Pandemic Flu Planning

An influenza pandemic can occur when a non-human (novel) influenza virus gains the ability for efficient and sustained human-to-human transmission and then spreads globally. Influenza viruses that have the potential to cause a pandemic are referred to as ‘influenza viruses with pandemic potential.’

Pandemic preparedness efforts include ongoing surveillance of human and animal influenza viruses, risk assessments of influenza viruses with pandemic potential, and the development and improvement of preparedness tools that can aid public health practitioners in the event of an influenza pandemic.

In This Page

  • Family
  • Medical Providers
  • Businesses
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Schools and Other Institutions of Learning


Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of the plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Fill out a card and give one to each member of your family to make sure they know who to call and where to meet in case of an emergency.

Many people have a deep bond with their pets. If your animals are true members of the family, they must be included in your family's emergency planning and preparations.


Medical Providers

Medical professionals play an important role in the management, care and treatment of health problems in our community.



You've invested significant time and resources into making your business work. Your business is important to you, your family, your employees, your customers and the community. It is therefore critical that you take the time and effort necessary to plan and respond to flu pandemic events to protect your investment.
According to current projections, a flu pandemic could have negative impact to businesses and society. Some of these impacts may include absenteeism due to people getting sick and caring for sick family members, as well as disruptions in such critical services like public safety, power, telecommunications and emergency response etc.
The following resources will help you identify variety of issues to consider, learn key elements to a flu pandemic business plan, and chart a course of action you can take now to prepare yourself, your employees and your business.

Faith-Based Organizations

In preparation for a potential pandemic influenza, government officials strongly recommend that all individuals, government and business entities, and community organizations and agencies take appropriate measures to minimize the impact of a pandemic outbreak.
As part of a disaster response, the religious community, concerned about the values of human life, human community, and the environment, will just naturally become involved in disaster planning, prevention, and risk-reduction.
The City of Joplin the Jasper County Health Department have compiled a guide, Pandemic Planning: The Faith Based Role, to guide faith based communities on pandemic planning.

Schools and Other Institutions of Learning

Local educational agencies (LEAs) play an integral role in protecting the health and safety of their district's staff, students and their families. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a checklist to assist LEAs in developing and/or improving plans to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.
Building a strong relationship with the local health department is critical for developing a meaningful plan. The key planning activities in this checklist build upon existing contingency plans recommended for school districts by the U.S. Department of Education (Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide For Schools and Communities (PDF)

School districts should include pandemic influenza in the their emergency plans.