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Community Awareness & Preparedness (CAP) Presentation Material

by: Birdie Kate

Tue Oct 02, 2007 at 19:44:35 PM EDT

( - promoted by Bronco Bill)

Birdie Kate :: Community Awareness & Preparedness (CAP) Presentation Material
Here are the links to the CAP presentation material. Thanks to ReadyMom for starting the CAP concept and to DemFromCt for wiki'ing them.

Here is a link to the original dicussion.


Please feel free to use what you want in your own grassroots endevour.


hope these links work the way I put them here! :)

all in one replacement file (placed by DemFromCT)
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good, and
No "buts" here, only "ands" ;-)

Most of the 14 files are text, except for one picture and 2 leaflets.

So I can easily create a CAP.* subtree (ok, here's a a start) at the wiki, with an index an then the text of all of that.  Even a link to the picture.  Total time, maybe 1 hour, later.  That way, we can make improvements (direct edits) on the wiki.

Downloading 14 files is doable, but it's even easier if we also provide one PDF file (I didn't count but it looks like the whole thing is less than 50 pages).  PDF files can't be edited (changed or added to) so there should be fill-in-the-blank room for local data (email addresses, phone numbers, local providers etc).  And, of course, the DOC files would still be available for those who want/need them.

We could also provide some guidance for folks who want to set up local email groups (or chats or whatever works for them), both for organising preparedness and also for pandemic mutual help if the grid stays up, and both for hard-core organisers and for a wider public.  A kind of local flu-activist how-to guide of sorts.  This kind of activity can be outsourced from overworked moms to nerdy nephews. ;-)

In time, as usual, I wonder if an even more mature version of these writings can be translated into other languages using http://www.traduwiki... with it's 2-sentences at a time cooperative translation capabilities.

One minor request: the JPG picture is great but I'd love to see a close-up of the smaller pictures inside it (the pantry and so on).  So maybe we can have those as separate pictures?  I can edit out brand-names if wanted (with a software rubber thing).  I think it really helps to see such real things.

More when we've read more.  Great job, Kate!  Really great!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

oh, yes, one more thing: anyone checked to see if author's data is hidden in the files? wanted anonnymity should stay that way

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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ok, i started it but anyone feel free to lend a hand or three
(every step forward counts)

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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"Children" wikipage is ready

as is the index http://www.fluwikie....

Now, the proof is in the pudding: Do you think having these DOCs wikified will help?  I think it helps if we improve the content on the page - but if we don't work on the wiki (not used to it, don't like it, prefer to make comments on the forum, whatever) then there's not much point in wikifying the whole thing, is there?

I don't know, that's why I ask.

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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this seems like a ton of work. Is there any interest from others to do this? Only one other response from anyone else besides the 3 of us.

I can make up a "how to guide" about how to go about this if there is interest.


It does require a small amount of cash for copies. Websites are easy and I can make them for cheap if it is not too much work/time.

ReadyMom has some great stuff too. She is actually the creator of the whole deal and I just expanded.

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Kate, it's early to know about responses
because you can't know how many people had time to download it and look at it in any detail, with the intention of actually using it

so yes, a how-to would be great, "even" (or even "better") if it's a short one - one that elicits more questions from us readers (conversations are a great way to learn)

i'll merge the whole lot during next week and then i'll beg Dem to repost O:-) ... we'll move onwards

i really see it as a one file PDF, guide and all - a tool like no other!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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Here is the article that appeared
in our local paper about our presentation

MOMS Club Attend a Evening of Preparedness
Submitted by XXXXXXX

A typical night out for the MOMS Club usually includes a movie, a dinner and plenty of light hearted conversation. Last Wednesday night however, was a meeting of a different kind. A small group of Moms gathered at the old Library building, now home to the Society for an evening of preparedness hosted by XXXXX CAP, Community Awareness and Preparedness Organization.

What would you do if your power went out for several days due to a winter storm? How much food do you need to store to feed your family in the event of a pandemic such as avian flu? Where would you go if you had to evacuate your home immediately? Does my child's school have a disaster plan?

