Pandemic ready? Plan for a change in routine

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Pandemic ready? Plan for a change in routine

Pandemic planning: Prepare for a disaster and maintain your routine.

To avoid chaos and help maintain a sense of order in your life during a pandemic, plan for a change in routine.

  • Food. Plan for food shortages at supermarkets. Store enough food and water for two weeks.
  • Power. Expect electrical and water service disruption. Keep batteries and candles on hand. Consider buying a generator.
  • Health care. Plan for overwhelmed medical services. Expect possible delays in medical treatment for all but the most serious problems. Keep enough medicine and first-aid supplies on hand. Know how to manage your chronic illness when you can't access medical services.
  • Money. Anticipate bank, government, postal and telephone service disruptions. Stash some cash, sign up for online bill pay and keep your cell phone charged.
  • Work. Expect work and school closures. Find out emergency plans for schools and work sites.
  • Entertainment. Check for cancellation of worship services and entertainment events. Stock books and games to pass the time.
  • Travel. Count on travel restrictions and lack of access to transportation networks. Have backup plans for conducting business from home.

Stay in touch

Designate a friend or relative to be an emergency contact. No matter where family members are — that includes the extended family — everyone should know how to stay in touch during emergencies.

  • Make contact. When there are major disruptions, it's often easier to contact someone far away than nearby.
  • Plan a meeting location. Designate a primary and backup meeting location.

Recognize flu symptoms

Bird flu symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu but may be more severe. Be suspicious if anyone shows signs of infection. Regularly monitor your health during a pandemic. Take your temperature often, and treat symptoms early.

Last Updated: 12/18/2006
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