I have read a few articles recently about deadly flu outbreaks, like the one in 1918 that killed 50 - 100 million people. Before that, I had tended to ignore the media on the flu topic, figuring it was just one more overblown scare designed to generate nightly news eyeballs.
Now, it seems like it is just a matter of time. I mean, every year, despite our precautions, people are miserable for weeks at a time, consume massive quantities of tea, Vitamin C, antibiotics, and Kleenex, and lose valuable productivity :). So what would stop a deadly flu outbreak (influenza pandemic) from overwhelming our hospitals and doctors and killing millions?
The Medical Journal of Australia recommends that each household stock a 3 month supply of food and supplies. We in the US might want to heed their recommendation. Here is their 10 week suggested "lifeboat" - although I doubt I will be stocking up on Vegemite.
I would suggest also trying to have a year round garden just to have something fresh and green available. Here in OK we can overwinter lettuce, spinach, carrots, parsley, some unusual greens, and probably some other veggies too. And of course, pickins' are ripe in the spring, summer and fall. Try to have seeds on hand all year round. Just a thought!