Positioned at the head of the room of XXXX's old library was a table displaying what every home should have on hand during a power outage. A simple item like a manual can opener could be lifesaving in a power outage. Some of the moms attending laughed when they realized that they do not even own one anymore since the bought an electric can opener. Also displayed were candles, matches, batteries, a propane stove and kerosene lamp, which were just some of the items that were suggested to have in an easy to find location.

Cap volunteer, XXXXX of XXXXX, greeted each guest and presented each with a folder filled with information regarding what to do in the event of a pandemic, a man made disaster or natural disaster.

In this was a list of important phone numbers, a preparedness calendar, evacuation plan, family inventory spreadsheet, and a 12 month plan for stockpiling food in your home. There was information on pandemics and how to host a preparedness meeting.

Something often overlooked was what to do with a pet in an emergency situation.

The meeting began with XXXXXX, who gave some home remedies for common injuries such as cuts and broken bones. He listed the items every home should have on hand: Band aids, gauze, sterile water, aloe, ice packs, warm packs and cravat bandages. He also reminded us that the first thing everyone should do in an emergency is to dial 9-1-1 or instruct somebody to do so immediately and he encouraged attendees to be CPR Certified.

XXXXXXX then led the discussion and admitted it was her first time speaking to a crowd. She offered the group ways to ready their homes for the outbreak of a pandemic, such as avian flu. According to XXXXXX "The more individuals prepare, the better off we all are as a community". She advised the guests to have an evacuation plan for their families, in the event of an emergency. She explained that every home should be able to sustain itself with enough food and for 6 - 8 weeks. To simplify this daunting task, she instructed the crowd to use her month by month calendar.

"Having extra supplies on hand can be relatively easy if you take it one step at a time" XXXX  then added. "By spending as little as ten extra dollars a week to add extra food that your family already eats can save you money in the long run if you pick up items on sale and you will always have extra in case of emergency.

XXXXXX, whose profession is planning for business interruption, spoke about safety for children. She suggested that parents remember to keep their children's lives as normal as possible in the event of an emergency evacuation. She suggested that parents have a backpack of comfort objects, toys, movies, games and even a family photo. It may be hard for a child to adjust to being temporarily relocated and these items may provide comfort and a sense of hope to a child. One thing that many families may overlook is to stockpile your children's favorite non perishable snacks.

XXXXXX advised moms to try and limit a child's exposure to the media in times of disasters and to compose yourself first before explaining tragic events to children. She gave the group some common warning signs to look for in children's behavior.

They may experience behavior changes or suffer from nightmares. The American Red Cross has a Disaster Preparedness coloring book that can be downloaded from the internet and is designed to help children ages three to ten deal with natural disasters. This book can be found at http://www.redcross....

XXXXXX, who has many years of experience in the food wholesale business, stressed the problems a national pandemic would place on the food market overall; it will be difficult to obtain food in this case. He reinforced the importance of stockpiling non perishables foods and supplies. He advised the group as to how to stay warm during and extended power outage. By burning a candle and confining your family to one room and by blocking doors with blankets, you can keep part of your home considerably warmer, he suggested.

XXXXXX informed the group that the cost to have an electrician install a 10- switch for a generator runs about $1200 - $1500. He reminded attendees to never bring anything into the house if it is intended for outdoor use (grills, Coleman camping stoves, etc.) These units release gasses that contain carbon monoxide and can be deadly. He suggested that every home be equipped with a smoke detector and also a carbon monoxide sensor, both should be battery operated in addition to being hard wired.

XXXXXX also listed items that he keeps in his own car and recommended the following items for everyone to keep in their trunks in case of emergency: flashlight, flare or battery operated flashers, heat packs, water, dry food, first aid kit, blanket, clothes, entertainment (deck of cards), duct tape a hammer, jumper cables and engine oil.

By the end of the evening, the Moms seemed a lit bit overwhelmed with the tasks at hand. We have all witnessed what happens at the grocery store when a Nor'easter is headed for us. What would happen if we could not leave our homes for several weeks? We all like to think we live in a safe place and that a disaster could never happen to us. Being informed and knowledgeable in some ways will set our minds a bit at ease when we turn on the nightly news.

