Safety

Use community planning tools to prepare for a pandemic

Emergency Management Alert, March 9, 2010

After all of the attention devoted to pandemic preparedness this year, it seems most healthcare facilities in the United States are finally in the clear with both seasonal flu and H1N1. No states have reported wide-spread flu activity, with most states reporting sporadic activity, according to the CDC.

But as many remember, H1N1 unexpectedly emerged in late April last year, which traditionally marks the end of flu season, proving it’s never too early to begin preparing for a possible pandemic or norovirus outbreak, particularly when it involves a number of community agencies outside of the hospital.

On March 25th at 1 p.m. EST, HCPro will host a 90-minute Webcast “Simplify Community Planning for Disaster Exercises: Align Joint Commission Requirements with HSEEP.” Attendees will walk away with tools and expert guidance to efficiently plan for a community disaster, such as a norovirus outbreak, or a pandemic.

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