Immediate Pandemic Flu Issues
- Certain Areas may be
quarantined, closed, or inaccessible.
- All public services will
be affected, especially health, but also
police, fire, water, waste, and energy-power
- All Public services and
their available personnel will be negatively
- The likelihood of loosing
power is high in terms of demand, frequency,
duration, or quality (much reduced staff,
delayed supplies/stock, virtually no
- There will only be enough
able Health Care Professionals to take care
of the desperately sick or injured.
- The otherwise sick or
injured will have to be cared for at home
or other make shift care facilities.
- Some residents of some
areas may be directed to leave or be
physically relocated at rather short
notice, thus implying a need for readiness
and pre packed supplies (personal and health
related). Think about this.
What would you pack if you were told that
you only had one hour before being forcibly
- Places of Work may be
temporarily closed and the demand for work
may be suspended.
- Food and Health Supplies
will rapidly be in short supply.
Just think about local stores in
hurricane country - there are always food
and materials supply shortages just before a
storm and there were months of prior time to
get prepared. The point, herein, is that a
person can get 90%, 95%, or 100% ready with
food and health supplies, right now.
- School and Daycare will
likely be suspended for a long period of
time, thus a mitigating issue for keeping
healthy kids at home as well as continued
education effort. Possibly with a sick
person at home.
- Fuel for vehicles,
stoves, and generators will probably be in
short supply or temporarily unavailable.
Ways to Limit Infection Spread
- Prior Vaccination.
- People who are fit and
who eat healthy and are not sleep deprived
will statistically fare much better.
- Coughing and Sneezing is
the number one flu transmittal method, so:
- Cough or Sneeze into
a disposable tissue (NOT on the hands),
then properly dispose of the tissue, and
then wash hand thoroughly with soap or
- In the absence of
tissue to cough or sneeze into, then
cough or sneeze into your sleeve or
elbow (NOT on the hands), and then wash
hand thoroughly with soap or sanitizer.
- Get hold of and carry
packets of disposable tissues.
- Obtain and carry a
small bottle of hand sanitizer on your
- Model the following
- Soap and Water are
still the #1 method for killing germs.
- Alcohol based hand
wash sanitizer solutions also work.
- Wash hands for a
minimum of 15 seconds (for either
method), for the normal length of the
Happy Birthday song (sing Happy
Birthday to Me, silently, to yourself).
For Soap and Water:
- Completely wet
your hands first (makes process more
- Apply liquid or
clean bar soap.
- Lather well.
- Rub your hands
vigorously together for at least 15
- Scrub all
surfaces, including the backs of
your hands, wrists, between your
fingers and under your fingernails.
- Rinse well.
- Dry your hands
with a clean or disposable towel.
- Use a disposable
towel to turn off the faucet and
open the door
- Throw away the
disposable towel into a trash can
which should be located just inside
or outside of the exit door or door
For Alcohol based Hand Sanitizer:
- Apply about 1/2
tsp of the product to the palm of
your hand (25 Cent Coin size).
- Rub your hands
together, covering all surfaces of
your hands, until they're dry.
- If hand
sanitizing has reached the point
where the hand's surface is
continuously tacky, perform a normal
soap and water hand wash.
- Use disposable tissues.
- Do NOT reuse a
- If sick, do NOT go to
work or school - stay at home!
- Teach kids and adults to
stay away from others who are sick.
- Teach all of this to kids
and adults who don't know better.
The above should
already be a part of your Prepper mindset and
incorporated into your Preparedness Plan. You can
download a a
from the World Health Organization which is very
informative on Pandemic issues and provides a detailed
list. Also, here is a recently issued Ebola Preparedness
Here is a basic
Checklist that you can print for reference.
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