What should I do to prepare for a pandemic?
There are a few simple steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family for a possible pandemic. Dr. Osterholm suggests that you:
- Stock your cabinets with enough canned goods to last four to five weeks.
- Stockpile your prescription drugs, if possible.
- Speak with city officials to make sure your community has enough chlorine on hand to purify the water, in case shipments stop coming. Many cities only keep enough chlorine on hand to last five to seven days.
There are also many lessons we can learn from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Osterholm says. Americans need to be prepared to live without modern luxuries, and communities should have a plan to bury their dead in a timely, respectful manner.