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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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What Has Not Changed With The Election of A New President

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 7, 2008

Eternal truths do not change, thankfully so.

We elect new presidents, new ideologies are promoted, new ideas explored, yet the Glory of God is the eternal light that illuminates the path ahead.

To be honest, this election stirred up fear deep within my soul. The outcome of the election caused me to become depressed and disillusioned – I had the opposite of hope. I had deep despair. I was brought so low by this despair especially for the unborn, so low that I could have lost sight of the much larger vision of all that is under God’s control.

Even within my despair this verse kept weighing heavily on me. For good reason. The Holy Spirit was and is continually reminding me of the right heart response.

We must do what is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Pray for All People

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.


Often when I find myself unable to see my way through to heart full of thanksgiving I grab Foxe’s Book of Martyrs or Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings. I live in less trying times for now and searching out the wisdom and insight of others who have lived in more difficult times or under more difficult circumstances and remained true, well, there is light unto my own path.

Not knowing what is ahead – how our young president will be tested, how we all will be tested, I found this gem that spoke to me. Perhaps it will speak to you also.

“To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things.

The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential.

But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge.

To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.

The wise man is aware of the limited receptiveness of reality for principles; for he knows that reality is not built upon principles but that it rests upon the living and creating God.

He knows too, therefore that reality cannot be helped by even the purest of principles or even the best of wills, but only by the living God.

Principles are only the tools in God’s hand, soon to be thrown away as unserviceable.

To look in freedom at God and at reality, which rests solely upon him, this is to combine simplicity with wisdom.

There is no true simplicity without wisdom and there is no wisdom without simplicity.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

So what has changed over the last 72 hours other than the realization that change is coming – for better, for worse – no man can know.

We still must be about our day, living and loving with the same intensity, the same morality, the same devotion to Christ Jesus that causes us to love our neighbor and even our enemy as well as our friend – in season and out of season.

We still must be respectful and obedient to authority, rendering unto Caesar all that is Caesar’s and unto God all that is God’s. And we still must do so being wise as serpent’s and harmless as doves.

A pandemic threat remains. And even now there is yet another death in Indonesia where H5N1 is suspected as the cause

Could this be the international crisis that tests the mettle of our new, young, president and our mettle as Americans? It could very well be. This is the simple reality that we must face. And there is wisdom in this simplicity.

Paul tells us what our response must be, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” I is health for us to desire a peaceful and quiet life in order that we may live godly and dignified. He tells us how this is accomplished – through supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings made for ALL people, for kings and all who are in high positions.

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

By heaping coals of kindness.

Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

~Romans 12:9-21

Our world is our mission field and we are all ambassadors of Christ Jesus. Through death, illness, pain, suffering – I pray for the strength and resilience of all.

Onward and Upwards

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Thinking deep thoughts about our little town of Monson

Posted by preparedcitizens on October 4, 2008

If I could ask my fellow Monsonites a few questions about pandemic preparedness as it relates to our town I would ask the following…

When fire, police, EMS and other departments in town cannot respond because of illness within their departments who will respond in their stead?

When our 3 man water department cannot respond for the same reason who will be on a list that of people who can fill in for them? Fire hydrants must remain operational. Toilets need to be flushed. If there is no electricity our power backup will last about a week. When the system shuts down sewage will back up into homes. Who will be available to shut down the main in the street outside our homes if our 3 water department guys are ill? Read the rest of this entry »

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Reminder – What should I do to prepare for a flu pandemic?

Posted by preparedcitizens on September 25, 2008

PlanFirst Webinar today!

from Individuals & Families Planning @

An outline of today’s PlanFirst Webinar

The following is an outline of the visual presentation made by Dr. Richard Benjamin, Chief Medical Officer, American Red Cross, at the September 25 live Webcast. The Webcast provides information to help citizens learn more about pandemic flu and the steps they can take now to plan for a pandemic.

