Prepared Citizens

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Previous Posts

  • Michael Osterholm Quotes:

    “What we need to be doing now is the basic planning of how we get our communities through 12 to 18 months of a pandemic.”

    “Ninety-five out of 100 will live. But with the nation in crisis, will we have food and water? Are we going to have police and security? Will people come to work at all?”

    “It's the perfect setup. Then you put air travel in and it could be around the world overnight.”

    “We can predict now 12 to 18 months of stress of watching loved ones die, of wondering if you are going to have food on the table the next day. Those are all things that are going to mean that we are going to have to plan -- unlike any other crisis that we have had in literally the last 80-some years in this country.”

  • US Health and Human Services

    Secretary Michael Leavitt

    "If there is one message on pandemic preparedness that I could leave today that you would remember, it would be this:

    Any community that fails to prepare with the expectation that the federal government or for that matter the state government will be able to step forward and come to their rescue at the final hour will be tragically wrong,

    not because government will lack a will, not because we lack a collective wallet, but because there is no way that you can respond to every hometown in America at the same time."
  • Joseph C. Napoli, MD of Resiliency LLC

    "I think a new meaning is evolving for resiliency and resilience.

    In some contexts the words are being used to mean the strength to resist being impacted by an adverse event rather than either the “capacity to rebound” or “act of rebounding” from adversity.

    Therefore, resiliency and resilience appear to be assuming the meaning of fortitude, that is, “the strength or firmness of mind that enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage or to bear pain or adversity without despondency” as defined in the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

    If so, we are coming full circle with science accepting a religious moral virtue – fortitude – as written in the Bible’s Book of Wisdom"

  • Faith Based Resources

    John Piper
    Jonathan Edwards
    Pink-Saving Faith
    Pink-Christian Ethics

    "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves"
    (2 Corinthians 13:5).

    Why Faith Groups Must Care

    When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper


    Be Not Afraid
    Overcoming the fear of Death
    by Johann Christoph Arnold

    While I am not a professional journalist, I do embrace the code of ethics put forth by the Society of Professional Journalists and the statement of purpose by the Association of Health Care Journalists and above all else I strive to "do no harm".

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  • Definitions

    from Wikipedia

    Pandemic Influenza

    An influenza pandemic is an epidemic of the influenza virus that spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large proportion of the human population.

    In contrast to the regular seasonal epidemics of influenza, these pandemics occur irregularly, with the 1918 Spanish flu the most serious pandemic in recent history.

    Pandemics can cause high levels of mortality, with the Spanish influenza being responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people.

    There have been about 3 influenza pandemics in each century for the last 300 years. The most recent ones were the Asian Flu in 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu in 1968.

    Seasonal Influenza

    Flu season is the portion of the year in which there is a regular outbreak in flu cases.

    It occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere.

    Flu activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish.

    Individual cases of the flu however, usually only last a few days. In some countries such as Japan and China, infected persons sometimes wear a surgical mask out of respect for others.

    Avian (Bird) Flu
    Avian influenza,

    sometimes Avian flu, and commonly Bird flu refers to "influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds."

    "Bird flu" is a phrase similar to "Swine flu", "Dog flu", "Horse flu", or "Human flu" in that it refers to an illness caused by any of many different strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host.

    All known viruses that cause influenza in birds belong to the species: Influenza A virus.

    All subtypes (but not all strains of all subtypes) of Influenza A virus are adapted to birds, which is why for many purposes avian flu virus is the Influenza A virus (note that the "A" does not stand for "avian").
    Adaptation is non-exclusive.

    Being adapted towards a particular species does not preclude adaptations, or partial adaptations, towards infecting different species.

    In this way strains of influenza viruses are adapted to multiple species, though may be preferential towards a particular host.

    For example, viruses responsible for influenza pandemics are adapted to both humans and birds.

    Recent influenza research into the genes of the Spanish Flu virus shows it to have genes adapted to both birds and humans; with more of its genes from birds than less deadly later pandemic strains.

    H5N1 Strain

    Influenza A virus subtype H5N1, also known as A(H5N1) or simply H5N1, is a subtype of the Influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.

    A bird-adapted strain of H5N1, called HPAI A(H5N1) for "highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1", is the causative agent of H5N1 flu, commonly known as "avian influenza" or "bird flu".

    It is enzootic in many bird populations, especially in Southeast Asia. One strain of HPAI A(H5N1) is spreading globally after first appearing in Asia.

