The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coordinating Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response recently released a report, Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening CDC’s Emergency Response.
The report describes CDC’s role in preparing the US for public health emergencies, its significant preparedness accomplishments, the diversity of challenges that remain, and priorities for ongoing and future work in a climate of decreasing resources.
The report outlines CDC’s future preparedness priorities, including enhancing biosurveillance systems to support rapid detection of and response to emerging public health threats, increasing nationwide laboratory capacity to respond effectively after a radiological incident (such as a dirty bomb), and helping state and local health departments strengthen their emergency response capabilities.
The report builds on the analysis of state and public health preparedness presented in the February 2008 CDC report, Public Health Preparedness: Mobilizing State by State.
To view the above captioned report, please click here.
A Pandemic Preparation and Response Plan should be an essential component of any Business Continuity Management Program.