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Family Preparedness Information

by: AlohaOR

Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 02:45:43 AM EDT

Post links here for your favorite basic family preparedness information sources.
AlohaOR :: Family Preparedness Information
Here are some of my favorites:

Comprehensive Sources

Get Pandemic Ready:Collection of short, easy to use PDF guides on family preparedness: www.GetPandemicReady.org

codeReady by Hennepin County, MN: https://www.codeready.org/inde...

Preparing for a Swine Flu (H1N1) Pandemic by the American Red Cross (2 pp.): English or Spanish pdf files

Pandemic Influenza Preparation and Response: A Citizen's Guide by Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters (71 pp.): May 2009 update

Emergency Home Preparation: a library of links and resources compiled by ReadyMom: http://emergencyhomepreparatio...

Home Health Care

Your Guide to Pandemic Flu Care in the Home by Howard County, MD (4 pp.): http://www.bepreparedbeready.o...

Stay at Home Toolkit for Influenza,y Montgomery County, MD (32 pp.): http://www.montgomerycountymd....

Good Home Treatment of Influenza by Dr. Grattan Woodson (about 34 pp.): downloadable options


Emergency Water Purification from GetPandemicReady.org (2 pp.): pdf

Emergency Water Supplies and Treatment by Colorado State University Extension: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/p...

Food and Water in an Emergency from FEMA and American Red Cross (16 pp.): http://www.epa.gov/safewater/

Food and Food Preparation

Food: Getting Started from GetPandemicReady.org (3 pp.): pdf

Small Spaces, Small Budgets by Average Concerned Mom (26 pp.): pdf

Bare Basics Cook Plan, a step-by-step plan for getting started with low-cost food storage, including recipes to use the stored food, by Average Concerned Mom (11 pp.): pdf

Food storage calculator spreadsheet: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net...

Directions for making vagabond stoves, buddy burners and box ovens (Note: buddy burners should only be made in plain cans without plastic coating on the inside): http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com...

Haybox cooking directions for retained heat slow-cooking with improvised materials (2 pp.): pdf

Solar cooking plans for a wide variety of solar cooking devices: http://solarcooking.org/plans/

Alternative cooking methods using improvised materials (flower pot, cookie tin, etc.): http://guidezone.e-guiding.com...


Hygiene: Waste from GetPandemicReady.org (3 pp.): pdf

Infection Control and Water Purification Using Household Bleach by Dr. Grattan Woodson: http://birdflumanual.com/artic...


Basic Emergency Supply Kit recommendations (for a very short-term emergency situation) from Ready.gov: http://www.ready.gov/america/g...

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Online tool

Has an online emergency plan tool that you can then print, as well as update online.

Thanks AlohaOR!
It's great to have all these links in one place!  :)

OTC Medications
Can anyone direct me to a list of recommended OTC medications to have on hand to help with flu symptoms? Seems like it would need to include nausea and diarrhea now, as this is a reported symptom of H1N1. I'm trying to find an actual list of recommended products.

Thanks in advance. And thank you for this excellent post. It is a good resource.  

There's a good OTC medication for diarrhea - Imodium is the brand name, but it's available as a generic - I just ordered a bottle of 350 caplets from Amazon for less than $10 because my stockpile expired three years ago.  Of course, I've used some recently and it's still good, but I thought I'd update the stash since it's so cheap.

Good OTC meds for nausea are hard to find - my family doc had no problems writing a script for Compazine and one for Phenergan for us to keep in the house, just because when you really need something like that it's often pretty hard to get to a pharmacy to buy it.  Not easy to drive and throw up at the same time, and all that.

I have in the past used a drug called meclizine for nausea, and some people have used dramamine - primarily motion sickness meds, I think.  If you live where marijuana is legal, it's got a reputation for being a good treatment for nausea.

I don't have an actual list, just what I know from past experience.

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you might want to check out
You might want to check out Dr. Woodson's recommendations for OTC meds for flu. His Guide is on the main page of the old site (I don't know how to do links, I know, remedial of me!).Just so you know, I am pretty sure I read somewhere NOT to treat diarrhea with flu with immodium. I know that I read in Where There Is NO Doctor that it is good to let viral diarrhea to run its course as long as hydration is maintained (with ORS). It flushes the virus out. WTIND does not like immodium or other anti-diarrheals in most cases.

I use ginger and meclizine (OTC in the US) for nausea. Ginger has been clincially proven in good mainstreme studies to be as good as meclizine. I buy candied ginger to suck/chew for when I am sick.

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Just so you know
Naturopathic physicians and Acupuncturists are licensed in some but not all states. You should know that they would never recommend using OTC medications such as Pepto Bismal or NSAIDS (non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs).

Just the opposite. They will use herbs and formulas that help the body to eliminate such as gentle laxatives. And herbs that support the immune system.

Herbal medicine is being used for the swine flu by licensed and unlicensed practitioners, all over the world. But most people will never know.

It saddens me that most Americans don't know about alternatives to Tamiflu. The politics around this issue are red hot in this country. But not in other countries like China where they used many herb formulas for SARS.

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I think I've had ...
... 'proper' flu a couple of times in my life and I know how awful the symptoms can be. I know I'd have done anything at the time to alleviate the symptoms but I too would question the use of a cocktail of OTC medicines. We have blind faith that these drugs are doing us good when we simply don't know how our bodies will react and if they are, in fact, making things worse.

I've always wondered why we try to reduce a fever when this is the body's most powerful defence mechanism against infection. Isn't this also the case with vomiting and diarrhoea - the body's attempt to rid itself of dangerous toxins arising from infection?

There is no doubt that pharmaceutical drugs have saved millions of lives over the last few decades but have we become over-reliant on too many of them? I know some GPs who privately believe that most have no place outside the emergency room and do far more damage than good.

When Pasteur stole his ideas from Bechamp, he also ignored the holistic side of Bechamp's work and focused on addressing the symptoms of illness rather than identifying the underlying causes. This approach has prevailed ever since and the 'medicine cabinet' readily available in our herbs and foodstuffs is now lambasted as being 'alternative' and unproven.

If one had a severe form of influenza, would OTCs help or could they actually hinder the body's own attempts to defend itself?

I'm off on a soap-box tangent (again) but I think this is all relevant and hugely important for our future health. Opinions/destruction of my arguments welcome!

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Can you recommend
a good website for some alternative home treatment information for influenza?  

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I found one already, right here on this very page. Sorry.  

FWIW I was able to get the necessary quantities of OTC meds for our family of 6 fairly inexpensively from Amazon.com. They had everything Dr. Woodson suggests in his home health care guide.

CIDRAP Promising Practices - Personal preparedness
AlohaOR:  Great diary.  Thanks for pulling this together.  

Many resources have been collected at CIDRAP's Promising Practices site:


And for those that need to cross-check any of these against the "official line"  the Individual and Family Preparedness page on the US Government's web site - http://www.pandemicflu.gov/pla...  has some good materials, including a checklist of information and resources you may need in a pandemic: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/pla...

It's good to have around in case anyone you are dealing with is in denial about the threat and has a low opinion of stuff from the internets.  

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

aded preps tag
and promoted to top of preps list.

When you click preps tag, this diary will now come up first.

Thank you, Dem (n/t)

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Pandemic Flu Toolkit for Early Childcare Providers and Families
From the Los Angeles County Public Healtth Department (pdf)

It is 150 pages and hasn't been updated to reflect the pandemic declaration, but includes good preparedness/prevention information and checklists for schools, childcare providers and families.  It also includes activities to teach children about hygiene (hand-washing, cover your cough).


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