    It is epizootic (an epidemic in nonhumans) and panzootic (affecting animals of many species, especially over a wide area), killing tens of millions of birds and spurring the culling of hundreds of millions of others to stem its spread.

    Most references to "bird flu" and H5N1 in the popular media refer to this strain.

    As of the July 25, 2008 FAO Avian Influenza Disease Emergency Situation Update, H5N1 pathogenicity is continuing to gradually rise in wild birds in endemic areas but the avian influenza disease situation in farmed birds is being held in check by vaccination.

    Eleven outbreaks of H5N1 were reported worldwide in June 2008 in five countries (China, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam) compared to 65 outbreaks in June 2006 and 55 in June 2007.

    The "global HPAI situation can be said to have improved markedly in the first half of 2008 [but] cases of HPAI are still underestimated and underreported in many countries because of limitations in country disease surveillance systems".

    Pandemic Severity Index

    The Pandemic Severity Index (PSI) is a proposed classification scale for reporting the severity of influenza pandemics in the United States.

    The PSI was accompanied by a set of guidelines intended to help communicate appropriate actions for communities to follow in potential pandemic situations. [1]

    Released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 1, 2007, the PSI was designed to resemble the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

    From the Massachusetts Health and Human Services


    refers to separating people who are ill from other people to prevent the spread of a communicable disease.


    refers to separating and restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a communicable disease and are not yet ill.
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Pandemic Influenza Course FOR FREE to the Public

Posted by preparedcitizens on October 29, 2008

[I have not taken this course and I am not connected in any way to this organization. I am merely pointing to a wonderful resource being made freely available to all. What a generous offer!

Kudos to the folks at Bird Flu Manual!]


Bird Flu Preparedness eCourse

Certification Program Opens to Public

2008-10-29 14:44:31 – Bird Flu Manual Online, the world’s foremost online reference and resource mine designed specifically to help businesses prepare for a pandemic outbreak of Bird Flu, has recently made freely available to the public their Pandemic Preparedness eCourse Certification Program.

Bird Flu Manual Online ( ), the world’s foremost online reference and resource mine designed specifically to help businesses prepare for a pandemic outbreak of Bird Flu, has recently made freely available to the public their Pandemic Preparedness eCourse Certification Program.

The ‘eCourse’, an email based tutorial program, was originally introduced as a paid for service to further assist business managers with preparing their businesses for an influenza pandemic.

In order to make the eCourse more accessible to all, Bird Flu Manual has recently suspended the enrollment fees and opened it to anyone with responsibility for the operational continuity or pandemic preparedness of their respective businesses. This includes, but is not limited to business owners, general managers, human resources managers, departmental managers and existing crisis managers.

The eCourse takes the form of a series of emails (16 in all) sent every few days, in a logical progressive order, each covering a different preparedness topic. They provide recipients with a step-by-step "staircase approach" to getting their business to a state of readiness for the coming influenza pandemic.

Each email explains its topic in great detail using instructions, images, tools and templates, and gives an assignment for the recipient to do at the end of each one.
The idea is that by the end of the eCourse, provided recipients have completed the tasks and assignments given to them in each email, they will have at least the basics covered in their pandemic readiness plans.

The eCourse has proven itself to be extremely popular, with thousands of business managers having enrolled themselves and completed their preparedness plans already.

At the end of the eCourse, after the last ‘lesson’, recipients are eligible for a ‘Certificate of Completion’ which can be shown to customers, clients, staff and shareholders to prove a company’s commitment to its operational continuity.

Furthermore, in order to assist with the assignments, Bird Flu Manual gives recipients, without charge, many of the tools and templates ‘normal’ visitors buy from them either directly, or from the Bird Flu Manual Online website, plus free access to its online contents.

The complimentary ‘tools’ include their Risk Assessment Templates, Pandemic Status Table Template, Flu vs Cold Differences Factsheet and Hand Hygiene Awareness Poster Templates, plus much much more.

In addition to the first two emails covering the ‘eCourse Introduction’ and ‘eCourse Outline’, here’s a summary of the actual eCourse lesson topics covered …

Lesson 1 – The Risk Assessment
In the first lesson, they explain in the simplest terms possible, what risk assessments are about, how to do one, and they show recipients how to put together a simple risk assessment template of their own. This will help recipients to identify their business’s strengths and weaknesses in the four principal areas on which all businesses are reliant namely, people, processes, suppliers and the utilities they use.

