What will you need to stay healthy and secure during a pandemic flu outbreak?
Fact: A well-stocked space in your home could make all the difference.
Individuals and families should prepare for potential pandemic flu-related isolation from their communities for an extended period of time. Dr. Ralph’s Flu Preparedness Closet is a helpful checklist of what you need to have on hand.
- Food and bottled water
Ideally, a 6-8 week supply stored in the home.
- Portable power sources
An ample supply of energy resources (batteries, propane, etc.) to heat, light and operate necessary
home functions, including your home computer.
- Household products and sanitary items
Paper products (Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels), plastic products (garbage bags, re-sealable
bags), cleaning supplies, non-water hand sanitizer, personal hygiene products, etc.
- Prescription drugs
Vital for diabetics, heart, lung and other chronic conditions that require daily medication.
- Over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies
For the treatment of fever, fl u, colds, etc. including a fully stocked fi rst aid kit for the treatment of
minor injuries and illnesses.
- A supply of household chlorine bleach
For use as an emergency water purifi er and to sanitize surfaces.
- Communications equipment
A battery-operated radio and several fully charged cell phones to maintain an open information
channel with family, friends, local authorities and community information sources.
- Home computer system/Internet services
To provide access to local, national and global news, health-related information and pandemic related news updates. Also vital to allow some individuals to continue participation at their
place of employment or school.
- Pet supplies
Food, medication and sanitation supplies for family pets.
- Neighborhood service directory
A directory of medical, emergency and community services and their locations.
Without access to ATMs and banking services, cash on-hand could be necessary to replenish supplies and purchase necessary services.
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