Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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The FACTS without the POLITICS. A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME (QUARANTINE) FOR A PANDEMIC
With news breaking of the coronavirus' spread globally, many have alleged that this could turn into a full-blown pandemic. If that happens, there are ways to prepare yourself and your family.
No one knows the timing or the severity of the next pandemic, but we do know the rise of the superbugs and the coronavirus is upon us and the time to prepare is NOW!
As most of you are aware, the chances of superbugs killing 10 million people per year by the year 2050 are getting higher. Because of the rise of infectious superbugs – infections that cannot be killed by drugs or Western medicine’s interventions – I’ve decided to put together this guide that will help you quarantine your home and prepare your family for a pandemic.
You’ll want to hunker down in your home as soon as possible and keep it as clean as possible to reduce the risk of getting sick. You should also build a “quarantine kit” or “pandemic survival kit” with some necessary items. These are the items you’ll want if you and your family stay home and are not ill, and the ones you’ll need if someone does become infected.
Body Suits and N95 Masks
Thick Plastic Sheeting (common at home improvement stores) and Duct tape or painters’ tape
Hydration and Electrolyte Options (sports drinks or others)
Immune Booster (pine needle tea, for example)
High-quality disinfectant soap, bleach, and scrubbing tools
5-gallon bucket to act as a backup toilet (multiple would be preferred)
Water – in this case, at least 2 gallons of water per person for up to 7 days if possible. More is better.
Should a person get sick, you’ll need to create a “quarantine room” to care for that person while keeping everyone else safe. Designate a room for the quarantine in advance. If the room can have a bathroom or is a bathroom that would be best. It’s a much better area to quarantine someone especially if they are going to be vomiting or having diarrhea. Use your duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal off the opening of the room from the rest of the house.
Because you’ll have clothing and bedding to wash, consider storing more water than you think you’ll need. A pandemic may not cut off water and power supply, but if it does (for example, everyone who can fix it becomes sick) you will want to have some extra clean water on hand.
Constantly clean your surfaces and bleach the cot if it’s been used to care for a sick person. Always wear disposable gloves and toss everything out in your heavy-duty trash bags after a thorough cleaning. When it comes to a pandemic, you cannot kill too many germs and if it’s a superbug, you will want to come at the organism from all directions (bleach, alcohol, boiling water, etc.) considering it will be incredibly difficult to kill.
You should also give your immune system a fighting chance and start now before a pandemic breaks out. Try boosting your vitamin C intake or drink some pine needle tea. Your goal is to keep from getting sick and treat any ill person to the best of your ability should doctors become unavailable. Preparation is key for pandemic survival.
How to Prepare Your Church For an Active Shooter Situation
It’s a situation no one wants to think about, but recent events have pushed it to the forefront of your mind. What would we do if a mass shooting happened at our church? How can your members, children, and visitors be best prepared for an active shooter?
As churches, our ministry to embrace anyone in need makes us vulnerable. How do we keep our doors open to all, while protecting those inside? Here is a three-step approach to protect your congregation from active shooters.
First, form your emergency response team. Ideally your team should include individuals with medical and law enforcement training. Next, educate your team on responses to an active shooter situation that result in the least amount of loss.
Run, Hide, Fight is the recommended course of action for adults, and Lockout. Get out. Take out. is the recommended course of action for teachers and grades K-12 environments
Meet with local first responders and learn how they will respond to a shooting in your building. Make it easy for first responders to assist you. Provide local law enforcement with building blueprints and emergency contact information for the pastor and emergency response team members. Report any threats to the safety of your church, including restraining orders your church may have in place.
When you have a crisis response plan. Now, it’s time to practice. First, rehearse with your emergency response team. Next, hold a safety drill and train your entire congregation.
Creating a plan and practicing safety drills with your congregation are the fundamental steps you can do to protect your members if an active shooter targets your church. However, there are some things you can do to prevent an incident from happening altogether.
Train Your Staff — Train your church staff, especially greeters, to recognize signs of a person who is agitated, angry, intoxicated, or shows aggressive or threatening body language. Create guidelines on how to approach and, if needed, deny access to such individuals.
Create Barriers — Create layers of protection that can stop or stall a violent person before they reach your congregation. These steps can include monitored surveillance of your church parking lot and closing sanctuary and church doors after the service has started. Those who come late are met at the door and guided to seats by church greeters.
Prepare Your Building — Optimize your building for efficient evacuation and secure lockdown. Make exits accessible and clearly marked.
Some possible options:
Hire Armed Security — Work with your denomination to determine if your church needs armed security.
Contract with a professional security provider. Do not allow untrained, nonprofessional, armed church members to ensure the safety of your church.
None of us want to be unprepared when an active shooter enters our church doors. The most important things you can do to protect your members are to make your emergency action plan, practice safety drills, and take measures to prevent violent individuals from harming your congregation.