I think that it is very important that we be aware of the N1H1 flu and to take some precautions. However, I think some may have gone way too far. My great state, Texas, has stopped all UIL activities until sometime in May. There might be some validity in not bringing in bus loads of kids from all over the state to one central place at this time. I get that and I do believe that is being cautious since there are some cases of H1N1 in this state already.
Now Forth Worth has closed all schools and there IS NO FLU AT ALL THERE?!?!!? What is up with that? What did all of those parents do this morning when they had no place at all for little Dick and Jane to go? All of us who have had kids know how hard it is to find a good sitter. How in the world do you think there are going to be enough people to watch these children? Let's face it...I have a good job and sick leave. I could get by with it. There are 11 of us here. Five of us have children. That would cut my work force in half almost. That would cause a handship. What about the poor parents that cannot take off? Do you think that McDonald's and Kroger are going to understanding when half of their work force cannot come in? What is that going to do for the economy??
And what in the heck is Egypt thinking ordering all pigs killed???
I am a firm believe in being prepared for things. Plus, I am a stock piler. That, I believe, comes from one of my grandmothers and from some of my life experiences. I also keep certain foods bought up. I even have a 72 hour pack for me and one for Bebo. If you want to know more about that, just let me know. I am about to re-pack them and do some updating. If anyone is interested, I will do a blog post about that.
oooooohhhhh....NOW I see you are all excited for Mindy's Henny Pennyness!
So how am I prepared for this? I always have a flu stash in my house. There are just some things that I am prepared for because I would not want to be caught unprepared. I rebuild my stash each year. When the flu season has passed, we use up out of the stash so that the items do not get old.
My stash includes: Flu meds, anti-diarrhea meds, Puffs, toilet tissue, wet wipes, Lysol, water, Advil, Motrin, Tang, Gatorade, hand sanitizer, soap, fruit roll ups and energy bars (for their carbs and sugar). I also have plenty of soups and bullions stocked up in the kitchen for easy fixing.
And I keep my stash in the top of the bathroom cabinet so that it is not in the way.
I do think it is important to have some things on hand on the itty bitty chance that you do catch this flu. You would not want to be going out and picking these things up if you were sick. Plus, you would not want to run the risk of infecting others. I also have dog and cat food plus cat liter bought up.
At work, we are using Lysol and I have hand sanitizer on my desk. I am not going to see anyone that might be sick. We deal with a lot of people that do cross the border or are in contact with people who cross.
I think that the best plan is to: be aware, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and keep plenty of craft supplies, net flix movies and popcorn handy in your home just in case they shut down the city. *grins*
Plus keep plenty of cheese for the rockin' fondue pot from Sue! Isn't this pot just so sweet! I will be happy in my house eating fondue and crafting and being PREPARED!
Edited to add: I posed the question about what people have bought up to be prepared on Twitter and Facebook a few days ago. It quickly went into a discussion about Zombies. And if Zombies can use their thumbs. Feel free to discuss that in comments also.
I wonder who it did not get a cool name like the Zombie flu or something?