Preparing For a Pandemic Influenza Outbreak

The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918,lasted over a period of three years occurring in waves, one in 50 people died. A total of 50 Million people perished from it, more than had died in the World War that had just ended.

How to Prepare for Pandemic Flu

The current flu that shows pandemic potential, the H7N9 strain, has a death rate of one in 5, about ten times more deadly than the Spanish Flu.

Human to human transmission has not been sustained yet, but scientists are saying this particular virus mutates at an astonishing rate, so human to human transmission may occur soon. If it does, this should immediately raise the red flag on your bug out plans. Exposed individuals can get on a plane and be anywhere in the world in 22 hours.

Remember during the Spanish flu, the new wonder drug aspirin was just being popularized. Many people took it when they got the flu, and because their fever broke they laid down to get comfortable and never got up again. If you get this flu, do NOT try to break the fever unless it gets to 104 degrees. Do NOT lie down. Stay upright, move around if you can. Tolerate the fever even if it’s making you a little delirious, the fever kills the virus.

What to have on hand for pandemic flu
Items You Should Have on Hand Before a Pandemic Influenza

  • 1 Gallon of Liquid Bleach per Person of the Household
  • 4 boxes of latex gloves (different sizes for every member of the household)
  • 2 boxes of 20 of N95 masks for every member of the household
  • Anti-bacterial soap (for quick hand cleansing)
  • Styrofoam “Take Out” containers (minimize dishes and germ contact surfaces)
  • 100′ roll of clear 4 mil plastic (for setting up an isolation room)
  • 10 rolls duct tape (for setting up an isolation room)
  • More HEPA filters (if you have a central air system)
  • Several Boxes of Borax (for provisional toilets)
  • 25 lbs. of lime per person (for provisional toilets)
  • 50 “yard waste” black garbage bags per person (for provisional toilets and garbage)
  • 100 “kitchen” bags per person (for garbage)
  • 50 “Trash Compactor” bags (for provisional toilets)
  • 25 lbs. of kitty litter per person (for sick people’s body fluids clean up)
  • 100 rolls of toilet paper per person (for personal sanitation)
  • 20 rolls of paper towels per person
  • Several boxes of straws (for sick people so you don’t contaminate drinking cups too much)
  • Clothesline (for washing clothes by hand)
  • Laundry soap (for washing clothes by hand)
  • Good dish soap like “Dawn” or other aggressive anti-grease formula
  • Water filtration and purification devices
  • Water collection, storage and carrying containers
  • Water, water, and more water
  • Portable radio (hand-cranked or battery powered)
  • Walkie talkies (hand-held, two-way GMRS radios)
  • Batteries

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