An advisory has been sent out to all 60,000 registered US citizens in the former British colony urging them to prepare the stockpiles ahead of the coming winter flu season in case of a bird flu pandemic.
It suggests stockpiling 4.5 litres of water per person per day and to prepare water purification equipment in case of “complete infrastructure breakdown,” the South China Morning Post reported.
The advisory also suggests they stock up on non-perishable foods, soap, alcohol-based hand wash, medicines, vitamins, flashlights and a portable radio, the newspaper said.
Six people died and 12 others were infected in the first modern outbreak of bird flu to jump the species barrier and attack humans in Hong Kong in 1997.
Since then, the city of 6.8 million has built up sophisticated safeguards against the bird flu virus and avoided further human cases despite a spate of regional outbreaks.
Hong Kong has carried out mass killings of birds and ducks when bird flu cases have been detected among poultry and birds imported from mainland China are screened for the bird flu virus.
Scientists believe bird flu may cause deaths on a global scale greater than the Spanish Flu of 1918 which killed up to 40 million if the virus mutates to jump from human to human.
It is best to be prepared if and when the bird flu becomes a worldwide pandemic.