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Mayor Issues Health Guidance information for Honolulu Residents
Mayor Mufi Hannemann is addressing the global flu outbreak by reassuring Honolulu residents and encouraging them to prepare.
“The federal government has documented dozens of cases of flu nationally which are related to the initial outbreak of the virus in Mexico several days ago,” said Mayor Hannemann. “The good news for Hawaii is that, as of today, no cases of that particular flu have been identified in our State. In addition the strain of flu that has affected residents on the mainland is a milder form than that which is affecting patients in Mexico.”
“The important thing for our residents is to not panic but instead take the time now to become informed about the effects of an influenza outbreak and think seriously about family disaster planning and preparedness,” the Mayor continued. “Treat this influenza outbreak as you would in preparation for any natural disaster, such as a hurricane or tsunami.”
Mayor Hannemann and the City’s Department of Emergency Management have prepared the following Health Guidance recommendations:
Practice good personal hygiene
Disaster Preparedness and Family Disaster Planning
Learn – Educate yourself on disasters that can affect you and your family
Plan – Create and exercise a Family Disaster Plan. Locate a secondary meeting place and designate an off island contact.
Individual, Family and Business Disaster Planning – Disaster planning is everyone’s business. Carefully review this information and take the time today to discuss preparedness planning with family, friends and co-workers.
Develop a Disaster Supplies Kit - Create a Family Disaster Supplies Kit with enough materials to last 5-7 days. Consider building a kit for work and for your car.
Mayor Hannemann noted the City’s Department of Emergency Management is closely following this evolving situation. Residents are asked to monitor TV and radio broadcasts and the internet for important information updates from the Department of Emergency Management or other official sources. The Centers for Disease Control has more information at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/