What should I do to prepare for a flu pandemic?

First, ask yourself these questions:

  • What if my children’s schools were closed?
  • What if a family member were to become ill?
  • What if I could not go to work?
  • What if I had to stay home for an extended period of time?

Gather essential supplies

  • Water
  • Easy-to-prepare food
  • Medications and medical supplies
  • Medical history and contact information
  • Health and cleaning supplies

Easy-to-prepare foods

  • Canned meats, fruits, vegetables and soups
  • Protein/fruit bars, dried fruit and crackers
  • Cereal/granola, peanut butter and nuts
  • Juice (jarred or boxed)
  • Milk (boxed or powdered)
  • Baby food and formula

Get in the habit of….

  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Cleaning and disinfecting commonly shared items
  • Staying home when you’re sick
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Drinking lots of fluids
  • Exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet
  • Getting a seasonal flu shot every year.

Caregiving Tips

  • Designate one person as caregiver
  • Keep personal items separate
  • Use very hot water for washing dishes and clothes
  • Wear disposable gloves

For more information from the Red Cross about how to prepare for a flu pandemic go to:

Contact your local chapter to request a Pandemic Flu Family Preparedness Guide. To find the chapter closest to you go to and type in your zipcode.

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What Would My Great Grandma Say To Me

Posted by preparedcitizens on September 23, 2008

I was adopted into a huge family of good people who really tried hard to be good parents.

It is so easy for us to look back in all of our wisdom and say that we would have done things so differently. On this side of the parenting experience I can say that it is true that I did learn some things about what not to do, but I also learned that my parents and grandparents weren’t so different after all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Have Fear but Be Not Afraid

Posted by preparedcitizens on September 18, 2008

Disasters are scary events. Yet people of faith are called upon to stand strong in the face of adversity.

“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me. “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’

“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

-Matthew 25:41-46

As Pastor Bob Marrone reminds us in the September 08 Messenger: Read the rest of this entry »

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How – in Monson MA

Posted by preparedcitizens on September 12, 2008

Fear stems, in part, from our unpreparedness. It is a fact that this is a major hurdle that we must get through – we will not be able to hide from this.

A pandemic is coming, it is coming soon (months not years) and It could and most likely will be devastating.

The truth is that unpreparedness will kill many more people beyond what the illness itself will do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stand firm during a pandemic – how

Posted by preparedcitizens on September 11, 2008

Standing firm during a pandemic will require a concerted effort to remember what is right and good and *work* at it even when our fears and hardship drives us to do the opposite.

When we are afraid of the disease that others may carry, someone coming to our door looking for assistance may be threatening to our families and we may want to *react* to that threat. We must remember that those with their hand out are simply those who have reached the end of their resources before we have, we may have our hand outstretched next. How will we want others to respond to us should dictate how we respond to others. Read the rest of this entry »

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The courage to stand

Posted by preparedcitizens on September 7, 2008

I have been both sinner and saint, much like everyone else who walks the earth today. After living for almost 49 years now I have had many experiences to look back on which help me to discern the right way to go. Lining these experiences up with the Word of God I can see why some were outright disasters and why some have given me some of the greatest joy even though they were the hardest to endure. I am not so special, we all have these events in our lives.

I was a senior in high school for one memorable learning experience. I loved being goalie of our soccer team. I was coming off some rough patches in my life and trying to settle my life down into a pattern the resembled some normalcy. I did not want to make waves OR stand out in a crowd. It must be that there are some folks that will always march to the tune of a different drummer no matter what they think that they want :) Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you want to have your ears tickled?

