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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

How Would You Know If You Had Avian Flu?
A Bit of Context on the Bird Flu Threat
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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To: joe fonebone

KimChee is a very spicy pickled cabbage. Usually bordering on fermentation. Consumed in quantity in Korea.


51 posted on 03/13/2006 10:47:51 AM PST by Cliff Dweller (No such thing as a threat... just targets)
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To: joe fonebone

It is spicy sauerkraut with some other fermented veggies included.


52 posted on 03/13/2006 10:48:07 AM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: zek157

just spit my water and rice cake all over my keyboard.....


53 posted on 03/13/2006 10:48:32 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: Semi Civil Servant
"Bird flu will take out the power grid?"

Would you go to work if you had the bird flu?

One of the 'fears' I've read is that many of the doctors and nurses may stay home too. So...

54 posted on 03/13/2006 10:49:13 AM PST by blam
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To: Timothy

Although it is often used on ducts, the proper name is Duck Tape.


55 posted on 03/13/2006 10:50:15 AM PST by OldEagle (May you live long enough to hear the legends of your own adventures.)
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To: OldEagle

Would that be because it is "canvasback'd"?


56 posted on 03/13/2006 10:51:46 AM PST by Cliff Dweller (No such thing as a threat... just targets)
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To: blam

My own old "Chinese" proverb.

Keeping the population fearful keeps the wallets open.


57 posted on 03/13/2006 10:53:07 AM PST by tertiary01
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To: Cliff Dweller

If sauerkraut were nuclear, kimchee would be plutonium.


58 posted on 03/13/2006 10:53:20 AM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Does anybody know the present stage? Someone on CSpan was saying that the 2 million vaccines presently on hand could be useless if it continues its present mutation. So what is its present mutation? Bird to Bird, Bird to Cat, Bird to Human?
We don't know what we don't know...


59 posted on 03/13/2006 10:54:27 AM PST by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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It's CHICKEN!!!

60 posted on 03/13/2006 10:56:29 AM PST by evets (God bless president Bush!)
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To: texpat72
"Check the link below. Pay close attention to the part about schools. When the government is telling you to be prepared to homeschool your kids, you need to pay attention. http://pandemicflu.gov/plan/tab3.html

Thanks, good link...very detailed.

61 posted on 03/13/2006 10:57:51 AM PST by blam
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To: crv16

all kidding & mockery aside, I believe that advice is spot on.

Ramifications of the economy grinding to a halt for several weeks will make 9/11 pale. Biblical proportions.


62 posted on 03/13/2006 10:59:37 AM PST by zek157
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To: bunches
"I plan to watch all episodes of American Idol over and over and over."

============================================

Me too. I bet this time Clay wins...

63 posted on 03/13/2006 11:00:20 AM PST by wtc911 (You can't get there from here)
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To: blam

Heh..heh..all these jokers in jogging outfits and riding mountain bikes will drop like flies while us couch potatoes might get the sniffles. 's what I hear.


64 posted on 03/13/2006 11:05:18 AM PST by bkepley
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To: digger48

Yeah, these touchy, feely morons are now getting themselves elected into positions of power, I mentioned that on another thread. Can you imagine the impact on our country when a majority of these dingbats are entrenched in our gummn'it? Hell, they will hold a ticker tape parade for the incoming Muzzies!


65 posted on 03/13/2006 11:08:32 AM PST by Eighth Square
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888
"Incredible weapons and ammo not mentioned."


I thought the same thing.

With guns and ammo you can "barter" (Bwahahahahahaha) for everything else you need.






66 posted on 03/13/2006 11:10:24 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: G.Mason

helpful hints from CDC. Imagine not working for a few weeks with just in time inventory. Startup might take awhile.

Social Disruption May Be Widespread

Plan for the possibility that usual services may be disrupted. These could include services provided by hospitals and other health care facilities, banks, stores, restaurants, government offices, and post offices.

Prepare backup plans in case public gatherings, such as volunteer meetings and worship services, are canceled.

Consider how to care for people with special needs in case the services they rely on are not available.

Being Able to Work May Be Difficult or Impossible

Find out if you can work from home.

