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Influenza or Other Health Emergency

During any Public Health Emergency there are some things that Navy Personnel and their families should take into consideration. For instance some services such as banks, dining facilities, and grocery stores may curtail operations to prevent the spread of a contagious illness. Operations at Naval Base Kitsap may also be limited due to people being absent from key facilities. Your Emergency Management staff has included a CDC checklist on how families can prepare should an outbreak of Influenza or other health emergencies occur in the Northwest region. As other information becomes available we will continue to inform our Navy family through public awareness articles and command information bulletins.

You can prepare for an influenza pandemic now. You should know both the magnitude of what can happen during a pandemic outbreak and what actions you can take to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your family. This checklist will help you gather the information and resources you may need in case of a flu pandemic.

  1. To plan for a pandemic:
    1. Store a 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.
    2. Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
    3. 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.
    4. Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response.
    5. Get involved in your community as it works to prepare for an influenza pandemic.
  2. To limit the spread of germs and prevent infection:
    1. Teach your children to wash hands frequently with soap and water, and model the correct behavior.
    2. Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, and be sure to model that behavior.
    3. Teach your children to stay away from others as much as possible if they are sick. Stay home from work and school if sick.
  3. Items to have on hand for an extended stay at home:

Examples of food and non-perishables Examples of medical, health, and emergency supplies
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and soups Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipment
Protein or fruit bars Soap and water, or alcohol-based hand wash
Dry cereal or granola Medicines for fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Peanut butter or nuts Thermometer
Dried fruit Anti-diarrheal medication
Crackers Vitamins
Canned juices Fluids with electrolytes
Bottled water Cleansing agent/soap
Canned or jarred baby food and formula Flashlight
Pet food Batteries
  Portable radio
  Manual can opener
  Garbage bags
  Tissues, toilet paper, disposable diapers


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