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 18, 2008

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-8

This passage is referring to preaching the Word of God even when doing so is unpopular, dangerous or seemingly futile. Preaching the Word of God today, to those who do not believe it or want to hear it, is all of the three things I named above. The truth is that we just don’t want to have someone reorder our life’s priorities or even attempt to do so. If we have chosen not to believe their “report” it is easy to discard what they have to say. Click the mouse, change the channel, shut it out. We tend set a course for smooth sailing. We don’t want our lives upset or our ‘worldview’ changed.  With dire warnings of dirty bombs, pandemic influenza, peak oil, rising crime, earthquakes, hurricanes, wars and rumors of war, beating at our ears and hearts the urge to bury our head in the sand or to listen to those tickling our ears is very great. It is easy to look at all these things as myths and false warnings….or even throw up our hands in futility. We think that we need less stress in our already stressful lives. We have been taught that stress is bad. Not all stress is bad and not all pressure weakens us. Read the rest of this entry »

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A pandemic is something else altogether

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 15, 2008

While I am out and about doing the pre-surgical stuff with my hubby I am trying to keep up to date with the news coming out of Indonesia and other hot spots. Check out the flu boards listed here to look at the latest news. The newshounds on these boards are excellent as is the commentary. There are some wonderful people who have really helped me to figure out in layman’s terms what is going on.

We seem to be in one of those periods of time, and it has happened before, where I would not be surprised if we started seeing clusters of pandemic influenza in other areas of the world, including here in the US.

This is what makes this so tough, we just don’t know. The flip side to that is that not knowing means it’s not here now and for that I am very thankful. For when it comes we will know and I am dreading this.

So what do we know? Read the rest of this entry »

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Now having said all that below…

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 7, 2008

There is a situation that we are all trying to muddle through on the fluboards. The “flubie” community has been a wonderfully supportive place to learn all about pandemics and to discuss how best to prepare our family and beyond. Greater flublogia is made up of individuals who are concerned about the impact that a pandemic will have on all of us. There are no commitments other than the forum rules that are clearly posted at each community.



[All are welcome to join. If you are new to flu boards it is ok and even encouraged that after you join you sit back and “lurk” so that you get to know the community. No one has to jump right in and post, not that there is anything wrong with that either. When I first joined I felt a little disoriented. It seems the best way to keep people informed they way that I have been able to be informed. Why listen to me when you can have access to the same information ;)

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Headlines – It’s not about feelings and its all about feelings – updated

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 7, 2008

[hurrying through writing posts and making huge grammatical, spelling and other mistakes is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I just had to clean up this post :blush:]

Pandemics happen. I know  I have said it before. I am like a broken record these days.

Throughout history the world has experienced pandemics…

The truth is that we are probably going to hear a lot of really wacky theories about the whys and wherefores of any event of this magnitude – whenever it develops. And who knows some of these may even have grains of truth sprinkled throughout them. But they can be a dangerous distraction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Prepare?

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 5, 2008

If I thought that a pandemic would sound the death knell to our society and beyond I would not be putting all this effort into preparedness. I would live for the day and make it the best day possible. The truth is I don’t see this as the end of the world as we know it. We will get through a pandemic. I have prepared as best we can spiritually, emotionally and physically and we are now planning for our future.

As a student of history I realize that over the last 50+ years we have enjoyed a standard of living that is unprecedented in our countries history. I know that times change and adversity buffets us.  I also know that adversity strengthens us. None of us wants these rough patches but when they emerge we endure and actually learn and grow. Tremendous advances have been made during some of the worst times that we have endured so far. We grow when we are challenged. And we are facing challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

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Preparing: what we are doing

Posted by preparedcitizens on April 23, 2008

[Posted on May 6th]

Hoarding…As a “prepper” this is the area that I have always had a struggle with in an ethical sense- how much is enough and where is the line drawn when stocking up?  With prices on the rise and paychecks not keeping up we struggle to make ends meet so hoarding is not a concern.

I have to admit that most of my “preparedness” has been spiritual, informational and emotional. Things that you cannot eat, but I have learned of ways to be more self sustaining on the food front. But I know that I am going to have to go a bit further than that in order to ensure that we have the amount we need because even preparing for 3 months isn’t really a solution – I don’t think that we can purchase our way through what is ahead on all fronts….we are going to have to change our behavior — a lot.

