Bryan Litsey - Chief of Police/Emergency Management Director You and your family can minimize the risk of contracting H1N1 novel influenza (formally referred to as the swine flu influenza) by taking the following commonsense precautions:
· Stay informed and base decisions on reliable information.
· Cover your cough and wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizers containing at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol are effective and convenient to use.
· If you are sick, stay home.Do not go to work, school or public gatherings.
·Try to stay in good general health.Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
·Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· Have an ample supply of food, water and medicine on hand in the event you are quarantined at home for a number of days.
Locally, emergency management representatives from both the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) and Excelsior Fire District (EFD) are monitoring the situation through credible sources.In turn, city officials are being updated as circumstances warrant.
On Thursday, April 30, 2009, the SLMPD held an internal briefing on this influenza and stands ready to assist the public as first responders alongside the EFD.In conjunction with this effort, the SLMPD has increased its supply of hand sanitizers, protective gloves and N95 facemasks.Although the N95 facemask is the protection level being recommended, its effectiveness against influenza is still in question as noted on the www.pandemicflu.gov web site.
Already in place to help manage this evolving situation is the Lake Minnetonka Regional Emergency Preparedness Plan.The SLMPD has primary responsibility for coordinating and implementing this plan on behalf of the cities of Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood and Tonka Bay.This is done in partnership with the EFD, which serves these same four cities along with the City of Deephaven.The Emergency Operation Center for these communities is located at the South Lake Minnetonka Public Safety Facility in Shorewood.This state-of-the-art facility also serves as headquarters for both the SLMPD and EFD.
Everyone has a critical role in helping minimize the spread of this influenza. Please stay informed and put into practice the proactive measures being recommended.