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Community Sandbox (An Open Thread)

by: DemFromCT

Thu Nov 23, 2006 at 10:54:35 AM EST

We have made a new post at the yellow Forum entitled How to Navigate the NEW Flu Wiki Forum. I included screen shots to help newbies navigate. Stop by and add your tips!!

Happy Thanksgiving!! What can the community help you with today?

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Poem: Stay Away From the Flu

by: Public_Health_Networker

Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 20:19:50 PM EDT

It is nice to get a flu shot it's true
But if you can't here is what you can do

Tiny droplets of flu are out for you
Stay away from the droplets - stay away from the flu

If someone is sick stay three feet away
Or a sneeze or cough may spray droplets your way

And don't touch your eyes or nose or mouth
Cause droplets of virus come in by that route

Your food can bring droplets of virus to you
So first clean your hands and I'll give you a clue

Can't find a sink - don't know what to do
Use hand sanitizer, always carry with you

Place a dime size amount in the palm of the hand
And rub over both hands the best that you can

If these do not work, there is medicine too
But you have to take it within two days of flu

I hope this poem helps you not get the flu
But if you do, try not to spread it too

Coughing at someone just is not fair
Cough or sneeze into a tissue with care

And if there is no tissue that's okay too
Sneeze away and down, your sleeve will do

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Redoubt Volcano Latest

by: Humanitarian

Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 05:25:02 AM EDT

Redoubt Volcano Latest Observations
2009-03-27 00:55:24
An explosive series of eruptions that began at 11:47PM AKDT continue.

Alaska Volcano Observatory - Redoubt - Activity Page
Seismic station locations at Redoubt volcano. (Click to view full-size image.) ..... High level ash (above 30000 feet) is forecast to pass over Anchorage, ...

Guidance for homes, businesses, & communities

Ash clean up in Anchorage, Alaska, after eruption of Mount Spurr in 1992Taking action before, during, and after an ash fall can prevent or reduce many of the damaging effects of ash. Removing ash requires disposal sites and coordination among individuals and households, community organizations, and businesses.
| Actions to take | Ash clean-up |

Managing ash fall in Yakima, Washington, from the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Overview by Dick Zais, City Man more at: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/ash/

Heavy ash fall may result in the collapse of roofs under the weight of ash and high levels of respirable ash in the air (ash particles less than 10 microns in diameter). The collapse of roofs can be deadly for people within buildings, but falling ash is not yet known to result in serious injury or disease from inhalation. Ash and coarser particles inhaled from within a hot, dense pyroclastic flow or surge, however, almost always results in death from burns or asphyxiation. People exposed to ash fall and subsequent ash-filled air commonly experience various eye, nose, and throat symptoms. Based on historical eruptions, short-term exposures to ash, however, are not known to pose a significant health hazard. Long-term health effects of volcanic ash have not yet been demonstrated.

People should avoid unnecessary exposure to ash and wear an effective face mask when outside to reduce inhalation of ash particles. Patients with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma should take special precaution to avoid exposure to ash particles and be aware that the use of any respirator other than single-use (disposable) respirator may cause additional cardio-pulmonary stress.
Medical services can expect an increase number of patients with respiratory and eye symptoms during and after ash fall. People will generally be very concerned about the effects of ash, and questions usually arise about the content of the ash, particularly regarding the minerals quartz, cristobalite, or tridymite. These are free crystalline silica known to cause silicosis, a disabling and potential fatal lung disease typically found in miners and quarry workers exposed to high concentrations of siliceous dust over long periods of time. Exposure to respirable-sized free crystalline silica from most ash falls are typically of short duration (days to weeks), and data suggests that the recommended respirable exposure limit of 50 micrograms/m3 of air can be exceeded for short periods of times for the general population.

more at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/ash/...

And for Live infos


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Dear President Obama

by: Achak

Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 09:29:34 AM EST

I have a Dream,

As the difficulties piles Up, the newly elected President Obama, I believe, Can make a Difference.

I have been devoted in reducing morbidity and mortality for so many years that today in this cold Winter of January 2009 I have a Wish, a simple Wish.

As a First Nation Individual I understand fairly well the Importance of the Sense of Belonging. (reducing so much morbidities)

A Socio-Economic Guard is made by the regional State Federal HQ.  Its objective is to Strengten the Infrastructures cf to DemfromCT at Flu Wiki on the state of our infrastructures.

Solar Energy for Aquedu of cities.

Regional regulations on food basics.

Federal regulations for Public and Industrial Health

Public Health Critical Summities presenting pressing issues.

Coordonnate by Mr Daschle.

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How to create a daily news summary -- NEW, streamlined version!

by: AlohaOR

Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 17:32:49 PM EST

If you enjoy reading the daily news on Flu Wiki, please consider joining the "news aggregator" team.

This diary explains how it's done, step by step.  

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Emergency operations Centers (EOC) 101 - for Pandemics

by: Kobie

Tue Sep 30, 2008 at 14:21:25 PM EDT

  Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) take over becomming the brains of any disaster response. They can be pressure cookers for even short term events. A good EOC facilitates command and control during a pandemic without spreading H5N1.

 As hurricane Ike blew through many news crews showed local EOCs in action on portable tables and news cards taped to laptops.

 There is a better way to plan for a pandemic which will last longer with less help.  

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Searching Flu Wiki Forum

by: DemFromCT

Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 16:16:28 PM EDT

Flu Wiki is a large site, and searching can help you find things.

The simplest way to search is the Search box to the left. You can search either diaries or comments. if you click 'advanced search', you can also search for users, the name of specific posters, 'comments by' (DemFromCT, e.g.), or comments that include DemFromCT.

