Several credible entities provide information about pandemic influenza:
The WHO has established a Pandemic Phase Scale to describe the current level of threat, while the U.S. has established a Federal Government Response Stage Scale to provide guidance on actions to be taken in case of an outbreak.
Lessons Learned Information Sharing is the U.S. national network of Lessons Learned and Best Practices for emergency response providers and homeland security officials. Access is restricted to verified emergency response providers and homeland security officials.
Both the CDC and the Public Health Agency of Canada monitor the number and location of confirmed human swine flu cases.
FluAid, created by programmers at the CDC, is designed to assist state and local level planners in preparing for the next influenza pandemic by providing estimates of potential impact specific to their locality.
IAFF and Occupational Resources
The IAFF has developed several tools to assist members with the management of a pandemic influenza event:
The IAFF Influenza Checklist will assist departments in creating a plan including planning logistics, infection control, inventory, staff impact, and resource allocation.
The IAFF has issued a bulletin to assist fire fighters and emergency medical personnel prepare for a potential Influenza Pandemic.
National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) provides codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.
- NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs
- NFPA 1500 Standard on FD Occupational Safety and Health Program
- NFPA 1521 Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer
- NFPA 1561 Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System
- NFPA 1581 Fire Department Infection Control Program
- NFPA 1999 Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides information on respiratory protection.
Preparedness and Response Guidance