Preparing for a Pandemic

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Robert Jackson's slides from his May 31, 2009 presentation on what we can do personally and as families to prepare for a pandemic.

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Preparing for a Pandemic

  1. 1. Preparing our families for a Pandemic
  2. 2. What is a Pandemic? <ul><li>Answer: an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or even throughout the world </li></ul>
  3. 3. Prophecies of Plagues and Pestilence <ul><li>“ And plagues shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work …” (D&C 84:97) </li></ul><ul><li>“ And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague , and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also ...” (D&C 87:6) </li></ul><ul><li>In John's Revelation about the last days plagues are reference in 5 different chapters. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Lord will bless us but He also expects us to do our best to prepare <ul><li>“ if ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” (D&C 88:119) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples of Pandemics <ul><li>Smallpox (killed 100+ million in 20 th century) </li></ul><ul><li>Bubonic & Pneumonic plague “Black Death” (killed an estimated 100 million in 6 th century and 1/4 th to 1/3 rd of Europe in the 14 th century) </li></ul><ul><li>AIDs (has killed over 25 million since 1980) </li></ul><ul><li>1918 Spanish Flu (H1N1 influenza) (killed 20-100 million in 2 years) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Have We Learned From Recent H1N1 “Swine Flu” Outbreak <ul><li>Schools closed </li></ul><ul><li>Public transportation shut down </li></ul><ul><li>Public events eliminated for unknown duration (church, athletic events, concerts, funerals, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Shortage of supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Quarantine is a reality </li></ul>
  7. 7. Family Preparations for a Pandemic <ul><li>Get a three month supply of the foods you normally eat and inventory it so you know what you really have. </li></ul><ul><li>Get copies of medical records for all members of the family. ( You may need these when talking with medical personnel over the phone. Even your doctor may be working from home if he becomes ill, and away from any records. ) </li></ul><ul><li>Teach your family proper hygiene habits and practice them </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan to communicate with family and friends during a period of quarantine. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan & location for quarantine within the household </li></ul>
  8. 8. Teenagers' Prep for Pandemic <ul><li>Understand the symptoms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incubation period (for influenza its 1-4 days) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help parents with inventory of supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare to do school work at home if schools are closed (practice teaching younger children school lessons and scripture study) </li></ul><ul><li>Stay home when sick, avoid other family </li></ul><ul><li>Social Distancing (6 foot rule) </li></ul><ul><li>Learn Proper Personal Hygiene </li></ul>
  9. 9. Social Distancing <ul><li>Six foot rule </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid confined (indoors) gatherings of people </li></ul><ul><li>If you must break “Six Foot” rule then were an N95 respirator </li></ul>
  10. 10. Personal Hygiene <ul><li>Hand washing – 20-30 Seconds of lather </li></ul><ul><li>Cover coughs and sneezes (dispose of tissues properly, don't contaminate surfaces) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Items Stored for Pandemic (3 month supply) <ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>Soap (hand soap and laundry soap) </li></ul><ul><li>Bleach or other disinfectant (e.g., Lysol) </li></ul><ul><li>Rag(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Water, clean water source, or filters (2 weeks at least) </li></ul><ul><li>2 way radios with rechargeable batteries and a battery charger </li></ul><ul><li>2 - 5 Gallon bucket(s) or the equivalent. </li></ul><ul><li>basic medical supplies to fight the symptoms of the flu: headache, fever, diarrhea, cough and vomiting </li></ul>
  12. 12. Items - continued <ul><li>Gasoline/Diesel (keep vehicles filled as much as possible) </li></ul><ul><li>Paper and Pens should the 2-way radios give out </li></ul><ul><li>Disposable vinyl, nitrile, or latex gloves </li></ul><ul><li>Mask and Respirators </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for keeping time for communication and symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Thermometer </li></ul><ul><li>Toilet Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Items to have on hand to entertain in case of quarantine </li></ul><ul><li>foods and drink (electrolyts) for those who are ill </li></ul>
  13. 13. Items - continued <ul><li>Protective clothing (long sleeved coveralls with a waterproof apron) or a disposable surgical gown </li></ul><ul><li>Disposable shoe covers or those that can be disinfected </li></ul><ul><li>Safety goggles or face shield </li></ul>
  14. 14. Face Masks vs Respirators Primarily intended to protect others from the wearer Primarily intended to protect the wearer from airborne particulates
  15. 15. Respirators: NOISH & CDC Guidance <ul><li>Recent CDC infection control guidance documents provide recommendations that healthcare workers protect themselves from diseases potentially spread through the air (such as SARS or tuberculosis) by wearing a fit tested respirator at least as protective as a NIOSH-approved N95 respirator. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/ </li></ul>
  16. 16. NOISH Respirators (disposable) <ul><li>Type Description </li></ul><ul><li>N95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles. Not resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>N99 Filters at least 99% of airborne particles. Not resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>N100 Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles. Not resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>R95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles. Somewhat resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>R99* Filters at least 99% of airborne particles. Somewhat resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>R100* Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles. Somewhat resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>P95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles. Strongly resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>P99* Filters at least 99% of airborne particles. Strongly resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>P100 Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles. Strongly resistant to oil. </li></ul><ul><li>* No NIOSH approvals are held by this type of disposable particulate respirator. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Common N 95 Respirators -
  18. 18. N100 Respirators
  19. 19. Doctrine & Coventants 97 <ul><li>22 For behold, and lo, vengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind; and who shall escape it? </li></ul><ul><li>23 The Lord’s scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people; yea, it shall not be stayed until the Lord come; </li></ul><ul><li>24 For the indignation of the Lord is kindled against their abominations and all their wicked works. </li></ul><ul><li>25 Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her. </li></ul><ul><li>26 But if she observe not to do whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her according to all her works, with sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire. </li></ul>

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