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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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Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 5, 2008

My country, not my government (blue or red) is the land of the free and the home of the brave. My country – It’s all about the people, the citizens, friends, family and co-workers, casual acquaintances and illegal aliens, people who are within our borders.

People have asked me so many times why I do what I do. Why I warn all who will listen, and some who do not, to get your house in order now. I can say without misgivings that I do not do this for the “government”. Love of country does not mean love of government. Government – the entity made up of hundreds of human hearts capable of great courage, valor and integrity, the polar opposite qualities and a full spectrum of heart states in the middle.

To say that my focus is primarily on all of my countrymen would be a bit of a misrepresentation. I will tell any and all who will hear to prepare their homes for tough times ahead but my heart is aching for innocent children, the homeless, the disabled and anyone else who cannot prepare themselves for what is ahead. My heart aches for those who are already struggling. And I pray for their strength and courage to endure.  Read the rest of this entry »

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To each their own – talent that is

Posted by preparedcitizens on May 7, 2008

Communities are planning for a pandemic – Monson is – but for me it is time to implement what I personally can do to contribute to the health of my community.

Communication, food, and the underserved of any age seem to be who I am most concerned about helping. My mind is churning with how to make this work in my little neighborhood. I love sharing vegetables and flowers with my neighbors. I hate seeing anything go to waste out of a garden. I am not sure if everyone loves getting fresh from the garden vegies but I bet most do. So sticking to my set parameter is it has to start small and build outward… building a neighborhood garden produce swap area may be very helpful to my neighbors with prices going up and up —and encourage them to plant and share what they grow as well. With the help and brilliant thinking of Rob and a friend of the family, Nicole, ideas are building.

I love the energy of young folks. Not that I am that old but years have worn down the old “can do” excitement that I had in my 20’s. Now its thats a good idea BUT…..a good balance but sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet.

A neighborhood garden produce swap area. We can make it inviting by utilizing our outdoor fire pit for a gathering spot, etc…. camraderie, cohesiveness and above all communication.

So we will see where we go from here….start small and build.

I do know that sitting around and not doing what needs to be done is squandering God given preparedness time that some day I will kick myself for wasting. I keep saying everyday “push on”. But now I have to people helping who are capable of leading the whole effort. I am still dogged tired so as they say “more hands make for lighter work”, and I am so thankful for more hands.

All we can do is try, try again, and keep trying — and always learn from our failures.

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Posted by preparedcitizens on February 24, 2008

Koinonia, the word has always had special meaning to me.

It seems to be something that we are missing in society sometimes, or maybe it is just me who has withdrawn from “community”.

I am blessed to live in a small town in Massachusetts where there really is a strong sense of community. We have only lived in town for 17 years, so we are relative newcomers. Having moved around a lot in our lives we are not used to just jumping in and rolling up our sleeves. I have to say, for such a small town, when it was time, I was welcomed with opened arms. It felt good to apply myself, and give back a little. I set up a pool program, years ago. It was a perfect task for me, having been a competitive swimmer for years…I was in my element. My husband was involved in the leadership of a local Boy Scout troop while our kids were young. It feels good to help out. Read the rest of this entry »

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