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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
    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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We Warn About Influenza Because We Care And Because We Aren’t Without Weapons In Our Arsenal

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 6, 2009

The truth is that the numbers of flu cases may actually decrease because human behavior is actually changing. So yes, we do hype influenza. And yes, we do hype what we can do to *mitigate” the season.

A low amount of viral shedding in healthy adults typically occurs for 24–48 hours *before* the illness onset During the beginning of the symptomatic period we shed more virus, typically our infectious period peaks during the first 24–72 hours of illness and then this declines over several days

Highly immunocompromised persons may shed viruses for weeks to months. Children shed viruses earlier than adults much before illness begins and then for longer periods if time once symptoms begin For children viral shedding peaks during the first 1–3 days of illness, and they shed more virus than adults and they can spread influenza for 7–8 days after illness onset and up to 21 days at the extreme atypical end.

Once influenza has resolve no viral shedding occurs.

By heeding this information we can stop spreading illness to others. If you know that you have been exposed stay home or keep your distance from others.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water – friction is the best to kill the bugs. Sing Happy Birthday twice to know that you have washed long enough.
  • Dispose of tissues properly
  • If you are sick, stay home. During local outbreaks-partially close schools by encouraging those who can to stay home. These are our children. They are most important to us. Teachers, be ready to send work home for the children who can stay home. For those with parents that must work class sizes will be greatly reduced.
  • Keep you hands away from your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
  • Sneeze into the crook of your arm, not your hands.

H1N1 is currently spreading throughout the US. It is antiviral resistant. Let’s be prepared to be as safe as we can. H3N2 may be just around the corner and it’s a very bad strain. And all this is very good practice in case H5N1 becomes pandemic, no one will have any resistance to that strain. Knowing how to stay safe, knowing how to use the weapons that we do have, will benefit us then. A pandemic is not the end of the world. There is hope and we are not unable to fight it with proper infection control procedures. Let’s save lives.

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What Are You Throwing Away?

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 2, 2009



Prepare but prepare because we have hope!

Prepare because we have faith!

Prepare most of all because we have love!

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Vaccines: What Are People Really Saying?

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 24, 2008

Countless reports have been published this flu season alone of how much vaccine is going unused.

What comes to mind when you read these reports?

  • Do you automatically assume that those who do not vaccinate are ignorant?
  • Do you automatically assume that their behavior is unnecessarily placing others at risk?

If you do, you are making dangerous assumptions and also elevating your own standards at the expense of others. I believe that we must put others first. This works for vaccinating and the flip side is that it works for not vaccinating. (oh the moderation of it all — simply beautiful wisdom.)

There are plenty of very intelligent people in this country who have concerns about what we are injecting into our bodies, drinking in our water, eating in our food, and breathing in our air. It isn’t God’s creation that we are finding fault with, it is man’s intervention into that creation. And plenty of people have concerns about a growing trend, the reliance on technology in our lives. As I sit here on a wireless laptop listening to my own radio station speaking to hundreds perhaps thousands of people it is hard to see the downside to this…but there is always a flip side…always.

As I have said, I am a vaccinator. I have also appreciated and recognize the advances that are being made in medicine but I also see some danger.

The point of this post is not to harp on what I see as ethical and moral considerations of the use of science and technology in medicine or other areas of our lives, my focus is on what people are saying by their actions. They do not trust, nor do they see the benefit, of some of what is being offered as a benefit to their health and to the health of others in their immediate environment who their lives and decisions have an impact on. How their decisions drive our thinking, that is the thrust here. And that is where I feel a stone burdening my heart.

In the face of extreme pressure will we always respect others freedom to refuse medical treatment or vaccination? I look to some extremes…the forced sterilization and reproduction laws in China are, in my humble opinion, a human rights abuse. And this is dissimilar to the fight to abolish abortion and infanticide the world over. In the first case does a government have a right over the womb when what issues from it, a beautiful child made in God’s image, is a burden on a government? In the second case, the rights of the unborn, who have no voice, are the focus. The choice was made at and leading up to conception, after that point the child must be afforded all the rights under our constitution.

