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Risk Management, Contingency Planning -- Swine Flu, etc.

Risk management starts with a contingency plan before danger looms. Here are some resources to get your contingency plan in place before the swine flu becomes a danger to you and your community.

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April 27, 2009

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration in response to recent human infections with a newly discovered swine influenza A (swine flu) virus. Pandemic flu plan.

4/28/09 Swine Flu Update

With 11 confirmed cases of the swine flu illness in California, state health authorities have taken several preventive steps to mitigate the impacts and slow the spread of the virus. As of today, there have been five confirmed cases in San Diego County, five in Imperial County, and one in Sacramento County. In the United States, there are 64 confirmed cases and no deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with state and local health officials, are in California providing assistance and closely monitoring the ongoing swine flu situation.

In addition, California has activated the Joint Emergency Operations Center (JEOC) of the Department of Public Health in coordination with the California Emergency Management Agency and expanded public health laboratory testing of potential flu specimens.

On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Health and the Select Committee on Disaster and Emergency Response will be holding a joint hearing to discuss issues related to the swine flu.

Flu Contingency Planning

Individuals should take the following precautionary measures:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

  • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

  • If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact your health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed.

  • If you get sick with the flu, it is recommended that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

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General Business Contingency Planning

It's important to think ahead about your company's smooth operations in turbulent they pandemics or economic downturns or natural disasters.

With the swine flu looming as an immediate concern around the globe, pandemic contingencies are a place to start thinking, if you don't have a contingency plan in place. You might want to take a seminar that gives you in-depth strategies for emergency planning and contingency strategies.

Here are a few tips, and you can find more at government sites listed below:

  • Identify specific preventative measures such as workplace hygiene (washing hands very frequently), reporting illnesses and identifying signs of potential problems

  • Prepare various "what-if" scenarios, roles and responsibilities of people at your company, and specific backup plans for key employees

  • Best practices for appropriate employee leaves, health care coverage, mental and social services and any special needs

  • You might prepare a blank PowerPoint that has an outline ready to fill in so that you can have the appropriate backup plans and procedures already filled-in and at your fingertips when you need them.

Government Contingency References

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