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    FluTrackers Members have collated information from a variety of sources to develop a printable, personal preparation list. This is not an exhaustive list. FluTrackers provides this as a service to help others who may not have stored food before. It is a general guideline only. By reading further, you acknowledge that you are responsible to decide your own potential needs, and those of your family and loved ones.

    The following items should sustain one adult for approximately one month. The foods chosen require minimal time and resources to prepare, and represent common and familiar food choices for many. You should customize the list to your personal preferences and needs.

    Remember to multiply the amounts of each item on the list by the number of adults you are preparing for.

    * Water: 30 gallons per person minimum
    * Canned meals: 30 cans per person (Pasta meat mixes; Chunky type soups; Chili; etc.)
    * Canned/Tinned meat spreads and similar items for sandwiches: 12 cans
    * Peanut Butter: 2-3 lbs per person
    * Jam/Jelly: 1-2 lbs per person
    * Crackers: 4 1 lb. boxes per person (for sandwiches and snacks)
    * Canned fruit: 12 cans per person
    * Instant breakfast cereal: 30 packs per person
    * Vegetable/fruit juices: 1 gallon per person
    * Coffee, (2 lb) tea, hot chocolate etc. Consider instant in case no electricity.
    * Dry milk: Large box, increase if frequent milk drinker; 2 per child
    * Dessert items: Canned or single serve puddings and similar , hard candy, or similar comfort foods and "treats", if funds allow
    * Sugar: 5 lbs
    * Salt: 1 lb; other spices/condiments as desired
    * Baking soda: 1 box

    * Tylenol/Acetaminophen: bottle 100
    * Ibuprofen: bottle 100
    * Multiple Vitamin: 1 bottle/30 day supply
    * Prescription Medications: minimum 30 days supply

    * Antibacterial soap: 1 per sink
    * Hand sanitizer:minimum 1 pocket size and one large to refill from
    * Bleach- unscented, 1 gallon
    * Vinegar: plain, 1 gallon for disinfectant purposes

    * Toilet paper 10-15 rolls
    * Paper towels; 6 rolls
    * Paper plates, cups, disposable silverware
    * Manual can opener
    * Camp Stove, sterno or other alternative heating method to boil water and fuel
    * Flashlights: One per person minimum, consider LED lights to reduce battery usage. Additional LED headlamps extremely useful.
    * Radio: battery powered
    * Batteries: 3 to 4 sets per battery powered item
    * Fire extinguishers
    * Battery operated smoke detectors

    * Children specific items: Food, formula, diapers, OTC medicines

    One of our members (Nancy) has prepared a chart to assist you with calculating the quantities needed per number of person in your household. A print out of this form is also a handy way to track your purchases. Click here for the list:

    A more comprehensive list can be found here:

    A fully customizable storage inventory calculator in spreadsheet format (MS Excel) may be found here: (U.S. version) and (Metric version). Spreadsheet is complements of Stan and Holly Deyo at Millenium Ark.
    Last edited by Niko; August 31, 2009, 09:34 PM. Reason: Added prescription meds
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    This is a list being distributed to employees by a large department in Florida state government.

    Underground Pandemic Preparedness Tips

    1. Make a copy of your personal medical history and store it on a thumb drive that you carry on your key ring at all times.

    2. Stock up your home with at least a six week supply of bottled water, canned foods, heater meals, and dried foods that you can eat without cooking if necessary.

    3. Keep at least $500 in cash, small bills and change, in a safe place in your home for use when ATMs and credit cards won’t work.

    4. Install a small solar charger for your laptop and for lighting. Keep rechargeable lanterns in the home for additional backup. Keep plenty of extra batteries and a propane powered camp stove handy, too.

    5. Maintain an old fashioned land line telephone in your home for use when cell phone service is not available.

    6. Stock up on Tamiflu before a pandemic if you can get it. If not able to get Tamiflu, try black elderberry extract, available under the name Sambucol.

    7. Keep flu sick relatives isolated from the rest of the family. Designate one family member to be the care giver.

    8. Have your employer consider a VPN network to allow employees to telecommute from home during a pandemic.

    9. Practice social distancing; avoid public places and crowded stores during flu season. Get a flu shot and a pneumonia shot.

    10. Buy a supply of non-scented bleach, alcohol wipes, latex gloves and N95 masks now, before the pandemic hits. These supplies will become impossible to find. Bedpans, OTC flu remedies, paper towels and Kleenex will also be very hard to get.

    11. Buy an oxygen concentrator if you can afford one.

    12. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner during a flu outbreak. It just stirs up the virus and puts it back into the air.

