"It is not a question of if but when another influenza pandemic will occur. Kentucky must be prepared for this and other types of public health emergencies. To lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has created the Kentucky Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan to promote an effective response throughout the pandemic. The plan was originally drafted in 2002 but is being updated through a coordinated effort of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT), Kentucky State Police (KSP), Chamber of Commerce, universities, local health departments and other partners and stakeholders. The plan is considered a 'living document' and will be updated with changes as needed. Some of the most diverse areas within the United States are in Kentucky. […] The Kentucky Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan serves as a guide for the state during the various pandemic phases. The goal of this plan is to prevent illness and death and preserve critical community infrastructures. The potential impact of a pandemic could be both medical and economic. It is important to respect the potential impact a pandemic poses to all parts of society. Because Mother Nature does not aim, all citizens of the Commonwealth are at risk during a pandemic. The Kentucky Department for Public Health serves as the lead in this type of event, but it will require coordination and collaboration with many state and community partners to effectively manage a pandemic. In order to adequately prepare, the Kentucky Department for Public Health encourages all sectors to participate in planning, exercising, and responding to pandemic influenza."
2007 Kentucky Department for Public Health.
Kentucky Department for Public Health: http://chfs.ky.gov/