Swine Flu — What You Need To Know

We have had several comments and questions about the Swine Flu recently. We had a reader refer us to this video which we find to be VERY helpful in explaining Swine Flu and helping us to assess how worried we should be.

This is a good time to re-evaluate our food storage supplies. If swine flu spreads to your area and you want to avoid going out in public, make sure you have actual MEALS that you can make without going to the store. Our Three Month Supply foods would be great for this.

Several of our readers have written in asking us to remind people to add some emergency items in to their non-food items list. Two of the main items recommended to help prevent swine flu are face masks and hand sanitizer. In some areas of the country you can’t even buy these things at the store right now, let alone stock up on them. So if you are still able to get them, it wouldn’t hurt to add them to your food storage.

Stay safe and check back tomorrow because we have a special handout for your HUSBANDS to help make this Mother’s Day your best one yet!


  • We got our information from the CDC website with regards to how to protect against swine flu. Here is a quote from their section on how to avoid catching swine flu “Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.” http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

  • We got our information from the CDC website with regards to how to protect against swine flu. Here is a quote from their section on how to avoid catching swine flu “Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.” http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

  • Anonymous

    Hand sanitizer doesn’t kill flu germs because the flu is spread by a virus, which has a hard outer shell that is not easily penetrated. They need to be washed off.

    • We got our information from the CDC website with regards to how to protect against swine flu. Here is a quote from their section on how to avoid catching swine flu “Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.” http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

  • bright_ifrit

    Hand sanitizer doesn't kill flu germs because the flu is spread by a virus, which has a hard outer shell that is not easily penetrated. They need to be washed off.

  • Angela

    Yes it is a great idea to add masks as well has hand santizer to your kits we have had those plus rubber gloves in our for years.

    I do have a few other suggestions though. Tylenol, Motrin, Robitussin (or other expectorant), pedialyte for the kids and gatorade or something for the adults.

    I bought two bottles of each at Sams Club of the Tylenol and Motrin. I also went to Walmart and they were out of hand santizer so I go the Wet Ones in the pop up container.

    Hope this helps and have a blessed day!

  • Angela

    Yes it is a great idea to add masks as well has hand santizer to your kits we have had those plus rubber gloves in our for years.

    I do have a few other suggestions though. Tylenol, Motrin, Robitussin (or other expectorant), pedialyte for the kids and gatorade or something for the adults.

    I bought two bottles of each at Sams Club of the Tylenol and Motrin. I also went to Walmart and they were out of hand santizer so I go the Wet Ones in the pop up container.

    Hope this helps and have a blessed day!

  • Angela

    Yes it is a great idea to add masks as well has hand santizer to your kits we have had those plus rubber gloves in our for years.

    I do have a few other suggestions though. Tylenol, Motrin, Robitussin (or other expectorant), pedialyte for the kids and gatorade or something for the adults.

    I bought two bottles of each at Sams Club of the Tylenol and Motrin. I also went to Walmart and they were out of hand santizer so I go the Wet Ones in the pop up container.

    Hope this helps and have a blessed day!

  • Angela

    Yes it is a great idea to add masks as well has hand santizer to your kits we have had those plus rubber gloves in our for years.

    I do have a few other suggestions though. Tylenol, Motrin, Robitussin (or other expectorant), pedialyte for the kids and gatorade or something for the adults.

    I bought two bottles of each at Sams Club of the Tylenol and Motrin. I also went to Walmart and they were out of hand santizer so I go the Wet Ones in the pop up container.

    Hope this helps and have a blessed day!

  • What a useful website! I am so grateful to have found you!

  • What a useful website! I am so grateful to have found you!

  • What a useful website! I am so grateful to have found you!

  • What a useful website! I am so grateful to have found you!

  • Jen

    Great post. This is on my mind right now, as I am a nurse practitioner in a student health clinic for a college. Just wanted to add my two cents about the masks though. While masks do act as a great barrier to germs, the best method of prevention of infection is washing your hands, coughing/sneezing in your elbow, avoiding touch your face (eyes, ears, nose, mouth), and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The masks are only good so long as they are dry. Once you have breathed into it for so long, its effectiveness goes way down. I am not saying don’t wear one, just keep doing everything else too!

  • Jen

    Great post. This is on my mind right now, as I am a nurse practitioner in a student health clinic for a college. Just wanted to add my two cents about the masks though. While masks do act as a great barrier to germs, the best method of prevention of infection is washing your hands, coughing/sneezing in your elbow, avoiding touch your face (eyes, ears, nose, mouth), and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The masks are only good so long as they are dry. Once you have breathed into it for so long, its effectiveness goes way down. I am not saying don’t wear one, just keep doing everything else too!

  • Jen

    Great post. This is on my mind right now, as I am a nurse practitioner in a student health clinic for a college. Just wanted to add my two cents about the masks though. While masks do act as a great barrier to germs, the best method of prevention of infection is washing your hands, coughing/sneezing in your elbow, avoiding touch your face (eyes, ears, nose, mouth), and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The masks are only good so long as they are dry. Once you have breathed into it for so long, its effectiveness goes way down. I am not saying don’t wear one, just keep doing everything else too!

  • Jen

    Great post. This is on my mind right now, as I am a nurse practitioner in a student health clinic for a college. Just wanted to add my two cents about the masks though. While masks do act as a great barrier to germs, the best method of prevention of infection is washing your hands, coughing/sneezing in your elbow, avoiding touch your face (eyes, ears, nose, mouth), and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The masks are only good so long as they are dry. Once you have breathed into it for so long, its effectiveness goes way down. I am not saying don’t wear one, just keep doing everything else too!

  • Great post and super video! Probably the best info out there.

    When I went to get mowing masks for working the yard this weekend, all the rows of N95 masks were gone at both Lowes and Home Depot. Definitely people are stocking up!

  • Great post and super video! Probably the best info out there.

    When I went to get mowing masks for working the yard this weekend, all the rows of N95 masks were gone at both Lowes and Home Depot. Definitely people are stocking up!

  • Great post and super video! Probably the best info out there.

    When I went to get mowing masks for working the yard this weekend, all the rows of N95 masks were gone at both Lowes and Home Depot. Definitely people are stocking up!

  • Great post and super video! Probably the best info out there.

    When I went to get mowing masks for working the yard this weekend, all the rows of N95 masks were gone at both Lowes and Home Depot. Definitely people are stocking up!