As awareness and media spread about coronavirus; fear, anxiety and apprehension face us all.
The spread of the virus has been significant. Your preparation and planning should be in line with the risk we face. Sometimes the best way to stay safe in an emergency is to stay inside, as recommended by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Over the past week and coming weeks, we will hear terms like pandemic, social distancing, shelter-in-place, role of law enforcement during the pandemic and more.
The CDC defines a pandemic as an influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus. Pandemics happen when new (novel) influenza or viruses emerge which can infect people easily and spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way.
Shelter-in-place means finding a safe location indoors and staying there until you are given an “all clear” or told to evacuate. You may be asked to shelter in place because of an active shooter; tornado; or chemical, radiological, or COVID-19.
Used to describe public health focused practices to reduce the likelihood of disease by increasing the physical distance between one another. This can be applied in as individuals, small groups or as a community. The Center for Disease Control will issue guidance when necessary.
Medications – consider 3-5 days supply of any medication being taken by you or your loved ones.
Flashlight – Consider Ultra-Bright 3-LED Dynamo Flashlight, 12-LED Streamline Flashlight, or the ULTIMATE Dynamo Solar Powered Survival Radio.
Food – A supply of 3-5 days per person is recommended.
Can Opener – A high quality one in case of an emergency.
Water – A minimum of 1 gallon per person is recommended per day for drinking. Consider planning ahead with water pouches that stores water with a 5-year shelf life.
Hygiene Kit – Start with basics like body wash, soap, toothbrush and toilet paper for 5 days for each person.
First-Aid Kit – During a pandemic, hospitals will be limited in their response to treatment. Consider a first-aid kit with a tourniquet, hemostatic gauze, antiseptic, gloves, bandages, Tylenol and Motrin. Also consider allergy medications such as Benadryl or EpiPen.
Power Cords/ Chargers / Batteries – Plan ahead and keep additional chargers or power cords available for all devices. Batteries will also be essential should you need them. Having multiples size batteries available will be helpful in an emergency.
With founded and unfounded information, one concern is Marshall Law and the role of military and law enforcement during this time. You
should know the role of law enforcement is to maintain public order and: – Provide security for vaccine/treatment transport and vaccine
distribution sites. Additionally, law enforcement will be asked to assist in executing public health orders, provide initial site security as needed at medical facilities and similar venues, and assist with handling mass fatalities.
We are available to build pandemic programs when the time is right. Until then, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to email us