A frightening sign of the times. In the September 2009 issue of "Consumer Reports," there is an article with a lot of good tips for combating an outbreak of the swine flu. They list a lot of common sense items as well as some things people may overlook while preparing a kit like this.
"In case the second wave of swine flu is severe enough to warrant home confinement, consumers should pack an emergency kit in advance. You will need:
* A two-week supply of food and water.
* Fever reducers, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
* Cough and cold medications containing chlorpheniramine, diphenhydramine, oxymetazoline, and pseudoephedrine and lozenges with dyclonine, glycerin, or honey can help ease symptoms.
* Electrolyte drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade, to keep you hydrated.
* Hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, such as Purell, to kill viruses when
soap and water aren't available.
* Surgical masks with an FDA rating of at least N-95 to help prevent spreading the flu. Masks need to be replaced often and disposed of after use.
For all emergencies, Consumer Reports recommends packing at least three days' worth of nonperishable food; at least one gallon of water per person, per day; a first-aid kit that includes any prescription or over-the-counter medications your family might need; as well as antihistamines for allergic reactions, pain relievers, stomach and antidiarrhea remedies, and antacids. "