"Think of this swine flu outbreak like severe weather. If you thought a storm was coming - you would take steps to prepare yourself," said Nicole Holtgrefe, director of preparedness and client services for the St. Louis Area Chapter. "No one can prevent a pandemic from happening, but we can work together to minimize its impact."And this from Governor Jay Nixon: "Gov. Jay Nixon directs public health officials to prepare state for possible bout with new strain of swine flu."
Simple steps every family can take; time to prepare is now
St. Louis, Monday, April 27, 2009 -- With 20 documented cases of swine flu confirmed in the United States and the government declaring a public health emergency, the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter is advising people to take this opportunity to prepare now for the possibility of a pandemic. A pandemic flu is a newly emerged type of infection that can cause serious illness, is easily spread from person to person, and spreads globally. So far, there have not been any reported cases in Missouri or Illinois. But now is a good time to take small steps to get prepared.
"Think of this swine flu outbreak like severe weather. If you thought a storm was coming - you would take steps to prepare yourself," said Nicole Holtgrefe, director of preparedness and client services for the St. Louis Area Chapter. "No one can prevent a pandemic from happening, but we can work together to minimize its impact."
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Planning now will make it easier for you and your family during a pandemic. One simple action you can take to reduce the impact of a flu pandemic is to stock up on supplies. This will make it easier to stay at home for an extended period of time and will be helpful in the event that you are unable to get to a store (or if stores are out of supplies).
About the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter:
Founded in 1917, the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter celebrates 92 years of dedicated service, providing emergency relief and preparedness training more than 402,700 times each year. The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and depends on the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors to provide a wide range of community support services, including disaster relief, first aid and CPR training, water safety, services to military personnel and support for blood services. The Chapter, a proud United Way agency, provides programs and services to St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County in Missouri, as well as Monroe, St. Clair (including Scott Air Force Base) and part of Madison County in Illinois. All disaster relief services are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of the American people. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the St. Louis Area Chapter at 314.516.2800 or www.redcrossstl.org.