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How to Prepare Your Family for a Pandemic

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Now is the time to prepare for a pandemic flu. Even if a pandemic flu doesn't happen, this preparation will prove useful in the event of other disasters like hurricanes and ice storms. Whether it is pandemic flu or a storm, your world may be seriously disrupted. Grocery stores and drug stores may be closed or short of supplies. You and your family need to be ready. Here's a check list to help you get ready and avoid a last minute rush.

Store Enough Food and Water for Two Weeks

Set aside one gallon of water a day for each person in your household. Stock things like canned meat and powdered milk.

Obtain Needed Medications

  • If you or a family member takes regular prescription drugs, make sure you have at least one extra month's worth of the prescription.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand which includes pain relievers, stomach remedies and cough and cold medicine.

Prepare Other Emergency Supplies

Think now about what you will do if power is disrupted or if other emergency issues arise. Always have an emergency supply of cash on hand, so your won't have to rely on an ATM.

Plan for Your Pet

Pets are a vital part of many households. Make sure that you have two weeks supply of food and water on hand for them as well as their rabies/immunization records, leash and identification tags

Talk it Over

  • Sit down now and talk with your loved ones, especially the ones who don't live with you, about how they will be cared for in the event of a pandemic
  • Decide who will take care of children if schools are closed
  • Think about how you would care for people in your family who have disabilities if support services are not available.
  • Make sure that you have plans in place to assure that your loved ones are taken care of in the event of a pandemic. For general preparedness, agree on a point of contact where all family members can check-in if you are separated during any emergency.
  • Preparing for a disaster will help bring peace of mind and confidence to deal with a pandemic.