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Pandemic Preparedness Planning

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, the U.S. Government declared a Public Health Emergency in the wake of an of an outbreak of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) which originated in Mexico and quickly spread to several states in the U.S. On Thursday, June 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert level from 5 to 6, its highest level, as the WHO confirmed nearly 30,000 cases of H1N1 Flu in 74 countries, indicating the virus was contagious, spreading easily from one person to another, and from one country to another.  As of July 31st, 2009 the WHO has reported 162,380 confirmed cases in 168 countries with 1154 deaths. Based on this evidence, the World Health Organization reported that the world was now at the start of an influenza pandemic.

 

The federal government considers a pandemic a unique circumstance necessitating a strategy that extends well beyond health and medical boundaries.  

 

Resources:

H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Community and Faith-based Organizations

This document was produced by the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This is the newest guidance for faith-based and community organizations in pandemic planning.

 

Pandemic Preparedness Planning Toolkit

Comprehensive toolkit designed to provide key information and tools to help your organizations understand the threat of a pandemic and prepare for it now

Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Guide

Guidelines for business contingency planners to enhance pandemic planning

 

Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation

Community Mitigation Strategies for pandemic influenza outbreak

 

Faith-Based & Community Organizations Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Checklist

FBCO Pandemic Preparedness Checklist to identify priority planning areas