It is important to plan for a flu pandemic, as in any other emergency. In a pandemic event, schools may close at times, working might be difficult or not possible, transportation may be disrupted, and supplies could be limited. You can prepare by storing essential supplies at home, such as food, water, and prescription medicine; practice common-sense, such as covering your coughs and sneezes, and washing your hands frequently to keep from spreading germs. Preparing and staying informed are the best responses now, and public health officials will provide more specific information during the pandemic. Your participation and cooperation will be important to the response effort, and individuals are encouraged to volunteer with local organizations to help in emergency response.
The American Red Cross provides sample family/individual disaster plans, information on preparing for emergencies, and contacts for your local Red Cross chapter: http://www.redcross.org/
The 9-1-1 Disability Indicator Program allows individuals with special needs to register so that 9-1-1 dispatchers will note the specific needs of the individual when they call 9-1-1 from their home telephone:
www.mass.gov/e911/muni.htm or contact the Statewide Emergency Telecommunications Board at 508-828-2911 (TTY 508-828-4572)
Additional Resources and Volunteer Information
Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinators, Regional Hospital Coordinators, and Health Educators:
Emergency Management Director for each town in the Commonwealth:
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health