So the question remains and it must be asked now, before a pandemic, before a bioterrorism attack, this is “pre”paredness.

Will the right to opt-out of vaccination, the right to refuse medical treatment, always be respected even when that refusal will have an impact on our neighbor, other family members, our communities. And will the rights of those who refuse be further infringed upon by other measures under our current isolation and quarantine laws?

The heart walks a fine line and history does repeat itself. Different issues, similar responses because as human beings, right or wrong, we generally have the same fears.

So even though, up to THIS point I have been a vaccinator and an encourager of vaccination in it’s current state, this may not be true in the future. Advances in techniques are increasingly ethically precarious and I want the right to refuse without fearing the strong arm of the law by, for instance, being interned over my decision. The internment of the Japanese was not that long ago and I do not think that we adequately addressed this as a country.

It is time to revisit what we have done in the past before we walk so boldly into the future.

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Be Part of The Debate – A National Vaccine Plan

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 8, 2008

Public Input was Requested and according to Lisa Schnirring’s report from CIDRAP, “HHS releases draft of national vaccine plan

In a letter accompanying the draft, Joxel Garcia, MD, MBA, assistant secretary for health at HHS, wrote that the next step involves extensive input on the plan from the public, the vaccine industry, and other stakeholders. He added that HHS’s goal is to finalize the plan by late 2009.”

Unless the goal of having an engaged public changes under the Obama administration (and anything is possible when administrations change), concerned citizens are allowed to be a part of the policy process.


Some background…

from the HHS website:

National Vaccine Program Office
U.S. National Vaccine Plan

Download Documents

2008 Draft Strategic National Vaccine Plan Documents
The 2008 draft strategic National Vaccine Plan is the initial step in updating the 1994 National Vaccine Plan. The NVPO introduction describes the process the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and other federal agencies and Departments followed to create the 2008 draft Plan, as well as how we propose to gather input from non-federal stakeholders to revise this draft into a national Plan. Should you have comments or questions about the draft Plan or our planning process, please email NVPO at

1994 National Vaccine Documents


An event was held this month.

2nd National Stakeholder Meeting. Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan

Event Date:
December 01, 2008

I am waiting for the meeting minutes to be released to the public. I hear that it is an audio feed.

I joined the LISTSERV.


Draft Strategic National Vaccine Plan

November 26, 2008


A check for 2009 events did not list anything having to do with the National Vaccine Plan yet. I will keep checking the site.

As a side note these events are listed on the agenda at Institute of Medicine website and may be of interest to pandemic planners.

Apr 22
Medical Preparedness Forum Lunch Seminars entitled, “Civil Defense for the 21st Century

Apr 7
Medical Preparedness Forum Lunch Seminars entitled, “Civil Defense for the 21st Century

Mar 23
Medical Preparedness Forum Lunch Seminars entitled, “Civil Defense for the 21st Century


Other Resources noted:

The Topics page at the Institute of Medicine is huge and worth reading.

As is the projects page.

Some things of interest that I noted.

Initial Guidance for an Update of the National Vaccine Plan: A Letter Report to the National Vaccine Program Office

The Impact of Globalization on Infectious Disease Emergence and Control: Exploring the Consequences and Opportunities. Workshop Summary

Ensuring an Infectious Disease Workforce: Education and Training Needs for the 21st Century – Workshop Summary


Now I have more reading to do….


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The Great American Smoke Out

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 12, 2008

November 20, 2008

Plan to Quit

Grassroots efforts really can make a difference! And quitting smoking would certainly be a wonderful pandemic preparedness idea! Money from quitting could be spent on preparedness items. Your lungs, and your families lungs, would all benefit. I quit a three pack a day habit in 1983 and have never regretted it.

A Massachusetts resident, Arthur Mullaney, organized the first “smokeout” in 1971. As a guidance counselor in the local high school he was used to hearing students talk about the high cost of a college education. Looking outside he said to his students, “you know, if I could have a nickel for every cigarette butt I see outside we’d have enough money to send all of you to college.”

