You plan and prepare and plan – and then you find out what you really need. To save time and frustration (and possibly a life), please read the new Ready or Not article Emergency Information Packets.
Monthly Archives: May 2009
Ta da! You’ve reached the last step in the food storage worksheets. You can read here about the sixth step — the food storage balance sheet. Congratulations on all of your hard work! Doesn’t it feel good to be so prepared?
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified antimicrobial products that are registered by EPA to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces that may be contaminated with the 2009-H1N1 flu. Here is their influenza product list of the 500 approved items.
You can now read about step five with the food storage calculation worksheets. Your patience in this process will now start to pay off! You’re almost finished — just one more worksheet to go!
Please, please, PLEASE don’t fall for the “We can cure the Swine flu” schemes; just wash your hands often, use protective hand disinfectants, stay away from sick people, don’t go out when you are sick, eat healthy, get enough rest and stay positive. This will do more than any herb, pill or “magic potion”! This is good advice with or without an impending pandemic – keep your cool and be sensible. And get your food and water stored!
Read the following article from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning unscrupulous people trying to take advantage of your fear…and if you find any, TURN ‘EM IN at: http://www.fda.gov/oci/flucontact.html
“Offending web sites and illegal activity targeted for action”
Products that are offered for sale to the public with claims to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat, or cure infections caused by the H1N1 influenza virus that have not been proven to be safe and effective for these uses must be carefully evaluated. Many of these deceptive products are being sold over the Internet via illegitimate web sites. The operators of these web sites take advantage of the public’s concerns about H1N1 influenza and their desire to protect themselves and their families. These fraudulent products come in all varieties and could include dietary supplements or other food products, or products purporting to be drugs, devices or vaccines. Such fraudulent products will not prevent the transmission of the virus or offer effective treatments against infections caused by the H1N1 influenza virus.
“The last thing any consumer needs right now is to be conned by someone selling fraudulent flu remedies,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “The FTC will act swiftly against companies that resort to deceptive advertising.”
Consumers are urged to contact their health care providers or legitimate medical supply services if they have questions or concerns about medical products or personal protective equipment. Consumers are also urged to visit the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web sites for more information about this emergency, and to determine which products the FDA has approved, cleared or authorized for use to diagnose, treat, prevent, mitigate or cure infections caused by H1N1 influenza virus.
Consumers should also visit FDA’s web site for tips about how to protect themselves when buying medicines online: http://www.fda.gov/buyonlineguide/
The two antiviral drugs approved by the FDA for treatment and prophylaxis of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus are Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) and Relenza (zanamivir). Tamiflu and Relenza, in addition to their approved labeling, have Emergency Use Authorizations that describe specific authorized uses during this public health emergency.
For more information about FDA-approved antiviral drugs for influenza, see http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/antivirals/influenza/default.htm.
For more information on CDC recommendations regarding use of antiviral drugs against the current novel 2009 H1N1 influenza strain, see http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/?s_cid=swineFlu_outbreak_001.
For more information about personal protective equipment see http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ppe/.
At present, there are no licensed vaccines approved for this new H1N1 influenza virus.
Consumers are urged to report any suspected fraudulent products or criminal activity relating to FDA regulated products associated with H1N1 Flu Virus (Swine Flu), including the names of web sites that may be offering these products for sale, to the FDA by visiting: http://www.fda.gov/oci/flucontact.html“