    13. DO use UV bulbs (with proper shields to avoid eye exposure) for killing flu virus in the air.

    14. Change your N95 face mask at least twice per day.

    15. Form a neighborhood group before the pandemic hits. Make plans to check on elderly neighbors and people who live alone. Set up a neighborhood watch program for security. Set up a barter system for trading things between neighbors that will be unavailable through regular sources.<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
    Last edited by sharon sanders; September 16, 2007, 05:01 PM. Reason: mask edit


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      New Zealand Prep List

      This is a well balanced food pandemic shopping list.

      It will feed 2 adults and 2 children for one week. It assumes you have a weeks worth of basics such as vegemite, butter ect.

      2 weeks worth is an absolute minimum

      3 months worth will give the flexibility to help friends and family and enable you to restock when it suits you. Increase variety if stocking for 3 months.
      Attached Files


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        Re: NZ Pandemic Shopping list and Menu

        Menu to go with NZ shopping list
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          Re: BASIC PREPS LIST FOR ONE -30 Days

          Thanks to Senior Moderator FLA_Medic

          The Oral Rehydration Solution

          Dehydration, and severe diarrheal disease, particularly among children in the third world, is a massive killer. Recognizing this threat, more than 25 years ago the WHO (World Health Organization) came up with what is now called ORS, or an Oral Rehydration Solution.

          Hundreds of millions of sachets, or packets of this powder, are shipped each year to various third world countries, and there is no doubt that their use has greatly decreased the loss of life due to cholera, dysentery, and other diseases.

          In a Flu Pandemic, the need for ORS will be great throughout the world. In western societies, where modern medical care is common, IV?s are generally used instead of ORS. There are economic and psychological reasons for this, although many doctors argue that ORS would be just as effective for the majority of patients.

          Dehydration, from a prolonged bout of flu; with it?s fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, can easily kill patients that might have otherwise survived the virus. As IV?s may well be in short supply, or simply unavailable during a pandemic, the use of ORS may well be the most beneficial treatment that most patients can receive. Certainly, with home care being the most likely venue for most patients, ORS will play a large role in the tratement of pandemic flu.

          There are, however, conflicting opinions as to what constitutes the proper formula for making your own ORS. All formulas use a base of sugar and salt, in an appropriate ratio. Some formulas, however, add potassium and Sodium Bicarbonate.

          A little Biochemistry

          When the human body becomes dehydrated, it loses both water and essential electrolytes, particularly sodium. This condition can quickly become life threatening.

          In the human body, fluids tend to move from a less salty environment to the saltier one. As an example, if someone drowns in fresh water, the water in the lungs is less salty than the blood, and so this water is quickly absorbed from the lungs into the surrounding tissues. If a person drowns in salt water, the water in the lungs is saltier than the blood, and so additional fluid is pulled into the lungs to `dilute? the salt water. In other words, the body tries to balance both sides of the equation.

          This is an important concept when dealing with rehydration therapy.
          Ingesting plain water does not help restore the salt content of the body. But ingesting water with too much salt will draw fluids from the body, and make the dehydration worse.

          While many believe the exact ratios of sugar and salt to be writ in stone, the truth is, if you have to err, err on the side of less salt.

          Sugar is added to the ORS solution for two reasons. First, it was discovered in the early 1960?s that sugar helped with the transport of fluids across the cellular membranes in the bowel. In 1977, the British Medical Journal Lancet called this `possibly the most important medical discovery of the 20th century?.

          Sugar also provides needed calories, and as a carbohydrate, can help prevent ketoacidosis from occurring.

          But, as with salt, too much sugar can be detrimental, it can promote diarrhea, and make the loss of fluids worse.

          This is one concern regarding the use of sports drinks, such as gatoraid, for rehydration therapy. Many of these commercially available mixtures simply have too much sugar.

          Making your own ORS

          The bottom line, of course, is how to make a cheap, safe, and effective ORS powder yourself.

          The simplest formula is 3 Tablespoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt, dissolved in 1 quart of potable water.

          An alternative simple formula is 8 teaspoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt, dissolved in 1 quart of potable water.

          This basic formula has been used effectively for more than 30 years by WHO, UNICEF, and other relief agencies and has saved millions of lives.

          Over the past year, there has been some debate over the amount of salt and sugar in this formula. The old formula certainly works, and is safe. But some doctors have argued that a lower salt and sugar level might reduce fluid loss by curbing diarrhea.

          I?ve elected to create single-serve packets of ORS powder, with each packet designed to be added to 1 liter of water. Two packets would be used for a 2-liter bottle.

