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Kit Protecting Against Spread of Pandemic Flu Best-Seller for Nonprofit St. Louis Firm

  • Published: 2014-09-12 (Rev. 2015-03-18) - Contact: Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis at lhbindustries.com
  • Synopsis: A new emergency accessory kit that contains effective supplies to protect from the spread of pandemic flu is proving to be a best-seller for St. Louis-based nonprofit Quake Kare, which packages and distributes the kits individually or as an accessory to its home emergency survival kit..

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"All Quake Kare revenue directly supports Lighthouse service programs for individuals who are legally blind and visually impaired in Missouri and Southwestern Illinois."

"We are experiencing substantial increases in sales of our pandemic flu emergency protection kits as consumers anticipate the onset of flu season in the U.S. and express concerns about potential threats of Ebola virus," said Brian Houser of Quake Kare, which is owned by Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis.

All Quake Kare sales revenue directly supports Lighthouse programs for people who are blind or visually impaired.

"Sales of the Pandemic Kits have increased 91 percent since August 1. In other words, our sales have increased in the last five weeks 91 percent compared to sales for the same items from January thru July," Houser said.

Flu viruses are constantly changing and it's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear. Although flu season typically peaks in winter months, the annual season often begins in October, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

"We attribute Quake Kare's increased sales of pandemic flu protection kits to precautionary warnings about pandemic flu by municipal and government authorities across the U.S. and extensive publicity about the Ebola virus, although Ebola is apparently not a threat in this country at this time," Houser said. "While the current epidemic of West African Ebola virus that has killed more than 2,000 people to date is not considered a risk to U.S. citizens according to most healthcare experts, so long as precautions are taken by overseas travelers, the potential for a pandemic flu is always a concern," Houser said.

A pandemic flu is emergence of a new influenza virus that would be more serious than flu viruses in a typical flu season because people would not have much, if any, natural resistance to the new strain. Pandemic flu likely would affect more people, be more severe, and cause more deaths than a "normal" season influenza. Because it would be a new strain of flu virus, no vaccine would be quickly available for a pandemic flu, healthcare experts say.

Quake Kare's ER Emergency Accessory Kit contains the most effective supplies for protection from the spread of the pandemic flu. Designed for small adults and children. Its contents are the type recommended by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and the World Health Organization. They include:

"Stopping a pandemic flu after it begins is impossible," said Houser, adding. "People infected with influenza can be contagious for six to eight days, making it easy for the virus to infect many people. Reducing risks to exposure to a pandemic influenza virus is the best protection."

Quake Kare (www.quakekare.com) is owned by Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis (LHB), a not-for-profit manufacturing and packaging organization with a dedicated social service mission. Quake Kare offers a choice of more than 100 different, high-quality survival kits for virtually any emergency situation. In addition to individuals, families and schools, Quake Kare customers include Google, Chevron, Verizon, Pfizer, Intel, Time Warner Cable, U.S. Department of the Treasury, American Express-Japan and more.

All Quake Kare revenue directly supports Lighthouse service programs for individuals who are legally blind and visually impaired in Missouri and Southwestern Illinois.

Founded in 1933, LHB is a non-profit 501(c)3 enterprise that helps children and adults who are visually impaired maintain dignity and independence by offering employment, education and support services. LHB employees assemble, warehouse and sell high-quality products including first aid kits, medical kits, catheters, aerosol and liquid paints, aerosol and liquid cleaning products, eco-friendly products and many others, including Quake Kare products.

For information, contact Brittney Smithers, Marketing Manager, at 800.542.3697 or 314.423.4333, or see the websites www.quakekare.com or www.lhbindustries.com



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