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While the thought of a major uprising, the collapse of the government, terrorist attack or EMP may have started you on the path to preparedness, the risk of a major pandemic should be a consideration, too. If you’ve watched television shows like the 12 Monkeys or the Strain the potential can seem possible, but still quite Hollywood. A real potential for an outbreak won’t wipe out civilization as we know it or turn our spouses into zombies, but kill hundreds of people, maybe even thousands in a small area until it’s contained. Here are some pandemic preparedness tips for staying safe and healthy if there’s a pandemic.
1 Make sure you have adequate food and water available.
While there may be businesses open, you don’t want to go to them. Standing in line at a checkout, buying cereal or getting your favorite drinks could lead you to be exposed to the virus or bacteria, particularly if it’s airborne.
2 Seal the doors and windows with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
During times of a health crisis, such as a pandemic, the CDC recommends putting plastic on the windows to create an air tight barrier.
3 Have an air filter available that draws in fresh air.
Some experts suggest you seal off an inner room and filter the air coming into it. You can use an air filter or even a wet/dry vacuum with a HEPA filter. You don’t need to run it constantly, just about ten minutes every hour with a small opening under a door for the carbon dioxide to escape. If you don’t have a method of bringing in fresh air, it poses the potential of suffocation for your entire family.
4 Become a hermit.
Don’t leave the house and don’t let anyone in that might be contaminated, which is pretty much everyone that is out and about long after the warning is issued.
5 Duct tape and cover with plastic all vents and access points to the outside.
This includes all vents and electrical covers. Don’t forget the dryer vent!
6 You can even use the extra precaution of a face mask.
If the plague or pandemic causing virus or bacteria is bad in your neighborhood, you may want to take the extra safety precautions. Whether this illness is a natural occurrence or part of a plot for germ warfare, avoid the contamination as much as you can.
7 Keep up necessary hygienic practices.
Whether you’re in the middle of a pandemic or just the cold and flu season, hygiene plays a role in your exposure to the problem. Washing hands thoroughly and frequently is one way to steer clear of contamination, so is hand sanitizer.
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