Personal Preparedness - What does it Mean?
Being Personally Prepared for Pandemic
Personal preparedness in pandemic or pre-pandemic situations requires unique strategies. In this context, being personally prepared includes listening to and following guidelines for the protection of public health. This means frequent hand washing, voluntarily staying home if you suspect you are ill (or keeping ill family members at home) and practicing social distancing (limiting non-essential contact with others). Experts predict that a vaccine will not be available until approximately 6 months after a pandemic begins. These, and other, non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are the best way to prevent contracting and/or spreading communicable diseases and avoid the need for medication that may or may not be available.
How Can I Prepare?
For more information about Personal Preparedness and useful planning materials, including checklists for individuals and businesses, please visit our Public Health Preparedness Resources.