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  1. Platte County Health Department Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Public Information

  2. What we are doing… • Partnership with local Emergency Management • Daily Avian Flu situation reports • Community Readiness Challenge with Ready in 3 • Integrated pandemic flu plan • Isolation/Quarantine Planning

  3. Partnership with Emergency Management • Discussed avian flu impact in Platte County • Performed security analysis of POD site(s) • Attend trainings and exercises to strengthen standing partnership • Discussions on how to utilize Mid-America Medical Reserve Corp (MAMRC) as well as CERT for volunteer recruitment

  4. Avian Flu Situation Reports • Researched and prepared by Public Information Officer (PIO) at the Platte County Health Dept • Includes background, symptoms, appropriate PPE, and new vaccine/treatment technology • Daily (up to three months) tracking of suspected, probable, and confirmed cases • Contact Dawn Moore (moored3@lpha.dhss.mo.gov) to be added to the distribution list

  5. Community Readiness Challenge • Based on foundations established by the Ready-in-3 program • Promotes personal preparedness within Platte County • Provides ‘starter items’ for individual personal emergency ‘go’ kits • Teaches citizens the fundamentals of how to be prepared for a man-made or natural disaster • Publicly credits all participants

  6. Integrated Pandemic Flu Plan • Pandemic Flu mitigation, preparedness, and response concepts are integrated into the all-hazard PCHD Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan • Plan has been shared and reviewed with response partners in Platte County and greater KC • PCHD staff is consistently trained and exercised on plan principles • Proposes a single POD site to provide prophylaxis to community due to resource limitations

  7. Isolation and Quarantine Planning, Preparedness, and Issues to Consider

  8. Definitions • Isolation – Individual separation for the duration of communicability • Quarantine – Individual or group separation of persons not infected, but at risk after exposure • Social Distance – Planned social, economic, and geographic measure to reduce spread and/or communicability of disease

  9. Health Department Options • Quarantine • Voluntary • Individual • Group • Business/Industry • Work Quarantine • Mandatory • Individual • Group • Business/Industry (de facto) • Isolation

  10. Possible Requested Actions (General Guidelines) • Reduce hours of operation • Wear PPE (masks) in facility • Make alcohol-based sanitary wipes or gel available • Increase cleaning intervals for public/shared bathroom facilities • Limit public bathroom use • Consider closing

  11. Possible Request Actions (Industry Specific) • Restaurants/Bars • Initiate curbside or delivery service • Banks • Use only drive-thru service • Minimize number of office staff • Tourism (Casinos, parks, tours, etc.) • Eliminate public tours and gatherings (including games) • Strategically increase space between persons • Increase sanitation intervals on shared or common areas • Eliminate direct service options (cocktail waiting)

  12. Possible Request Actions (Industry Specific) • Gas Stations • Closed one side of pumps to increase person to person distance • Eliminate cash service • Eliminate access to convenience building • Offices with shared ventilation systems • Allow telecommuting • Reduce number of employees or clients allowed in building at any given time • Transportation Facility • Reduce capacity in transport mechanism • Eliminate eating or socializing areas

  13. Business Preparedness Checklist of Pandemic Flu • Plan for the Impact of Pandemic on your Business • Plan for the Impact of Pandemic on Employees and Customers • Establish Policies to be Implemented during Pandemic • Allocate Resources to Protect Employees and Customers • Communicate to Educate Your Employees • Coordinate with External Organizations and Help Your Community

  14. That’s All Folks!!! Susan Hoskins Health Services/Emergency Response Manager Platte County Health Department 212 Marshall Road Platte City, MO 64079 hoskis@lpha.dhss.mo.gov 816-858-2412 816-935-3602 (cell)