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Pandemic Preparedness for Organizations

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Pandemic Preparedness for Organizations



Duration: 1 day of instruction (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Certificate of Completion provided

Cost: $795.00








At the end of this course, you should be able to:
• Become familiar with definitions surrounding, and potential consequences of a pandemic
• Outline the starting point(s) for your organization
• Assess organizational risks associated with pandemics
• Properly identify critical organizational functions that may be affected
• Verify related current procedures and responsibilities within your organization
• Build plan elements and strategies that are pandemic-specific
• Exercise and maintain pandemic-specific plans


Lesson 1: Get organized
• Ensure you have leadership support
• Determine the tools you will use to track the project and communicate progress
• Identify the appropriate functions and individuals for representation on the project team that will drive this planning process through to completion
• Ensure that you establish a pandemic-specific organization to support the pandemic plan
• Establish a preliminary framework regarding how the plan will be approached and how the finished product will be organized

Lesson 2: Assess the risk and confirm critical functions
• Evaluate organization-wide risk
• Review your organization’s risk assessment for additional considerations from the perspective of a pandemic
• Identify the critical activities that comprise key components of your organization before any significant planning can begin
• Review your organization’s business impact analysis (BIA) to ensure that it captures in-depth requirements regarding key staff and associated resources
• Identify and analyze the similarities and differences between your existing business continuity plan. Explore the potential strengths of the existing plan when moving toward adapting for a pandemic scenario
• Utilize current plans, practices, and procedures within your organization when adapting your business continuity plan to fit a pandemic scenario
• Examine the state of your organization's departmental procedures to test for appropriateness and criticality

Lesson 3: Develop pandemic-specific plan elements
• Develop organization-wide initiatives specific to a pandemic preparedness plan
• Revise existing business continuity plan-related documentation to reflect pandemic-related requirements

Lesson 4: Develop pandemic-related plan strategies
• Review strategic options and consider which ones might be viable for your organization
• Assign responsibilities to appropriate areas for further research and investigation
• Recommend the most viable options to leadership. Obtain approval and funding

Lesson 5: Put it all together
• Create a robust pandemic preparedness plan that clearly communicates:
- Information regarding pandemic considerations
- Corporate direction to include policies, procedures and guidelines
- Specific actions to be implemented to ensure that critical business functions are maintained
- Resources to support critical functions
- Contact information

Lesson 6: Exercise/test and maintain plan
• Review options for pandemic scenario-based exercises/tests
• Understand the elements required to conduct an exercise/test
• Review requirements for a maintenance program to ensure all elements of the pandemic preparedness plan are updated as appropriate