Download the 18-page Guide called Managing Chaos. It will walk you through an approach to making plans that will be useful in a real disaster. It is subtitled The Disaster Planner’s Handbook In Eight Parts, by Mitch Stripling, New York City, 2013
2019 Edition of the series of state by state reports on emergency health preparedness called “Ready or Not?”. Report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation outlines how well each state meets 10 indicators for public health disasters and emergencies. Published by TFAH and RWJF February 2019.
The Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) maintains an extensive set of resources and reports addressing a variety of disasters and events (e.g. nuclear, biological, and chemical – NBC events), mass casualty events, including gun violence, and public health issues such as influenza, Ebola or weather emergencies. Special categories for evacuation/shelter, communication and command systems, power outages, training and much more
CDC’s official web page on Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) is now archived for historical value. Recommendations, their investigation reports, status in US, Mexico and other countries, and travel recommendations
The Joint Commission 100-page monograph outlines rationale and strategies for immunizing health care personnel (HCPs) against influenza – both seasonal flu and pandemic flu. Strategies from research and best practices from others are shared in order to improve vaccination rates (currently estimated around 42% nationally), thereby protecting both patients and staff, and reducing the spread of influenza. Pub 2009
The Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project (through Univ. of MN) developed recommendations regarding priorities and distribution of scarce resources in the event of a severe pandemic. Pub. 2010
The National Governors Association (NGA) classic report for governors and senior state officials who want to be prepared for a possible flu pandemic. May be useful to healthcare boards and leaders to understand their thinking and governments’ expected roles on topics such as self-reliance and stockpiling. Discusses seasonal flu which accounts for 30,000 to 40,000 US deaths per year. 32 pages; pub 2006
This Build A Kit from ready.gov provides a list of supplies and materials to assemble NOW as an emergency supply kit. Water, food, bedding, prescriptions, can opener, first-aid kit, dust mask, flashlight, batteries, radio, whistle to signal help, and more. Minimum plan: 3 days
If you are a health care leader who is developing a large-scale plan to prepare for an eventual influenza pandemic, this 11-page overview may be useful. Scroll to Pandemic Influenza Plan Briefing. Undated.
OSHA’s guide to help hospitals and employees get ready and respond to an influenza pandemic addresses clinical information about influenza, infection control and hand hygiene, employee vaccination, protective equipment, self-triage guidelines if you have flu symptoms, and more. Practical and well-referenced; 103 pages; updated for 2009. Other pandemic publications also at this site.