Prepared Citizens

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Previous Posts

  • Michael Osterholm Quotes:

    “What we need to be doing now is the basic planning of how we get our communities through 12 to 18 months of a pandemic.”

    “Ninety-five out of 100 will live. But with the nation in crisis, will we have food and water? Are we going to have police and security? Will people come to work at all?”

    “It's the perfect setup. Then you put air travel in and it could be around the world overnight.”

    “We can predict now 12 to 18 months of stress of watching loved ones die, of wondering if you are going to have food on the table the next day. Those are all things that are going to mean that we are going to have to plan -- unlike any other crisis that we have had in literally the last 80-some years in this country.”

  • US Health and Human Services

    Secretary Michael Leavitt

    "If there is one message on pandemic preparedness that I could leave today that you would remember, it would be this:

    Any community that fails to prepare with the expectation that the federal government or for that matter the state government will be able to step forward and come to their rescue at the final hour will be tragically wrong,

    not because government will lack a will, not because we lack a collective wallet, but because there is no way that you can respond to every hometown in America at the same time."
  • Joseph C. Napoli, MD of Resiliency LLC

    "I think a new meaning is evolving for resiliency and resilience.

    In some contexts the words are being used to mean the strength to resist being impacted by an adverse event rather than either the “capacity to rebound” or “act of rebounding” from adversity.

    Therefore, resiliency and resilience appear to be assuming the meaning of fortitude, that is, “the strength or firmness of mind that enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage or to bear pain or adversity without despondency” as defined in the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

    If so, we are coming full circle with science accepting a religious moral virtue – fortitude – as written in the Bible’s Book of Wisdom"

  • Faith Based Resources

    John Piper
    Jonathan Edwards
    Pink-Saving Faith
    Pink-Christian Ethics

    "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves"
    (2 Corinthians 13:5).

    Why Faith Groups Must Care

    When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper


    Be Not Afraid
    Overcoming the fear of Death
    by Johann Christoph Arnold

    While I am not a professional journalist, I do embrace the code of ethics put forth by the Society of Professional Journalists and the statement of purpose by the Association of Health Care Journalists and above all else I strive to "do no harm".

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  • Definitions

    from Wikipedia

    Pandemic Influenza

    An influenza pandemic is an epidemic of the influenza virus that spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large proportion of the human population.

    In contrast to the regular seasonal epidemics of influenza, these pandemics occur irregularly, with the 1918 Spanish flu the most serious pandemic in recent history.

    Pandemics can cause high levels of mortality, with the Spanish influenza being responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people.

    There have been about 3 influenza pandemics in each century for the last 300 years. The most recent ones were the Asian Flu in 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu in 1968.

    Seasonal Influenza

    Flu season is the portion of the year in which there is a regular outbreak in flu cases.

    It occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere.

    Flu activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish.

    Individual cases of the flu however, usually only last a few days. In some countries such as Japan and China, infected persons sometimes wear a surgical mask out of respect for others.

    Avian (Bird) Flu
    Avian influenza,

    sometimes Avian flu, and commonly Bird flu refers to "influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds."

    "Bird flu" is a phrase similar to "Swine flu", "Dog flu", "Horse flu", or "Human flu" in that it refers to an illness caused by any of many different strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host.

    All known viruses that cause influenza in birds belong to the species: Influenza A virus.

    All subtypes (but not all strains of all subtypes) of Influenza A virus are adapted to birds, which is why for many purposes avian flu virus is the Influenza A virus (note that the "A" does not stand for "avian").
    Adaptation is non-exclusive.

    Being adapted towards a particular species does not preclude adaptations, or partial adaptations, towards infecting different species.

    In this way strains of influenza viruses are adapted to multiple species, though may be preferential towards a particular host.

    For example, viruses responsible for influenza pandemics are adapted to both humans and birds.

    Recent influenza research into the genes of the Spanish Flu virus shows it to have genes adapted to both birds and humans; with more of its genes from birds than less deadly later pandemic strains.

    H5N1 Strain

    Influenza A virus subtype H5N1, also known as A(H5N1) or simply H5N1, is a subtype of the Influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.

    A bird-adapted strain of H5N1, called HPAI A(H5N1) for "highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1", is the causative agent of H5N1 flu, commonly known as "avian influenza" or "bird flu".

    It is enzootic in many bird populations, especially in Southeast Asia. One strain of HPAI A(H5N1) is spreading globally after first appearing in Asia.

    It is epizootic (an epidemic in nonhumans) and panzootic (affecting animals of many species, especially over a wide area), killing tens of millions of birds and spurring the culling of hundreds of millions of others to stem its spread.

    Most references to "bird flu" and H5N1 in the popular media refer to this strain.