He asked his community of Randolph to give up smoking for a day and donate the money that they would have spent on tobacco products to a local cause, the high school scholarship fund in town. “I called it ‘Smokeout’,” says Mullaney. “And we had a saying—’light up a student’s future, not a cigarette.'”

Thus Randolph Massachusetts was the first town in the U.S. to quit smoking en masse.

Strike a match, an idea was born from one little comment one one ordinary day.

Students and local businesses pushed the idea forward. By the third year the American Cancer Society began helping with the marketing of the idea. A national campaign was born.

Quitting Resources:

Local Resources

Live Free. Smokefree. Breathe easy, New England!

American Cancer Society-Quitting Preferences Poll


American Cancer Society

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

When Smokers Quit — Benefits of Quitting Over Time

  • 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
    (Effect of Smoking on Arterial Stiffness and Pulse Pressure Amplification, Mahmud, A, Feely, J. 2003. Hypertension:41:183.)
  • 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1988, p. 202)
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp.193, 194,196, 285, 323)
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304)
  • 1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)
  • 5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)
  • 10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.
    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. vi, 131, 148, 152, 155, 164,166)
  • 15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)

More Materials

It’s Time To Quit -Just Do It!

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Novartis Vaccines and PTA Battle Flu

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 11, 2008


  • Partnership aims to provide convenient access to vaccination — helping keep kids and teachers in school and parents at work
  • “Let’s Fight Flu Together!” initiative supports CDC’s new vaccination recommendations which include children six months to 18 years old 1
  • Campaign goal is to increase vaccination rates while supporting PTA with a donation for those vaccinated

Cambridge, MA, November 10, 2008 — Novartis Vaccines announced today a national public health initiative for influenza vaccination for school-aged children, their families and teachers. In an effort to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) broader influenza vaccination recommendations, Novartis Vaccines has partnered with PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and Flu Busters, an on-site vaccinations provider, for a nationwide influenza vaccination campaign called “Let’s Fight Flu Together!

Check out the rest of this press release here

Kudos to Novartis and the PTA


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Prepare While Prices Are Low

Posted by preparedcitizens on October 20, 2008

I paid $4.29 for a gallon of milk the other day!

Next year I expect that the price of milk will make milk unaffordable to us.

Can you imagine that?

My husband has worked for the same company for 34 years. When we add in factors such as rising cost of living costs, little to no raise, and a few other factors, his and our standard of living is the worst it has been in 34 years. And right now he is doing the job of three key people within his store, he is disabled and he is not complaining. He recognizes the blessing of being able to work.

Neither of us are complaining, not at all. We are so very blessed.

I am attempting to illustrate a point that is probably already obvious to most people. We are in the midst of the biggest economic downturn of our generation, and perhaps longer.

Time will tell.

We must not fail to recognize the warning we have been given.

I am old enough to know what my parents and grandparents went through during the Great Depression and World War II. Were there people who warned them of what was coming, what would soon overtake them?

Some back then had the dust bowl to add to their miseries. Today we will have a global pandemic added into this mix.

The wise prepare…

….and even then we will not be able to physically prepare enough I suspect.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. Corrie Ten Boom

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Corrie Ten Boom


Scenes from the Great Depression from the Library of Congress archives


History has a way of repeating itself in spirals. Labor pains are like that too.


They didn’t have much, but my parents told me how people helped each other.



Heroes During the Great Depression and Beyond

Tragedy and difficult times are the breeding ground of heroes. There were so many heroes then. So many stumbling blocks to be cleared from the path.

There were issues of that time, and we have issues to deal with today. Time marches on but sometimes the song remains the same.

Jesse Holman Jones

Success is measured by the service you render and the character of citizen you make rather than by the amount of money you amass.

Jesse H. Jones


They were children during the Great Depression but Jesse Owens and Joe Louis taught us that we can endure, we can succeed, we can be that spark that is a beacon of hope to others.

They taught us the lessons that athletes are so able to do.


Joe Louis

I made the most of my ability and I did my best with my title. — Joe Louis

Joe Louis, an American success story. He proved to us that those born just before the depression could endure and rise to great heights despite the roadblocks to their success.