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Ineternet Forums, Bloggers & Wikis Lobby

by: Snowy Owl

Tue Apr 01, 2008 at 06:59:46 AM EDT

Salutations to all,

Thanks you GW on your comments on the internet grid in a pandemic.

Now is the time to make all efforts so that we stay up, and diffuse  printable pertinent documents and comments on how to cope, individually, in a restrain group, at districts levels, locally. regionnally, and in sectors (sorry I ignore the english word.

Now is the time to push the authorities to help us to secure our accessibilty even if it means to change servers and agreeing to stay within some communications parameters and modus operandi.

We are, all together reducing the burden of Public services, we can tactically coordonnated bi-lateral fonctions with authorities.

We have to make the demonstration that we can row towards the same direction apolitically, solely to become a Public Health Services.

All together, Forums, Bloggers  Wikis and Medical Sites have already demonstrate some efficiency, It has been recognised by many Officials Orgs, institutions and gov agencies.

But in order to get in the Emergency Communicatiosn Loop. we must stop being counter productive to Public Governmental Services, even if we do not agree, we can refuse to cross the bridge once at the river.

This is not a redux of Vichy, this is a humanitarian choice.

The more we want to reduce morbidity and mortality the more we will converge, reach a lobby forces, coordonnates and we might have a fair chances to have some of us permently up during a major disaster.

I have started a thread at Flu Trackers
Called Project Permanence
Flu Wikians can deliberate here and post what they want to share  in the Ft thread, the same invitation will be send to all interventionists.

Lets give it a try please


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Finding, not searching, for stuff on the internet

by: Kobie

Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 14:15:19 PM EST

  This is to help you find stuff on the intenet either because the FluWiki is down or the answer is not there. IMHO this is a good skill to have before a pandemic. During a pandemic one should be acting not looking for the manual.
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Quarantine Post 9/11

by: minrlwtr

Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 20:23:08 PM EST

Intresting new book out caled Quarantine Post 911  http://www.lulu.com/content/16...
A Citizens Guide to Survival Preparedness for Pandemic & Bioterrorism Related Illness Do You Actually Know What It Will Be like to Be Placed in Quarantine or Isolation? Do You Know What Legal Basis The Government Will Use To Halt Travel, Barricade Roads, Detain Tourists, And Force Inoculations? This Is But A Few Of The Measures The Government Plans To Impose On The Public Should An Epidemic Break Out In The United States. Are You And Your Family Prepared For This Likely Event? Will You Be Able To Cope? Get the Inside Story and Facts You Need To Know Before The Next Pandemic Strikes or The Avian Flu Mutates. This Book Was Researched And Written by an Emergency Management Administration And Planning Specialist Who Wants To Share His Knowledge And Increase Your Chances Of Survival
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Guide to working with Mayor and council

by: Kobie

Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 12:26:35 PM EST

  Version 0.5 at helping people understand and assist mayor and local goverments see the way to, through and past pandemic.
 Offers positive reasons to start preparations, take pandemic seriously while endorsing and empoweing local groups to train the citizens.

 Please let me know what you think.
 Please let me know what should be added.
 Please let me know if the tone is too strong

 Citations and references to follow.

Thanks in advance,

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Questions To Ask at WSU Pandemic Conference

by: ChuckE

Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 08:24:24 AM EDT

Fluwikians! I need your input.  I am attending a conference this Friday and I was looking for questions that I might ask. Here is what will be talked about:


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Rescources for those With chronic medical conditions

by: Kobie

Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 13:45:59 PM EDT

  List of chronic conditions, which ones have substitutes, which ones do not and which ones require trained medical help.

  A list of web sites will follow. The list of chronic medical conditions turned out to be a long, very long, debate.

  This is a start - please add your thoughts.

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Another New Thing of Interest

by: Melanie

Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 16:14:53 PM EDT

Today is the launch date of a new "all hazards" website called Evolving Earth.  I'm a partner in the organization which created it.

The mission is very much like that of the wiki:  to harvest the wisdom of the hive mind for all hazards.  The link will take you there, go and have a look.

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Fluwiki Logo Graphics

by: urdar

Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 20:18:34 PM EDT

( - promoted by Bronco Bill)

Graphic files etc for the fluwiki sites and the FW pandemic awareness symbol.

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"How To" sites

by: Bronco Bill

Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 11:53:06 AM EDT

( - promoted by MaMa)

Use this diary to help build a list of "How To" sites.  How To start prepping, How To cook your preps, How To filter water and store it, How To shelter-in-place. We all need help with at least some of these things.

There is also a Wiki page here where we can list and store all of your ideas.

Please jump in and help!

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Grassroots Actions- Letter Writing Campaigns

by: ESP

Thu Jun 14, 2007 at 14:15:03 PM EDT

So while we wait for a 'kit' from HHS sometime this fall, what do we do in the meantime? Yes, we continue to prep. We continue to monitor the situation. We continue to try to use our spheres of influence on whomever we can, but can we do more? Can our group actions as a grassroots organization prove that the sum is greater than the parts?

Letter writing campaigns are one type of grassroots activism. Fairly passive, but at least at the congressional level, can be fairly effective.

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A Better Story To Be In (Part 3)

by: KathyinFL

Tue May 29, 2007 at 14:34:38 PM EDT

( - promoted by DemFromCT)

Continuation of the fictional pandemic scenario.
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Water Diary

by: Larry G

Fri Apr 27, 2007 at 16:45:06 PM EDT

I thought I would begin a diary for water treatment and storage.
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Don't know where to start.

by: annfromNC

Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 16:49:52 PM EDT

Hello everyone I am annfromNC and I am new here and I was just wondering if anyone could please give me some suggestions on how,where,and what to do to start prepping.
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