5 ways to plan for a flu pandemic
You and your family can start preparing now for a flu pandemic in five steps.
- Store food and water - Store one gallon of water per person per day to cover at least three days. Keep kitchen stocked with canned meats, fruits, vegetables and soups, as well as nonperishable food like granola bars, peanut butter and dried fruit. If there is an infant to care for, be sure to have baby food, formula and other supplies on hand. Store extra pet food for animals.
- Limit the spread of disease - Stay at home when you are sick. Use a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Most importantly, practice good handwashing. Be sure to teach these good habits to children.
- Medication - Have a supply of any prescription drugs you have on hand. Also, have non-prescription drugs and other health supplies available (stomach remedies, medicines for fever, cough and cold medicines and fluids with electrolytes).
- Communicate and stay informed - Listen for health reports on the radio or television. Go to www.jocogov.org, as well as Twitter (@JOCOHealth), Facebook (JOCOHealthDept) and YouTube (JCDHEKS) for information. Keep an emergency contact list for family, friends or others that might need your care.
- Emergency kit - Keep an emergency kit in case other emergencies arise, like a power outage. Items to include: batteries, flashlight, battery-powered radio, bottled water, nonperishable food, first aid kit, prescription medicine, extra money, credit card(s) and sturdy trash bags. Put items in a container you can easily carry.
If you get the flu during a pandemic, health officials estimate it will take about 5 to 7 days to recover.