Jesse Owens

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.  — Jesse Owens

The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness. — Jesse Owens


Marion Anderson

Taught us how to stand up to oppression while singing her song.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Did not allow his disabilities to hide his gifts and talents during adverse times. He led this nation with dignity.

One of my favorite quotes, being a conservative myself is…

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR’s D-Day Prayer

A call to national prayer.

My Fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.


Lillian Thrasher

Live is such a way as to pass something tangible to a new generation.      — Lillian Thrasher

Lillian Trasher was born in Georgia in America on September 27, 1887.

Even at an early age she was prepared to dedicate her life to God. Later on she worked at an orphanage. Little did Lillian know that this is where she would get her training for her missionary work.

Lillian attended a bible school, pastored a church, did evangelical work then returned to the orphanage. She became engaged to be married but ten days before her wedding she heard a talk given by a missionary from India. She was deeply moved. She cancelled the wedding knowing that God had called her to Africa and that she must obey.

Read the rest of this story here.


Corrie Ten Boom, the young Dutch woman who with her entire family risked their own lives to save the oppressed and hunted.

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. –Corrie Ten Boom


The American People were heroes too. They are stories of great deeds done in faith and courage. The American people were heroes.


who helped others and did not buckle under adversity.

They stood firm then.

They did not lose focus.

They knew what we have forgotten,

what we have misplaced,

what we have so willingly cast aside.

                           Will we stand firm now?

What will be our legacy?


Faith is acting in the face of contrary evidence. The senses declare, “It cannot be,” but Faith shouts above the turmoil, “It is!” — E. W. Kenyon

Prepare Spiritually, Mentally, Physically

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Have we passed our prime?

Posted by preparedcitizens on July 18, 2008

I was speaking to a good friend the other day. My heart grieved as she voiced the opinion that as a nation we have passed our peak. Have we? Or will this be the self fulfilling prophecy that will do us in? There is still time and there is still hope.

We must fight against our own attitudes. That is where the biggest battleground is. Our hearts and minds can lead us in all the wrong directions. I know this to be true from my own experience. When we serve up a plate of anger, resentment, hatred, fear, disatisfaction….when we feast on these things they become our heart’s poison.

When we allow those who hate to order our days we will become hateful ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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The role of faith-based groups during a pandemic.

Posted by preparedcitizens on February 11, 2008

Faith-Based Organizations and Pandemic Preparedness
Church-Related Groups Will Be Vital Partners in Getting Ready for an Influenza Pandemic


During a severe influenza pandemic, people from communities around the world will be asked to voluntarily avoid gathering together, to limit the virus’ spread. People will be asked to stay at home if they are sick and to minimize contact with others. Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting your family to prepare is crucial…

Posted by preparedcitizens on February 10, 2008

We are living in intense times. We are being told by many experts that we need to prepare, not for one threat but it seems a constant barrage of threats are out there. An “all-hazards” preparation is crucial. There are also specific threats that loom large which require a bit more specialized or longer term preparations. So right now we say “Get Pandemic Ready”.

An influenza pandemic could truly start at any time. One week, one month, one year.

There really is no good reason to NOT prepare. Mention a reason and it sounds more like an excuse. But what does it mean…prepare? There are many layers to this and I have some wonderful places and people to share with you.

So prepare we must and prepare we will.

My family is older now and some are doing their own preparing. My son is a security guard and a volunteer firefighter. A daughter is getting ready for med school and a son in the air force reserves, one daughter works in a bank…they are on their own to prepare. And for the most part, they are. But it took some educating from mom so that they knew why they needed to. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rehearsals, Drilling, Preparedness and HHS Secretary Leavitt

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 23, 2008

“To think is easy.
 To act is hard.
 But the hardest thing in the world
 is to act in accordance with your thinking.”


If you play sports, act, or are a part of a team who is trained to respond, you understand the need to practice. We cannot know whether our thought out plans will actually work or where the “bugs” are that need to be worked out unless we set our plans into motion at some point BEFORE we need to rely upon them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions – Part II

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 20, 2008

This is an update from the original post 12-14-2007 here

A report from the Council of Canadian Academies entitled:

“Influenza Transmission and the Role of Personal Protective Respiratory Equipment: An Assessment of the Evidence”

There is an interesting discussion that I want to attempt to highlight.
The discussion is that there are 2 major modes of influenza transmission. Inhalation transmission and Contact transmission being those two modes.


