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Disaster & Disease Prepareness: Be Prepared & Stay Healthy
During an emergency you may not be able to shop, or stores may be out of supplies. Public water service may be interrupted. Have food and water on hand. Store foods that...
- are nonperishable and don't require refrigeration;
- are easy to prepare in case you are unable to cook;
- require little or no water, allowing you to conserve water for drinking. The Whitworth community will assure a two-week supply of food and water for students who cannot go home.
It is always a good idea to practice good health habits.
- Eat a balanced diet. Be sure to eat a variety of foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products. Also include low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish and beans. Drink lots of water and go easy on salt, sugar, alcohol and saturated fat.
- Exercise on a regular basis and get plenty of rest.
- Deal with stressful situations as they occur.
- Express emotions appropriately.
- Make sure your and your family's immunizations are current.
- Get a flu shot to protect you from seasonal flu. If the emergency is infectious disease, you will be better able to resist if you are not already ill.
- If you are over 65 or if you have a chronic illness such as diabetes or asthma, get a pneumonia shot to prevent secondary infection. For specific guidelines, talk to your healthcare provider or call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hotline at 800.232.4636.
There is much misinformation in media content. Knowing the facts is the best preparation for disaster. Identify sources you can count on for reliable information. In any emergency, accurate and reliable information will be critical. Such information is available at the following websites: