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What Are You Doing to Get Ready?

by: Bronco Bill

Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 13:51:48 PM EDT

What Are You Doing to Get Ready? - September is National Preparedness Month

This press release was forwarded to me today. Although it focuses mainly on hurricane and storm preps, most of what it says can be applied to PanFlu prepping as well.  Except, of course, for the "3-day" recommendation, since 3-6 months' worth of preps is what we on the wiki recommend for a pandemic preparedness plan.
I've removed the contact numbers for privacy's sake. Reprinted in whole with author permission
Bronco Bill :: What Are You Doing to Get Ready?

Contact: Laura Southard - Virginia Department of Emergency Management

RICHMOND, VA - Half of Virginians recently surveyed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have emergency supply kits in their homes. More citizens can join that number during September, which is National Preparedness Month.

"All Virginians are encouraged to follow the lead and get prepared for disasters and emergencies during September," said Michael Cline, VDEM state coordinator. "What we do ahead of time really matters. When families take steps before emergencies happen, then they have a better chance of avoiding injury and recovering quickly."

The survey also showed that half of Virginians have identified an out-of-town friend or relative for their family members to contact in case they are separated during an emergency. "Set aside time during September to create a family emergency plan. That one step could save a lot of heartache," said Cline.

The informal survey was conducted by VDEM to help evaluate citizen awareness and readiness for natural and human-caused emergencies and disasters. A total of 430 adults throughout the state participated. Although not a formal poll, survey results mirror previous research conducted by the agency.

"September is a great time for even more people to get ready because it is the height of hurricane and flash flood season in the Commonwealth," said Cline.

During National Preparedness Month, Cline encourages citizens to take three simple, low-cost steps to protect their families:

• Get a kit. An emergency supply kit contains essential items to support a family for at least three days. A kit should include non-perishable food along with a manual can opener and about one gallon of water per person per day. Having extra cash or traveler's checks on hand is useful if power outages affect banking institutions. A whistle that can be used to signal for help and dust masks that can filter air could be included, along with a battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

• Make a plan. A family communications plan includes discussions about what to do and who to contact if family members are separated when an emergency strikes. For example, it is often easier to call long distance during an emergency due to overloaded local phone lines. Each family member should know where to meet and who to call in case of emergency.

• Stay informed. It is vital that people stay informed before, during and after an emergency. Listen to local media and use resources such as http://www.ReadyVirginia.gov.

VDEM is joining with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to promote National Preparedness Month as a time for families, businesses and communities to take action on emergency preparedness. More than 1,200 national, regional, state and local businesses and organizations are part of the fifth annual effort.

To learn more about getting ready for emergencies, visit http://www.ReadyVirginia.gov or http://www.ListoVirginia.gov . Free materials also are available by calling toll-free (866) 782-3470. TTY/TDD users may call 711.

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is a sponsor of the ready.gov preparedness month.

We were last year, as well.

what will we dolocally? when we run seasonal flu vaccine clinics with the VNA we will also add panflu prep info to pass out to staff and clients.

Seasonal Flu Clinics
That's a great idea Dem! Talk about a captive audience.

In the 2 recent flu clinics were I volunteered, people arrived 3+ hours before the shots were due to start. Something to read during the wait is a great idea.

It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.

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Get a Kit, Make A Plan, Stay Informed
"Get a Kit, Make A Plan, Stay Informed" sounds to me like an excellent slogan.

Next question, is there already a "starter kit" available?

The American Red Cross has lists of supplies, and they have kits for sale, too.
Their lists for first aid kit, non-prescription drugs, tools and supplies, sanitation, clothing and bedding, special items, and important family documents are at this link:

Kits can be ordered here:

There are many other kits on the market.  Amazon has a 2-person, 3-day kit:

Emergency Essentials has several.

You might want to put together a kit yourself, so that you can customize the food.  The kits usually come with a compact "food bar" made from wheat, which I can't eat.  You'd have to check the ingredients if you have other allergies or are vegan.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

[ Parent ]
Why has September been
deemed National Prepardness month? Shouldn't this be for the Spring, when the turbulent weather appraoches?

I find it odd that National Prepardness is right before the flu season starts.
(guess I've been wearing my tin foil hat too long ;-)

United we stand: Divided we fall

it's been September every year since 2004
because that's when hurricanes hit.

[ Parent ]
Back to school??

 Good question.

 There is always something to be prepared for:

  Snow storms - winter months for the northern folks.
  Tornados - late winter through mid summer (Source:http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/)
  Hurricanes - June through November though 2006(?) one rode Decemebr to January.
  Heat wave - mid to late summer.

 I think Hurricanes get better press and so stay in the public mind. Mention Katrina, Andrew, Camiele, Isabel, Allen (slammed Texas) and people think hurricane.
 Snow storms and tornados fade.
 Earth quakes and volcanos (Mt St. Helen, Cracatoa (sp?), Pompii) are well known but do not seem to have season to them.