So no, even with all this time that I have had to prepare, my shelves are not packed to the ceiling. We have eaten up a lot of what we had stored up. We started late and now its even tougher.

What we are doing….

We are reducing consumption across the board. We truly live on much less. I drive less than 20 miles per week, some weeks less than 10. We turn off lights, tv’s, unplug appliances, etc. and we are seriously attempting to grow some of our own vegetables. Over the years we have acquired a lot of “stuff” I am reusing that “stuff” in novel ways. An old iron swing set has been converted into a giant hanger for upside down tomatoes and cucumbers which will be growing over the sunniest part of our lot – our deck, an upside down “victory garden”. I reused chicken wire to create a potato cylinder for a crop of potatoes etc.

We are saving newspaper, plastic bags, and 5 gallon water containers. In other words, anything we can use twice or better yet three or four times gets stored.

We shred mail and newspaper and keep other clean burnables for winter fire starting. We use wood to heat our house. It warms us three times..stacking it, hauling it in the house and burning it. Even food scraps are being composted in the mulch pile and I am learning about making compost tea. We have generated around 5 yards of nutrient rich topsoil over the years. At $15/yard plus and exorbitant delivery charge we have been rewarded for our efforts. We don’t have a large lot so I can imagine what can be done on an acre or more!

Our clothesline is up too so no more clothes dryer….that should save on our electric bill.

On the neighborhood front we are enjoying getting reacquainted with our neighbors. Most are largely unaware, still, of the pandemic threat. A quick mention here and there is about all that people endure. One favorite neighbor of ours mentioned the newspaper article in November and that it stood out in his mind that I said that I was storing some rice for neighbors. The rice supply is dwindling as we eat up some of what has been stored and I told him so. He offered his services as a hunter and fisherman!!!

My next project is to build a solar dehydrator using found and reused materials. It will be fantastic on our upper deck, which is also sunny and quite hot during the summer. Dehydrating fruits and vegetables while they are plentiful and cheap will help us through the fall and winter months. I am also toying with building a cold storage structure for apples since there is an orchard up the street and apples are cheap in season or for root crops. One project at a time :-)

I do notice that I spend a lot of time off the computer now so my posts may be a little infrequent. I have a renewed respect and admiration for how hard our ancestors worked — and not that many generations ago.


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Clinging to faith in rural America with joy in my heart!

Posted by preparedcitizens on April 18, 2008

Yes, I cling to faith and we are familiar with firearms. Um, we even live in a rural area. Bitter? Oh my, not in the least. Full of joy and sense of purpose is how I would describe my life. No bitterness and I don’t know many bitter people.

A Christian perspective…

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Keeping It All Together

Posted by preparedcitizens on April 6, 2008

A Christian Perspective…

Trials and tribulations define us. Read the rest of this entry »

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People Are Speaking! Are You Listening?

Posted by preparedcitizens on March 28, 2008

Are you telling others?

Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services – State of MA

Local Government Info – State of MA

For the Public – State of MA

For the Public – Local Monson

For the Public – Local Monson

Build up. Prepare.

Please share this information with others around town.

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Information Pathways – Telling the People

Posted by preparedcitizens on March 28, 2008

The beauty of gathering news and information from the internet is that we can customize and individualize what we want to learn about. Many people concern themselves with the immediate events that are ongoing and have an impact, today, on their lives.

National Geographic has a section for teaching children in grades K-12 about pandemics.

Check out this site where we can listen to the audio files of National Geographics
Worldwide Bird Flu Pandemic:An episode of Worldwide Bird Flu Pandemic

On Monday June 27th, 2008 National Geographic will be airing “End Day” Read the rest of this entry »

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What Can I Do in Monson MA? Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer

Posted by preparedcitizens on March 28, 2008

What Can I Do? Western MA Medical Reserve Corps needs YOU!

