I began taking Survival Skills serious the first trip I made to Florida for Hurricane
Disaster Relief. I was serving in a Feeding Crew so we were in and sitting up at first light.
I saw a lot of people who were at our mercy for food. No power; roads blocked by downed
trees & power lines for miles.
My myth of a country boy surviving on wild game & his wits was crushed.
I hadn't butchered a hog or used a smoke house since I was in my teens.
At the time the basic recommendation was 72 hr's of water, food, fuel, & shelter.
Now with Avian Influenza (bird flu) Pandemic it is 2 weeks minimum.
I understand Mormons teach 6 months of Preparedness for independent living.
According to my intel; the Regional Disaster Planners are focusing on Pandemic Flu. If
for no other reason than that they can see it's coming more clearly than the dirty bomb.
Historically we are overdrew for a Pandemic; hopefully modern medicine will extend it
further & farther into the future.
With world travel as it is, infection can be an eight lagged spider multiplying by the time the
Epidemic is identified. A person infected with the flu may transmit it for two days before they
have symptoms, and for five to seven days after symptoms begin.
H5N1 is the prime identified suspect; when (and if) it is able to transfer from human to
human; maybe 2years; maybe 12years
American Red Cross - Pandemic Flu Home
The mission of the American Red Cross is helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Pandemic Flu Home
Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families
For more information, contact your local American Red Cross chapter, visit
or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Many of the recommendations in this brochure are from the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care or current public health advice. Seek advice from your health-care provider, the CDC
and your local health department.
As with all medications and treatments, there are side effects and potential complications.
Seek professional advice from your health-care professional to make sure any medication or
vaccination is appropriate to your health.
The previous posts in this thread are so good this was the only facet where I could
Survival Skills "it becomes a life style--almost a religion.