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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Posted by preparedcitizens on October 10, 2008

Economic Collapse Fatigue, Flu Fatigue, Disaster Fatigue

Sometimes the urge to turn it ALL off is overwhelming. For me, and for a time, I throw up my hands and say “whatever”. I put the Issues on the “back burner”, heat turned down to barely on. With such a wide array of troubles the urge to just walk away from it all is tempting. But then there are times to just forge ahead even through the fatigue. Sometimes one does not have the luxury of “putting away” what is troubling.

Sometimes we just have to button up our yellow, hooded rain slicker and walk boldly forward without looking to the left or to the right. My father used to call it “keeping my nose to the grindstone”. And that is just what it feels like.

It is easier to do this if you are first prepared with the yellow hooded rain slicker. What I mean is…preparing the mind BEFORE the crisis is a wonderful gift not to be overlooked or easily dismissed. So many times we say, should have, would have, could have. Well…those are not words that we have to say later for now we can, prepare while the sun is still out I mean.

And then there is this new warning. A warning about fatigue about the warnings.

Along with warnings of flu fatigue, we sometimes hear the term “adjustment reaction”. It’s the roller coaster array of emotions that we experience when learning how very dangerous our world has become. We all find our ways of coping with this, most folks do wonderfully. Some folks really struggle with them. One thing is for sure, we all experience them a different times throughout our lives. Going away to college, death of a loved one, our own illnesses, loss of a pet, these all call for adjustments and we react during them.

At times and for a time, our reactions may not be so healthy. Sometimes we turn to whatever is available to help us through the day. The use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, comfort eating, these all dull that nervous, roiling, turning in our gut provoked by anxiety or overwhelming sadness. There are good ways to deal with these things too…we know that exercise, a balanced diet, prayer, talking things over with a trusted friend, all have a good effect on our outlook. These are all preparedness things that we need to think about ahead of any crisis. Planning how you will cope may give you the edge that you will need.

I have learned in my own life that im-moderation (is it a word?) is something to pay attention to. It’s both a symptom and a cause. It adds to the burdens that we carry rather than lessening them. When you have lost your ability to be moderate then the problem of adjusting is just being delayed.

Faith is a wonderful comfort in a storm and outside of one too. But that is me. I work out my salvation with fear and trembling daily but I do not impress this on others.

Endurance, resilience, life.  Eventually we must deal with the emotional baggage in our lives.

The college aged student who is partying a little too much, avoiding the homesickness or loss of childhood friends etc., must buckle down and do their schoolwork or else their college career will end. The challenge is in recognizing that we may not be coping and knowing the steps to take to get back on track.

Our world and its order of conducting business are changing. Even nature seems to be groaning.

Whether you agree with me that it is or it isn’t, change sure doesn’t seem to be waiting for us. Whether good or bad it is coming, fast and furiously.

We will need all of the preparation we can muster; spiritual, mental, physical, in the days ahead.

John McCain, Barak Obama, globalization, pandemic flu, warming, cooling, economic collapse, the use of technology, ethical consideration about the application of science in our lives, peak oil…. we cannot avoid the issues and we cannot avoid the choices that are being made on our behalf. And they are being made. Our awareness of them is a choice that we make. To be involved – or not – that is the choice.

How I walk through these times is by focusing on what brings glory to God. The goodness that I can bring to family and friends – that is my focus.

In order to get through my own adjustment reactions I have learned that action works best for me. Assisting others, communicating, “paying it forward,” bringing a smile to someone all help me to cope.

In order to do this I reach into that very special place where time ceases to exist and eternal truths reign. First preparing spiritually…then everything else follows.

We still have freedom to choose our own way. That too may soon change – peace and safety may be guaranteed by men or man but it is a false guarantee. The world has never known a time of complete peace and safety. Anyone who promises such….

So for today we still have freedom. We have the freedom and ability to prepare our homes, our families, our lives.

What a wonderful opportunity to be good stewards. What a wonderful blessing.

[I must be fatigued, once again I posted my rough draft…ah, the irony of it all]

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