Business Preparedness

Recent News

Apr 09, 2014

Fineberg: 5 years after H1N1, world still not ready for pandemic

Readiness is better now, Fineberg said, "but it's not adequate."

Jan 16, 2014

US budget bill restores some funding for public health

The bill provides increases for the CDC, DHS, and FDA and funds for pandemic readiness.

Jan 10, 2014

News Scan for Jan 10, 2014

H5N1 patient was young woman
US preparedness funding
Jump in chikungunya cases
Anthrax in republic of Georgia
Dec 05, 2013

New health preparedness index gives US overall good marks

An exhaustive 2-year effort gives the US an overall score of 7.2 out of 10.

Jun 10, 2013

WHO proposes new pandemic flu alert levels

The WHO today proposed a new pandemic alert system designed to focus more on disease risk than geographic spread.

Apr 10, 2013

CDC preparedness funds take hit in proposed 2014 budget

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) takes a hit of about $270 million in the Obama administration's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget, including significant cuts to biodefense and emergency preparedness programs, officials revealed today.

Feb 20, 2013

Study: Full-time N95 use offers best respiratory protection

(CIDRAP News) – In a new study, Chinese hospital staffers who wore N95 respirators all the time enjoyed significantly lower rates of clinical respiratory illnesses (CRIs) than workers who wore surgical masks or used N95s only for high-risk procedures.

Nov 21, 2012

FDA clears first cell-based flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved the nation's first cell-based flu vaccine, a product from Novartis that uses technology that could help vaccinate more Americans in a pandemic but still has many of the same limitations of older egg-based flu vaccines.

Oct 15, 2012

Report: Complacency, misperception stymie quest for better flu vaccines

The world needs much better influenza vaccines, but the quest for them faces a formidable barrier: overconfidence about the effectiveness of existing influenza vaccines.

Resources & Literature


Business Preparedness

Economic Impact

The epidemic of statistical modeling studies that 'predict' the future: Don't be a victim as you prepare for the next pandemic

What does food industry preparedness mean for you? Plenty

Pandemic Planning Toolkit

10-Point framework for pandemic influenza business contigency planning

Issues to Consider

Beyond the debate about pandemic severity lies a critical business continuity issue

How to avoid a dangerous hazard in the all-hazards approach

What does food industry preparedness mean for you? Plenty

Will the water still run during a pandemic?

AT&T. 2010 AT&T business continuity study: US national results. June 2010. [Full text]

Bellagio Group. Statement of principles on social justice and influenza. Jul 2006 [Full text]

CDC. 2009 H1N1 and seasonal influenza and Hispanic communities: questions and answers. Feb 16, 2010 [Full text]

Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, Australia. Being prepared for a human influenza pandemic: business continuity guide for Australian business. 2011 [Full text]

Harvard Opinion Research Program (Harvard School of Public Health). Employers took many measures to protect employees and avoid business impact of H1N1 flu outbreak. Poll results released Jun 22, 2010 [Full text

Kelley NS, Osterholm MT. Pandemic influenza, electricity, and the coal supply chain: addressing crucial preparedness gaps in the United States. Nov 2008[Full text]

Updating and Revising Your Plan 

Putting your plan through its paces

How's your business discontinuity program?

Keeping the world working during an influenza pandemic

Sharing Your Plan

Sharing corporate pandemic preparedness plans: End the secrecy - or risk the consequences

Silence complicates efforts to gauge readiness of food industry

Doing business during an influenza pandemic

Keeping the world working during an influenza pandemic

Tabletops and Exercises

Designing, conducting, and evaluating tabletop exercises: A primer on optimizing this important planning tool

Putting your plan through its paces

Fortune 500 companies put their plans to the test

Designing, Conducting, and Evaluating Tabletop Exercises for Pandemic Influenza Business Continuity Planning [PowerPoint]
Kristine Moore, MD, MPH; Jill DeBoer, MPH; CIDRAP

The Tabletop Exercise Planning Process: From Conception to Action [PowerPoint]
Kristine Moore, MD, MPH; Jill DeBoer, MPH; CIDRAP

Facilitating a Tabletop Exercise [PowerPoint]
Kristine Moore, MD, MPH; Jill DeBoer, MPH; CIDRAP


Types of Risk Communication

What kind of risk communication does pandemic preparedness require?

Start thinking in phases - risk communication phases

Riding the many pandemic seesaws

CDC offers pandemic communication guidance

Scaring people is scary

Teachable Moments

A preparedness trifecta: Why are we missing such teachable moments?

How not to conduct crisis communication

Get your slice of the 'fearfulness' pie

Engaging Your CEO or Board

A shot in the arm for preparedness: Former CEO offers what's needed to engage your CEO

The birds and the beds: A week in the journey of pandemic preparedness

Is the pandemic threat receding, or does it just look that way?

