Introduction

This resource guide is a living document prepared by and for the St. Louis community to help organizations plan for a pandemic emergency and mitigate the threat to our region’s ability to continue essential services and protect individuals. 

This resource guide is designed to assist you in preparing a Pandemic Response Plan. The materials in this guide are meant to provide a foundation of both research and general practices. Information has been compiled from various government, public, and private sector sources in an effort bring the St. Louis region together and more prepared for a possible pandemic. 

Whether you already have a pandemic plan, are in the process of creating one, or have not even begun preparations, these materials will assist you in reviewing, updating, or building your organization’s response plan.

The Department of Health and Human Services has given these recommendations for businesses and community groups.

  • Encourage the private sector and government at all levels to examine and modify family and medical leave policies.
  • Expand telecommuting capabilities.
  • Assess infection control procedures in the workplace.
  • Establish contingency systems to maintain delivery of goods and services during a pandemic event.
  • Update methods for communicating with their workforce.
  • Community groups should have emergency contact numbers to reach out to their volunteers and develop realistic plans for continued operations during a pandemic.           

The materials found throughout this guide will help with the above areas as well as provide a solid base for pandemic planning. This guide is not meant to serve as a plan for your company, but offers helpful information and tactics for a planned response.

Why Your Company Should Prepare

Your organization has a mission and in order to maximize opportunity to accomplish it, you must plan for ordinary operations and growth, but also extraordinary events. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning help an organization prepare infrastructure and people for those unexpected and expected threat events.  Pandemics are a recurring part of the human experience with 3 influenza pandemics occurring in the past century. Pandemics have killed and will kill millions of persons world-wide and incapacitate organizations that do not prepare to protect their workers and business processes.

What Questions To Consider

  1. Who is in charge and who needs to be on the planning committee for the plan?

  2. What new tasks will a pandemic impose upon my organization?

  3. What areas of your organization are critical to its sustainability?

  4. How will your employee’s families handle a pandemic situation?

  5. Have you contacted suppliers, vendors, or customers about their plans and how they might affect you?

  6. What steps should be taken now to help mitigate the spread of viruses in a work area? For example: social distancing, hand sanitizers, and cough etiquette.

  7. What positions must be cross-trained?

  8. What outside resources have you contacted to learn about information on pandemics and their expected impact on businesses like yours?

  9. Is your Business Continuity Plan up-to-date and capable of handling a pandemic scenario?

  10. What impact would a full blown pandemic have on your organization?