An influenza pandemic involves these characteristics:
- A new influenza A virus.
- There is little or no immunity in the human population.
- The virus begins to cause serious illness.
- It spreads easily from person to person worldwide.
What you can do to prepare for a pandemic:
- Ask your healthcare provider about the signs and symptoms of a specific disease outbreak. He or she can recommend steps you can take to decrease your risk.
- Take care of yourself, and take common-sense steps to stop the spread of germs: wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your arm, and stay home when you’re sick.
The Virginia Department of Health offers detailed information about pandemic flu in Virginia.
Flu.gov is a partnership of the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health and others that offers information about flu pandemics.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971