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  • 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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Why Prepare?

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 5, 2008

If I thought that a pandemic would sound the death knell to our society and beyond I would not be putting all this effort into preparedness. I would live for the day and make it the best day possible. The truth is I don’t see this as the end of the world as we know it. We will get through a pandemic. I have prepared as best we can spiritually, emotionally and physically and we are now planning for our future.

As a student of history I realize that over the last 50+ years we have enjoyed a standard of living that is unprecedented in our countries history. I know that times change and adversity buffets us.  I also know that adversity strengthens us. None of us wants these rough patches but when they emerge we endure and actually learn and grow. Tremendous advances have been made during some of the worst times that we have endured so far. We grow when we are challenged. And we are facing challenges.

As “the public” we have various responses to all these doom and gloom threats and possibilities of disaster, we feel pressured, stressed and have to fight the urge to bury our head in the sand or even “act out”. We are responding to the hormones that are produced by our bodies because of the stressful situation. It takes a certain amount of effort to find appropriate outlets for the baser emotions. I used to respond by lashing out at whoever was within earshot. This just isn’t a healthy way for anyone involved. Rage happens until we become disastified with the turmoil it creates. Now I pray for restraint, patience, and a clean heart before I let my feet hit the floor in the morning. I have to because I can be a real bear. Allowing myself to just react is selfish and the truth is what I can become turns my stomach.

While we are living in a time of turmoil, we will make it through WHATEVER comes our way. But it will take a certain amount of effort on everyone’s part. How well we live during any time of trouble is up to us. Whether we eat earthworms or caviar is determined by our level of preparedness as individuals and families but we will eat. Whether we have potassium iodide tablets in order to protect us during an attack, masks to protect us during an outbreak of infectious disease, or a method to purify water during some other emergency is up to us. Whether we live at each others throat or we make a concerted effort to be civil and helpful to each other is up to us. We have free will and help is always available. Times change, lives change, the world changes and we must be responsive to our environment. We must adapt.

As a woman of faith I know that prayers are answered sometimes through divine intervention. Most times though God works through our fellow man. I have been the recipient of many blessings at the hands of such individuals. I could list the names of about a hundred selfless people just off the top of my head. Individuals who have worked tirelessly for the benefit of us all whose motivations are simply to reduce suffering by urging us to prepare ahead of an “event”.

So people who push preparedness on us. Are they fear mongerers or do they have a message that they we ALL must hear and act on?

The truth is, preparedness reduces fear. Action is a powerful antidote to anxiety. Going forward even when we fear gives us confidence. A fear mongerer would say there is nothing we can do to mitigate anything. But this is NOT the message. There are things we can do. And it is time that we do them.

Get Pandemic Ready – Get “whatever” ready

Prep ON!


2 Responses to “Why Prepare?”

  1. An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.DanRatherDan Rather

  2. preparedcitizens said

    I am sorry if I offended you “Survival Pack” when I deleted your original comment. It is difficult to determine whether or not a comment is motivated by advertising or something to regarded as a thoughtful and serious response.

    Yes, I realize that I can be somewhat pompous sounding at times. I am working on that. I think that you would be hard-pressed to find someone who is more painfully aware of her shortcomings.

    That being said I posted your snipe because a) I thought it a wonderfully humorous approach to critique. And I heard the William Tell Overture not too long ago and I found myself trying to recall why I turned it off. It was precisely because I could hear “The Lone Ranger”. It must have been a beautiful piece of music when it did not carry such a stigma.

    Ah, such is life.

    Anyway, thank you for responding. In my little corner of the woods I take all I can get :)

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