The National Governors Association released a report this week intended to serve as a guide for governors and state officials to prepare for the pandemic flu. The press release is here, and notes four key principles to guide state-level activity that are stressed in the report:
- The effects of a pandemic flu will be broad, deep and simultaneous, and states must focus resources to ensure continuation of essential services.
- Medical response capability in a pandemic will be limited, strained and potentially depleted during a pandemic.
- Government must work closely with the private sector to ensure critical operations and services are maintained.
- A pandemic will force many key decisions to be made in a dynamic environment of shifting events, and partnerships must be built now and tested to ensure appropriate and rapid action.
It’s a solid report, the latest in a gathering wave of pandemic flu preparedness guides. A worthwhile read for state officials.