Sunday, September 23, 2007
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced the start of a public education campaign to encourage Connecticut residents to be prepared for pandemic influenza.
“September is National Preparedness Month, and we need to make certain we are prepared for any type of disaster, whether it is natural or manmade,” Rell said in a statement.
“While no one knows for sure when a pandemic will strike, we know that pandemics do happen. Fortunately, we can take steps now to prepare for this potential public health crisis.”
Westport officials announced in June that they were refining the town’s pandemic flu preparedness plans. (See WestportNow June 29, 2007)
The educational campaign is designed to arm Connecticut residents with important information about pandemic influenza, how it differs from seasonal influenza, what they can expect to happen during a pandemic and steps they can take now to prepare, the governor’s office said.
Elements of the campaign include:
• A 30-second television message from Rell on how to protect oneself from seasonal flu and prepare for pandemic flu. The message will air on network affiliates, cable and the Univision channel
• Advertising in ethnic newspapers (including advertisements in Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, French Creole and Chinese)
• Grocery bag stuffers that feature information about a pandemic influenza preparedness kit distributed through A&P, Big Y, C-Town, Shaw’s, ShopRite and Stop & Shop supermarket chains and Foodshare, the chain of 400 food banks in the state.
• Distribution of an informational pamphlet through Department of Public Health healthcare and community partners
Posted 09/23/07 at 08:15 PM
2 weeks is not enough supplies to last the 6-8 weeks of a pandemic wave. The Fed Gov has said there will be disruptions to the food, medical and power supplies.
There will be too much competition for the supplies in the stores when the pandemic starts.
Begin NOW to prepare your home.