It was not the usual light hearted night that participants were accustomed to, however, the attendees where all glad that they would soon be better prepared to take care of their families in an emergency.

For more information on Community Preparedness visit www.XXX

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great report! - and was there space for self-organisation? (just curious)

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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Leadership emerges
lugon, what an interesting piece!

I especially liked this sentence:

"In all cultures and in all times, leadership emerges from those who harness their passion with responsibility."

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

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ACM, and it's safer to have open-space events now, not in a pandemic ;-)

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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we handed out

how to start a neigborhood preparedness group and an inventory for neighborhhod skills.  I don't think anyone has pursed anything though. These Mom's were more concerned about their own little hives than the neighborhood. They had little ones so they are already busy. I think, and I hate to be sexist, that if they got their husbands on board then there might be some neighborhood attention paid.

Lets face it, young families today don't have any spare time. You actually need moms who have teens or preteens to speak out and go out and talk to their neighbors.

When I have some time - which I don't have much of now - I will pull together a MOM's brochure about pandemic flu from the Mom's brochure thread and Jane's sandbox and put it at our display at the library.

I was asked to put up a small display like our presentation board and some information packets and a class sign up sheet. Hopefully I will get that done tomorrow night.....

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teens, preteens, dads
Good focus areas.

Bring the battle home?  Follow up to show that no matter how well prepared you now are (2 months after the first meeting, or whenever) things will be better for your kids if other kids' families are prepared too?

For those of us working backstage ... what tools need to be polished?

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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For teens and preteens, the most receptive of them might be Scouts
or members of 4-H or other clubs where kids learn to do things that lead to self-reliance.  The idea of staying home, away from their friends, maybe without electricity too--akkk.  Would they have to be eased into it, in stages, so they don't turn their creativity towards ways of escaping SIP? 

It sounded to me that Birdie Kate was suggesting that it's the moms of teens would be receptive once they recognized the danger.

no matter how well prepared you now are (2 months after the first meeting, or whenever) things will be better for your kids if other kids' families are prepared too

That's such a good idea for encouraging people to help spread the word around their neighborhoods!  And that concept is true for those in the government who are blocking publicity about pandemic prep-How will it rebound on your children and other relatives if we don't get moving SOON?

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

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yes, moms of teens will be receptive - and maybe have some more free time?
at least teens don't have to be carried around like luggage

and about the "spread the word to other families", i think i'd leave that for later, when your first generation of preppers have their first two weeks

it helps to take it as something that will grow in steps

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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I think now that the program
is in place that it would be nice if others started to do something along the same lines. If you post your email her I can send you the documents. If you don't feel that going out into the community is the right path for you, maybe you can contact your local library and ask them if you can set up a small display. 

I used a yellow foam board and placed the name of our town and CAP at the top, got some pictures of a home stockpile area, water, alternative heat, electric, etc off of the web and glued them to the board. I also called FEMA and got some of their publications to hand out.

You don't need to have classes; just putting the display up is a start.  You can also see if you can leave some fema brochures around town. We gave FEMA kid's coloring books to the local children's dentist and gave some other FEMA brochures to a local beauty salon.

I was thinking of setting up a website so that people can go to one central location for the materials to download and possibly put their name, town, contact info if there is interest.

This is an all hazards program, not pandemic specific like Ready Mom's.  This is for people who have encountered resistance in dealing with people in their community when discussing panflu but still want to make a difference.

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Other areas of contact
Sororities and Fraternities
Science clubs and museums that deal with this population
Homeschool support groups, both local and state level
Academic clubs that deal with this population
Juvenile detention facilities and staff (have no clue whether they are even being thought about in the loop)
Transition housing for teens
Group homes for teens


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

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are there teen geeks among us? shalt thou speaketh up?

