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Do you have new products scheduled for release in the next eighteen months? Have you considered what a pandemic event might do to your plans? Does your organization operate one or more centralized data centers? Do you know what will happen if one of those data centers is ordered closed by local health authorities? These are just some of the issues you might have to face if pandemic influenza develops, or if a pandemic emergency is declared. Read this book for tips for planning for, managing and recovering from pandemic flu events.


If — or maybe we should say when — a pandemic flu event occurs, whether from bird flu or another agent, how well will your company perform? What will happen to your operations if 15-35% of your employees (according to an estimate of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control) either do not report for work or fall ill? What will happen to your company afterwards if 5% of your employees die or are permanently disabled?

Most businesses and government agencies have some form of operational continuity plan in place. Typically, the typical plan is more than eighteen months old, and typically, it was designed for natural disasters — a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or fire. All of this means that most operational continuity plans are either outmoded or inapplicable to pandemic events.

Is your organization fully prepared for pandemic flu? Do you have new products scheduled for release in the next eighteen months? Have you considered what a pandemic event might do to your plans? Does your organization operate one or more centralized data centers? Do you know what will happen if one of those data centers is ordered closed by local health authorities? These are just some of this isues you might have to face if pandemic influenza develops, or if a pandemic emergency is declared. The book gives you tips for planning, operating and recovering from these events.

This book describes techniques for preparing for and managing pandemic incidents — tips and insights that could take you a lifetime to invent on your own. You'll learn, for example:

  • Novel approaches for adapting your facilities to make them pandemic-resistant
  • What aspects of your own operations to monitor during a pandemic event
  • What to anticipate in terms of legal consequences, from pandemic alert to pandemic aftermath, and how best to prepare for it
  • How to incorporate pandemic response planning into your marketing planning right now
  • What to do to minimize the impact of pandemic events on financing and financial planning
  • Devices and procedures you can put in place today that will make communications far more effective in a pandemic emergency
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Here are some sample tips.

Document your planning efforts and preparation activities
If your facility is hit especially hard, the stricken and their survivors might feel that the organization and its management contributed in some way to the unusual incidence of disease in your facility. Legal action by those stricken, their survivors, shareholders, customers, vendors or neighbors might follow. Any defense against such action will be more effective if you've maintained a clear record of dedicated effort, management commitment, generous expenditure, and prudent action.
Consider rescheduling securities offerings
New offerings scheduled further out than the immediate future risk appearing in the midst of a pandemic event. Bring them closer in, or push them further out, recognizing that pushing them out will likely put you in a very long queue, if a pandemic materializes. Whether or not rescheduling seems like a good idea right now to you, it will seem so to some; those who act earliest will benefit the most.
Eliminate public pens
Eliminate the pen at building guest sign in, or anyplace where you now provide public pens. Let people use their own pens. If they need pens, give them pens to keep, or provide a drop slot for collecting pens after a single use, and then disinfect them before handing them out again.
Encourage people to use sick leave
The single policy change that will provide the most encouragement to people to actually stay home when they're sick is to increase the days of sick allowance, and to segregate sick leave from vacation and holiday time. In other words, eliminate the use of, or create a less favorable exchange rate for, the use of sick days as vacation time. Second best idea: do not pay for unused sick days in the event of termination or retirement, and don't let them accumulate indefinitely. Cap their accumulation, or let them expire after a decent period.
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Have a Strategy for Pandemic Flu

  • Understand what a pandemic is
  • Have a pandemic response plan
  • Set appropriate goals
  • Document your planning efforts and preparation activities
  • Establish an advisory review board for public statements
  • Know WHO's six phases of pandemic response
  • Establish a pandemic reserve
  • Assume that vaccines will be unavailable
  • Plan for border closures and quarantines
  • Plan not for business continuity — plan for business discontinuity
  • Intentionally choose to operate less profitably
  • Defer relocations that are intended to unite dispersed facilities
  • Monitor employee rights
  • Suspend your JIT inventory strategy
  • Defer image realignment
  • Consider rescheduling securities offerings
  • Consider rescheduling new product offerings
  • Encourage people to use sick leave
  • Prepare emergency facilities
  • Cooperate with other facilities
  • Cooperate with local authorities
  • Document, document, document
  • Offer home preparedness training
  • Exploit opportunities for seasonal facilities
  • Suspend some projects now
  • Include the pandemic in project risk plans
  • Devise a plan for urgent suspension of projects
  • Drill, drill, drill
  • Know the risks of communications trees
  • Re-establish contact with retired or former employees
  • Favor solo decision makers over committees
  • Designate roles by code name
  • Create communication infrastructure for code names
  • Report dead birds

Make Your Facilities Pandemic-Resistant

  • Install excess data center capacity
  • Suspend self-service food stations
  • Eliminate public pens
  • Eliminate bird attractors
  • Upgrade bird guards
  • Inspect bird guards weekly
  • Increase use of fresh air
  • Use the overnight to purge used air
  • Upgrade the air filtration system
  • Increase the refresh rate in elevators
  • Use touchless elevator controls
  • Use no-contact or low-contact access control technology
  • Install thermal scanners
  • Use motion sensors to actuate outside doors
  • Use touchless technologies in lavatories

Make Your Operations Pandemic-Resistant

  • Review supplier agreements
  • Reconfigure your supply chain
  • Anticipate absenteeism
  • Encourage telecommuting
  • Replace meetings with conference calls
  • Expand network capacity
  • Expand facility telephone capacity
  • Set priorities for telecommuting and telemeetings
  • Prepare to seal some facilities
  • Replace scheduled air services with private services
  • Replace air travel with virtual travel
  • Educate employees about disease transmission
  • Ask air travelers to request fresh gloves
  • Advise travelers to carry medical kits
  • Encourage employees to shop on-line
  • Wave, smile, and nod
  • Treat coming to work sick as a performance issue
  • Ensure access to critical documents
  • Ensure access to necessary contact information
  • Increase cash and currency reserves
  • Increase staff reserves
  • Increase inventories of critical supplies
  • Review succession planning
  • Renew passports

When a Pandemic Is Declared

  • Have an alternate transport plan
  • Have a multi-stage response plan
  • Escalate standards in food service safety
  • Seal pre-designated facilities
  • Invoke pandemic clauses in cleaning services contracts
  • Stagger shifts
  • Stagger lunchtimes
  • Encourage people to eat lunch at their desks or outside
  • Encourage employees to avoid public transport
  • Recognize that the virus will likely target demographic groups selectively
  • Defer face-to-face training in non-critical topics
  • Advise employees to defer family gatherings
  • Advise employees to defer routine medical treatment
  • Encourage employees to defer vacations
  • Consider defenses against intentional infection

When the Pandemic Reaches Your Company or Facility

  • Have flexible leave policies
  • Plan for grief counseling
  • Suspend non-critical activities
  • Monitor waste management
  • Ensure graceful power-up and power-down
  • Consider offering expertise and labor to local authorities
  • Have a procedure for dealing with employees who become ill at work
  • Announce deaths in batches

Plan for the Aftermath

  • Anticipate an increase in customer service load
  • Assume that you'll be one of the few left standing
  • Plan for a spike in load on your legal offices
  • Remember the fallen
  • Recognize heroic efforts
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101 Tips for Preparing for Pandemic Flu, 100-pack is in Acrobat format, which gives you several advantages. You can print it, and read it like any book. Or in electronic form, you can use the search capability of Adobe Reader to find passages of special interest to you. If you load it onto your laptop, tablet, or other mobile device, you can read it anywhere — and it's weightless, too. 20 pages.

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