The public is urged to use good sanitation practices in an effort to be proactive and stay informed about pandemics and flu, emerging symptoms, and how to best stay healthy.
Most of our lives are a combination of work, family and community involvement. An infectious disease outbreak or pandemic can disrupt and affect all of these areas. The threats of new infectious diseases are a growing concern, and when a new kind of virus spreads easily from person to person throughout the world, it becomes a pandemic. Planning for an outbreak is essential. Being informed and knowing what to do will help minimize the impact in our daily lives, work, and activities. Browse this site for helpful guidance, advice and tools. Use the Links section to find out more information on various aspects of any current or emerging situation, such as the current Ebola outbreak.
A pandemic can emerge quickly and advance preparedness can make a difference for you and your family. The steps taken to prepare for any kind of disaster are the same needed for pandemic preparedness. The key is the length of time to be prepared for. In the event of quarantine or a need to isolate you and your family, it is recommended that you have approximately 3 weeks of supplies. This would include food, water, critical prescription medications, basic non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, etc.
Having adequate cleaning, sanitation and personal hygiene supplies on hand will also make a tremendous difference in your ability to survive on your own. These supplies should include bleach, paper towels and toilet paper, face masks and a quantity of medical gloves.
Flu/influenza continues to be one of our most common pandemic threats. Even in an ordinary flue season, thousands will die as a result of the flu. Simple, everyday actions that can prevent the spread of illness should be incorporated into everyone’s daily routines. These include:
- Most importantly, if you are sick, stay home! By limiting your contact with others, you will limit the spread of disease. While the incubation period for contagious diseases varies, you should stay home until you are asymptomatic for 24 or more hours.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash immediately after you are through with it.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Sing the alphabet song while washing – it is just the right length to gauge appropriate cleanliness. In the absence of soap and water, alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick persons.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
The City of Brea works closely with local health officials to stay up-to-date and informed on health issues, including pandemic. If you would like more information, you can go to the following websites, all of which are updated regularly to reflect the latest in influenza, infectious diseases and pandemic:
If you have questions about preparedness, including flu planning, feel free to call the city’s emergency preparedness coordinator at 714-990-7622.