AVIAN FLU Preparedness - Is your Central Station Ready?

Avian Flu and what central stations need to do to prepare for such an event


Companies can do little to improve access to vaccines.

Antiviral medications like Tamiflu and Relenza can reduce severity and duration of illness if taken within 24 hours, but is unproven. Central Stations may consider stockpiling in order to treat mission critical and high risk personnel before a vaccine is produced.

Non Pharmacological Interventions may be the best for companies. NPI's prevent, reduce and delay.

Reduce your employee's exposure to virus.

Social Distancing and Isolation, Personal Hygiene, Home Quarantine if family member is ill, PPE or Personal Protective Equipment i.e. masks, gloves and

Entry Screening and travel restriction can be employed.

Review Relevant Past Corporate Experiences –

  • Lessons from SARS
  • Disaster Recovery Events like Katrina
  • Previous Designation of Mission Critical Personnel
  • Identification of Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
  • History of Unexpected Facility Closures
  • Corporate Wide Educational Programs
  • Corporate Perspective on Seasonal Influenza Campaigns

Integration of Existing Corporate Assets

Existing Plan Role in Pandemic Planning
Business Continuity Plan Pandemic Plan may use existing infrastructure
Crisis Management Plan Use existing decision making structure / drills
Emergency Notification Coordinate Alerts
Travel Tracker Identify and Notify Travelers at Risk
Health Benefits Pandemic Specific Benefits
Attendance Analysis Absentee Tracking
Community Relations Liaison with local public health authorities
Supply Chain Mgmt Alterations of Service Level Agreements

Steps in Pandemic Planning

  1. Create a Pandemic Planning Team
  2. Educate Team Members In Pandemic Issues
  3. Develop Corporate Pandemic Plan
  4. Customize Plan to Corporate Locations
  5. Implement Plan – Train and Educate Personnel
  6. Test Plan and Drill
  7. Monitor and Modify Plan as needed.

Develop Crisis Management Plan or Table. This is a tool to help your crisis mgmt team manage through this crisis.

Communications Stockpile - Create documents that you can push out to your people quickly. FAQ's sheets, frequently asked questions, posters, instructions etc..etc…

Must be accurate and rapidly implemented to reduce anxiety, maintain control and give clear direction.

Public Transport to Work

Only business critical employees to come into work – who can work vs. who should work

Protect personnel so that they can return to work safely.

For companies, the main focus is ensuring employee health and maintaining business continuity. To do so, companies should:

  • Monitor an evolving pandemic, as it is a dynamic situation.
  • Keep up-to-date with recommendations from health experts, which are likely to change in different phases of the pandemic.
  • Ensure clear communication between staff, health practitioners, government and non-government organizations involved with policy and disease control.
  • Reduce the chances that employees become infected.
  • Reduce the chances of all employees and mission-critical staff becoming infected at the same time.
  • Identify those employees and dependents that fall into the "high risk" group and ensure their health care is optimized.

Identify if and when essential staff and dependents should be moved from their present location, and to where they should be relocated.

Items to Stockpile

Tamiflu

FaceMasks

Canned Food

Bottled Water

Generators

Emergency Supplies for Two Weeks

To plan for a pandemic:

Store a two week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.

Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.

Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.