He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge… Psalm 91:4. MorningStar Disaster Response. Personal Preparedness. Basic Principles of Personal Preparedness
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under His wings you shall take refuge…
Basic Principles of Personal Preparedness
Types of Events
Avian Flu Strains are
among the most menacing
For example, about a third of the lions on Africa's Serengeti Plain died of distemper virus in the early 1990s, and more than 50% of gorillas and chimpanzees have died of Ebola virus infection in this decade, he said.
"Given what we know of the capability of flu viruses in general and this virus (H5N1) in particular, we have to take it seriously and . . . prepare for a pandemic that could cause a very high mortality," Fedson said. "We have to recognize that we're as vulnerable as the gorillas and chimps."
David Fedson, MD, a retired professor of medicine from the University of Virginia (January 11, 2008)
The next Pandemic is not a matter
of if, but when.
No one knows when.
It could be tomorrow or in 10 years.
Experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) and elsewhere believe that the world is now closer to another influenza pandemic than at any time since 1968, when the last of the previous century's three pandemics occurred.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control infected various laboratory animals with the virus (H5N1), taking out and adding genes, to measure its exact effect.
They found that changing just 20 to 30 out of the 4,000 amino acids contained in the original bird flu viral proteins made it into a human killer. In other words, the mutation that turned the virus from a bird killer into a human killer was very small.
Prague, 6 October 2005 (RFE/RL)
“This virus (H5N1) has demonstrated an unprecedented ability to change through mutation.”
Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News. Jan 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News)
“The 1918 pandemic spread more or less simultaneously in 3 distinct waves during an 12-month period in 1918–1919, in Europe, Asia, and North America.”
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Vol. 12, No. 1, January 2006
Even with modern antiviral and antibacterial drugs, vaccines, and prevention knowledge, the return of a pandemic virus equivalent in pathogenicity to the virus of 1918 would likely kill >100 million people worldwide. A pandemic virus with the (alleged) pathogenic potential of some recent H5N1 outbreaks could cause substantially more deaths.
- Taubenberger JK, Morens DM. 1918 Influenza: The Mother of all Pandemics.
A recent flu mediation drill run in New Jersey showed that power and water could no longer be supplied to the town not due to lack of workers but lack of fuel when the town’s borders were closed. (PodCast – Wall Street Journal 2007)
“It is very possible that substantial disruption of basic services (such as healthcare, food, clothing, provision of utilities [e.g., water, electricity], and transportation) will occur.” Osterholm 2005: Preparing for the Next Pandemic
A prudent person foresees danger and prepares himself.
Proverbs 22:3 (TLB)
But the people that know their God shall be strong, and take action.
Daniel 11:32 (Darby)
at that time
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Matthew 25:1
Matt. 25:10 The Wise Virgins: “They that were ready” Literally means the ready or prepared ones.
The words Prepared and Ready (hetoimos) are used over 300 times in the bible.
Researchers at Brigham Young University show that properly packaged, low-moisture foods stored at room temperature or cooler (75°F/24°C or lower) remain nutritious and edible much longer than previously thought.
Temperature & packaging is the Key!
Use within six months:
Use within one year, or label “use before date”:
May be stored indefinitely (in proper containers and conditions):
“7 Mistakes of Food Storage” From: Backwoods Home Magazine