City of Homer Pandemic Flu Emergency Response Plan Annex   [open pdf - 208KB]

"Unlike influenza epidemics, which occur seasonally and result in an average of 36,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, influenza pandemics (global epidemics) occur sporadically, and have the potential to result in hundreds of thousands of deaths nationally over the course of one year. During the 20th century there were three influenza pandemics, the most severe of which occurred in 1918-19 and caused over 500,000 deaths in the U.S. and more than 50 million deaths worldwide. [...] As Alaskans we understand that we live in a remote portion of the world. As Alaskans living in the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska we understand that we are even more remote. One of Alaska's attractions is the low population density. Due to the remoteness, and relatively small population we are writing this plan with the assumption that we can expect little to no help from the outside world. This plan uses the resources available to us here in South-Central Alaska. It is understood that we will need help from the outside. Obviously we can't produce our own vaccines or anti-viral medications. Until such time as we get the necessary resources we will have to rely on our own."

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