News & Perspective

Jun 07, 2007

Jun 07, 2007

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

Your company is preparing for a pandemic, but your employees aren't. Can that possibly make sense?

Companies have their reasons for hesitating to communicate with employees about a possible future pandemic. The four reasons I hear most often:

Jun 14, 2007

Jun 14, 2007

Whose pandemic fatigue?

Far from being fatigued by pandemic warnings, the public is just beginning to hear the message. As planners, we're the ones at risk of pandemic fatigue, as we slog our way forward.

Jun 28, 2007

Jun 28, 2007

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

How are you explaining the current risk of an H5N1-related influenza pandemic to your boss, the emergency preparedness committee, or the executive suite today? Is the task daunting? Are you being waved off with the comment that all this attention to pandemic preparedness is just public health's version of Y2K?

Jul 06, 2007

Jul 06, 2007

US poll shows waning concern about avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Only 27% of Americans describe themselves as concerned about avian influenza, down from 35% last year, according to a national survey released this week.

In an Associated Press–Ipsos Public Affairs poll released on Jul 2, 41% of respondents said they were not concerned about avian flu, an increase from 31% last year. Another 34%—the same as last year—said they were moderately concerned.

Jul 12, 2007

Jul 12, 2007

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

Are you in charge of your company's crisis response plan or part of a business team trained to manage a sizable emergency that could threaten your organization's continuity? If so, you're no stranger to the concept of "all-hazards" preparedness. The business world has increasingly emphasized such an approach since the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina experiences—and with good reason.

Jul 17, 2007

Jul 17, 2007

Read 'FAFfing About' if you need some motivation

Whenever my commitment to pandemic preparedness starts to flag, I read something wrongheaded by an opponent of preparedness. Here's my take on an example from a major medical journal.

Jul 17, 2007

White House issues 1-year status report on pandemic planning

(CIDRAP News) – The White House Homeland Security Council today released a 1-year update on the federal government's pandemic influenza preparedness strategy, reporting that it has met 86% of the objectives it set for itself a year ago.

Jul 19, 2007

Jul 19, 2007

HHS updates pandemic stockpile totals and planning efforts

(CIDRAP News) – In an update on the nation's pandemic preparedness efforts, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday said it had stockpiled enough H5N1 avian influenza vaccine to protect about 6 million people and that federal and state supplies contain enough antiviral medication to treat more than 48 million.

Jul 26, 2007

Jul 26, 2007

People likely to alter lifestyles to cut risk in a pandemic, study finds

(CIDRAP News) – A recently published survey of Europeans and Asians showed that, when faced with an influenza pandemic, most would avoid mass transit and limit shopping to essentials, and many would avoid other public places, including restaurants, theaters, and the workplace.

Aug 09, 2007

Aug 09, 2007

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

I've always been amazed at how some people use numbers to make their point. For example, I could say that, between the two of us, Barry Bonds and I average 378 career major league home runs. Of course, that doesn't tell you that I account for zero of those dingers, and we all know that such an analysis isn't statistically appropriate. But far too often such calculations seem to become fact if the number is repeated enough.

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