"The problem is the City of Fremont is located in an area of the country that is widely diverse and highly populated. Consequently, the citizens of Fremont and surrounding communities are vulnerable to a rapid spread of a pandemic flu epidemic. The purpose of this research project was to identify if the City of Fremont is prepared and equipped to handle a pandemic outbreak and to compare Fremont's readiness model to recommendations of leading authorities. The descriptive research method was used to find out: a) What is the current capability of the Fremont Fire Department in handling a pandemic flu outbreak? b) What percentage of the community is at the highest risk in a pandemic epidemic? c) What are the recommendations of leading authorities on pandemic preparedness? and d) Is Fremont in compliance with recognized recommendations? Through literature review and personal interviews, it was discovered that a large percentage of the Fremont community is considered in the high risk category for contracting the 2009 H1N1 virus. Although Fremont's Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) and Medical Reserve Core (MRC) are current programs in the Department, recommendations in this study encourage the development of a pandemic preparedness plan and suggest enhancement on current capabilities of operational readiness by improving training and communications with employees and the public. Recommendations also include preparedness planning and activities that should be developed in collaboration with the local County Health Department, hospitals and key stakeholders in the community."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/