The CDC has updated its Preparedness and Response Framework for Influenza Pandemics. – 26 Sept 2014
CDC has updated its framework to describe influenza pandemic progression using six intervals (two prepandemic and four pandemic intervals) and eight domains. The six intervals of the updated framework are as follows: 1) investigation of cases of novel influenza, 2) recognition of increased potential for ongoing transmission, 3) initiation of a pandemic wave, 4) acceleration of a pandemic wave, 5) deceleration of a pandemic wave, and 6) preparation for future pandemic waves.
Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT): IRAT is used by the U.S. government and the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System as a risk assessment process that involves data gathering, discussion, and consensus building among subject-matter experts to assign a risk score. Ten predefined risk elements are given a risk score.
Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework (PSAF): PSAF is based on transmissibility and clinical severity parameters and uses different scales for initial assessments in an emerging pandemic, and for later, more refined assessments. The initial assessment, performed early in the outbreak when epidemiologic data are limited, uses a dichotomous scale of low-moderate versus moderate-high transmissibility and severity. The later assessment, performed when more reliable data are available, is more refined, using a 5-point scale for transmissibility and a 7-point scale for clinical severity.
Planning and response efforts for recent novel influenza-A viruses and pandemics have been organized into eight domains to ensure that subject-matter expertise is properly applied to all aspects of the event. The decisions and actions are further stratified into these domains so that the trajectory of planning and response activities for any one domain can be more easily followed. The eight domains are incident management, surveillance and epidemiology, laboratory, community mitigation, medical care and countermeasures, vaccine, risk communications, and state/local coordination.
A New England Regional Emergency Coordinator of the US Dpt of Health and Human Services, ASPR/OEM, Gregory T. Banner, compiled the following list of the major websites with compendiums of the Ebola resources being produced. – October 15, 2014
US DHHS National Library of Medicine Ebola Resource page
Compendium of Links to Other Organizations – US GOV and Other Countries
US DHHS PHE.GOV Site
Links to US Government Resources and Guidance Documents
US DHHS CDC Ebola Information Page
Multiple Guidance Documents for Health Care Providers and Others
Transportation Information and Guidance
US Dpt of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Ebola Information
West Africa Situation Reports
The CDC offers guidance for EMS systems responding to suspected Ebola cases. – October 1, 2014
Deborah Hayes and Emergencymgmt.com with tips for planning for the evacuation needs of disabled persons. – September 29, 2014
In light of the rise in Ebola Epidemic in West Africa, Yale-Tulane ESF-8 Planning and Response Program has produced a special report. This report has been compiled entirely from open source materials. Alumni, graduate students from Tulane and Yale, and members of Team Rubicon have assisted in putting this report together. – October 3, 2014
IT News has a brief story on how Dunkin’ Donuts watches out for its employees.
Security InfoWatch news letter had three articles of interest for Emergency Managers this week:
- Securing the World Series a team effort – Rogers Centre security chief discusses what goes on behind the scenes to keep fans safe
- Obamacare to impact physical security at hospitals – Experts discuss some of the unintended consequences of the healthcare law
- Emergency managers face uphill battle in improving public awareness of ECS – Apathetic attitudes, varying communication preferences and budgetary constraints cited as big factors
Richard A. Spires discusses the progress we have made in federal information sharing since the 9/11 attacks in this fcw.com piece.
FEMA is apparently going to fill 700 CORE (Cadre of Response/Recovery Employees) positions over the next few months. Click here for the article on Emergency Management.com.
Current postings are at www.usajobs.gov. Search on “Emergency Management” to see the entire list.
There is some irony involved when crowdsourcing for situational awareness involves gathering data directly from those being watched.
Take Occupy D.C., part of the Occupy movement, an international protest against social and economic inequality. Participants in Occupy D.C. inhabited McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza from October 2011 until they were evicted in February 2012. The U.S. Park Police used video footage supplied by Occupy D.C. to monitor the group, David Mulholland, commander of Technology Services for the Park Police, said during a session at the GovSec conference in Washington, D.C.
Read more at GCN.