Planning Information for Individuals & Families

EVERYONE HAS A ROLE IN PREPARING FOR AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC!

Being prepared will help bring peace of mind and confidence to deal with a disaster, including a pandemic.  The best way for you and your family to prepare is by knowing some basic facts on what may happen during a pandemic.  Usual services including those provided by hospitals and other healthcare facilities, banks, restaurants, government offices, utility companies and post offices may be disrupted.  Schools and daycare centers may be closed for an extended period of time.  Preparing now and practicing basic infection control principles will protect you and your family against communicable diseases and will limit the effects of pandemic influenza.

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Planning Information for Schools
Schools will play a vital role in protecting the health of their students and faculty.  When an influenza pandemic happens in the United States, many school-age children could become sick.  Teachers and staff members may also be ill or may need to stay home to care for sick family members.   Planning now for an extended period of student dismissal may assist schools in providing opportunities for continued instruction and other assistance to students and staff. 

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Planning Information for Community Organizations and Businesses

Protecting and promoting the health and safety of everyone in Riverside County cannot be done by local government agencies alone.  Responding to a pandemic requires the cooperation of everyone. The efforts by partners at the tribal and state government levels, and those of businesses, not-for-profit agencies, community organizations, and faith-based groups continue to play a key role in keeping Riverside County a safer and healthier place to live.

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Planning Information for Healthcare Providers
An influenza pandemic will likely overburden the healthcare system.  Hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, home health care agencies and first responders will play a key role in managing the details of working through a pandemic.  Therefore, planning for pandemic influenza is essential.  Healthcare providers are encouraged to develop pandemic influenza plans and collaborate with other local response partners to better prepare for an influenza pandemic.

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Planning Information For Governments

Riverside County

The Riverside County Department of Public Health (DOPH) is the lead agency in coordinating county wide public health and emergency medical response.  Riverside County DOPH will work to ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to limit the spread of an outbreak within the county’s borders.  Activities will include:

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