Burlington is one of only nine communities nationwide selected by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve as a pandemic influenza preparedness community as part of the national preparedness campaign — Take the Lead - Working Together to Prepare Now.
The City of Burlington has joined with the Chittenden Regional Planning Commission, the Vermont Department of Health, and local faith, business, health care, and civic leaders to help residents prepare for the threat of pandemic influenza.
Personal and Family Preparedness
The Take the Lead campaign is designed to help as many Americans as possible understand that the threat of pandemic flu is real, and to encourage everyone to take the simple steps to prepare — stay tuned and keep informed, stock up to stay home, and take action to stop illness from spreading.
Watch the Family Pandemic Flu Preparedness video (60 seconds):
Plan now for what you will do if you or others in your household have to stay home from work or school, or stay separated from others for a period of time.
- Translated Planning Checklists :
Emergency Contacts Form (113 KB )
Family Emergency Preparedness Workbook - Vermont Emergency Management
Keep extra supplies of food, water, medications, cleaning aids and your disaster supply kit on hand. Stock up for a two-week survival kit.
- Stock Up Planner - Detailed planning and supplies list
- Stay Home Care Planner - American Red Cross
- Shopping Lists
Downloadable posters and multilanguage videos to help deliver the message about simple actions people can take now to keep illness from spreading -- wash your hands, cover your cough, stay away from others when you’re sick, keep surfaces clean.
Fact Sheets are in pdf format.
- Seasonal, avian and pandemic flu
- Is it a cold or is the flu?
- Preventing the flu
- What to do if you get the flu
Watch New England Cable News coverage of press conference with Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss and Vermont Health Commissioner Wendy Davis, MD.