Germ Freaks Club is committed to doing all we can to prevent the spread of disease by making cleanliness a priority and by giving people the knowledge, tools and strategies necessary to help our communities and the world at large be able to minimize epidemics and to avoid pandemics.
If we can inspire individuals and groups to become politically active, just at the local level, real change could begin to take hold. Influencing city councils and school boards to include the Infectious Disease Control (IDC) guidelines in future building permits, designs of public restrooms and the procedures for handling food in school cafeterias and restaurants, would be a great start. If school boards could be persuaded to put the health of their students on the same level as learning, this could go along way in protecting, not only our children but our entire communities.
Our strategy is simple, to have Germ Freaks Club members attend local meetings before critical issues are voted upon. WE CAN ALL speak up and present written information on how epidemics can be minimized or prevented by implementing measures set forth by the IDC.
Germ Freaks Club’s goal here is to have legal language inserted into any resolutions and the out-for-bid contracts. The language would spell out the specifications for implementing IDC equipment and/or procedures and make it clear that they are mandatory. This most likely will not happen the first or even the twentieth time it’s brought up, but eventually if local city councils hear the facts from enough of us, long enough, they will begin to take our concerns seriously and DO SOMETHING.
“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
The city council or school board will eventually hold a vote and it could go either way, but EVENTUALLY it will be approved and when that happens out-for-bid contracts will have to include the type of legal language that will be enforceable. Building and health inspectors will be the community’s eyes and ears. Engineers, architects, building contractors and everyone else involved will be forced to do what they should have been doing all along. In following the IDC regulations, which would now be law, they would be helping to protect the public from the spread of disease.
Many of us already attend monthly PTA meetings and volunteer for school events. We know the other parents and they know us. When we begin to share our concerns they will listen. We can influence others to join our cause when they realize that they and their families are at real risk unless the powers that be start listening. It’s important that we don’t sound like a broken record by only showing up at meetings for one purpose. We need to establish good solid relationships all the way around so we can be persuasive when we need to be.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison
Schools districts have limited budgets and the battle is always between hiring more teachers or to spend on infrastructure. We know children learn better in smaller classrooms, but if a serious epidemic sweeps through a school, then learning stops altogether! Children will become sick and some could die. The choice is clear, vote for both and keep at it until enough people listen and begin to vote with you.
“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” Louis D. Brandeis
Together We Stand, United We Activate!
P.S. Remember that, even though you have only one vote to cast, your voice is heard by all.