According to the updated reports, Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane so it is time to implement your hurricane preparedness plan and be ready.
You are either leaving town, going to a local shelter or your home is a "safe" place to hunker down for the storm. Florence has rapidly intensified and is likely to hit the East Coast Thursday. Life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds are expected. Massive inland rainfall flooding is expected and tropical storm force winds may arrive as son as Wednesday night.
Your main goal is to try to keep your stress levels under control with prayer and meditation, eat high energy foods, keep your cool and try and make some happy storm memories so the children are not fearful!
The availability of safe water and sanitation facilities, the degree of crowding, the underlying health status of the population, and the availability of healthcare services all interact within the context of the local disease ecology to influence the risk for communicable diseases and death in the affected population.
Beside the damage of roofs, flooding and power lines, when a hurricane finally passes, it can spread deadly disease in its wake. We need to be concerned about Cholera. Cholera is an infectious disease, which can cause severe diarrhea which can lead to dehydration and if untreated, death. Dysentery, an intestinal illness caused by Shigella bacteria, is also known to worsen after hurricanes. Mosquito borne ailments are a concern and pols of water are perfect breeding ground for the insects that transmit diseases. Generally speaking, mosquitoes mean more disease. The concern is people are generally not in the best of shape and any of these factors are a cause for concern.
Flu season is also right around the corner with cases already reported and increased viral activity set to begin early October via the CDC.
Symptoms can begin about 2 days (but can range from 1 to 4 days) after the virus enters the body.
That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those people may still spread the virus to others.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 57:1-2
My 3 goals for healthcare
(1) reduce cost
(2) teach health strategies
(3) improve the health of the family