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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here's the issue with 'interest' ;-)
In general.  When you are trying to achieve something, it is usually hard going for a very long time, and just about when you think nobody really cares, you turn around and the person right behind you has just caught up with the info from somewhere else.  It has gone all the way round the world while you are biting your nails thinking nobody cares.  LOL

Another way of looking at 'interest' or 'influence' is this.  IMO, there are 2 questions to consider, as to whether a particular course of action is worth your time and effort.  It's important to ask them, otherwise you won't know how to prioritize.

1.  What are the odds?  Of successfully persuading someone.

2.  What is the level of leverage?  How influential is this person or persons?

It depends on temperament and personal circumstances.  High odds and high leverage of course is always desirable.  But in the absence of that, I would go a long way to target high leverage types.  Others might prefer to do the opposite, go for high odds, even if there is little leverage.

The lesson is to avoid, as far as possible, low odds and low leverage situations...

Back on topic - in this case, on a flu site, you already have better odds than doing anything anywhere else.  Targeting parents improves those odds some more.  Targeting or helping others go and target parents, well, THAT's leverage for sure..


All 'safety concerns' are hypothetical.  If not, they'd be called side effects...

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Can you remove the links from the wiki link? Sorry for the extra work I didn't even think of the author stuff on them.


[ Parent ]
I took the links off of the wiki pages (main and children)
though of course they are still accessible from the history in each page - pogge can fix that I guess!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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hi Lugon
Great job! I just checked and some of them have some properties that should be deleated.

I think when you wiki them and just put the text there that solves the problem.

Maybe when you are done wiki'ing them we can get rid of the links in this thread above.

will that work?


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yes but it's best to take them off-line now if there's any concern with privacy,
DemFromCT can take them off-line or at least rename them so they can't be downloaded

I've just downloaded them (all 14 files) and will process them further (no privacy concerns + pdf as one file) in, say, 12 hours - but of course if anyone works faster, so be it!  Just say so here so that we don't work twice! :-)

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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Dem, you've got mail, and also look at this comment's parent

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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links temporarily removed n/t

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thanks Dem, and a PDF with most of the stuff is here

I haven't been able to change page orientation and margins in different sections using OpenOffice 2.2, which would be needed if I want to include the brochures and the spreadsheet in one big file.  (Also, I may have missed one or two files.  So if someone can doublecheck I'd be grateful.)

Thing is, while drag-n-dropping stuff into the one big file, I realised users will want empty room for their local data, so we can provide fill-in-the-blanks underlines and folks who get the Word/OpenOffice file will adapt before printing, but others will write by hand before photocopying.

Also, while at ambition stage, we could have consistent headers and footers etc - though of course all of this is minor stuff, because the materials already look great!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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I emailed the word docs of the brochures to Dem. You can either get them from him or (I lost your email) email me at pelhamresilience@yahoo.com and I can send them to you. You should be able to edit them in word if that is what you want to do.

Everything looks great!


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first thing i had done was to download the files, but thank you
and yes, i will write anyway! :-)

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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ok, i've looked at the DOCs, and
I think what's needed is people looking at it, printing it out, actually using it in their home locations, adding to it, doing whatever works, and sharing the results back to this "community".

I think the Who We Are document should go first in the list.

Any specific help needed, just yell!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

thanks, lugon
I don't own acrobat for .pdf manufacture

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no Acrobat needed for pdf manufacture: use openoffice.org
if it exists for Mac, which I'm not sure about

(there are other ways anyway - google for doc2pdf or something like that, no time rignt now but it can be done)

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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CAP Materials - You Guys Rock!
These are just tremendous.  There are so many of us that think about putting this kind of thing together - and the fact that we have not creates one more barrier to getting out and doing more to help organize around this issue.

Thank you so much for creating, sharing and formating these in ways that allows us to use them both for ourselves and in our community. 

When folks talk about internet groups like FW as just someplace for keyboard commandos to do nothing but spout off, the kind of tangible activism that this CAP program encourages is just one of the many great examples that FW gives to show that actions are following words. 

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

I have CAP Display Original Photos-
-from my first presentation, if anyone is interested. I also have all the signs, the posters and handouts on file. The display, if you put up an acutal physical display vs using photos, as Kate did, does take some time. But after giving about 5 presentations/displays already, we're (Reese & I) getting quite organized at setting it all up.

