News & Perspective

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.

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 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.

Sep 20, 2007

Sep 20, 2007

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

In epidemiology we have a saying: What gets counted, gets acted upon.

Mar 15, 2007

Mar 15, 2007

Fortune 500 companies put their plans to the test

Mar 15, 2007

Putting your plan through its paces

Exercises—whether simple or complex—can greatly help a business prepare, regardless of its stage of pandemic planning.

May 03, 2007

May 03, 2007

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

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) devoted 2 days last week to testing its response to a possible outbreak of pandemic influenza on American soil.

Mar 22, 2007

Mar 22, 2007

Silence complicates efforts to gauge readiness of food industry

Several large, influential food companies and organizations contacted by Weekly Briefing had little or nothing to say about their pandemic preparedness plans.

Apr 12, 2007

Apr 12, 2007

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

Business is all about competition. It's about building a better mousetrap and marketing that mousetrap more creatively and effectively than your competitor. But it is also about dependency on other businesses to ensure that you can make, sell, and service that mousetrap.

Mar 29, 2007

Mar 29, 2007

What does food industry preparedness mean for you? Plenty

You may be tempted to minimize the importance of food-sector pandemic planning because it's not your business. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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