Apr 30, 2009 -Speaking with ASIS International's CSO Roundtable this morning, a disaster epidemiologist discussed the swine flu scare while advising organizations how they can ready themselves if infections strike their employees.
Apr 29, 2009 -In light of the current flu outbreak, and with the first death in the U.S. now reported, it's worth taking a look at this September 2008 article on pandemic planning by Mario Possamai from the archives of Security Management.
Apr 28, 2009 -Public health officials have generally approved of the Obama administration's response to the swine flu outbreak. Many cite the Bush administration's investment in pandemic planning as a key behind the quick response.
Apr 27, 2009 -The European Union has urged its citizens to forego all nonessential travel to Mexico and the United States as Europe's first infection of swine flu was confirmed in a hospitalized man in eastern Spain, reports The New York Times.
Apr 26, 2009 -The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency April 26, 2009, after finding confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in California, Texas, Kansas, and New York.
Apr 24, 2009 -Hospitals have stockpiled emergency supplies and medicines, have improved communication systems,conduct more frequent and higher quality disaster exercises, and better coordinate plans with communities. Those are among the findings of a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mar 10, 2009 -Misperceptions, a false sense of security, and nowhere safe to shelter helped create the deadliest tornado event since the mid-1980s, according to a report from the National Weather Service (NWS).
Jan 29, 2009 -Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has issued an action directive to assess the current state of medical readiness, including local first responder capabilities, hospital bed capacity, and the ability to surge existing capacity in an emergency, as well as any gaps and current efforts to address them.