"The Miami-Dade County Health Department has joined the international and national community in planning for increased and sustained human-to-human transmission of a novel influenza virus subtype, such as H5N1 in Miami-Dade County. This Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan serves as a strategic planning document and provides local guidance for all major sectors of government, public health, business and education to achieve a coordinated planning, response and recovery process, with an emphasis on mitigation strategies and coordination. From this base planning effort, we can now move toward the development of multi-level, multi-agency tactical plans both locally and regionally. […] As of June 2007, the MDCHD assumed all Emergency Support Function-8 (Health & Medical) responsibilities in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is the responsibility of ESF-8 to plan for, mobilize, and manage health and medical services during the response and recovery phases of a disaster, as specified in the Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and will operate as part of the Human Services Branch under the Operations Section Chief. A 1918-like pandemic influenza event (50 million deaths worldwide and 675,000 in the United States) is the contextual framework for this plan, while lesser degrees of impact will have relevance to modified response activities. Moreover, local, state and federal agencies play a critical role in gauging the activation levels and are heavily considered throughout. Planning guidance is offered through the plan's on-line pull-down menu features for consideration and implementation by local government and nongovernment essential service providers, health and medical institutions, local and state partners, educational systems, overseers of community gathering places and businesses."
2007 Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Miami-Dade County Health Department: http://www.dadehealth.org/