    As of the July 25, 2008 FAO Avian Influenza Disease Emergency Situation Update, H5N1 pathogenicity is continuing to gradually rise in wild birds in endemic areas but the avian influenza disease situation in farmed birds is being held in check by vaccination.

    Eleven outbreaks of H5N1 were reported worldwide in June 2008 in five countries (China, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam) compared to 65 outbreaks in June 2006 and 55 in June 2007.

    The "global HPAI situation can be said to have improved markedly in the first half of 2008 [but] cases of HPAI are still underestimated and underreported in many countries because of limitations in country disease surveillance systems".

    Pandemic Severity Index

    The Pandemic Severity Index (PSI) is a proposed classification scale for reporting the severity of influenza pandemics in the United States.

    The PSI was accompanied by a set of guidelines intended to help communicate appropriate actions for communities to follow in potential pandemic situations. [1]

    Released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 1, 2007, the PSI was designed to resemble the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

    From the Massachusetts Health and Human Services


    refers to separating people who are ill from other people to prevent the spread of a communicable disease.


    refers to separating and restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a communicable disease and are not yet ill.
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Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 5, 2008

My country, not my government (blue or red) is the land of the free and the home of the brave. My country – It’s all about the people, the citizens, friends, family and co-workers, casual acquaintances and illegal aliens, people who are within our borders.

People have asked me so many times why I do what I do. Why I warn all who will listen, and some who do not, to get your house in order now. I can say without misgivings that I do not do this for the “government”. Love of country does not mean love of government. Government – the entity made up of hundreds of human hearts capable of great courage, valor and integrity, the polar opposite qualities and a full spectrum of heart states in the middle.

To say that my focus is primarily on all of my countrymen would be a bit of a misrepresentation. I will tell any and all who will hear to prepare their homes for tough times ahead but my heart is aching for innocent children, the homeless, the disabled and anyone else who cannot prepare themselves for what is ahead. My heart aches for those who are already struggling. And I pray for their strength and courage to endure. 

My truth to government is – they aren’t being forewarned and, yes, this is unconscienable. Whose responsibility to tell them? Does this REALLY matter? We all should be telling each other. Truth to government – with all the resources that the taxpayers of this land have provided we should be hearing a louder shout. One that will allow ALL citizens can hear. Yes, timing is critical and we are in uncharted waters to some extent but the more I work at this the more I realize that it takes a LONG time to inspire change when people are confused and afraid. My fear is that our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, young and old, will fall through the cracks….and this too is unconscienable. I am afraid of what happens to us when the others suffer around us and we stand idly by either by choice or lack of fortitude or because we do not know whose report to trust – their are consequences for all of us when we harden our hearts like this.

I do believe “That government is best which governs least.” – Thomas Paine

The truth is: We ALL have the right to know, at the level of each ones understanding, [i.e., messages for the hearing impaired and messages on the subway walls] of any threats that we are under as a nation whether they are biological, military, or otherwise, which will have a significant impact on our lives on our own soil.

I am aware of the difficulties in determining the most appropriate way to disclose this information. And I know many people are working on this throughout the country from all walks of life. I pray that we do not allow confusion to keep us all from doing what is right for knowing what is the right path to take. ALL people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The key to this in the future is having information now. The problem is who can we trust? 

Truth to citizens – “That government is best which governs least.” places the responsibility on us. Government changes. In the process of this change WE must be vigilant. We must be prepared. We must be ready to hold the line. We must safeguard each other.

We have a problem.

Speaking only for myself I can honestly say that I DO have trust issues when it comes to leadership and those who govern over us. Blue or red really does not matter. I have trusted church, family and government and have been bitterly disappointed. It is downright confusing. When there is confusion of this magnitude I put what is triggering it aside to examine another day and I focus on how I can best work around what I can do nothing about. Threats are like this. There are so many so let’s cut to the chase.

I look at the worst case scenario while I pray for the best outcome possible.

The prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself: But the simple pass on and are punished. Proverbs 22:3 (KJV)

Truth is: we could have the worst pandemic, the worst government, the most chaos in society, any and every threat come true and the bottom line is preparedness now will help us endure. We also may not have a pandemic for 20 years, the best government, the most stability and not see any threat come to fruition for many, many, years. The end result then…we have a house in order, a greater ability to help those in need, more time to enjoy life and shop less.

There is absolutely nothing confusing about the preparedness approach and nothing at all to lose from taking this path.


One Response to “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”

  1. nigelthomas said

    Good article. We need to keep Bird Flu at the forefront of every business manager’s mind. It won’t go away so better start preparing.

    Nigel Thomas
    For free references and tools go to Bird Flu Manual Online or, if you need more comprehensive tutorials and templates, consider Bird Flu D-I-Y eManual for business preparedness and survival.

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