Storms come in all shapes and sizes and types?
Not all storms come in the form of a weather related disaster; some storms can't be seen. But; they can still be prepared for.
The CDC strives to continuously gather data and information in an attempt to give us the most current information available.
Pandemics are something most of us have not had to deal with in our lifetime but are something that we have seen before.
A pandemic is a disease outbreak that spans several countries and affects a large number of people. Pandemics are most often caused by viruses, like Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which can easily spread from person to person.
A new virus, like Covid-19, can emerge from anywhere and quickly spread around the world. It is hard to predict when or where the next new pandemic will emerge.
According to the CDC, if a pandemic is declared, there are some basic steps to follow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when in public.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of disease.
- Follow the guidance of the CDC
How to Prepare Yourself for a Pandemic.
- Learn how diseases spread to help protect yourself and others. Viruses can be spread from person to person, from a non-living object to a person and by people who are infected but don’t have any symptoms.
- Prepare for the possibility of schools, workplaces and community centers being closed. Investigate and prepare for virtual coordination for school, work (telework) and social activities.
- Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days or weeks. Supplies may include cleaning supplies, non-perishable foods, prescriptions and bottled water. Buy supplies slowly to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to buy what they need.
- Create an emergency plan so that you and your family know what to do and what you will need in case an outbreak happens. Consider how a pandemic may affect your plans for other emergencies.
- Review your health insurance policies to understand what they cover, including telemedicine options.
- Create password-protected digital copies of important documents and store in a safe place. Watch out for scams and fraud.
Preparation is key to any disaster or storm and we've covered what you can do to be as prepared as you can be. The CDC offers much information on how you can keep yourself safe during and after a pandemic.
Staying safe and prepared is the SERVPRO way!