Delmarva Survival Training offers helpful tips for preparing for Swine Flu
By Joseph Parish
We have tried to include several simple steps that just about any family can take to prepare for the swine flu should it arrive in your area. We live in an age where distance is no obstacle for traveling around the globe. You can catch a quick flight from Mexico to Barcelona and still be there in time to have an evening meal. This is good under normal circumstances however in the last several weeks this shortness of distance has proven to be a major headache. Swine flu had been confirmed in the country of Spain only several days ago. Mexico has confirmed over 103 people having died as a result of this flu. Here in America we have at least 20 documented cases of this strange flu and the responding agencies are stressing caution on the part of all citizens. We are now sitting firmly on a public health emergency and it could perhaps get even worse. All the major health departments are trying to get the American public to take some reasonable actions to remain safe throughout this situation. Why wait for the pandemic to get here. It is better to be prepared now.
One should generally think of the current flu situation in the same sense as they would when preparing for a hurricane or winter storms. Being properly prepared means you donít have to rush out at the last minute and obtained needed emergency supplies. You should already have them in your home supply storage.
During several of my FEMA courses I learned that even though we can not prevent occurrences such as this from happening, the key to survival is to minimize the damages as much as we possibly can. That means stocking up on essential supplies before the emergency actually occurs.
To be ready for an emergency such as this you should store up on nonperishable foods, necessary medications, bottled water as well as other important supplies. A bare minimum of two weeks worth of food and water is highly recommended for events such as this. These are the same types of supplies that we would normally stock up on to prepare for any sort of emergency that may befall us.
It is advised that you follow good health practices as well such as washing your hands frequently with plenty of soap and water throughout the day. Make certain that you cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve when you sneeze or cough.
In situations such as these you must plan ahead properly. What would happen if you could not go to work? What would happen if all the schools were suddenly closed? What actions would you take if a family member becomes seriously ill as a result of the flu?
It is up to you to ensure that you family is involved in what ever plan you create. Make certain that you remain informed at all times. Keep a constant vigil on the radio and television news stations. If you have internet access be sure to visit web sites like your state public health office or the Center for Disease Control.
For more information on being prepared for any sort of emergency visit http://www.survival-training.info and if you happen to have a specific question please donít hesitate to ask. You can send e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish
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