In the event of pandemic influenza, businesses will play a key role in protecting employees health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. Plans for the economic implications of increased absenteeism and reduced consumer participation must be developed now in preparation for possible pandemic influenza. This becomes even more important because a pandemic influenza threat would be long term, spanning several months to a year.
Critical Infrastructure Services
Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. This includes the economic strains of surrounding business closings and increased absenteeism among employees.
As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential. With assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wise County Emergency Management Department has compiled information to assist you and your organization to create business continuity plans for pandemic influenza. Creation of these plans will also assist you in creating plans for other emergency situation.