[ Parent ]
And don't forget the Mid-Atlantic winters
Ice storms tend to form along the Mid-Atlantic coast in January and February.
Here in Williamsburg and up into Richmond a few years ago, they had a foot of snow in April!! Brought the state to a standstill...

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Mid atlantic Ice
Bronco Bill,

  Good point. Ice storms. People know they happen but then no one is prepared.

  I understand why no one has snow chains even though they keep another seldom used item: jumper cables.

  Tropical storms creat havoc as well.


[ Parent ]
For Virginia and the SouthEast US
Even though 'cane season is June thru Ocober, things really generally start heating up with storms forming in August, September, and October.

The year I moved here, 2006, there was a large tropical storm called Ernesto that blew thru the Virginia Tidewater area (where I'm at!). Two weeks later, there was a big Nor'easter that came thru and flooded a large area in the Tidewater again.

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Water Water everywhere and now a drop to drink
I purchased a Berkey water filtration system today-finally.  If I were smart I would order the hand held water bottle filtration system for my BOB.  I read the book "The Road" by Cormac Maccarthy and that has seemed to kickstart me into preparing again.  Just borrowed a book called "How to Hide Anything" and will read it tonight to put myself to sleep

the road

I also just read this book and it tipped me over the edge into finally ordering a Lifesaver bottle for my BOB!

Also recommend 'The Purple Cloud' by M P Shiel - download for free here:


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Great Minds Think Alike.
....and your post prompted me to order one of those lifesaver water bottles myself today.

[ Parent ]
I have to admit, I'm frustrated right now
with prepping. We're adopting three young boys, one of whom is seriously mentally ill, and the time/energy/expense is really challenging. Normally by now, I would have preserved many things from the garden, put up several cords of wood, and planted a fall garden. Right now, I'm just sort of hanging on. I had a small level of comfort with our preps earlier this year, but more children to care for has changed what we need. I did buy another milk cow, so that helps. But I need a lot more of basics. The funds I'd planned to use have been used for other things already and it really bothers me. I'm a person who likes to plan way ahead. I'm worried, very worried, about what this Fall will bring. I don't feel nearly prepared enough, and I'm not sure how to get from where I am to where I need to be.

Berkey filter/ Canning
We have decided to order our Berkey this week.Finally. Have been talking about it for ages. Last 2 weeks were vacation and we didn't spend near as much $ as we saved for- so the leftover is going to the Berkey and some freeze dried foods for long term storage.
Canned 8 qts of peaches yesterday and will do some pickles today.  

comic book
I sent the King County Comic Book to our infectious disease person at work.  I thought they would find it interesting and might be able to use it.  They did.  They liked it enough that they forwarded it to EVERYONE in the organization!  That's 1500+ people got it in their email.  Wow!  I hope it will make one or two people think.

what's this?

[ Parent ]
Pandemic Flu Preparedness Comic Book
Pandemic Flu
Preparedness comic book in multiple languages

To promote pandemic flu preparedness, Public Health - Seattle & King County has developed a 12-page comic book on pandemic flu. Targeting readers of all ages, this story tells the tale of a family's experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic. It also explains the threat of pandemic flu today, illustrates what to expect during a pandemic (such as school closures), and offers tips to help households prepare.

Available in multiple languages for free download at:

ITW(Joel J)
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

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Making Posters
I have posters w/ handouts that I'm putting together for our local grocers, drugstores and laundromats. I hope they let me put them up.

Also just sent out a letter to our new County Commissioner who is supposed to be on board for emergency managment discussions and planning. We'll see just what that means, if she responds to my phone call & letter. -k

www.EmergencyHomePreparation.org -- A 'card-catalog' style of prepping information.   -

Outstanding resource!
Chesapeake, thank you for posting this!  

"To promote pandemic flu preparedness, Public Health - Seattle & King County has developed a 12-page comic book on pandemic flu. Targeting readers of all ages, this story tells the tale of a family's experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic. It also explains the threat of pandemic flu today, illustrates what to expect during a pandemic (such as school closures), and offers tips to help households prepare."

You can download and print out the comic book here:


It has been translated into 10 languages and all are available for download.

GetPandemicReady.org - non commerical website with practical ways for families to prepare.

[ Parent ]
Great! We can order copies for $1 each, limit 25,
from NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials).

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

[ Parent ]
i am reaching out....
I just met up with a young man who is the provider for his small family, his brother is in a wheelchair. I gave him  pine kindling a little at a time so they can stock up for the winter.

I am just being myself and constantly looking out for little opportunities to get the words "pandemic" and "prepare" in peoples ears.

I am going to wear a GetPandemicReady.org t-shirt starting September 1.

Pray for all people and rulers
1Timothy 2:1-4

(Extending the culture of life.)



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