The Coming Bird Flu Pandemic -- More Than Just A Movie

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Reactions to the ABC movie "Fatal Contact/ Bird Flu in America" will vary from the naysayer that believes that such a thing could never happen -- all the way to the folks who go out and dig up the old bomb shelter. The website "PlanForFlu.com offers practical suggestions for the rest of us, families that want to have a plan in place to help them deal with this as well as similar emergencies. The most complete lists along with offering essential products make this a site that you will visit often.

Reactions to the ABC movie "Fatal Contact/ Bird Flu in America" will vary from the naysayer that believes that such a thing could never happen -- all the way to the folks who go out and dig up the old bomb shelter. The website "PlanForFlu.com offers practical suggestions for the rest of us, families that want to have a plan in place to help them deal with this as well as similar emergencies. The most complete lists along with offering essential products make this a site that you will visit often.

PlanForFlu.com has practical answers for many of the more overwhelming avian flu questions like, “What if the water treatment facilities fail during an Avian Flu pandemic?” We know that the water treatment plants need electricity, and they need humans to run them. PlanForFlu.com offers a product (used by the U.S, Military in Iraq and Afghanistan) that will actually purify almost any source of water and make it safe to drink. You can easily and safely make drinkable the water in a swimming pool, lake, or from the pond on a nearby golf course! In a world where bioterrorists could interrupt our water supply, or we could have another natural disaster the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina, it is irresponsible for every household not to own this inexpensive ($129.95 with free shipping) device.

Having a good home and family disaster plan in place can alleviate mush of the fear and anxiety.

The professionals at Plan For Flu have combined their knowledge of science, medicine, survivalism, and then tested the best products and supplies. What they have created is a very comprehensive website giving ordinary families the information necessary to plan for (and survive) a widespread bird flu pandemic.

Obviously, during a pandemic of nationwide and worldwide proportions, no government would have the capability of protecting every citizen. In prior pandemics, those who survived were those who did not panic, and those who did not sit back and expect someone else to take care of them. They used their heads, prepared as best they could and limited their risk of exposure. It is only common sense.

If a Super Flu sweeps the globe, who will grow, and transport food and other necessities? Stock and sell the groceries we need to survive? Protect us from criminals? Keep electricity, gas, and water flowing? Haul away the garbage? Who will care for a sick family member if the hospitals are overwhelmed or the caregivers sick themselves?

Everyone would like to do the right things to protect their family in the face of a disaster. Recent hurricanes have shown us that it doesn’t take much to interrupt our food, water, or utility supplies for days, weeks, or even longer. Many people are aware there could be shortages during a flu epidemic, but they won't ACT until it's too late. They just don't like to think about it. It's easy to become complacent, to feel immunity from disaster. And there will always be the naysayer, and the "my government will take care of me" types. And some are just not sure where to start to prepare.

Once the news media announces U.S. cases, the opportunity for obtaining supplies will be lost. Just a few determined families with multiple carts could decimate the staple supplies on local grocery shelves. We take the grocery store for granted. How quickly we would learn if the shelves were bare or the stores were closed.

During an influenza pandemic, you may be required to spend hours or even days in long "bread lines" of infected people to receive limited supplies of food and water. PlanForFlu.com is telling people: Don't be in line for your can of Spam. Individuals would like to prepare for bird flu in a reasonable manner, and to get the things they will need while they are still available. Many absolute necessities, such as water filters, survival radios, and protective masks, will be unavailable at the first hint of Avian Influenza.

A vaccine won't be readily available for H5N1 for many months or even years from the time the bird flu influenza strain mutates to an efficient human form. The global business community hasn't planned for how to stay in business during a flu pandemic, and they could be at a standstill when their workers are too sick or too scared to show up.

None of the scientists will say that it won't happen. Every world leader has warned their country. They do all seem to agree that it is inevitable, sooner or later. The World Heath Organization, the United States Government, and the head of the United Nations have all warned us, but we either don’t want to hear it or they aren’t saying it loud enough.

The answer is not to catch it. The answer is for people to have the food and supplies they need before disaster strikes.

These are the concepts that are communicated to other informed citizens calmly and logically. The http://www.PlanForFlu.com website explains these preparations can be helpful for a wide variety of circumstances, so even if the pandemic never comes, the effort is not wasted. Earthquake, hurricanes, ice storms, blizzards, tornado, utility outages, have always been a threat. Now we face threats of terrorism and nuclear proliferation. Even the effects of the loss of a job for an extended period can be mitigated by having stores of supplies to tide you over. Purchasing these items over time and rotating supplies makes the process manageable. If everyone waits for disastrous news before they prepare, the stores will be stripped in minutes.

This website simply encourages individuals to learn how to deal with emergencies by thoughtfully preparing, and provides the information and resources to do just that.

PlanForFlu.com is a comprehensive resource, which includes lots of practical information, and a detailed listing of the items that would be needed to survive any disaster.

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