Monday, July 31, 2006

National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan

National Implementation Plan - Homeland Security Council, May 2006.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Pandemic Influenza Resources for Colleges and Universities

The documents and links below are a collection of pandemic planning documents as well as links to university, government, association and business web sites that have information that is relevant to colleges and universities. If you would like to share your pandemic planning documents or websites that are relevant to colleges and universities, please email the information to our Webmaster.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Gallagher Blueprint for Pandemic Flu Preparedness Planning for Colleges and Universities

This document was developed with input from leading Higher Education risk managers, as well as experts in pandemic flu, with support from the Gallagher Higher Education Practice Group. Planning can help to reduce virus transmission, decrease hospitalizations and deaths, maintain essential services, and reduce the economic and social impact of a pandemic.

Friday, July 28, 2006

World Health Organization - Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)

WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of H5N1 avian influenza and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic. Information on this page tracks the evolving situation and provides access to both technical guidelines and information useful for the general public.

Pandemic Flu - U.S. Government Site

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity, and for which there is no vaccine. The disease spreads easily person-to-person, causes serious illness, and can sweep across the country and around the world in very short time. It is difficult to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur or how severe it will be. Wherever and whenever a pandemic starts, everyone around the world is at risk. Countries might, through measures such as border closures and travel restrictions, delay arrival of the virus, but cannot stop it.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

University of Minnesota Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise

Exercise based on month-by-month spread of Avian Flu - with focus on how university might respond to the developments.

Saturday, July 15, 2006


Friday, July 14, 2006

UI putting together plans to deal with different emergencies - Christine Des Garennes, the News-Gazette

Kip Mecum is in the business of planning for events – events he hopes never happen. If a tornado hit the University of Illinois campus, if a student came down with a case of avian flu, how would the UI respond? Unlike some businesses, the university, with its tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff, not to mention research animals, just can't shut down in the event of an emergency, said Mecum, the UI's director of emergency planning.

The Sloan Semester Archives

A unique event in higher education occurred in response to Hurricane Katrina (and later Rita), which struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in August. Using online learning, colleges and universities from across the country responded in record numbers to help students and institutions impacted by the storms. Dubbed "Sloan Semester" the initiative provided free online courses to students impacted by the storm.

This site provides a retrospective on the Sloan Semester initiative, information about how it was established, how it worked, who participated, and the students who were served. The site includes links to an archived version of the Sloan Semester Catalog, a case study of the project, data about participants and lessons learned.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The role of public libraries in e–government and emergency situations - John Carlo Bertot, Paul Jaeger, Lesley Langa, Charles McClure, First Monday

This article presents findings from the 2006 Public Libraries and the Internet study and other research that demonstrate the impact of public Internet access in public libraries on the communities and individuals that the libraries serve. This article focuses on the importance of public library Internet access in times of emergencies and for a range of electronic government (e–government) services at the individual and community–wide levels. Public access computing and Internet access in public libraries function as a first choice, first refuge, and last resort in a range of emergency and e–government circumstances, allowing individuals to engage successfully in essential e–government services such as registering for Medicare or other benefits and filing tax information. With this key centrality as agents of government services, public libraries increasingly play significant roles in times of emergencies, like the aftermath of a hurricane, in which communities rely on the public library Internet access to request aid, try to find missing family and friends, file Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and insurance claims, and begin rebuilding their lives. This article also discusses the need to revise government policy related to the role of public libraries in their support of e–government as public libraries increasingly serve as agents of e–government.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Schools try to prepare for flu pandemic - KATHRYN WALSON, Daily Press

If a flu pandemic strikes, will schools stay open? If they close, will the Internet be used to provide instruction? These are among the questions that school officials throughout Virginia are trying to answer at the urging of the state and federal governments. Local school officials are developing plans to prepare for a global spread of a new influenza strain. "We're due for a pandemic," said Kevin Pearce, emergency planner for the Peninsula Health District. "It's like a hurricane. It occurs naturally. It's coming. It's just a question of when."

Monday, July 10, 2006

Municipalities now winging it on bird flu - Allison M. Heinrichs, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

When it comes to preparing people for the next flu pandemic, Don Pepe heaves a deep sigh. "I don't even know what I don't know," said Pepe, borough manager for Zelienople, Butler County. "I don't know what resources I need." He's not alone. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review surveyed municipalities and school districts in Western Pennsylvania and found that only one school district and one municipality have pandemic flu response plans, even though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has warned that when the next pandemic hits, communities cannot rely on federal or state governments for help. "A pandemic is different than disasters like Hurricane Katrina," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in March at a flu summit held in Pittsburgh. "State and federal governments will all be hit just as hard at the same time, and won't be able to immediately help local communities. Local preparedness is vital."