Pre-Emergency Actions

  1. Provide department personnel with educational information and materials on the Pandemic Influenza
    1. Pandemic fundamentals (i.e., mode of transportation, signs, and symptoms of the influenza)
      • Information about Pandemic and Avian Flu”—Greene County Health Department, January 2006.
      • Personal and family protection (i.e., hand hygiene, coughing/sneezing etiquette, caring for sick family members, etc.)
      • Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families”—U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, January 2006
    2. Dealing with fear and anxiety, rumors and misinformation
  2. “Essential Personnel” identified:
    1. Public Safety Radio Communication Officer/Supervisor
    2. Public Safety /Supervisors
    3. Public Safety Staff
  3. Establish influenza-related policies for the workplace to assist in:
    1. Minimizing influenza spread at the worksite (i.e., promoting respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, cleaning workstations, and prompt exclusion of people with influenza symptoms)
    2. Handling employees who have been exposed to pandemic influenza, are suspect to being ill, or become ill at the workplace (i.e., infection control response, immediate mandatory sick leave, returning to work, etc.)
    3. Restricting travel to affected areas, evacuating employees from affected areas when an outbreak begins, and procedures for employees returning from affected areas
    4. Handling departmental waste disposal and housekeeping protocols
  4. Obtain and allocate resources:
    1. Provide sufficient and accessible infection control supplies (i.e., hand-hygiene products, tissues, and receptacles for their disposal) in all work locations
    2. Develop guidelines to modify the frequency and type of face-to-face contact (i.e., hand-shaking, meetings, shared workstations, etc.) between employees and the public
    3. Encourage and track employee annual influenza vaccinations
  5. Train Emergency Responders:
    1. Minimizing exposure risk
    2. Dealing with infected students, faculty, and staff