Online: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas

The Department of Homeland Security is offering a free Pandemic Awareness online course. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a general understanding of:

  • Pandemic influenzas.

  • The effects that a pandemic can cause on every facet of our society.

  • Steps your organization can take to minimize a pandemic’s effect.

Course Objectives At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the differences between seasonal influenza and pandemic influenza.

  • Relate the effects of a pandemic influenza to daily organizational operations and basic services.

  • Describe strategies for resolving continuity challenges presented in a pandemic situation.

Course Purpose Influenzas occur throughout the world every year, usually during the fall and winter. Most people have some level of immunity to these “seasonal” influenzas and vaccines are usually available. Sometimes, particularly virulent influenzas strike. People have no immunity and vaccines are not readily available. These influenzas reproduce and mutate rapidly. They also create a “second wave” of victims. These “pandemic” viruses raise the possibility of killing millions of people around the world. This course introduces the characteristics of and potential implications of pandemic influenzas. It will also present suggestions for minimizing their effects.

To access this course, click here.



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