Montgomery residents take precautions as state stocks up

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Folks around Montgomery are taking Swine Flu seriously, including Barbara Courtland who's changing up her daily routine to keep the threat down.

"I bought extra sanitizer for the house...disinfecting the doorknobs and the light switches."

She thinks it's good for kids too, agreeing with the Alabama High School Athletic Association's decision to cancel sports this week.

"Our youth need to practice more with the disinfectants, and washing their hands. I think it's a great step."

Residents are joining the state's efforts as they take precautions against a larger outbreak of Swine Flu.

Boxes of supplies were delivered to Montgomery today, including the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, face masks, disposable gowns, and gloves. And while state officials beef up defenses, the Alabama Department of Public Health is too.

"We are in the process of adding additional equipment at the lab to increase our testing capacity," says Dr. Don Williamson of the state department.

But for some, they aren't worried about a flu outbreak.

"I haven't panicked over it because it's just like anything else...anything can happen at any time," says Montgomery resident Joseph Haigler.

Many remember the health department's number one suggestion.

"I might wash my hands a little more thoroughly," says resident Nolan Bush.

It's all so they can be

"better safe than sorry."