The need to have emergency stockpiles of food and water does need major attention across the country. It's common sense to have food stored for public use in the event of supply-line disruptions (see the previous blog post). To read the whole article, click on the title below.
Report: Thousands could face food, water shortages in flu outbreak
By DAVE HELLING
The Kansas City Star
Tens of thousands of Kansas Citians could face critical food and water shortages in a pandemic flu outbreak, a new report says.
The reason? They’re too poor to stockpile supplies for a flu crisis.
“I’ve been talking about this for three years — how are we going to feed people?” Kansas City Health director Dr. Rex Archer told the city council’s Finance and Audit committee Wednesday.
Archer met with the committee to discuss a new study by the Kansas City Auditor’s office. It found government officials are trying to prepare for a flu outbreak that could make hundreds of thousands of residents sick.
But the audit says potential flu patients aren’t making the same effort: “Local citizen preparedness is not at the level it should be.”
Public health guidelines say families should stockpile a two-week supply of food and water for an emergency. In Kansas City, the report estimates, between 10 and 15 percent of families now have a three-day supply of food and water.
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