All are needed. A many handed approach.

I became familiar early on with the Medical Reserve Corps system and its potential during a pandemic. Medical Reserve Corps are part of the “President’s Challenge Program“.

For the faith based response:

As a Christian I ask: How should I as a Christian best serve during a time of crisis? 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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Tell The People!

Posted by preparedcitizens on March 25, 2008

By the people for the people…..TELL THE PEOPLE so the people can do the by the people for the people thing!

I am sorry but all I want to say when I see these webinars, seminars, conferences, meetings, and events where we all speak to each other round and round and round and round is blah, blah, blah, blah, blah and more blah! Yeah, I know, we are learning and sharing….whoopdeedoo 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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Pandemic Home Care – The Challenge

Posted by preparedcitizens on February 19, 2008

Brainstorming through this…

 …and just rough sketching

I would first work with those in the community who have served on boards and committees in the past. I would include all faith based groups in town and any business leaders, and all town employees. I would provide educational material a RM display most of all, first I would answer all questions (that would be the tough part) up front. The meeting should be open to the public and posted according to guidelines. Transparency is crucial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fla_Medic: “The Challenge Of Pandemic Home Care”

Posted by preparedcitizens on February 19, 2008

The Challenge Of Pandemic Home Care

 Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary has written a 3 Part post addresses the issues we will face when caring for our families who may sicken and die at home. He challenges us to move beyond our fears and respond now in setting up our home treatment strategies.

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An important abstract to bring to your attention

Posted by preparedcitizens on February 15, 2008

hat tip to Candles for posting this at P4P

editorial comment: We will need to rethink how our children socialize during a pandemic. It isn’t just about schools….and it isn’t just about kids. Working spreads flu too.

Research article

Social contact networks for the spread of pandemic influenza in children and teenagers

Laura M Glass email and Robert J Glass email

BMC Public Health 2008, 8:61doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-61

Published: 14 February 2008

Abstract (provisional)


Influenza is a viral infection that primarily spreads via fluid droplets from an infected personas coughs and sneezes to others nearby. Social contact networks and the way people interact within them are thus important to its spread. We developed a method to characterize the social contact network for the potential transmission of influenza and then applied the method to school aged children and teenagers. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Bad Flu Season

Posted by preparedcitizens on February 13, 2008

Mike at AvianFluDiary reminded me; “If a pandemic occurs (still an `if’),” we are still in the “if” stage, although it really isn’t “if” it is when and when seems to be coming sooner than we will be ready.

We read headlines every day that, quite frankly, become downright confusing. MRSA, children and healthy young adults dying of the flu….how are we to really know when a pandemic has started? My thought is that if it is mild, it may look like a bad seasonal flu season. If we have a higher category pandemic then the start of the pandemic will be much more obvious.

So, when should we start to take precautions?

People throughout the world who know that there is a pandemic coming at some point are asking themselves the same thing.

I maintain that since preparedness is “learned behavior”, the time to have a measured response is now, during our seasonal flu season. Not that practicing some of these measures now means that a pandemic has begun, just that it is a prudent to practice some of our mitigation strategies now.

Flu Seasons… Read the rest of this entry »

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A wonderful online resource for reaching others

Posted by preparedcitizens on February 13, 2008

Kudos to the public health department in Seattle and King Counties.

Thank you for allowing us to share this tool.

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Prepare for big flu pandemic economic hit

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 13, 2008

Passing this along.

 hat tip to kr105 at P4P 

Prepare for big flu pandemic economic hit, UN says

10 Jan 2008 11:14:45 GMT
Source: Reuters

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Governments around the world need to do more to prepare for the dramatic economic impact of the next flu pandemic, the United Nations influenza coordinator said on Thursday.

David Nabarro said his team had recently collected information from nearly 150 countries to see how prepared they were for a pandemic and the picture was mixed. 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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