I posted this in November of last year as the first article in my “Prepared for anything” series. Due to the recent concerns and information around SWINE FLU and what the impact will be here in the US, I thought it would be good to go over this again.
Everyday life could be distrupted, including school and business closings to interruption of basic services such as electricity, gas, and water. Are you prepared for these disruptions?
The purpose of these articles “Prepared for anything” will help you to start thinking about being “Prepared for anything”.
Our first article is Preparing for Pandemic Influenza
Is the threat real?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading public health experts say it is not a question of IF it will occur but WHEN it will occur affecting people of different ages.
The Division of Public Health recommends a two-week supply of the following essential items to prepare for any emmergency or a potential influenza outbreak.
Money – Have cash on hand – we keep a small amount – based on individuals – in our safe and of course the Chicken account is always full of change.
non-refrigerated supply of foods for each person such as:
Canned Tuna Fish
Salt & Pepper
*Bear and I have MRE’s for one week for each of us.
Include one Gallon of Bottled water per person /animal per day – we have milk jugs with water in our Freezer.
PERSONAL MEDICAL CARE ITEMS
Medications – important to keep up-to-date and have at least a two week cushion of prescriptions at ALL times.
Personal Medical Equipment
Disposable supplies such as:
Cold & Sinus medicine
Basic First Aid Kit – We will cover in the next article
***Only you know what your family will need***
2-3 filter masks for each person
PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
Manual Can Opener
Garbage Bags and plastic ties
Store in sealed plastic bags and keep in your safe until needed – be sure you have made copies.
Health records – You do have a health records book for each person don’t you?
Social Security Cards
SERVICE ANIMALS AND PETS
Plastic bags for clean-up
Collar w/tag & Leash
Health Records – You do have a health record folder or book for your dog/cat/horse don’t you?
First Aid Kit for Pets – We will cover this in a later article
Cellphone – completely charged – limit use to emergency calls only – Now is NOT the time to be “chatty”.
Kerosene Heater if you lose your Lighting or heating source (electric/gas)
At least five gallons of Kerosene- we can run our Kerosene for 12 hours on one gallon of Kerosene – we actually keep 10 gallons on hand at one time.
Household Toolbox Kit – We will cover in the next article
Portable Generator – not required but nice to have.
Here are some websites that you can visit:
Get Ready Gear
Disaster Preparedness coloring book
How to Prepare for any Crisis
This is by no means all encompassing and each family’s will be uniquely different. What I do hope this article has done is started you to thinking about being “Prepared for Anything”.
If anyone has any additional information they would like to add please leave a comment.
Stay tuned for next Friday’s article – Building your First Aid Kits and Household Tool box kit.