Emergency PreparednessHow to Prepare for a Flu Pandemic

How to Prepare for a Flu Pandemic


Home Ready Home website shares some tips to prepare for a flu pandemic. As of January, 7th 2014 the city of Portland Oregon has had 7 deaths and over 179 people hospitalized form H1N1 flu virus. Many more have been affected  but those are the official numbers the local newscast has released.

The Centers for Disease Control says influenza season can last into spring, and it contributes to the deaths of an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Americans each year.

Many people don’t realize how deadly a flu pandemic can be: ” The 1918 flu pandemic  (January 1918 – December 1920) was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus (the second being the 2009 flu pandemic). It infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them—3 to 5 percent of the world’s population —making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history “… as quoted by Wikipedia.

The movie “Contagion” a medical thriller starring Matt Damon was very frustrating to watch as a person who has taken the time to educate and prepare herself for a flu pandemic. The number one thing I noticed that Matt Damon playing the character of the father was forced to go out to try to forage of food among the sick desperate crowds of people because he had no FOOD STORAGE.

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Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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