If anyone does decide to use the CAP theme/design, all I ask is that you try to stay on track w/ the the overall look and colors, to keep it uniform. Also, to please call it 'CAP'-Community Awareness & Preparation. I figure that way, if the CAP didplays start to pick up and become more popular, they will be easily recognizable, either through discussion or if anyone ever encountered one a 2nd time (BOY, wouldn't that be great, if it ever got to that!?)

You can read more about my experience putting on the some of the CAP display/presentations at PFI: http://www.singtomeo...  and http://www.singtomeo... -k 

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

we also have some of it here

ReadyMom's Display Pictures

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I agree with ReadyMom about everything
She gets the kudos for the whole concept! I changed the name and made mine Community Awareness & Preparedness as opposed to Preparation. I did stick with the same color sceme so to have some uniformity. Hers is pandemic and mine is all hazards as I didn't get a lot of good feedback on doing just pandemic in my community.

Her files are more in line with pandemic preps and mine encompass a bunch of hazards.

Maybe Dem and Lugon can wiki the CAP Preparation stuff. That way people can decide if they want to go the panflu way or the all hazards way.

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panflu + all-hazards = whatever works
and yes, wikify ... maybe i/we'll get more leverage by training someone to help with wikification?  it's not that difficult to do the main "here's the whole text" part ... then others can refine and beautify

(pictures are another matter)

anyone with three hands so that one is available? ;-)

Seriously: if we do things slowly enough, we'll work faster.

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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I can host files
like the .pdf here if anyone send them to me. Same with pics.

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We've put this display up in a church, at community events, under various style tents, in a hospital (twice and each time in a different location w/ different logistics to work out in setting up) and in a field at a horse farm. So, it is 'doable' in all different settings.

There are things to consider:
It's all a matter of how much time do you want to put into it. 

- How much $$ do you have for the copies (Do you want to give out a lot of copies or just some? Do you want to ask for $$ from the group your presenting to for copies? Do you want them to make the copies for you?)

- Do you want to have a full display w/ lots of sample items for folks to look at?

- Do you want to have posters?

-Do you want to order FEMA catalogs for added credibility?

- Sign up sheets to keep people informed of further news

- Sign up sheets for those interested in a future presentation. (I have master files for those as well)

Sounds like a lot. First time, it will feel like a lot. BUT, when you see the reaction of folks. When you go home so dog tired from all the talking you did. You realize that it was worth every single second. People are receptive to this. For the most part, they don't know much, if anything. They are grateful for the information. -k

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

Oh, did I say -
I'm willing to share anything you'd like. I know SusanC would LOVE to see this 'boxed' and  out the door where ever possible. Right, Susan?? LOL! -k

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

I'm willing to share anything you'd like. I know SusanC would LOVE to see this 'boxed' and  out the door where ever possible. Right, Susan?? LOL! -k

like yesterday!  LOL

All 'safety concerns' are hypothetical.  If not, they'd be called side effects...

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How to get started
I had been trying for a while to get my town officials on board to prepare the townsfolk's. I got nowhere. I ticked them off. I belonged to CERT. They weren't doing anything except playing politics. I quit CERT. I saw ReadyMom's posts about her giving a talk and being either in the newspaper or on the TV. She showed us pictures. I figured I would take one last shot. I thought I can do that. I made a webpage - just a simple one. I searched the web for information on how to prepare for different disasters. I created a CAP letterhead and put it on all my stuff . I wrote some of my own and got info from fema and other sites.

I knew a few people in town. 1 was into preparing for disasters; one dealt with disasters at work and one was a former CERT person who taught CPR.

I talked to one of them and told him my proposal.We could do talks for community groups. We have a lot of groups in town. Mom's club, senior center, PTA, etc.  He agreed to do it with me.  I emailed the other two and talked to them. They agreed to help.

I made packets in yellow jackets with a label on them and filled them with the paperwork and sent one to each. I showed them the website.

This was probably in late August early Sept.

