Law enforcement pandemic influenza preparedness checklist
This checklist provides guidance for law enforcement agencies in developing and improving influenza pandemic response and preparation plans. Please note that these steps are not listed in chronological order.
An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges that people have little or no immunity to and for which there may be no vaccine. The disease spreads easily through person-to-person contact and causes serious illness or death. It can sweep across the country and around the world very quickly. Currently, Avian (bird) flu -- H5N1 -- is spread by birds, not through person-to person contact. However, there is concern that it may mutate to become easily spread person-to-person. At that point, it could become a pandemic flu.
In the event of a global disease outbreak, law enforcement agencies will play a critical role in ensuring secure transportation of medical supplies, smooth operation of mass vaccination clinics and assistance in enforcing disease containment orders.
These checklists were adapted with permission from the Contra Costa (CA) Health Services.