posted on Jan, 29 2006 @ 03:52 PM
My wife is an ER nurse in Mesa, Arizona. Earlier this month, one of the local hospital Emergency Rooms had to shut down for several hours due to a
higher-than-usual incidence of a relative mild influenza, coupled with our usual influx of winter visitors. A resulting series of articles in the
local papers showed that, even under typical circumstances, Phoenix-area hospitals are already stretched to near breaking in the wintertime, and any
serious outbreak of ANYTHING could possibly cause a severe compromise of the entire hospital infrastructure here.
In otherwords, in case of a pandemic, there might not be any medical services available to you.
Over the past three weeks, my wife and a friend of mine (a physician whose church strongly recomends that he keep a years' supply of food for his
family) have been talking about what a typical urban or suburban family could do to pull through, say, three weeks of possible illness with little or
no hospitalization or organzied medicine available.
They have come up with several lists, and suggestions about what the possible scenarios might be and how we would meet them.
Over the next day or so, I will be posting these ideas for your comments and interest. I'd ask anyone who is interested in developing some sort of
coherent preparedness approach to feel free to join in on this thread, as I'm sure we can all learn from each other.