CDC Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Responce Framework

October 24th, 2014 in Public Health

The CDC has updated its Preparedness and Response Framework for Influenza Pandemics. – 26 Sept 2014

Some extracts:

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.

Gregory T. Banner Ebola Resource List

October 24th, 2014 in Ebola, Public Health

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

Links to US Government Resources and Guidance Documents

US DHHS CDC Ebola Information Page
Multiple Guidance Documents for Health Care Providers and Others
Case Definitions
Transportation Information and Guidance
Fatality Management

US Dpt of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Ebola Information

International Response
West Africa Situation Reports

Updates 10/27

HHS Administration for Children and Families has released Ebola: Planning Considerations for Human Services Programs.

Rx Response Pharmacist Resources for Ebola

CDC Ebola guidance

October 24th, 2014 in Ebola, Public Health

The CDC offers guidance for EMS systems responding to suspected Ebola cases. – October 1, 2014 evacuating people with disabilities

October 24th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Deborah Hayes and with tips for planning for the evacuation needs of disabled persons. – September 29, 2014

Yale Tulane Special Ebola Report Oct 2014

October 24th, 2014 in Ebola, Public Health

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 story on Dunkin’ Donuts

October 24th, 2014 in Public Health

IT News has a brief story on how Dunkin’ Donuts watches out for its employees.

Security InfoWatch news letter

October 24th, 2014 in Public Health

Security InfoWatch news letter had three articles of interest for Emergency Managers this week:

Information Sharing: Are We Safer?

October 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized

Richard A. Spires discusses the progress we have made in federal information sharing since the 9/11 attacks in this piece.

Fema to Hire 700 CORE personnel

July 9th, 2013 in Uncategorized

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

Current postings are at Search on “Emergency Management” to see the entire list.

Crowdsourcing video surveillance can work both ways

May 16th, 2013 in Uncategorized


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.