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.
Ideally, a 6-8 week supply stored in the home.
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.
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.
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.
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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