Ask your employer about how business will continue during a pandemic. (A Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist is available at www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/tab4.html.)

Plan for the possible reduction or loss of income if you are unable to work or your place of employment is closed.

Check with your employer or union about leave policies.

Schools May Be Closed for an Extended Period of Time

Help schools plan for pandemic influenza. Talk to the school nurse or the health center. Talk to your teachers, administrators, and parent-teacher organizations.

Plan home learning activities and exercises. Have materials, such as books, on hand. Also plan recreational activities that your children can do at home.

Consider childcare needs.

Transportation Services May Be Disrupted

Think about how you can rely less on public transportation during a pandemic. For example, store food and other essential supplies so you can make fewer trips to the store.

Prepare backup plans for taking care of loved ones who are far away.

Consider other ways to get to work, or, if you can, work at home.


67 posted on 03/13/2006 11:14:53 AM PST by zek157
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To: little jeremiah
That's a relief. So if it does go H2H, it'll all be over in one week. Whew!

The flu of 1918 would swoop into a town, kill many and be gone in a short period of time. This one probably won't kill that many or that fast -- so it'll be more than seven days...

68 posted on 03/13/2006 11:15:35 AM PST by GOPJ (Only Muslims defend beliefs by burning churches, killing people, and destroying embassies.WafaSultan)
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To: bkepley
The rest of the world will fair worse than us.....this could be the answer to the global warming problem....

My understanding on the vaccines is a vaccine is made to a certain Virus...say its called 12345.....and it has those characteristics if the mutation is 45678..the previous virus doesn't work....so you hear people yelling that we should have more vaccines...the problem is what kind? and unfortunately they take 6 months or so to produce...so don't rely on them....the best option is to isolate yourself...but be prepared to do so for at least a flu season....IE a winter...or maybe two....scary stuff...yes ..has it happened before..yes....will it happen again...yes...you make the call...can and do you want to live in seclusion for two years...or do you give up...I liked the dog food requirement...don't worry about that..you will either eat them..or they will eat you....
69 posted on 03/13/2006 11:15:45 AM PST by Youngman442002
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To: blam

A hand powered TV? Any idea on the name of it or where they got it?

I might be interested in picking up one for myself.


70 posted on 03/13/2006 11:16:12 AM PST by NYorkerInHouston
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To: b4its2late

The powers that be need to lift the ban on killing those odious Canadian geese! Get rid of those filthy things, and our chances of getting the bird flu diminish.


71 posted on 03/13/2006 11:18:14 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: steveo
No duck tape? You gotta have duck tape!

Since duck tape is actually made from pureed duck (thus the name), it is perhaps the worst thing to have in your house in the event of an Avian Flu outbreak. The virus has been shown to survive the process of making tape from ducks, and is released when the tape is applied...

72 posted on 03/13/2006 11:19:02 AM PST by bondjamesbond (RICE '08)
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To: bondjamesbond

Its going to put a big hurt on chicken ranches/farms...

and yes the bird population is going to drop also...

buy pork belly futures and cattle futures


73 posted on 03/13/2006 11:21:29 AM PST by Youngman442002
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To: blam

When you see your yard littered with dead birds, place head between knees and kiss your ass good bye.


74 posted on 03/13/2006 11:22:34 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: blam
The FDA-approved dose of oseltamivir (Tamiflu)is too low.

150 mg. BID for 10 days, begining immediately with symptoms, is the way to go.

75 posted on 03/13/2006 11:22:35 AM PST by Jim Noble (And you know what I'm talkin' 'bout!)
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To: Polyxene
They do crap anywhere and everywhere, that's for sure.
76 posted on 03/13/2006 11:24:16 AM PST by b4its2late (There are good terrorists.............. DEAD ONES.)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888
Incredible weapons and ammo not mentioned.

Why would there be any more need for weapons and ammo? If anything, the streets will be safer as sick people stay indoors and other people decide to hole up at home until the problem passes.

