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May 11th, 2009
May 11th, 2009

H1N1 Information from the Canadian Red Cross

As a Canadian Red Cross (CRC) Authorized Provider, BC First Aid sometimes receives information to share with others. The CRC is frequently involved in world health issues including assisting with the current global H1N1 influenza situation. The following information has been provided to assist everyone.

The Canadian Red Cross would like to assure all staff and volunteers that we continue to be in contact with public health authorities both locally and nationally to monitor the H1N1 influenza situation and to provide support as needed. We are working hard to ensure that we have the necessary tools and equipment to serve our clients and Canadians while protecting our staff and volunteers should a health emergency situation occur in Canadian communities.

At this time we continue to stress the importance of practicing prevention and preparedness. During Emergency Preparedness Week (May 3-9), the Canadian Red Cross is encouraging staff and volunteers to update their family emergency preparedness plans for a health emergency.

  • Store enough non-perishable food, water and both prescription and non-prescription medication for yourself and your pets for up to two weeks in the event that your family is asked to remain in your home
  • Store health and cleaning supplies, such as disinfectants, tissues, a thermometer, disposable gloves, soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Update your emergency contact list so that you can reach family members
  • Talk to your employer regarding possible alternate work arrangements if needed
  • Talk to your childīs school or daycare regarding their plan for health emergencies and pandemics.

I have attached a Family Preparedness Sheet to provide further information about preparedness planning during a health emergency.

We also encourage you to continue to practice prevention measures to protect yourself, your family and your colleagues from the flu and prevent the spread of germs.

The Public Health Agency advises Canadians to:
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cough and sneeze in your arm or sleeve.
  • Keep doing what you normally do, but stay home if you are sick.
  • Check the or more information.
  • Check for travel notices and advisories.
  • Talk to a health professional if you experience flu-like symptoms

Again, please take care and follow the recommended preventative and preparedness measures. If you are feeling ill and are concerned that you may have the flu, please do not report to work; contact your health care provider and follow regular sick leave reporting requirements.

If you have questions or concerns about your work environment please speak with your supervisor or local HR staff.  

If you have specific questions about the Canadian Red Crossī role during a pandemic please feel free to email

For more information please consult the attached: Family Preparedness Fact SheetFamily Preparedness Fact Sheet
Family Preparedness Fact Sheet

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