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Community Mitigation Resource Kit



Public-Private Partnership


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Flu.gov Business Planning

In an influenza pandemic, businesses and other employers have a key role in protecting employees'' health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed guidelines, including checklists, to assist businesses, industries, and other employers in planning for a pandemic outbreak as well as for other comparable catastrophes.

Click here for more information.

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H1N1 Flu Resources for Businesses and Employers

The health of employees during an outbreak such as H1N1 influenza plays a critical role in the continued operations of a business. Business operations that require close contact with fellow employees and the public face special considerations in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. On this website are guidance documents, process and other resources developed by CDC to help prevent the further spread of this new virus.

Click here for more information.


Ready Business

America''s businesses form the backbone of the nation''s economy; small businesses alone account for more than 99 percent of all companies with employees, employ 50 percent of all private sector workers and provide nearly 45 percent of the nation''s payroll. If businesses are ready to survive and recover, the nation and our economy are more secure. A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. 

Ready Business outlines commonsense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. It provides practical steps and easy-to-use templates to help you plan for your company''s future. These recommendations reflect the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Standard (NFPA 1600) developed by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed by the American National Standards Institute and the Department of Homeland Security. It also provides useful links to resources providing more detailed business continuity and disaster preparedness information.

Click here for more information.

 doctor in surgical mask Occupational Health Issues Associated with H1N1 Influenza Virus

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is coordinating with other parts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address national health needs associated with preventing the spread of H1N1 flu virus and providing information to workers and employers. NIOSH provides technical guidance for workers, including healthcare and transportation workers, for whom job-related questions about exposure or infection may be an occupational concern.

Click here for more information.


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Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Tools

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and the Pew Center on the States (PCS) launched this initiative to help strengthen public health preparedness for pandemic influenza by sharing reviewed promising practices that can be adapted or adopted by public health stakeholders. The project was conceived and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. This project is sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the national non-profit organization representing the 57 state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

Project partners began in July 2006 to identify, collect, and review promising practices in pandemic influenza. The 215-plus practices included on the website focus on five main categories: H1N1 response, changing models for care, communications, community disease mitigation, and at-risk groups. "At-risk groups" was added in May 2008, in conjunction with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials'' (ASTHO) At-Risk Populations Project. "H1N1 response" was added in November 2009. 

Click here for more information.                                

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Boston Two Hours off Policy

A website was developed to address business concerns in the Boston area. One innovative example implemented in the area was the Two Hours off Policy. On Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that all city workers will be given two hours paid time off this flu season to get vaccinated against seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza, and he encourages businesses to do the same for their employees. He also asks businesses to support their employees if they need to stay home because they are ill or if they need to take care of others who are ill. It is critical for those who are ill to stay home to prevent the spread of influenza.

Click here for more information.

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Seattle King County Business Engagement

Seattle-King County has developed an extensive website with pandemic flu preparedness resources for business engagement. One of the unique features of the website is "An Influenza Pandemic Planning Guide for Homeless and Housing Service Providers." This guide lays out issues of special concern for homeless service agencies on pandemic flu preparation and response and offers initial guidance.

Click here for more information.


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Florida SHOTS

Florida SHOTS (State Health Online Tracking System) is a free, statewide centralized online immunization registry that helps healthcare providers and schools keep track of immunization records. Florida SHOTS allows registered, authorized system users to access confidential immunization information via a secure electronic system to check immunization status, update information in the system, and register new children. When an authorized user needs to find a child’s immunization history, they can search the system. Florida SHOTS offers an immunization forecasting function that allows healthcare providers to easily determine the immunizations a child needs based on past immunization history and age medical conditions. The system also produces the 680 form required by law for child-care center and school attendance in Florida.

While this system was originally designed for childhood immunizations, it has been adapted for wider use and is used for out annual flu campaign and adult immunizations. Modifications were made, and it was used for the H1N1 campaign.

The mission of Florida SHOTS is to develop public or private partnerships between healthcare providers to share electronic immunization data. This information will be used as a tool to increase and maintain childhood immunization levels and to eliminate vaccine preventable diseases. At the present time, there are 1,576 private providers that use the system.

Click here for more information.


Broward County Partnerships

The health department website reports a variety of partnerships. The Broward County Health Department is working hard to provide the H1N1 vaccine, first to priority groups and then to all Broward County residents and visitors who choose to be vaccinated. In order to do this, they are working with many partners including:

  • All Broward County public schools;
  • Participating Broward County private and charter schools;
  • Hospitals;
  • Healthcare providers serving high-risk patients;
  • Community agencies;
  • First responders;
  • Broward County municipalities; and
  • Broward County government.

Click here for more information.

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Hernando County Health Department Brooksville, FL

Hernando County Health Department area partnered with many local businesses to offer unique vaccination clinics. 

Week Day Clinics:

  • AKC Dog Shows
  • Larger employers (Hernando County government, school board, Wal-Mart, etc.)

Week Night and Weekend Clinics:

  • African American churches or communities during Black History Month
  • Hispanic Clinic – Latin American Civic Club 
  • Residential enclaves
  • Old car show night at Chic-Fil-A restaurant
  • Swamp Fest in Week Wachee
  • The Pet Expo in Brooksville
  • The Hernando County Fair

Click here for more information.

