"While state and local public health departments will lead the response to a public health emergency, community members look to their local law enforcement executives to be the voice of authority, calm, and guidance during any type of crisis. Law enforcement officials are now being tasked with understanding and planning for public health risks - to ensure that the law enforcement agency can sustain its critical functions, while helping ensure a resilient, healthy, and safe workforce and community. This guide was designed to help law enforcement personnel from departments of all sizes and at all stages of the pandemic influenza planning process ensure their plans are as comprehensive, adaptable, and current as possible. It is also designed to help agencies comply with National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines. First and foremost, planning for a flu pandemic or other public health emergency is similar to planning for any other type of critical incident. The primary difference between public health emergencies and other critical incidents is that in the latter, continuity of operations plans typically focus on replacing physical structures and resources. Planning for public health emergencies requires departments to focus more on employee wellness and the ability to sustain human resources as well as the ability to maintain critical operations with a reduction in staff. And, as previously mentioned, a pandemic influenza - likely the worst-case scenario of public health emergencies - would be accompanied by a significant reduction in human resources and other non-typical challenges to a law enforcement agency's ability to operate."
2009 Police Executive Research Forum. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/flash.htm