NZ Influenza Pandemic Action Plan - Information for CDEM Groups
The World Health Organisation is concerned that an avian influenza and a human influenza virus might mix. This could result in a new strain of influenza that could easily be passed from person to person. Such a new influenza virus could spread rapidly around the world, infecting many people. This would be an influenza pandemic.
Community Pandemic Planning Guide fills a need identified by community groups throughout New Zealand. Developed by the Canterbury CDEM Group, with input from the National Emergency Management Agency, it is designed to help communities to plan to be able to meet their own needs during a pandemic.
The resource will continue to be updated as need arises, and will be re-released with new dates (as a form of version control) when required. Below are links to a condensed and expanded version of the document, both word and pdf versions.
The purpose of the Guide is to support planning for pandemic influenza, provide reference material and a checklist on pandemic influenza and a framework upon which more detailed planning may be based. The Guide also provides a tool that may be used to delegate responsibilities and plan and monitor progress as the plan is developed.
New Zealand Government Response
New Zealand is planning for the possibility of a pandemic. The Ministry of Health is the agency leading pandemic planning, including national planning, risk management and coordination of health service delivery. This is being done with the help of other agencies, coordinated through Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination (ODESC) and in partnership with relevant domestic and international organisations and partner countries. The New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Action Plan is available on the Ministry of Health website. The Plan contains a considerable amount of background and supporting information, as well as information regarding the action plan and planning scenarios.
The site also has Frequently Asked Questions, a Fact Sheet and numerous links to international sites that you may find helpful for your own regional communications.