I then contacted the Mom's club. I figured for our first presentation they would be easy. We secured a place to have our meeting. We all decided what we would talk about. It went very well. They loved the packages. We didn't just discuss pandemic but we discussed all hazards.

We called FEMA and had tons of free materials sent to each of us for our town fair. We bought a cheap tent for $8 on clearance, applied for a spot and set up. We handed out stuff all day and people signed up for classes.

Our next presentation is for the Senior Center in November.

Any questions?

Kate, thanks for sharing!  I believe if more share what worked (not only what didn't work) we may start to see a pattern.  Once we see a pattern, it may be easier to amplify it.

The CAP material we're striving to put together for general use (those DOC files that keep going up and down Dem's repository, the wikipages I haven't had time to fill up yet, the one professional-looking PDF file that's still in our daydreams, and more) will help tens, hundreds, and more to replicate, adapt, improve on what's been started.  So that material is really a tool, and an important one.

You mention a presentation for the Senior Center.  I seem to recall Goju did something like that and reported about it on the old forum.  (Or maybe my memory fails me.)  I do remember some senior person being quite clear about vaccination priorities: "my grandchildren go before me!".

I would kindly ask them What is it they can contribute both at the preparedness stage (telling stories, acting as family linkers, just listening to the young, or whatever it is they can posibly do) and at the response stage (can some of them keep an eye on the very young? what are the tasks within their physical capabilities? what do they see they or others could do?).

The reason I say this is we don't need no more stinking "learned helplessness", thank-you very much!, if I can mutter that beneath my breath. :-)

Again, thanks for sharing, Kate.  I think it really helps us see a path forward.

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

[ Parent ]
Birdie Kate comments looks like a great link for our activists page

Hint: The wiki is ours for us to edit away!

Ever seen the edit clickable tag on the top-right corner of each and everyone of the wikipages?

Just click once to take a look.

No need to get all bold and agressive and just edit the page right away, no way you're gonna do that!  (Or are you?)

Just click here and then click on edit.

Once ...

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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I wiki'd
a bunch of them and will go in and edit for spacing and stuff later on tonight I hope :)

[ Parent ]
i just beautified something you'd wikified

click on "edit" to see that I just added "*" at the beginning of lines

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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good to know
that looks great Lugon! I will add that to the ones I did when I edit and fix them. They are up for now and people can still copy them and do their own paragraphs.


[ Parent ]
someone gave me a fish :-)

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

[ Parent ]
I have a problem with the Who We Are Page - can you take a look at it please.


[ Parent ]
the avian flu and you page. the text goes on and on and on.....

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Kate and all
I've worked a bit on the index page: http://www.fluwikie....

And also on other pages:

1) http://www.fluwikie....  Kate, it was "simply" a line with a space at the very beginning, which causes what you call "the text goes on and on and on" (or, less graphically, "sidescroll").  I deleted the offending space and it looks right, now.  A question: What's the "middle back page" text about?

2) Started to format the inventory page: http://www.fluwikie....  It'll take boring work, but can be done.  Actually, not that boring with a trick ... done.

3) http://www.fluwikie.... looks better too

More later!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

Middle back page is the copyright I put on a few brochures I made for this and other stuff I work on. I had a problem with someone locally trying to steal my work and claim it as their own so I had to add that. I have no problem with flu wiki people using it but would like to keep that on them if possible.

It had my webpage on it but people can take the www off when they use it or if they make a website they can add their website name.

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Kate, luckily, there's more than one way to "copyright"

I think the kind of license you'd like is "with attribution".  And of course that attribution could be personal, with your website and/or with flublogia or whatever.

More stuff to think about - sorry! :-)

One posibility is to just say what you'd like to see happening and then we can put more eyeballs into looking at which license serves your intentions best.

Or whatever works for you of course.

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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Ok...I have given this some thought...
alot of the stuff is from other websites but about 1/2 are original. I would like to keep the two brochures as they are and the website stuff.  Of course anyone can take any of the info from them and do their own. The brochures are in word, you just set up a a brochure and add context and pictures.

