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Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness Workshops

Related: Health

In 2006, Meridian Institute facilitated two Pandemic Flu Preparedness Workshops for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The first workshop was held in April 2006. It was attended by CDC scientists, DHS staff, and representatives from industry and governmental operations centers from diverse sectors of the economy, including representatives from: the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Dupont, ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Union Pacific, the United Parcel Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, and others. Participants explored how business operations centers and government can effectively manage the risks of an influenza pandemic and ensure the continuity of critical infrastructure functions and essential services.

The second workshop was held in June 2006. The CDC and DHS again hosted representatives from critical infrastructure industries—this time with business continuity planners and owner/operators from retail centers and distribution hubs such as the American Trucking Association, Best Buy, CVS, Lowe’s, Marriott, Safeway, Target, the United Parcel Service, Walgreens, and others.

Both workshops focused on what the most current science says about pandemic influenza, key challenges specific to operations centers and retail and distribution hub environments, and lessons learned and best practices for preventing the spread of disease. These workshops identified the information needs of continuity and pandemic planners, the expected and desired role of government, and what is required to move forward. Specific action items flowing from these two meetings included commitments from the CDC to serve as a clearinghouse for pandemic preparedness plans and from the DHS and CDC to continue exchanging information with the private sector and providing guidance about pandemic influenza planning and preparedness as it becomes available.


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