American Red Cross of Augusta recommends stocking up for two weeks

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 This Morning, May 4, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Being ready for the unexpected.

"It's nothing to take lightly. The swine flu can take you out. And everybody needs to be careful about it," Edward Batey said.

That's why he wipes off his shopping cart at the grocery store, and watches out for people coughing around him.

"I'm going to do what I can and be prepared for my children, but I'm not going to panic," Jacquetta Perdue said.

Several organizations are staying busy making sure Richmond County is ready. The American Red Cross says they're monitoring the swine flu outbreak and are in close contact with federal and state officials, and the CDC.

"Make sure that you have everything that you need. Just to be prepared. We're asking people not to panic, but just to be prepared for all of this," American Red Cross of Augusta, Sarah Townsend said.

She says now is the time to make a plan. The Red Cross says they recommend storing a two-week supply of food, water, and household necessities. So why stock up? The Red Cross says having these items at home would reduce going out if the swine flu became more widespread.

"Well what we're seeing here now is a novel virus. We're seeing a virus that we've never seen before, and that has people pushing the panic button," Richmond County Health Department, Emmitt Walker said.

The Richmond County Health Department says they're working with local hospitals, private practices and the school system, monitoring any type of influenzas.

The Health Department says 36,000 people die every year from seasonal flu, so one infected person does not mean we go into crisis mode.

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  • by JOMO Location: usa on May 6, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    The American Red Cross is full of it, they took advantage of 9/11 to sell all the blood donated to them to fatten their money chests. After hurricane Georges in Puerto Rico you could see them driving around in rented Lincolns and Cadillacs and staying in the 5 star casino hotels on donation money. They had this scam going on with the relief vouchers for the worse off victims where they would write the voucher to a particular businessman for a particular emergency item that he didn't have, but the recipient had to sign off on the voucher and turn it in anyway, so guess who got a kickback on a reimbursement bill. I know because I was there. And I used to collect money for the R.C. in school...sheesh.
  • by Mary Daigle Location: Virginia on May 6, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    Thanks for the information. I don't think this has reached it's max yet. I think people are just not willing to stay home. I am glad that so far the strain seems to be the kind that isn't as deadly as the last Swine Flu, but I am not willing to allow it to go wild and not treat it as the culprit it can become. all virals have the potential to change and to become something mush stronger and more deadly. That is the reason we need to make sure it stays under control. Not because everyone who gets it dies. That's a blessing at this point but that can change if this virus changes. Thanks!
  • by Anonymous Location: Martinez on May 4, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    OMG the only difference between this and the regular flu is it is a different strand. Which happens every year, why do you all think the flu shots change each year. The media is blowing this way out of proportion, it is just a type of flu, you have more ppl that die from the flu each year than you do this and you have more ppl walking with pneumonia than this darn stuff. Wash your hands as you should everyday, and you will be fine. It is just the flu, just like a summer cold. Wonder if the school systems through out the US will shut down next winter when the flu season is here and kids get influenza A or B....same thing......
  • by candye Location: hephzibay on May 4, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    We must all use wisdom. just because you prepare for the famine doesn't mean you are walking in fear. Even Joseph in the bible prepared for the 7 year famine.
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