I was thinking of setting up a National CAP website if there is some interest. We could be a national organization and people can sign up with links to their own CAP website - again if anyone is interested in doing that.

Let me know.

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thanks to BB for pointing to this "how to wiki" page

Dem, maybe it could be linked to from newfluwiki2.com's main page?

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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in the Contact box (How To Use Flu Wiki)

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thanks Dem!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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Dem, the text might be "how to contribute to the wiki"

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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Hmmm...that might sound odd
Almost like FW is asking for monetary contributions, no?

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how about "how to add to the wiki"? n/t

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I like it
If that counts  ;-)

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see the contact box
for the answer to that question.

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How to add was helpful
Added one college will add more later - wasn't too complicated.  Thanks. 

A note on colleges - I thinks some of them are making changes to their plans based on new or updated information. 

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yeah, sure, "add"
and it has helped spartan already, so it's a good thing to have that link!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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I added "Mom Cares" to the wiki page. Can you edit the text size.

I would also like to upload some pictures, is there an eay way?  I can't find them on the web to link to.

I have this as a PDF too. Any easy way to add pdf's to the wiki?


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font sizes + files
I see the page you've created http://www.fluwikie....

I see Dem is helping you with the PDF files (I don't have such "administrative powers").  http://www.newfluwik...

I'll look at what images you want - maybe if you send them to me lugonflu at gmail dot com then I can see if some of them are ready to be linked to already.


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Dem uploaded the "mom cares" files and here are the links
- DOC format, larger, can be edited if needed: http://www.newfluwik...

- PDF format, smaller, better if you want to email it to others (careful about spamming): http://www.newfluwik...

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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comments on "mom cares" files
Minor things (you'll see how minor they are!):

- "What moms need to know", not "What mom's need to know".  I know moms are possessive ;-)
- "Check your school policies", not "polices".
- Why underline "recent work suggests"?  Why say "the reasons are not fully established"?  Is that to include a sense of "you must make up your own mind and keep your thinking flexible"?  Likewise with "this is not a scare tactic".  Not saying that chunk of text shouldn't go - it's just that I find it interesting.
- The "What kind of parent would you be" is a hard blow.  Just stating it as a fact here.  We'll have to see if it forces people into denial or what.  It's what happens in their brains that matters.
- Pictures: are the children multiracial enough?
- After "compared to Philadelphia" there should be a ".".
- I've printed it to see if people can go into small details, and just noticed in SusanC's "age-specific" chart, it reads "Clinical Attack Rage", not "Rate".  LOL!

That said: it's GREAT!

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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I fixed
the possessive moms :) and the policies :)

I believe this part was from Dem's blog - could be wrong here but I don't think so.....
Why underline "recent work suggests"?  Why say "the reasons are not fully established"?  Is that to include a sense of "you must make up your own mind and keep your thinking flexible"?  Likewise with "this is not a scare tactic".  Not saying that chunk of text shouldn't go - it's just that I find it interesting.

I think this is what it is....

What kind of parent would you be"

No kids are not multiculteral enough but didn't really give that any thought. They can be changed easily enough if someone takes the words from the word doc and prints out the pdf to get a sence of what it looks like.

fixed the period.

thanks so much!

of course I already printed off 100 and put some out :(

always good to have someone check your work  - next time :)

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if you resend the *fixed* file to Dem then he can upload it and no-one will notice ;-)
each moment is an experiment that makes us more prepared for the next moment (one of my jedi masters said "permanent pilot phase")

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

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If you want your display to be more 'pandemic' specific -
I have handouts available that go with each display area:

'Behind the Scenes,Government'-
Handout-Best Practices and Model Protocols

Handout-What follows is what will happen here in the US if the trucks stop.doc
Basic 6 week shopping guide.xls
Gilmore WATERBucket Filtration System-x.doc
Handout-Grocer & General Item Lists.doc

'Medical-Home Flu Care'-
Handout-Gloves-Putting On & Taking Off.doc
Handout-Masks for Infectious Disease Prevention.doc
Handout-Masks-Fitting chart.doc
Handout-Oral Rehydration Solution.doc
Handout-Sick Room.doc
Red Cross-pandemic_home_care.pdf

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

if you're ready to share them, please let's be careful with giving away confidential information that's sometimes hidden inside documents.

