There is no time like the present to prepare for an influenza pandemic. Everyone should know both the magnitude of what can happen during a pandemic outbreak and what actions can be taken to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on a Family.

This checklist will help with gathering the information and resources needed in case of a flu pandemic.

Planning for a pandemic

Store a two-week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.

Periodically check regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in the home.

Have nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.

Talk with Family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they get sick, or what will be needed to care for them in the home.

Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response.

Get involved in the community as it works to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Limiting the spread of germs, preventing infection

Teach children to wash hands frequently with soap and water and model the current behavior.

Teach children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and be sure to model that behavior.

Teach children to stay away from others as much as possible if they are sick.

Stay home from work and school if sick.

Items to have on hand for an extended stay at home

Examples of food and non-perishables include:
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, beans and soups
Protein or fruit bars
Dry cereal or granola
Peanut butter or nuts
Dried fruit
Canned juices
Bottled water
Canned or jarred baby food and formula
Pet food
Other nonperishable foods
Examples of medical, health and emergency supplies:
Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipment
Soap and water or alcohol-based (60-95 percent) hand wash
Medicines for fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Anti-diarrheal medication
Fluids with electrolytes
Cleansing agent/soap
Portable radio
Manual can opener
Garbage bags
Tissues, toilet paper and disposable diapers