Disaster/Pandemic preparedness - page 3

I was looking the the other Disaster/Pandemic thread that Florida1 started. She mentioned that after the hurricanes, that they had problems getting basic supplies and food stores were often closed... Read More

  1. by   sanctuary
    Quote from Scrubbs
    I didn't know if anyone has heard of if, but another good source both for disaster preparedness, and pandemic planning is at the Center for Domestic Preparedness website. http://cdp.dhs.gov/resident/pipp.html
    The training there is free for responders, and medical staff. I attended, and was very impressed. They cover the airfare, room and board, and all you have to do is attend class.
    The pandemic class is hard to get into, but well worth the effort. There are also very good classes in disaster/incident command, Types of incident awareness instructor, HazMat, Decontamination.
    When I attended, I was the only hospital staff in the entire group. It just goes to show how badly we need to brush up on our training.

    WOW. Thanks.
  2. by   indigo girl
    Michael Leavitt, Dept of Health and Human Services appeared on the Charlie Rose Show, discussing the need to prepare for an influenza pandemic. The federal budget for this project is now at $7.1 Billion. He said that there is no question that this WILL occur. Pandemics always happen, but we do not know when or how bad it will be. We do not know which virus will be responsible.

    Each community and each state will be on their own with no rescue coming from outside. All will be dealing with the same problem at the same time. This society changing event will be on going FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR because pandemics occur in waves. Each wave may last approximately 12 weeks, and
    two or three could occur in that year. That is why businesses, communities and individuals need to have a realistic plan and be able to implement it.

    To go directly to this interview, see the run time on the view screen. Grab the scrolling indicator with the mouse, and slide it forward to 30:02.
    http://www.charlierose.com/
  3. by   Laidback Al
    Quote from indigo girl
    . . . . All will be dealing with the same problem at the same time. This society changing event will be on going FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR because pandemics occur in waves. Each wave may last approximately 12 weeks, and two or three could occur in that year. That is why businesses, communities and individuals need to have a realistic plan and be able to implement it. . . .
    And that is why the 2 week stockpile recommended by http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/pdf/Individuals.pdf is inadequate.

    At FluTrackers a minimum of 30 day supply is recommended. As time and money are available the prep supplies should be built up to a 90 day supply for the whole family. And don't forget to stockpile a sufficient supply of prescription medications.

    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...5672#post65672
  4. by   Ayrman
    Do yourselves a favor and check out Expedition Home: Journey To Safety From Pandemic Influenza. The author is Skip Hofstrand, M.D. Published by Singing River Publications, Ely, MN.

    Just finishing up the appendixes now. Simple, to the point advice about preventive quarantine. In simple terms you go into voluntary isolation in order to prevent contracting the bug to begin with. Not for everyone obviously but the concept is historically valid.

    Food for thought.

    Ayrman
  5. by   indigo girl
    Quote from Ayrman
    Do yourselves a favor and check out Expedition Home: Journey To Safety From Pandemic Influenza. The author is Skip Hofstrand, M.D. Published by Singing River Publications, Ely, MN.

    Just finishing up the appendixes now. Simple, to the point advice about preventive quarantine. In simple terms you go into voluntary isolation in order to prevent contracting the bug to begin with. Not for everyone obviously but the concept is historically valid.

    Food for thought.

    Ayrman
    Thanks. I see the author is a board certified Emergency physician and expedition consultant. Looks interesting, and of course, it is historically valid to use preventive quarantine as you pointed out.
  6. by   indigo girl
    Erie Country, NY panflu plans include body bags, lots of them, among other things, of course. Not a pleasant topic, but a necessary part of planning for mass casualties.


    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...-and-more.html
  7. by   indigo girl
    Former CDC Director Talks About Pandemics:
    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...lks-about.html

    NPR Interviews Stephen Flynn, author of "The Edge of Disaster"
    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...iscomfort.html
    Last edit by indigo girl on Feb 23, '07
  8. by   indigo girl
    Dr. Gratton Woodson's Flu Treatment Manual can be printed out, and is not a bad thing to have around even for nurses. The CDC press conference last month made it clear that the government expects that most avian flu patients will be treated at home. Our options will be limited. Would you know what to do for your loved ones?
    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...19&postcount=1
  9. by   indigo girl
    Sanofi Bird Flu Vaccine for the U.S. Stragetic National Stockpile
    Hits a Snag:
    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...hits-snag.html
  10. by   sanctuary
    Quote from indigo girl
    Dr. Gratton Woodson's Flu Treatment Manual can be printed out, and is not a bad thing to have around even for nurses. The CDC press conference last month made it clear that the government expects that most avian flu patients will be treated at home. Our options will be limited. Would you know what to do for your loved ones?
    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...19&postcount=1

    This is an excellent resource. I'm making copies for all my NOC staff. Thanks for another great link.
  11. by   indigo girl
    I wanted to place this link in the preparedness thread. It refers to an article in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association about a technique that was used in the 1918 pandemic that successfully lowered mortality. This article discusses the currently high fatality rate for avian flu victims, and the fact that our treatment options are limited. It is worth looking at what worked in the past.

    I am very grateful to the poster at Flutracker that provided this link, and I am very pleased to find this information:
    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...55&postcount=1
  12. by   indigo girl
    Preparing for Pandemic - A Family Checklist Video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcCfzvYBo2c

    The only thing that I would question about this info is suggestion to stockpile food for only 2 weeks. History tells us that the 1918 pandemic came in waves of about 12 weeks each. I believe that there were three waves in one year.

    I would aim for 3 months supply of food as well as water for each family member and pet.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Feb 28, '07
  13. by   indigo girl
    Health Care Worker Disconnect, an essay from FlaMedic at Avian Flu Diary
    was written in December 2006. The topic is still relevant today:

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2006/1...nnect-253.html

    <snip>
    Lost in all of this debate, or lack of debate in too many cases, is the sobering reality that once a pandemic begins, it will be too late to prepare. The scramble for PPE’s and medicines will quickly outstrip the supply chain.


    And this will put hundreds of thousands of Health Care Worker’s lives at risk. Mostly nurses, techs, nurse’s aids and orderlies: for these are the ones that will have the closest, and most prolonged contact with infectious patients.
    <snip>

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