Dem or I can deal with that, anonymysing it before placing it in the open.

Like Birdie Kate, you may want to look at the "license" for your work.  Quite frankly, I think there are several options that are compatible with our (I asume) generally accepted intention: "help as many people as posible to get as ready as posible for the pandemic".  I believe there's a range of licenses we could use, if we don't make them too restrictive.

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Update & New CAP Brochures for Moms & Seniors
Here are two new brochures that were added to the line up.


One is for Moms and one is for Seniors.

We are scheduled to do a presentation for our Senior Citizen Center on November 28th

Here is our press release

The XXXXX, XX Community Awareness & Preparedness Organization (CAP) will be holding a useful and informative presentation at the Senior Center  for all interested Senior Citizen's on Wednesday, November 28th at 11:00 am. Mark your calendar!

Members of CAP will discuss How to Prepare for an Emergency, Essential Supplies for a Prolonged Stay in your Home, Alternative Heating, Lighting and Cooking, Emergency Bags for your Car, Special Needs Registration Forms, Evacuation, and the Importance of Having an Emergency Support Network.

The CAP Organization will be handing out packets of CAP information, and brochures from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for participants to take home.

The mission of CAP is to teach and inform all of the citizens in our community, to help educate them about the challenges of disaster preparedness and, more important, to help them plan for a neighborhood or community wide response in the event that such a disaster occurs.

The purpose of this organization is to increase citizen, family, neighborhood, and community preparedness, thereby boosting their chance of survival and enhancing their ability to cope with disaster. A community is only as prepared as the individuals who live there.

Please check out our website at www.XXXXXcap.com for important information about individual and family planning for an emergency.

We have also contacted our PTA to do a presentation and are in the planning stages to host a Emergency Preparedness Fair in the spring.

CAP Senior Presentation
We did a CAP presentation at our local Senior Center on Wednesday. We handed out 20 packets of information plus there were a few people who didn't get one because I really didn't expect more than 20. The director actually forgot to tell anyone but we lucked out since it was lunch time and people were showing up for lunch.

I have made new brochures for the senior population and handed them out also.

We spoke for about an hour and people were very responsive and asked questions. I even had one woman volunteer to help.

the best part of our presentation in my opinion is my partner who works in the wholesale food distribution area. he tells it like it is. He tells people, there will be nothing left when the SHTF and there won't be any coming in. And he sure as heck knows what he is talking about.

I made 500 Special Needs Registration Forms for Seniors and Disabled people and the director is sending them out in next months news letter. The Emergency Operations Center Director told me that they were working on that but from my research not one senior had even heard of it. So hopefully the fire department will get a flood of registrations.

We touched on pandemics briefly, mostly we talked about all hazards.

A reporter from our regional paper was there and he took a lot of pictures and asked a lot of questions. Hopefully he is good to us and writes a nice big article.

Overall, I think things went really well and I am very pleased.


Yeah Kate!!!
Big smiles!!

Wow, tis is such good news! Newspaper articles will certainly bring the issue to the forefront and it sounds like you are really reaching people in your area.

I love your idea about the registration forms. People in my area are reluctant to give their information to others. There is a lot of fear about where that information will end up and how it will be used.

I will have to contact my senior services agency in town and see if they are doing this and what the feedback from people has been.

Thanks again for this idea...Kudos!!!!

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

(Extending the culture of life.)


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Standing Firm, If you want
send me a email at pelhamresilience@yahoo.com (just let me know here since I hardly ever check that email) and I can send you the regiastration form. There is no town on it so anyone can use it.

After your successful K Mart presentation we have discussed doing the same at our local grocery store when the weather warms up in the spring.

Thanks for the words of encourement!


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Well Done, BK!
Again, another successful venture in the name of Moms and getting the word out! This grassroots movement IS going to be the most successful way to  educate the public!

Keep it up and keep us posted! -k

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