Prepared Citizens

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

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  • 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
    Reformation
    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

    Stand

    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



    Isolation


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



    Quarantine


    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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Do You See What I See

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 15, 2008

The Final Judgment

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.

Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 

And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.

‘ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them,’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.

‘ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

“Sick”, “least of these”….”did not minister” to them……this is what we are doing to Him.

Anyone who knows me, knows that this is about the biggest affront to my heart that there is. That is when the Holy Spirit is grieved, rejected, maligned, abused – I have to turn away. I have to wipe the dust from my feet and move on.

“First, do no harm”, here is that tried and true principle that we have almost always accepted in our society. Not only are we not ministering to the least of these, we are killing the least of these. Most assuredly just as we crucified Christ in our sins and deeds we are doing it again by proxy and in some cases being the beneficiaries of the actions of those who are doing so.

THIS IS OUR LEGACY

Going in to battle with the plagues, pestilences, and trouble all over the world which is ahead, this has been our recent track record. What we do now has everything to do with what we will do in the days ahead.

I hope that this awareness makes others as uncomfortable as it made me when it hit me like the 2×4 that it is. Yet, I suspect many will think of this as just a little more foolishness from a “religious buffoon”.

So why not just let it all out.

Abortion, is an attempt at control.

For those faced with the dilemma….don’t believe the lies and don’t fall prey to the believing that abortion is good for you, a kindness to your ill baby, a burden lifted from your family, or from your life.

Abortion is not giving you freedom, it is about enslaving you.

Abortion isn’t an answer to your problem it is ensuring the death of those just like you in the future, your children. You are  flushing your future down the drain, literally. Your ancestors and your progeny are being wiped out with a sure swipe. This IS the lie that you are believing – that it is all okay to do. You are being lauded a hero for making a tough decision and putting others first when in actuality that decision needed to happen quite a bit sooner.

But know this, if you fall prey to the lie there is a way back, there is always a way back – until the door is closed. Jesus Christ loves the humble and contrite and I know this for a fact.

Abortion puts an end to all the unwanted and imperfect among us…so in the future society will breed a better human.

This is so patently obvious.

What is desired…a tanned, multi faithed, raced, world citizen who is androgynous or bisexual and promiscuously given over and open to all pleasure, and who will never, ever, think outside of the box. A human being who will not be at war with anyone because he is all of them and he will probably speak a form of Euro-speak, a blend of all tongues and languages, and will bow down to the king of the world, a leader who best models that ideal — truly a “world citizen” will be one who does not honor the God proclaimed differences between us.

Difference does not mean we have to be at war or uncivilized toward each other.

And there will always be a remnant who will not be God denying.

So maybe I should write science fiction but that is not too far off from the description of the beast of Revelation and the world that Daniel 3 and 4 describes.

All of our collected works, our efforts, our human heart apart from God, well, Qohelet put it best in his cry…”all is futile under the sun”

Is it our hedonistic pursuit of pleasure which matters in the end?

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.” ~Ecclesiastes 12:13

Abortion has been with us as a source of grief in every society for a very long time. Probably since we left the garden. But never before has the world made it a pleasing and acceptable practice.

The world over, abortion was considered by most as a shame or a blight upon the society it was found in. It has always been a social issue to solve – not encourage and turn a blind eye to.

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Spina Bifida was an early target in the US campaign. Under the auspices of saving these children from a life of pain and suffering we tested, genetically counseled, and scared parents away from embracing their imperfect but still very lovable and meaningful children. A terrible, terrible, heartbreaking disease, yes, but not one that should have ever been a cause to kill the child in the womb.

There are lives, short and/or painful as they may be, that stand as a testimony to a loving, yes loving, God who has compassion on ALL of His creation.

Look to some of those considered to be the least among us, there lives can and have been a testimony to all that God can do amazing things when we allow Him free reign in our lives.

I am sure Joni Eareckson Tada would tell you that a life lived in suffering can also bring a life of wonderful joy and peace. Joni reminds us to…

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.”
–Ephesians 6:7-8

And yet there is a push on to eliminate the least among us. The crippled, the diseased, the infected, the maimed, the incapable, the starving, the poor, the destitute, the drug addicted, the homeless, the prostitutes, even the faithful, the artists, and the Jews – there is simply no room for them in the inn.

I am sure that I am on the list of cast-offs. Be that as it may, I do not care one bit for my own skin.

I do care more about what brings glory to God. What is God honoring, is doing what is in His word.

“‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ ~ Matthew 25:45

The Godly wisdom and advice of my life is to do great kindness to those who ARE truly the least of these – they have no power, they have no voice and increasingly no one to defend them.

What are we doing for and to the least of these? Our society, our world, is attempting to eliminate them. The reason that “the poor we will always have with us” because they are the evidence of who we are by how we treat them – all over the world.

“Heap coals of kindness upon your enemy”.

If you still believe the lie you have come to accept…remember…no one will be able to stand against the lie of the society of the future. There will always be one more group that does not fit in, and they will keep on getting eliminated by the majority who are uncomfortable with their presence. This IS an abomination.

THIS is what we have opened the door to, this is what we must stand against. Not against the woman who has bought into the lie, against the crime itself.

For the woman, and the man, there is forgiveness in Christ Jesus.

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