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No one likes to think about - let alone talk about - an emergency that could disrupt our daily lives, or worst, do harm to us or our loved ones. A little planning can make the difference between tragedy and survival.

To combat the spread of flu, you should take the usual steps associated with healthy living; eat a balanced diet, exercise daily, get enough rest and drink plenty of fluids. It is also a good idea to get your seasonal flu shot.

In addition, you should:

  • Wash hands frequently using soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue; or cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Put used tissue in the trash and then wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and
  • Stay away from others as much as possible if you do get sick.
  • In the event of a pandemic, services and supplies we count on every day may not be available. Every individual and family could be on their own and without care, for extended periods. You should put together emergency supplies for your staff and make sure they are freshened regularly. The most recent Pandemic Checklist from the Centers for Disease Control is attached. These are the current recommendations for businesses to prepare for a pandemic event.

Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist