will_Zurmacht
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To: joe fonebone

It also keeps humans that might have the disease at a safe distance.


12 posted on 03/13/2006 10:24:25 AM PST by Timothy
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To: blam

bookmark


13 posted on 03/13/2006 10:24:50 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: blam; sure_fine

Uh-oh.


14 posted on 03/13/2006 10:24:59 AM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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15 posted on 03/13/2006 10:25:18 AM PST by b4its2late (There are good terrorists.............. DEAD ONES.)
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To: blam

No sweat. I've got tons of Y2K crap left over.


16 posted on 03/13/2006 10:25:20 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: joe fonebone

No, saurkraut doesn't work. It has to be kimchee. Don't you read the Enquierer?


17 posted on 03/13/2006 10:25:31 AM PST by zek157
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To: blam

"Stocking up today on at least seven days' worth of essentials such as water, nonperishable food, emergency and medical supplies will help you get through an extended time at home if an outbreak happens."

That's a relief. So if it does go H2H, it'll all be over in one week. Whew!


18 posted on 03/13/2006 10:26:01 AM PST by little jeremiah (Tolerating evil IS evil.)
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To: baltodog

"Rock and Roll will save us" (and music)

Yes, yes, it will. I plan to watch all episodes of American Idol over and over and over. I shall go insane, but I will be alive.


19 posted on 03/13/2006 10:26:11 AM PST by bunches (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Will_Zurmacht

I've got no problem with that. But this gal can't carry on a conversation without bringing it up. Works in a courthouse and sometimes shows up looking like she was up all night like some of us FReepers. The others in the office are sick of hearing about it.


20 posted on 03/13/2006 10:26:59 AM PST by digger48
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