West Virginia Bureau for Public Health - Threat Preparedness
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What can businesses do to prepare for pandemic flu?

In the event of pandemic influenza, businesses and other employers 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.

There are many individuals in West Virginia who will need assistance planning for and responding to disasters and emergencies. About 25% of the state's populations is disabled. Other groups who will need help include those who don't speak English at all or very well; those with cognitive disorders; the homeless; those living in group settings, such as nursing homes, correctional facilities and college dorms; tourists; children; and the elderly. Anyone in these groups should plan for themselves, to the degree that they are able, but communities can help them with this.

Determine the impact a pandemic would have on your business and develop an emergency plan.

  • Identify essential functions and staff needed to keep your business running. Two backups are needed for each essential position. Plan and train accordingly.
  • Determine the impact on your customer service.
  • Network with external partners to reduce impact on product and services delivery.

Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed guidelines, including checklists, to assist businesses, industries, and other employers in planning for a pandemic outbreak as well as for other comparable catastrophes.

Checklists and Letter

Community Guidance

Critical Infrastructure Guide

Employer and Employee Guidance

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