77 posted on 03/13/2006 11:25:43 AM PST by Potowmack ("Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government")
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To: zek157

I would urge people to go to Dr. Robert Cathcart's site and see his information. He was famous in the 80s for treating aids patients.


http://www.orthomed.com/flu.htm


78 posted on 03/13/2006 11:26:30 AM PST by Chuckulator
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To: pabianice

Gotta love the 'ol Simonov. Now, if I could actually get my hands on any volume of 7.62x39 Wolf ammo these days. 8^(


79 posted on 03/13/2006 11:28:28 AM PST by AngryJawa ("Sure'd be nice if we had some grenades, dontcha think?" - Jayne Cobb... [NRA])
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To: steveo

I already have duck tape. How about chicken tape. Will I need that?


80 posted on 03/13/2006 11:31:41 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: steveo

I already have duck tape. How about chicken tape. Will I need that?


81 posted on 03/13/2006 11:31:54 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: Potowmack

What about people who run out of food and live more on the "edge" of society? Might they not disregard health risks in order to get what they can from the "haves"?

I would have discounted that as paranoid before Katrina, but now I have seen how fast things can really break down. It's not an analagous situation, but I've learned that the social veneer is very thin indeed.


82 posted on 03/13/2006 11:34:13 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003

here we go again. i already did this. different reason. so why do you need a battery operated radio for a pandemic?


83 posted on 03/13/2006 11:35:55 AM PST by applpie
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To: applpie

To keep up with the news? Not every home has the internet. My father's never owned a computer, never wanted to.


84 posted on 03/13/2006 11:37:40 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: AngryJawa

If you have a Dunham's nearby, they've got your caliber in Wolf on sale for $2.50. I bought ten boxes.
I've got the Yugo with grenade launcher, and still looking for blanks and grenades to handle any flocks of low-flying ducks and Canadians (geese, that is) that I see sneezing.

(To tune of `Stars and Strips 4-Ever')
"Be kind to our web-footed friends,
for they could be somebody's mo-o-other."


85 posted on 03/13/2006 11:41:46 AM PST by tumblindice
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To: Semi Civil Servant
Make sure you have: ... flashlight, batteries, portable radio, manual can opener Bird flu will take out the power grid?

Who's to say it wouldn't take out the people operating the power grid? at least enough to cause brown outs, etc...

86 posted on 03/13/2006 11:42:23 AM PST by SwankyC (1st Bn 11th Marines Semper Fi)
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To: blam

I'm so comforted knowing that the government will take care of me and mine and all I need is 7 days worth of food.

We usually have at least one month of food on hand anyway, other than milk and fresh produce. Doesn't everyone?


87 posted on 03/13/2006 11:50:24 AM PST by little jeremiah (Tolerating evil IS evil.)
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To: GOPJ

I should have put /sarc.

I've read about this for months on FR and elsewhere. My humble opinion is that if it goes H2H, it'll be very bad. The 1918 flu came in several waves.

I should read that John Barry book.


88 posted on 03/13/2006 11:55:18 AM PST by little jeremiah (Tolerating evil IS evil.)
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To: linda_22003
What about people who run out of food and live more on the "edge" of society? Might they not disregard health risks in order to get what they can from the "haves"?

The sick won't be able to do much, since they won't have the energy to leave their beds. We won't see bands of people roaming the streets looking for food- there will be plenty of cops and national guard still around.

Even if worst-case scenarios are true, we're not talking black plague style epidemics here. Heck, even during the Indluenza pandemic after WWI, there was no rioting or increases in violence.

I would have discounted that as paranoid before Katrina, but now I have seen how fast things can really break down. It's not an analagous situation, but I've learned that the social veneer is very thin indeed.

With Katrina, you had an entire city more or less cut off from the greater society. Even then, the stories of gangs roaming the streets and engaging in cannibalism were heavily overstated.

The power won't go out, water will keep running. There will still be police and other law enforcement on the streets. I think the streets would actually be safer, as people stay home and wait for the pandemic to pass.

89 posted on 03/13/2006 11:58:07 AM PST by Potowmack ("Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government")
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To: applpie
"...so why do you need a battery operated radio for a pandemic?

Flu pandemics, unlike regular flu which has an annual cycle (Nov-Mar) can have multiple cycles. The Spanish flu ocurred in three cycles lasting over a year in 1917-18. Effects from pandemic flu can last from six months to two years.