Lesson 2 – Pandemic Response Phases
In the next lesson, sent a few days after the first, recipients see how and why they should align their own company’s pandemic response phases to their country’s and the World Health Organization’s pandemic response alert phases. They learn about the Pandemic Response Status Table and how to put one together for their business.
Lesson 3 – The Influenza Manager
Next they take a look at who this individual (or individuals) is, what it is this individual will need to do before and during the pandemic, and what type of character would be best suited to the job.

Lesson 4 – Office Access Control
This lesson covers the increasing office access control arrangements managers will need to impose with the increasing threat alert levels. Keeping infected visitors, delivery personnel and even staff from unwittingly bringing the virus into the office and contaminating the workplace will play an important role in a manager’s goal of making work the safest place for staff to be outside of the home.

Lesson 5 – Social Distancing
In Lesson 5 they cover what Social Distancing is (the definition according to the World Health Organization) and what kind of Social Distancing Policies recipients can implement to help minimize the chance of staff exposing themselves to the virus un-necessarily.

Lesson 6 – Sickness Response Procedures
Having an efficient and quick response to dealing with sickness in the workplace will mean the difference between resuming operations promptly, and having to lock up an office for days. This lesson looks at formulating the actual sickness at work response procedures a business will be using, which can be officially documented and lodged.

Lesson 7 – Staff Awareness
People need constant reminders. In this lesson they cover the methods managers can use to increase pandemic preparedness awareness amongst staff, getting them to start taking it more seriously and have them play a more an active role in the company preparedness activities.

Lesson 8 – Supply Shortages
Next they go through why there will be shortages of certain products and which types of supplies critical to recipients’ business operations are at greater risk of being effected by disruption than others.

Lesson 9 – Pandemic Stockpiling
Special office provisions and equipment that are required during the pandemic such as face masks, hand antiseptics etc. will be in even more short supply than regular office products. Without them it will be difficult, if not impossible to get staff to come to work. In this lesson they look at how to estimate how many, and of what types of equipment managers will need to buy ahead of time, to last them through the initial pandemic ‘wave’.

Lesson 10 – Minimizing False Alarms
When the pandemic hits, managers will have panicked staff who think they have caught it when they suffer just about any ailment, such as the common cold or a headache. These sorts of false alarms could raise absenteeism rates considerably. In this lesson they introduce recipients to two great tools they can use to help alleviate that kind of anxiety and reduce the chances of false alarms from employees.

Lesson 11 – Staff Training
Once recipients have put together their pandemic preparedness and response plans they will need to communicate them properly to employees. Staff will appreciate the efforts managers are going to on their behalf and their education and understanding will reduce their panic considerably when the time comes. In Lesson 11 they also touch on getting ‘buy in’ from the other managers in the company.

Lesson 12 – Lists and Forms
As in any emergency managers should have at the ready, all the lists and forms they’ll need. The last thing managers will want to be doing when the time comes is creating multiple copies of multiple forms. In this lesson they run through what kind of lists and forms are needed to complete the pandemic preparedness arrangements, and show recipients how to create them.

Lesson 13 – Report of Recommendations
Finally, once recipients have completed their pandemic preparedness assessment they will need main board approval, budget and other resources in order to take the company through to a point of readiness. Even if approval is not needed, managers will need to consolidate their plans into one simple to follow working document.

Final email – The eCourse Certificate
Once recipients have completed the eCourse they get a ‘Pandemic Preparedness Certificate of Completion’ with their name on it. This certificate can be shown to clients, customers, shareholders and staff to give confidence to them that when the pandemic comes, the company will have the best chance of all to be able to continue its business operations.

To enroll yourself in the Bird Flu Manual Online Pandemic Preparedness eCourse Program, simply go to their website Bird Flu Manual Online ( ) and give your first name and email address at one of the subscriber sign up forms. They will take it from there.

Move ahead quickly with your sign up though, as there’s no telling when they will be going back to charging for it again.

Alternatively, you should consider their complete pandemic preparedness package, the ‘Bird Flu D-I-Y eManual for Business Preparedness and Survival’ ( ) for all of your pandemic preparedness needs.

One Response to “Pandemic Influenza Course FOR FREE to the Public”

  1. […] Pandemic Influenza Course FOR FREE to the Public By preparedcitizens In the next lesson, sent a few days after the first, recipients see how and why they should align their own company?s pandemic response phases to their country?s and the World Health Organization?s pandemic response alert phases. … Prepared Citizens – […]

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