Preparing for a Pandemic Influenza: A Primer for Governors and Senior State Officials   [open pdf - 0B]

This primer provides an overview of the topics of concern for governors and state officials in planning for emergency response to "pandemic influenza or other disease outbreaks." It centers on "state policies and responsibilities, and is intended to complement the federal guidance issued by the White House Homeland Security Council, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security." Included are discussions of how officials must control the outbreak despite a lack of fully functioning infrastructure in the "food, energy, and health care" industries, and the importance of the testing of pandemic flu emergency plans on both the state and federal levels. The author explains the key differences between seasonal influenza, avian influenza, and pandemic influenza. Past pandemics in 1918, 1957, and 1968 are used as examples in describing the necessary "conditions" for pandemic outbreaks. The document centers on aiding state officials in the creation of an "effective pandemic plan," outlining crucial responsibilities such as delineating clear "lines of authority", communication, and cooperation between local, state, and federal levels. Also included are discussions of how to inform the public about pandemic flu, enlarging storage of food and necessary supplies, problems with the continuity of government should an outbreak occur, shortfalls in the emergency medical response required with the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, and how to stop the spread of an outbreak.

National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices
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