If an extremely virulent strain of flu became pandemic, it's not unlikely that the economy could be significantly disrupted (food supply, water source, electricity, etc.) as people stay home and away from work to avoid contact with those infected. That could include electric, water, and gas utilities as well. If the power plants don't run you won't have electricity to get your news from TV, radio, etc, unless you have an alternative power source, i.e. generator, solar, or batteries. You need a battery powered radio to get news and information in case no other sources to get that info are available.

90 posted on 03/13/2006 12:04:03 PM PST by OB1kNOb (America is the land of the free BECAUSE of the BRAVE !!)
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To: NYorkerInHouston
"A hand powered TV? Any idea on the name of it or where they got it? "

Well, looks like I got two of these. However, both are ac/dc battery operated...my mistake. The better looking of the two is an Axion brand. Here's how it's described:

3.5" water resistant,sport lcd tv with fm radio. It has a NI-MH rechargeable battery. TFT LCD Color TV W/FM Radio model, 16-3036.

I've not ever used it. Both are still in the box.

91 posted on 03/13/2006 12:04:56 PM PST by blam
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To: AngryJawa
Now, if I could actually get my hands on any volume of 7.62x39 Wolf ammo these days. 8^(

Page 314 in the Cabela's Master Spring catalog that just came out. $125 for two dry boxes full. (1000 rounds)

92 posted on 03/13/2006 12:08:25 PM PST by houeto (Mr. President, close our borders now!)
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To: AngryJawa

93 posted on 03/13/2006 12:12:08 PM PST by houeto (Mr. President, close our borders now!)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888
Incredible weapons and ammo not mentioned.

Not at all. In Happyland USA (where ABC News is headquartered), during a pandemic everyone would come out into their yards, share all their food and supplies, and them join hands and sing, "I'd like to buy the world a Coke!"

94 posted on 03/13/2006 12:12:19 PM PST by pabianice
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To: little jeremiah
"We usually have at least one month of food on hand anyway, other than milk and fresh produce. Doesn't everyone?"

Yes, this household (just me) does. We were without electricity for seven days when Katrina hit. After the 3rd day, the Red Cross from Nebraska came by trying to hand out MRE's in the neighborhood. We asked the Red Cross folks if they'd like to come inside and have a steak lunch with us. We never saw them again after that, lol.

95 posted on 03/13/2006 12:13:04 PM PST by blam
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To: Potowmack
So the police and and national guard don't get sick..or their families that they might want to take care of......this type of thinking is why I have guns and ammo..and food and water....you are a "sheeple"...you will be the first one when you run out to say to me that I should "share" my supplies.....NOT....so no one will take care of you other than you.....think of yourself first..then your family..then your friends...then your community...but if you get yourself sick..you can not help anyone else...
96 posted on 03/13/2006 12:14:47 PM PST by Youngman442002
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To: Potowmack

"Why would there be any more need for weapons and ammo? If anything, the streets will be safer as sick people stay indoors and other people decide to hole up at home until the problem passes."

Nope, sorry you are 100% wrong there. In the event of such a problem there will be people who will not have prepared. They won't have food, water or transportation. They might decide to take what they want starting with transportation, when they want it.

Self-defense prep is always required.


97 posted on 03/13/2006 12:15:06 PM PST by alarm rider (Irritating leftists as often as is humanly possible....)
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To: houeto

All you want.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com
640 rds. 7.62x39 HP Ammo in spam can
$74.97+ship


98 posted on 03/13/2006 12:15:34 PM PST by MrPiper
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To: blam
We asked the Red Cross folks if they'd like to come inside and have a steak lunch with us. We never saw them again after that, lol.

I was out east of Moss Point. We offered them shrimp dinners with fried taters w/onions. Two of them came back the next night.

99 posted on 03/13/2006 12:16:50 PM PST by houeto (Mr. President, close our borders now!)
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To: MrPiper

try ammoman.com......eric is a great guy


100 posted on 03/13/2006 12:18:13 PM PST by Youngman442002
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