Appendix 6: Influenza Pandemic Preparedness & Response Plan
While this plan provides a thorough approach to the issues we anticipate needing to be addressed, there is a level of specificity that is dependant on the type of infectious agent involved.
The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Bio-terrorism Response Plan (PIPBRP) supplements the University’s Emergency Management Plan (EMP). The PIPBRP delineates instructions for mobilization of medical, clinical, administrative, and support services personnel to efficiently and effectively manage a large volume of patients with known or suspected illness caused by exposure to an infectious agent and or act of bioterrorism (outbreak).
This plan contains information that is necessary to:
- contain the illness until the risk of infection has passed;
- provide prompt and appropriate care for exposed persons; and
- avoid unnecessary alarm by providing timely and appropriate communication.
This plan may be activated independent of or in conjunction with the University’s Response Plan or Hazardous Materials Incidents. The PIPBRP incorporates “departmental plans” that together make-up the response activities of the University as a whole. Departments staffing the Emergency Management Team (EMT) are required to develop departmental plans describing in detail how those units will support the overall response plan. Chart 1 indicates the composition of the EMT (note: the composition can be adjusted as needed).
Specific roles and responsibilities for individuals, teams, and departments are described more fully in the Job Action sheets that follow.
Annually, the University’s Emergency Management Committee will review and approve the PIPBRP and supporting documents.