Monthly Archives: April 2009

Ready or Not #40: Step 4 Combining Ingredients

We’re doing things a little different now with the Ready or Not articles.  Instead of having them as posts, they will be static pages that you can find under the page ‘Ready or Not’ listed in the navigation on the left side of this page. You can always find them there.

When we put up a new article, we will post an announcement (like this one) to let you know that the article is available.

So, here is Step 4: Combining Ingredients. (Only 2 more steps to complete the food storage worksheets!)

Swine Influenza (Flu) … and what you need to know

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released, and continues to release, updated information about the lastest threat: Swine Flu.  Read to find out how it has affected the nation, how it can affect you and what you can do to protect yourself.  …And we all thought that the bird flu was coming first; I guess the pigs beat them to it.

Just remember what I wrote about when I was writing my series about pandemics: keep calm, use common sense and be prepared!  Don’t panic or be afraid; that just makes things worse.  Go to the Pandemic section of this website and re-read the articles.  The information you need to know, about what the government is advising you to do, is in those articles.  If you take those precautions you will find that you have a greater peace of mind. 

Now go check your medicine cabinet.  Make sure that you have enough OTC’s to help you through any situation, H1N1 (Swine flu), Avian flu, or whatever else comes along – because “it” will happen, if not now, then eventually, but you will be prepared!  Don’t forget to get your food storage built up (go to the Food Storage Worksheets to figure that out) and make sure that you have your water stored (Two gallons per person, per day for a two week period).  Do it now, while you still have the opportunity, the ability and the availability!

For more information from the CDC visit

For International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection visit the World Health Organization (WHO) site at:

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

CDC Website post last updated on this site: May 1, 2009, 11:00 AM ET

“CDC continues to take aggressive action to respond to an expanding outbreak caused by H1N1 (swine flu).


Table. U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
Web page updated June 1, 2009,
11:00 AM ET
Data reported to CDC by May 28, 2009, 12:00 AM (midnight) ET
(Updated Mon, Wed, and Fri)
States* Confirmed and Probable Cases Deaths
84 cases
0 deaths
1 case
0 deaths
0 deaths
547 cases
4 deaths
804 cases
0 deaths
61 cases
0 deaths
196 cases
0 deaths
121 cases
0 deaths
166 cases
0 deaths
29 cases
0 deaths
73 cases
0 deaths
13 cases
0 deaths
1103 cases
3 deaths
146 cases
0 deaths
71 cases
0 deaths
79 cases
0 deaths
77 cases
0 deaths
122 cases
0 deaths
11 cases
0 deaths
48 cases
0 deaths
470 cases
0 deaths
234 cases
0 deaths
0 deaths
16 cases
0 deaths
36 cases
1 death
14 cases
0 deaths
43 cases
0 deaths
102 cases
0 deaths
New Hampshire
40 cases
0 deaths
New Jersey
74 cases
0 deaths
New Mexico
108 cases
0 deaths
New York
605 cases
4 deaths
North Carolina
14 cases
0 deaths
North Dakota
6 cases
0 deaths
23 cases
0 deaths
82 cases
0 deaths
148 cases
0 deaths
123 cases
0 deaths
Rhode Island
14 cases
0 deaths
South Carolina
46 cases
0 deaths
South Dakota
7 cases
0 deaths
104 cases
0 deaths
1403 cases
3 deaths
247 cases
1 death
3 cases
0 deaths
31 cases
0 deaths
575 cases
1 death
Washington, D.C.
20 cases
0 deaths
West Virginia
3 cases
0 deaths
1641 cases
0 deaths
2 cases
0 deaths
10,053 cases
17 deaths

*includes the District of Columbia

**one case is resident of KY but currently hospitalized in GA.

This table will be updated Monday, Wednesday and Friday at around 11 AM ET

International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health Organization.

NOTE: Because of daily reporting deadlines, the state totals reported by CDC may not always be consistent with those reported by state health departments. If there is a discrepancy between these two counts, data from the state health departments should be used as the most accurate number.

CDC’s response goals are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency.    

CDC continues to issue and update interim guidance daily in response to the rapidly evolving situation. Early this morning, CDC provided interim guidance on school closures. Supplies from CDC’s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) are being sent to all 50 states and U.S. territories to help them respond to the outbreak. In addition, the Federal Government and manufacturers have begun the process of developing a vaccine against this new virus.

Response actions are aggressive, but they may vary across states and communities depending on local circumstances. Communities, businesses, places of worship, schools and individuals can all take action to slow the spread of this outbreak. People who are sick are urged to stay home from work or school and to avoid contact with others, except to seek medical care. This action can avoid spreading illness further.”



Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists

This statement was just released by acting Health and Human Services Secretary, Charles E. Johnson 

“As a consequence of confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in California, Texas, Kansas, and New York, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Charles E. Johnson, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. § 247d, do hereby determine that a public health emergency exists nationwide involving Swine Influenza A that affects or has significant potential to affect national security.”

Released: April 26,2009 /

Becoming Provident Providers

Elder Rober D. Hales from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a great talk about becoming provident providers.  He  explains how going in to debt makes us not only temporally poor but also spiritually poor and when we go in to debt we put ourselves into self-imposed servitude.  He gives great counsel about provident living that can benefit us if we follow his words.

Here is a link to that talk:  Becoming Provident Providers Temprally and Spiritually.