Pandemic Preparedness Tips
Every family should have their own Pandemic Plan
• Collect supplies for a minimum of 2 months. Health authorities predict more than one “wave” of the influenza attack. Each wave may last 4-6 weeks.
• Consider possibility that services will be severely disrupted or lost as a result of high illness and death rates among service providers: essential services, health care providers, security & police, garbage removal, sewage treatment. Prepare a security plan, how to keep out intruders, looters etc. Have a way to communicate if telephones go down i.e. Two-way radios.
• Consider that gas supplies will be severely reduced or not available. Travel will be limited. Stockpile gas and oil.
• Anticipate that supplies will be low in all commercial outlets related to minimal or no deliveries during the peak of the pandemic start buying supplies now.
• Monitor water supply - may become contaminated if sewage treatment services disrupted. Stockpile drinking water and individual bottles/bottled water containers to ensure everyone has their own in case someone in the home has the flu virus. Tap water should be okay for washing. Collect rainwater or snow. Look for extra containers to fill.
• Consider how you will store you food and supplies if power/electrical services are rationed or not working. The peak of the pandemic will be in late fall and early winter (November/December) so you can store food outside (make sure it is hidden). Stockpile food that is non-perishable.
• Consider how you will keep warm, prepare and cook your food. It will be cold when the pandemic is at its peak. Propane stoves, outdoor fire pits, Canned Heat. Prepare your food now (canning preserving etc). Stockpile matches, gas lanterns/oil, lighters, candles, blankets, propane, firewood, winter clothing, plastic for windows, doors, etc.
• Stockpile first aid supplies, prescription meds, and non-prescription medications (for those who have regular meds to take) such as: Hydrogen peroxide, Tylenol & Advil, vitamins, cotton balls, Band-Aids, topical antibiotic cream (polysporin), children’s Tylenol/Advil, anti-diarrhea medication.
• Keep your home clean- plan in case you have to isolate someone while they are sick.
• Bleach kills most bacteria and viruses but is toxic when inhaled so don’t go “crazy.” Make sure you dilute your bleach. Usually 1:10 bleach to water is enough to kill germs.
• Spray bottles, extra rags, disposable cloths, paper towel, bags for garbage
• Plastic gloves, plastic aprons, protective goggles (like the ones used for carpentry work).
• Wash pails; wash basins (for those who are sick so they have their own).
• Lots of soap and hand lotions (hands get cracked and dry from frequent washing and then your skin is open to infections.) Waterless hand wash bottles- get everyone their own to carry with them!!
Sample stockpile list – adapt to your own needs
Food & non perishables
- frozen foods/vegetables etc
- dry meat, berries
- rice & pasta
- canned food: tuna, beans, salmon, soups, fruit, veggies, milk
- Flour, sugar, salt, baking power pepper, cayenne pepper, baking soda
- lard, oil, butter, brown sugar, powdered milk
- trail mix, granola, peanuts, protein bars, dry cereals, oatmeal, dry fruit
- peanut butter, honey, ginger powder
- beef stock
Cooking & Cleaning supplies
- spray bottles (dilute bleach & water for cleaning)
- j-cloths, paper towels, rubber gloves
- extra pails, mops, scrub brushes
- soap (Dove)
- dish soap manual can opener
- disposable plates, cutlery, cups (for those who have the flu)
Outdoor & other supplies
- axes, shovels, knives, rope
- snare wire & hunting supplies
- flashlights (shakable “shakeme” battery free flashlights)
- batteries, oil lanterns, collect fire starter (paper etc), matches
- wool socks, long under wear, ski pants, winter boots, mitts, rubber boots
- portable radio
- garbage bags
- toilet paper/tissues
- toothpaste/mouth rinse
- pet food
Eucalyptus oils, Aleovera plant, Sweetgrass, Cayenne pepper, Juniper berries, Rat root, Sage, Tree fungus, Red willow, Ginger root, Rose hips, Cedar, Muskeg tea, Yarrow