What is a pandemic exactly?
An influenza pandemic occurs when a new strand of the influenza virus comes out and the population has little to no immunity to it; and there is possibly no vaccine yet for it. The disease will spread quickly and cause illness or even death. A pandemic can spread across a country or even the globe very quickly. If there is an outbreak, law enforcement will play a critical role in the transportation of medical supplies, help vaccination efforts and assist in any disease containment orders that may occur.
What Should You Have Ready?
There are several steps that you should take to prepare yourselves internally, as well as key items that you should purchase to have on hand if a pandemic does happen. We recommend a Safetec Personal Protection Kit. This kit is considered a pandemic and infection control product. It is equipped with vinyl gloves, fluid resistant gown, combo mask/safety shield, waste bag, twist tie, p.a.w.s.® Antimicrobial Hand Wipes, as well as detailed instructions for use.
How Should You Prepare Internally?
In order to prepare your team best internally there are a few key steps to take so that everyone is on the same page and knows their duties, should a pandemic strike. Planning and communication with all staff is key. You should work with your local community to educate them on flu pandemics which include treatments and prevention strategies. You should also coordinate with external organizations for extra preparedness if shelters or safe zones need to be established in the community.