"An influenza pandemic could seriously impact the Nation -- its health care delivery system, its transportation system, its economy and its social structure. As the Nation's health care 'safety net,' emergency medical services (EMS) will be faced with higher demands for services while experiencing problems similar to the rest of the Nation -- increased employee absenteeism, disruption of supply chains and increased rates of illness and death. 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) serve as the public's single point of access to EMS, law enforcement and fire services -- as well as an avenue for requesting many other services. Ensuring both 911 and EMS are well-integrated into the Nation's pandemic influenza planning and response is essential to the Nation's health and safety in the event of a pandemic. On January 15, 2009, HHS [Department of Health & Human Services] Secretary Leavitt and DHS Secretary Chertoff submitted a report to the HSC [Homeland Security Council] that summarized the status of States' operating plans with respect to preparedness for, response to, and recovery from an influenza pandemic. This report, Assessment of States' Operating Plans to Combat Pandemic Influenza: Report to Homeland Security Council (HSC Report), found that integration of EMS systems into pandemic influenza preparedness generally is inadequate. The FICEMS' [Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services] Preparedness Committee presented a summary of these findings to the FICEMS at a June 3, 2009 meeting. The FICEMS directed its Preparedness Committee to conduct a more detailed analysis of State EMS and 9-1-1 pandemic influenza preparedness and to present its findings and recommendations to FICEMS prior to December of 2009."
National Association of State EMS: http://www.nasemsd.org/