Emergency preparedness: flu pandemic

El Segundo, California – Message from Boeing

In our continuing efforts to increase employee awareness in preparing for emergencies, this month we are providing you with information on influenza pandemic planning and what actions you can take to help lessen the impact on you and your family. You should know both the magnitude of what can happen during an outbreak and how you can prepare for an influenza pandemic.

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population, and it begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide. A pandemic is determined by spread of disease, not its ability to cause death.

This checklist will help you gather the information and resources you may need in case of a flu pandemic.

To plan 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 for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain reĀ­lievers, 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 got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
  • Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response.
  • Get involved in your community and understand how it works to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

To limit the spread of germs and prevent infection:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.