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Pandemic Planning Handbook: A Comprehensive Pandemic Influenza Planning Desktop Reference for Business Continuity, Emergency Management, Human Resource Management, Facilities Management, Security, and Health and Safety Professionals. By Leo Syed. Download PPH Book Pandemic Planning Handbook Brochure

Although many books are available on the market, very few pandemic planning books provide detailed information and methods on how to develop and implement pandemic plans.  Written specifically for businesses and corporations, this book will help planners to develop, test, and maintain an effective pandemic plan.

Price: $89 USD, ISBN: 978-0-9811884-1-6, Hardcover, 250 pages, 6 " x 9"


Globally, there is a concern among health officials about the potential for harm from transmissible type A influenza viruses that originate from wild birds.  These viruses cause sickness among birds, known as avian influenza (bird flu).  Millions of domestic poultry are killed every year from bird flu or have to be destroyed in order to stop the spread of the disease.  Humans that work closely with sick poultry occasionally contract the illness, and out of those that do, over half have do not survive.  Yet, there is greater worry that bird flu, under the right conditions, will combine with another virus and mutate into a new virus that is contagious among humans, and result in deadly consequences worldwide.  The spread of a disease that causes illness and death and occurs worldwide is referred to as a “pandemic”.  The word pandemic is derived from the Greek “pan” for all and “demos” for people, meaning “all-people”.  When a new type A influenza virus spreads globally causing illness, it is known as “pandemic influenza”. 

Pandemic influenza events have occurred many times throughout history.  The last four pandemics have occurred in 1918, 1957, 1968, and most recently with the emergence of a new A(H1N1) virus causing the 2009 pandemic.  Based on previous events, the probability that a pandemic will occur is approximately 3 times per century.  Therefore, the next pandemic is imminent, and it is not a question of ‘if’ another pandemic will occur, but ‘when’ it will occur.  National authorities, health agencies, and influenza experts all agree that there will be another pandemic and there is little that can be done to stop it. 

Pandemic influenza planning, a key component of emergency preparedness and business continuity management programs, is a method that helps to prepare for the next pandemic outbreak.  It aims to prevent outbreaks, reduce the potential impact and consequences of a pandemic on business operations, staff, partners, suppliers, and customers, and continue business in the event of a pandemic through the development and implementation of pandemic influenza plans that contain pre-defined response activities and guidelines. 

Pandemic Planning Handbook is invaluable desktop reference, written specifically for business.  It explains pandemic influenza and pandemic influenza planning and provides guidance on how to manage pandemic risks and develop comprehensive and effective pandemic plans.  The book presents a cyclical planning process used to develop pandemic plans.  The process considers the extent of an organization’s knowledge and understanding of pandemic influenza; how the organization manages the associated pandemic risks; development of essential plan components; and the validity and maintenance of plans and the establishment of a pandemic training program.  It is presented in detail in four easy to follow sections:

  1. Pandemic education and awareness
  2. Pandemic risk management
  3. Pandemic plan development
  4. Pandemic testing, maintenance, and training

A wide range of organizations will benefit from this book including the private sector, government, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and health and medical community.  The book is intended for emergency managers, business continuity and pandemic planners, health and safety teams, human resource staff, facilities management, risk managers, senior management, and those responsible for managing human safety risk.

Table of Contents
Preface xi

Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Chapter Overview 1
1.1 Roadmap to this Book 9
1.2 Appendix 1A Business and Community Planning Goals 12
1.3 Appendix 1B Interim Pandemic Planning 14

Chapter 2 Pandemic Phases, Severity, and Surveillance and Response Programs
2.1 Chapter Overview 17
2.2 WHO Pandemic Phase Scale 19
2.3 CDC Pandemic Severity Index 22
2.4 Disease Surveillance and Response Programs 25

Chapter 3 Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, and Pandemics
3.1 Chapter Overview 29
3.2 Infectious Diseases, Characteristic Features, and Terms 31
3.3 Key Disease Terminology 34
3.4 Epidemics and Pandemics 37
3.5 Past Pandemic Influenza Events 44
3.6 Appendix 3A Recognizing Influenza and Practicing Basic Infection Control 47

Chapter 4 Influenza A Viruses and Current Pandemic Threat
4.1 Chapter Overview 51
4.2 Influenza Viruses 52
4.3 Example Interspecies Transmission of Influenza A Viruses 54
4.4 Antigenic Drift and Antigenic Shift Processes 56
4.5 Current Threat of Avian Influenza A(H5N1) 62

Chapter 5 2009 Pandemic and Lessons Learned
5.1 Chapter Overview 67
5.2 2009 Pandemic 68
5.3 2009 Pandemic Lessons Learned 71
5.4 Appendix 5A 2009 Pandemic Findings, Outcomes, and Challenges 78

Chapter 6 Need for Pandemic Planning
6.1 Chapter Overview 85
6.2 Localized Impacts 87
6.3 Pandemic Business Impacts and Consequences 90
6.4 Understanding Obstacles to Avoiding Infection 95
6.5 Pandemic Planning versus Business Continuity Planning 98

Chapter 7 Pandemic Risk Management
7.1 Chapter Overview 103
7.2 Pandemic Risk Assessment 107
7.3 Pandemic Business Impact Analysis 118
7.4 Pandemic Mitigation Strategies 121
7.5 Forming a Pandemic Team 127
7.6 Appendix 7A Pandemic Policy 135

Chapter 8 Pandemic Plan Development
8.1 Chapter Overview 137
8.2 Occupational Health and Safety Planning 141
8.3 Human Resource Planning 165
8.4 Pandemic Communication Planning 176
8.5 Facilities Management 180
8.6 Business Operations Planning 183
8.7 Information Technology Planning 187
8.8 Appendix 8A Vendor Management Program 192
8.9 Appendix 8B Business Continuity Planning Checklists 195
8.10 Appendix 8C Pandemic Plan Outline 202

Chapter 9 Pandemic Plan Testing, Maintenance, and Training 205
9.1 Chapter Overview 205
9.2 Pandemic Plan Testing 206
9.3 Pandemic Plan Maintenance 212
9.4 Pandemic Training Program 215

Chapter 10 Summary 219

Appendix A Pandemic Planning Information Resources 223

Glossary 235
References 241
About the Author 247
Index 249

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