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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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The Truth of The Matter Is

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 13, 2008

I really am not very good at this physical preparedness stuff.

I don’t like spending money that I don’t feel that I earn so I am careful about what I spend our family money on.

As a pandemic preparedness activist I have tended to focus on the eternal questions and how they relate to preparedness and response. I have left no doubt that I serve Jesus Christ, first and only. How I ended up with the message of “prepare” is no mistake. Our talents are used in order to reach into hearts.

I don’t see a conflict between the two messages. One is an action that mirrors the heart’s response. I am prepared, but my preparedness varies from yours.

Helping others to be ready allows us to explain why we are doing so, why we have done so..

Once we know who we serve, and we can only serve one of two masters – God or Mammon we are able to explain the difference in those two masters.

What is more important what we have here or what we do in His name while here? Bringing glory to God is what life is all about….heaping coals of kindness because He did it all first and foremost.


I do have some questions about what life will truly be like in Monson MA during and a minor infectious disease outbreak all the way through the range to a major outbreak, like a pandemic or bioterrorism event.

So – Putting These Questions All Together……

We live pretty central to a good many major cities. I am thinking that the best approach is be able to stand secure in our own homes and perhaps ready to protect a neighbor or two. Is there a different plan in the works than this? Certainly our town police force is not large enough to withstand a category 4 or 5 event without citizens themselves ready to secure their own homes.

Is there a method of communication for an “all hands” or “all clear” call in case phones are down or power is out for an extended time?

Will town government be able to withstand a category 3, 4 or 5 pandemic? Are the Continuity of Operations Plans completed for each department?

Who will be the authorities in charge during an infectious disease disaster?

What can I expect under a declaration of emergency? What laws will change?

What are the quarantine and isolation laws.

Will my civil rights be protected? What am I allowed and not allowed to do under martial law? Will my parental rights be safeguarded? I do not want others telling me how to raise my children by forcing them to take vaccines or other unwanted medical procedures. As a parent, and now grandparent, I must be the sole determiner of what is right for my child and loved ones, not the locality, not the state, and not any world body.

Will the second amendment be upheld in Massachusetts and honored in Monson?

What our EMT’s respond to all calls for health assistance?

What are our backup services if the surge capacity overwhelms Wing Memorial Hospital?

If the acute care center is closed who can I call for assistance?

Will there be enough personal preparedness equipment for each one of the town’s responders?

Can I Adopt An Essential Worker’s Family?

I have volunteered for my local MRC but have not heard anything back. Will my services be needed or wanted?

Will worship services and other gatherings be banned during a extended infectious disease outbreak?

During a category 5 pandemic many children may be left abandoned. Has a provision been made for protecting these children?

During a category 5 pandemic social breakdown is a probability. How should we best protect ourselves?

Does the Monson Police Department have enough personal preparedness equipment to last through the duration of a pandemic (perhaps 18 months)?

How can I assist our town?

Will you need skilled tradesmen, craftsmen, or day laborers? Will there be personal preparedness equipment available if I assist?

What if the power is out for an extended period of time? Where will those who are ill go for shelter? Where will the exposed go for shelter? Where will the “well” go during a pandemic AND an extended power outage?

If the town water service and power is out for longer than a week, do we have to shut off the main in front of our house? How can I obtain instructions?

That reminds me…a map of local springs would be helpful in case of extended power outage. (I will see what I can find.)

If my business closes and I am not getting paid, will my town services be cut off? (Can us little guys expect a bailout?)

How will I know if schools have been closed? What will the early school closure policy be in town?

If the local funeral homes are overwhelmed, who can I call for assistance?


As for what I have been doing lately…

I tell each person that I bump into in my travels who may need a hand or know of someone who needs assistance that I can help out, then I remind them when I see them.

I Pray Unceasingly

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The Parable of the Talents…are you hiding yours?

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 19, 2008

When I asked myself this question recently I found some answers that have eluded me for a very long time. This breath of fresh air that has entered my soul I wanted to share in case others find themselves not able to use their own talents for similar reasons to mine.

The Parable of the Talents

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”

So much of my life’s hurts and troubles kept me in a state of constantly burying my talents. The “wilderness” I have wandered in has allowed me to work through so many of these issues. But there comes a time when all this self absorption and examination becomes a stumbling block. There is a point in time in our sanctification that we must put all the hurt and pain aside and see it as our old worn out clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Steadfast During Dire Circumstances

Posted by preparedcitizens on March 28, 2008

Will our lampstand remain burning?

A Christian Perspective Read the rest of this entry »

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Social Equilibristics and the Christian Response

Posted by preparedcitizens on March 3, 2008

Social equilibrium: A working balance among its interdependent parts (Davis & Newstrom, 1985)Each subsystem will adjust to any change in the other subsystems and will continue to do so until equilibrium is retained. The process of achieving equilibrium will only work if the changes happen slowly, but for rapid changes it would throw the social system into chaos, unless and until a new equilibrium can be reached.

Equilibristics, Juggling – balancing or maintaining a moving equilibrium – there will never be an end to our ever-changing needs and new conditions in our society. A balancing act will constantly be acted out in order to ensure our survival.

For the short time of the history of this country, most of our needs have been met without demanding a duty from the majority of us. We have become complacent, we have become fat and satisfied, and we have become stuck in our nation’s “adolescence”. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Sunday Sermon this is not — An appeal to the heart it is.

Posted by preparedcitizens on March 2, 2008

A message to my brothers and sisters……wherever they are.

Saying “please” and “thank you” I have always appreciated these kindnesses.

Not speaking about religion or politics – I think that is an etiquette long forgotten – and probably for the better. Passion in discourse defines who one is and what they believe. I do still appreciate the niceties, things that seem so far gone sometimes when I focus on headlines and top playing news stories. I appreciate the inclined ear, the soft touch, the compassionate heart.

These are not etiquettes, these are kindnesses that come from deep wells within a person and when the deep wells are dry, it is obvious. Read the rest of this entry »

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A faith based web resource encouraging disaster preparedness

Posted by preparedcitizens on February 16, 2008

Searching around the net today at all the resources for disaster and pandemic preparedness I happened upon this website.

 From their web page:


The Christian Emergency Network (CEN) rallies Christians in emergencies of all kinds. Our goal is for the network to be the first point of contact for any person facing a life-threatening situation who does not know Jesus Christ. CEN unites with thousands of Christian organizations, ministries, churches, media and millions of individuals to offer Hope to the hopeless.

The Lord says:
“I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call upon me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation.”   Psalms 91:14-16


  1. “Be Aware” of our uncertain times from a Biblical worldview;
  2. Be Readyphysically, emotionally and spiritually; and
  3. “Be There” responding as courageous disciples who are praying, caring and sharing Christ  effectively.

             It’s as simple as 1-2-3.

There are many resources available including a “Together We Will Stand Worship CD”, a “Free Preparedness Checklist” plus much, much, more.

Kudos to the creators of the site. Great job!

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