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Lee County Health Department Mass Vaccination 

Lee County Health Department held a mass vaccination clinic in a local flea market that caters to Hispanics and Haitians and is located in a part of town that is convenient for many of them. The flea market donated the space with Mexican music, fresh fruit, and vegetables to the side. The health department has a pharmaceutical trailer at the Emergency Operations Center. The trailer was used to keep the vaccine cold and to prepare the syringes for the vaccinators. The clinic was held on a Sunday, the day with the largest crowd, and was advertised heavily through minority media. In fact, two Hispanic radio stations broadcast from the clinic. They used many of their bilingual staff, as well as English-only speakers, and the Red Cross supplied six or seven volunteer interpreters. It was a great success, with close to 1,500 individuals (many of them children) being vaccinated and the staff feeling gratified for having done public health at its best.

To vaccinate more of the hard to reach populations, the health department scheduled two Saturday and one evening clinics in the local Haitian Community Center that were advertised on Haitian radio stations. Flyers were sent out to all of the Haitian churches and were posted in a restaurant frequented by many Haitians.   

In addition, Lee County Health Department set up evening vaccination clinics in seven low income neighborhoods where they have established solid relationships.

Click here for more information.

 bottles of prescription drugs Palm Beach County Health Department (PBCHD) Influenza Readiness Initiative

The first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years, H1N1 influenza provided a unique opportunity for the Palm Beach County Health Department (PBCHD) to partner with the medical community, responding partners, and service agencies to meet the challenges of a mass vaccination campaign with defined target populations and within an expedited timeframe. These public-private collaborations serve to extend the reach of the health department, engage and empower individuals and families, and provide vaccinations in traditional and non-traditional settings. The diversity of vaccination venues facilitated greater public penetration, while addressing cultural and language barriers to vaccination and serving those without a medical home and most vulnerable. An innovative Influenza Readiness Initiative enabled information and vaccine to flow from the PBCHD to hundreds of area supermarkets and community pharmacies and in-store health clinics, reaching the public where they routinely shop and have easy access to a pharmacist, a trusted and knowledgeable healthcare professional.

The PBCHD shipped almost 300,000 doses or 80 percent of its allocation to private physicians, hospitals and EMS, urgent care centers, pharmacies, universities, and other registered sites, and of these, we estimate 75 percent of vaccine was administered to the public and healthcare workers.

Click here for more information.

 reading small book "It''s Not Flu as Usual: An H1N1 Business Preparedness Guide"

On Sept. 18, 2009, the U.S. Chamber released "It''s Not Flu as Usual," which is an H1N1 preparedness guide written for businesses of all sizes.

Click here to obtain an electronic version of the guide.  

Click here for the accompanying press release. This guidance is intended to provide recommendations on how businesses can:

• Prepare for the next wave of H1N1 flu, which may be more severe, in order to maintain business continuity.

• Protect employees'' health.

• Cut through the maze of public information to focus on essential action steps.

Click here for more information.

 woman working on laptop TexasFlu.org

Texas Department of State Health Services developed a website to present all influenza-related materials in one location.

There is a resource link for “Communities and Employers” on the website, which includes information on cancellation of public events.

Click here for more information.


APHA Get Ready campaign

Launched in 2006, American Public Health Association''s Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters, and other emergencies.

Major highlights of the campaign include a national Get Ready Day, held the third Tuesday of each September; Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks, which encourages people to check their emergency stockpiles when they change their clocks for daylight saving time; and the Get Ready Scholarship.

The campaign includes free resources for the public and health workers, including fact sheets, a blog, Twitter, podcasts, Q&As, and a calendar of events.

Click here for more information.

 chalkboard150 Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security

During 2004, State and National Homeland Security, PA Region 13 Task Force, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, universities and local businesses, met to discuss what could be done to improve our regions readiness for future disasters. They came to the following conclusions:

  • 85 percent of the U.S. critical infrastructure is privately owned.
  • Protection of the infrastructure and the people who live near or work within these critical assets, including preparation for, and response to, terrorism or natural events, cannot be done by government alone.
  • Many world class companies, universities, private institutions, and organizations reside within the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
  • Collectively, they possess enormous capabilities and talents to help improve both business continuity, as well as the safety of the regions citizens in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or medical emergency.

A safer environment, for both the regions businesses and its citizens, would only enhance the Pittsburgh regions economic vitality, as well as bring the region national recognition. These conclusions proved a regional alliance to be a necessity. Hence the creation of Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security (PRBCHS).

The mission of the Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security is to:

  • Promote awareness, development, and implementation of disaster planning within the business community.
  • Develop and deliver products and services that assist the business community in their disaster planning.
  • Provide a single point of contact to the business community on issues of regional disaster planning, response, and recovery.

By assisting in the preparation for, and reaction to, terrorist events and natural or man-made disasters. As a part of this initiative, Protecting Your Business, Your Family, and Yourself from the H1N1 ("Swine Flu") Virus emerged.

Click here for more information.

 womaninmaskw_woman150 Safeguard Iowa Partnership

The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state''s business and government leaders, who share a commitment to working together to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic events in Iowa. Created in 2007 by the Iowa Business Council and representatives from key state agencies, the partnership will help integrate business resources, expertise, and response plans with those of government during all stages of disaster management.

The Iowa Department of Public Health, Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness and the Safeguard Iowa Partnership provided a free webcast about guidelines for businesses regarding infectious diseases and protecting the workforce. To view the archived webcast go to http://go.prepareiowa.com/url/p.

As a part of this initiative, Safeguard Iowa also developed a Pandemic Influenza Planning Guide for Iowa Businesses.

Click here for more information and here.