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Fullness of Times: Article

Pandemic Preparations
Barbara Collins
Sunday, 31 May 2009
(Written as a newsletter article to the ward Relief Society while serving as Emergency Preparation Specialist.)
A recent article in a major local newspaper stated that the first case of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus has been reported in our area. While the larger concern of the spread of this virus has diminished, pandemic preparation should still be fresh in our minds. News reports have warned of a possible second wave of the virus at the next flu seasons which could be more severe than the first. That would give us three months to prepareóa perfect time for working on our three month supply.
Even if you or your family doesnít become infected with the virus, public gatherings will be discouraged, local businesses and schools might be closed and church meetings might be cancelled. This is what occurred in Mexico City, Mexico. We must have alternative plans for those closures.
Consider the following in your pandemic preparations:
  • An inventoried three month supply, especially of canned soups, meals gentle on the stomach, electrolyte drinks (like Gatorade) to avoid dehydration, as well as pain, fever, cough, diarrhea and vomiting medicines for all family members. Donít forget sanitizing agents to keep germs from spreading.
  • Lesson plans for school age children. Homeschooling moms in your ward could probably give tips on how to prepare a lesson plan.
  • Items to entertain family members if quarantined, i.e. games, crafts, projects, books, movies, new toys, etc. Do not rely on the Internet for entertainment.
  • Prolonged electricity outage and no clean water source. This will make your water storage very important not only for drinking but also for sanitizing soiled linens and clothing.
  • Plan to communicate with family and friends in case of quarantine.
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