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Flu Pandemic Planning Overview

Phase 1: Pre-pandemic

  • Continue normal operations
  • Establish contacts with local health department
  • Plan with nearby churches and other Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) congregations
  • Develop staffing plan in case services and meetings are cancelled
  • Identify ways to continue services electronically
  • Identify ways to help members quarantined in-home or with other needs if pandemic occurs
  • Consult with Caring Circles regarding roles in the event of pandemic
  • Develop recommendations advising when congregants should stay away from services due to their own flu symptoms
  • Develop plans for limiting costs and continuing collections in event of pandemic
  • Develop comprehensive email lists for members and friends
  • Inform congregation of pandemic flu plans
  • Provide members with list of sources for authoritative information on pandemics
  • Monitor local and national media
  • Develop training materials for staff and members for pandemic flu

Phase 2: Circulating Animal Virus with Potential Human Risk

  • Continue normal operations
  • Maintain contact with local health department
  • Stay in contact with other churches about levels of preparedness
  • Review plans
  • Test software and continuing on-line services in the event of a pandemic
  • Train leaders and members on electronic meetings
  • Purchase small supply of disposable respiratory protection for staff in event of pandemic
  • Develop list of members willing to participate in Caring Circles and pandemic flu activities
  • Continue financial planning in event of pandemic
  • Increased local media monitoring
  • Frequent updates at services and on website
  • Initiate education of congregation on effective hygiene to prevent transmission of viruses
  • Train staff and Caring Circles members on responses to flu pandemic

Phase 3: Single or Limited Cases in Humans—No Human-to-Human Transmission

  • Continue normal operations in concert with guidance from local and state officials
  • Staff and Caring Circles address member anxieties regarding a potential pandemic
  • Maintain contact with local health department
  • Stay in contact with other churches about levels of preparedness
  • Review plans
  • Continue testing software and continuing on-line services in the event of a pandemic
  • Request that members and their children and other attendees stay away from services if they exhibit flu symptoms
  • Develop guidelines for requesting attendees leave services if they exhibit flu symptoms to avoid human-to-human transmission of potential pandemic virus
  • Purchase disposable respiratory protection for staff and Caring Circles participants to serve members in case of pandemic
  • Settle on financial plan in event of pandemic
  • Frequent updates at services and on website
  • Continue to educate congregation on effective hygiene to prevent transmission of viruses

Phase 4: Single or Limited Cases—Low Human-to-Human Transmission

  • Continue services and RE program in concert with guidance from local and state officials
  • Enforce rules requesting attendees to leave services if they exhibit flu symptoms
  • Reconsider necessity of face-to-face meetings; consider conference calls and electronic meetings
  • Cancel meals in building
  • Maintain contact with health department
  • Maintain frequent contact with other churches about levels of preparedness
  • Collaborate with other churches on joint activities
  • Purchase supplies needed to serve members in case of pandemic
  • Cutback expenses as needed
  • Frequent updates at services and on website

Phase 5: Widespread Cases—High Human-to-Human Transmission

  • Close building
  • Cancel services and meetings
  • Initiate on-line services
  • Actively communicate to members using comprehensive email list
  • Actively communicate with members not on email list by telephone
  • Use telephone to contact members who have not been heard from to determine if they need assistance
  • Assist members requiring help with expanded Caring Circles
  • Maintain frequent contact with health department
  • Maintain contact and collaborate with other churches on joint activities serving members and the community
  • Purchase supplies needed to serve members
  • Cutback expenses as needed
  • Ensure continuation of collections to support operations
  • Frequent updates on website

For more information contact web @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, April 22, 2011.

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