          I?ve located small, reclosable baggies, called bagettes sold at Michaels Art Supplies. You will find them in the bead section. Snack sized baggies, though lighter gauge plastic, would work as well. The small 2?x3? bagettes are just a little too small for the amount of powder required. You will need to go to the next size up, which are 3?x5?.

          Along with these baggies, you will need table salt and sugar. I am electing to use non-iodized salt, although I am not aware of any reason why iodized salt would present a problem. The only other things you will need are measuring spoons and a felt tipped marker.

          Into each baggie I am placing 3 TABLESPOONS of Sugar, and 1 TEASPOON of salt. These do not need to be mixed. I am writing on each Baggie ?ORS POWDER- ADD TO 1 LITER OF WATER?.

          This is the basic formula recommended by Dr. Grattan Woodson in his GOOD HOME TREATMENT OF INFLUENZA guide.

          In his home medical guide, Dr. Woodson writes:
          "Preventing or treating dehydration in people with flu will save more lives than any other intervention during the influenza pandemic."

          Identification of dehydration

          When patients have a fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea, they lose much more water from the body than is commonly appreciated. Symptoms of dehydration include weakness, dizziness, headache, confusion, and fainting. Signs of dehydration include dryness of the mouth, decreased saliva, lack of or very small urine volume that is dark and highly concentrated, sunken eyes, loss of skin elasticity, low blood pressure, especially upon sitting up or rising from the sitting to the standing position, and fast pulse rate, especially when moving from the lying to sitting or standing positions

          You may elect to add a flavoring to this mixture. Unsweetened Koolaid would add flavor and color, and make the drink more palatable to some. It might, however, prove to be an intestinal irritant to some people. I intend to leave mine unflavored, and will add koolaid to individual liters of solution if desired.

          For roughly $15 here in the United States, you can buy 400 bagettes, 15 pounds of sugar, and a couple of pounds of salt, and have enough supplies on hand to make 100 gallons of ORS. Personally, I intend to make up at least 600 packets, so I will have plenty to hand out to neighbors who might need them.

          I am figuring that a patient, over a week or two, might require as much as 10 gallons of ORS solution. For most adults, ingesting 3 to 4 liters a day would not be excessive. Patients that are very ill, may only be able to take a teaspoon at a time, but every attempt should be made to force fluids.

          At 15 cents a gallon, the price is right. And for someone who is dehydrated, having this solution on hand can be lifesaving.


          You should never attempt to force fluids by mouth on anyone who is unconscious. An eye dropper may be used to slowly infuse liquids in semi conscious pateints but there is a risk of choking.

          Better to dilute this powder too much, than too little. DO NOT SKIMP ON THE WATER.

          For more complete information on oral rehydration fluids visit the Healthlink Worldwide webpage at


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            Re: BASIC PREPS LIST FOR ONE -30 Days

            100 Items to Disappear 1st + Sarajevo survivor

            100 Items to Disappear First

            1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. of thieves; maintenance etc.)

            2. Water Filters/Purifiers

            3. Portable Toilets

            4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.

            5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile
            6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
            8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
            9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
            10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
            11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
            12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
            13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.

            16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
            17. Survival Guide Book.
            18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
            19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.

            20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
            21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
            22. Vitamins
            23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
            24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
            25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)

            26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
            27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
            28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
            29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
            30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels

            31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
            32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
            33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
            34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
            35. Tuna Fish (in oil)

            36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
            37. First aid kits
            38. Batteries (all furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
            39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
            40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)

            41. Flour, yeast & salt
            42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
            43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
            44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
            45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts

            46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
            47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience;
            Historic Times)
            48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with
            49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers,
            50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)

            51. Fishing supplies/tools
            52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
            53. Duct Tape
            54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
            55. Candles

            56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
            57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
            58. Garden tools & supplies
            59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
            60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.

            61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6&#37; sodium hypochlorite)
            62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
            63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
            64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
            65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats

            66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
            67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
            68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
            69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
            70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)

            71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
            72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
            73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
            74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
            75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase

            76. Reading glasses
            77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
            78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
            79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
            80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog

            81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
            82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
            83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
            84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
            85. Lumber (all types)

            86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
            87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
            88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
            89. Lantern Hangers
            90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts

            91. Teas
            92. Coffee
            93. Cigarettes
            94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
            95. Paraffin wax

            96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
            97. Chewing gum/candies
            98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
            99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
            100. Goats/

            From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
            Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

            1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.

            2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.

            3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold's.

            4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it's the easiest to do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)

            5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.

            6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot of survival guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you'll have a lot of time on your hands.

            7. The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. I can't tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.

            8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches
            Last edited by Sally Furniss; November 17, 2015, 04:02 PM.


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