Talking about a flu pandemic worst-case scenario

Engaging your CEO in pandemic preparedness: How to build a strategy to overcome indifference

Assessing corporate executives on pandemic preparedness engagement

Pitney Bowes: Using fresh memories, history to get the preparedness message across

Evidence plentiful of a pending pandemic

Overcoming Apathy & Inertia (Pandemic Fatigue)

Read 'FAFfing About' if you need some motivation

Is H5N1 still a threat? What to do when your pandemic preparedness work is challenged

Whose pandemic fatigue?

Re-engage colleagues on preparedness

Keeping tabs on H5N1 media coverage

'Might help a lot, might help a little, might not help at all--and worth trying!'

The fog of pandemic planning

Combating pandemic planning fatigue

How Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu prevents pandemic planning fatigue

Employee Communications

Why talk now? The case for communicating with employees before the pandemic arrives

Corporate pandemic precaution advocacy: The time is now

Is the pandemic threat receding, or does it just look that way?

Re-engage colleagues on preparedness

Start thinking in phases - risk communication phases

Seesaw your way through ambivalence

Riding the many pandemic seesaws

A severe pandemic is not overdue - it's not when but if

When the pandemic is on our doorstep, is it too late to prepare?

Communicating to Americans living abroad

Communicating Pandemic Flu Basics

The 4 faces of bird flu

Communicating with Other Companies

Corporate pandemic precaution advocacy: The time is now

Sharing corporate pandemic preparedness plans: End the secrecy--or risk the consequences

Customer/Client/Vendor Communications

Pay attention to bellwether sectors: What transportation and financial markets can tell us now

Sharing corporate pandemic preparedness plans: End the secrecy--or risk the consequences

When the pandemic is on our doorstep, is it too late to prepare?

How's your business discontinuity program?

Public Relations

Sharing corporate pandemic preparedness plans: End the secrecy--or risk the consequences

Riding the many pandemic seesaws

CDC offers pandemic communication guidance

Osterholm Briefings 

Pandemic preparedness after H1N1: Remember--If you've seen one pandemic, you've seen one pandemic

'It's Over': WHO calls H1N1 'post-pandemic'--what does that mean to you?

With biases all around, how can you ensure sound preparedness decisions?

Was H1N1 another Y2K? Not on your life

Your lessons are in the headlines: What oil spills, volcanoes, and car bombs teach us about preparedness and continuity planning

H1N1 lessons have been learned, but will they stick?

ALERT: What to make of the current regional uptick in H1N1 activity in Southeastern states

Understanding the real impact of the novel H1N1 influenza pandemic: Why your colleagues need to know

Looking forward and behind: What's at stake right now with H1N1?

Dispatch from Davos: It's what I didn't hear that concerns me

The H1N1 pandemic: The next chapter

We're not out of the woods yet with pandemic influenza: Is there light in this 'forest of vicissitudes'?

Making sense of the H1N1 pandemic: What's going on?

An update from the H1N1 influenza pandemic trenches: Are we sitting in the eye of a hurricane or watching a storm pass?

For now, don't count on much vaccine: Time to step up your efforts to protect your employees

How to keep the world working during the H1N1 pandemic: Key takeaway messages from CIDRAP's 3rd national summit

During the H1N1 pandemic, please allow sick workers to stay home

We're Beyond Theory, and on to Reality and Execution

Predicting disease severity based on history is pure puffery: So what's a responsible planner to do?

Attention: Battlefield mentality required to get through the upcoming influenza season

The early innings of the novel H1N1 pandemic: Keep your eye on the ball

What does WHO pandemic declaration mean to your organization?

Novel H1N1 influenza: Lessons learned and yet to be learned

Yes, it's a pandemic: Where do we go from here?

How soon can you expect phase 6, and what really changes when the phase does?

Straight talk on business travel, working smart, school closures, and realistic expectations

What does the bump to phase 5 mean for your business now?

What do the WHO pandemic alert phase changes mean to you?

The swine flu news gets worse -- and what you should do about it

The straight story on the novel swine influenza virus that has infected people in California, Texas

Recent Literature

Rebmann T, Wang J, Swick Z, et al. Health care versus non-health care businesses' experiences during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic: financial impact, vaccination policies, and control measures implemented. Am J Infect Control 2013 Jun;41(6):e49-54

Yin JK, Salkeld G, Lambert SB, et al. Estimates and determinants of economic impacts from influenza-like illnesses caused by respiratory viruses in Australian children attending childcare: a cohort study. Influenza Other Respi Viruses 2013 (published online Jul 6)

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