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Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist

When it comes to pandemic flu, it can never be too early to plan ahead for your personal health and safety. The following checklist can help individuals and families to prepare for a possible flu pandemic or other emergency situations.

Create a store of emergency supplies

In the event of a flu pandemic, some day-to-day services may be disrupted including those provided by health care facilities, banks, stores (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies), restaurants and government offices. Stockpiling essential supplies for you and your family is a good way to prepare for this possibility. The following list provides examples of non-perishable food items, health supplies and other items you should have in your home in the event of a flu pandemic.

Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist
Food and Water Health Supplies Other

Bottled water - at least two liters of water per person per day

Ready-to-eat canned meats

Canned fruit

Dried fruit

Canned vegetables


Protein bars

Dry cereal/granola

Peanut butter/nuts


Canned juices

Tetra-packed milk or soy beverage

If applicable:

Canned or jarred baby food/formula

Pet food and water

Pain relievers/fever reducers (e.g. acetaminophen, ibuprofen)

Stomach remedies

Cough and cold medicine

Anti-diarrhea medication

Fluids with salt and sugar


Prescribed medical supplies

such as glucose and blood-pressure

monitoring equipment


Equipment for persons with disabilities


Alcohol-based hand sanitizer



Battery powered or wind-up radio

Manual can opener

Garbage bags


Toilet paper

Candles and matches or lighter

General first aid kit

Extra keys for car and house

Cash and change for payphones

If applicable:

Feminine hygiene products

Disposable diapers

Diaper wipes (in the event of a water shortage)

Quick Tips

  • Keep prescription medications filled. If you or anyone else in your household takes prescription medication, don't wait until it is finished to order more. Try to keep at least one month's supply on hand at all times.
  • Discuss care options with family members and other loved ones. If you will be bringing others into your home to care for them in the event of a flu pandemic, discuss what health supplies, special foods or other items they require. Add those items to your emergency supply list.
  • Fill out an Emergency Health Information sheet. Include blood type, allergies, pre-existing medical conditions and a list of current medications (type and dose) for each member of your household.