“influenza virus exits the respiratory tract of an infected person: (i) expulsion of the virus into the air through sneezing, coughing, speaking, breathing or through aerosol-generating medical procedures, or (ii) by direct transfer of respiratory secretions to another person or surface. The new host acquires the virus either by inhalation of the infectious particles from the air or by contact with infectious material directly or via self-inoculation through a contaminated hand.”

This is where the two primary transmission modes, inhalation and contact, come into the picture.

In inhalation transmission there are ballistic particles and inhalable particles. Ballistic particles are more effected by gravity and have an infectious range of under 3 feet with a particle size of 100 μm¹. These particles may remain in the air from seconds to days. These particles are deposited on the mucous membranes (eyelids, lips and nostrils, etc.) and not inhaled. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why “Get Pandemic Ready” is necessary

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 20, 2008

…complete with suggestions on how to keep moving forward. We need sites like “Get Pandemic Ready”. A robust local response will increase resilience overall.

See Daily Kos: The ACLU, Pandemic Preparedness, and You

Individual responsibility is important and cannot be avoided, but individuals cannot replace the role of the community…..Issues like this are always best discussed before a pandemic hits; by the time it actually does, it’s too late for anything but survival. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by preparedcitizens on January 18, 2008



The “Get Pandemic Ready Team” was created by members of a grassroots, volunteer organization called the Get Pandemic Team.  The Get Pandemic Ready Team is a group of concerned citizens committed to personal preparation and community resiliency as the foundation for getting though a pandemic.   Members of the Get Pandemic Ready Team used their own experiences and extensive research to gather practical and time-efficient advice to help families prepare for a pandemic

You are encouraged to print out and share the resources!

  Water - Getting Started



Other topics under the “Water” header are “Finding and Filtering” and “Emergency Purification”

Other headings include: Food, Hygiene, Staying Healthy, Emergency Basics, to name a few.

I hope that this website will help to encourage people to prepare and realize that preparing is doable and that those who do prepare, will be helping themselves and their family to survive.

Each prepared individual, each prepared family, the more lives saved!

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Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH – Quotes

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 1, 2008

A man that I have a tremendous respect for. He has done a great service to us all.

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH

In 1918, even among the very young and the very old, there was a ten-fold increase in deaths, … There was a 1,000-fold increase in young adults. M. Osterholm

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH

Dr. Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), editor of the CIDRAP Business Source, director of the NIH-supported Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance within CIDRAP, a professor in the School of Public Health, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, University of Minnesota. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. In June 2005 Dr. Osterholm was appointed by Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to the newly established National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity. Read the rest of this entry »

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“A Journey through the World of Pandemic Influenza” SophiaZoe

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 1, 2008

SophiaZoe had a great post today Politics and bird flu are not a good mix

Voices carry—we need a chorus. Thanks SophiaZoe for speaking out!

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Perhaps next year…a New Years Wish

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 20, 2007

 Monson MA

In Monson we have followed the “all-hazards” approach to preparedness, and that model has served us well. It is my hope for the New Year that we can strengthen our health board as much as we have supported our volunteer fire department and emergency services departments. They all do a wonderful job in our community but we need a bit more for the board of health. We also have a local Medical Reserve Corps that will help us through some, possibly, tough times ahead. I hear volunteers are welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aware? Great! Now take “Steps to Prepare”!

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 17, 2007

Pandemic Preparedness Campaigns

 Massachusetts Flu Facts Campaign

Caring at Home

Online DVD

Description and Reviewers’ Comments —from CIDRAP Read the rest of this entry »

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Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions and Our Children

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 14, 2007

Community Mitigation Strategies

What are non-pharmaceutical interventions or NPI’s?

NPI’s are considered to reduce exposure of susceptible persons to an infectious agent. They were commonly used interventions for infection control in years past. Read the rest of this entry »

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