Emergency Management, Healthcare and Public Health

NIMS and National Pandemic Strategies

This is another opportunity to enhance the synchronization between NIMS and the more dated but current national pandemic strategies and plans to include the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (2005),1 National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza - Implementation Plan (2006) 2 and HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan (2005)3. The importance of cooperation, coordination and collaboration in planning and preparing for a pandemic threat is not always appreciated due to the low probability\high consequence nature of the threat.4 This challenge requires an all-hazards and whole-of-community mindset with multi-faceted planning and preparedness that shares resources and a common operating picture. These are important words and concepts to discuss, but we must also address the threat for the consequences can be significant at best and catastrophic at worst.

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Idea No. 1548