FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Theresa Lyczko at 274-6714, Sigrid Connors at 274-6603
Pandemic Flu Plan Released by the New York State Department
February 24, 2006
In response to the New York State Department of Health release
of its Pandemic Flu Plan Alice Cole, Tompkins County Public
Health Director announced that she has been overseeing the development
of a local pandemic flu preparedness plan. For the past several
months, she and her staff have been gathering information and
working with local partners.
Mrs. Cole explained that the Tompkins County Health Department
(TCHD) takes the threat of pandemic flu seriously. The TCHD
is proactively developing a comprehensive pandemic flu preparedness
plan in conjunction with the guidelines the State has set forth.
The plan will include protocols for disease surveillance, public
information and education, protection of special needs populations,
communication and coordination with partner agencies, and mass
vaccination clinics. Cole stated that, “there is no pandemic
influenza in the world today, however the Tompkins County Health
Department, in cooperation with local partners, will continue
to support efforts at the local, state, and national levels
to prepare for a possible flu pandemic.” Cole concluded,
“the state and local pandemic flu plans will enable Tompkins
County to better respond to the health and social challenges
of a possible flu pandemic.”
The TCHD recommends that residents take the following steps
toward personal preparedness for any emergency event:
- Food and Water
Have a supply of canned and dried food and fresh water on hand
– enough for several days. Although basic utilities such
as electricity and water should remain on, there may be disruptions
in some services. Grocery stores may not have enough staff to
- Items for Personal Comfort
You may want to have extra items on hand to make your time at
home more comfortable: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper,
cleaners and activities for children
Make sure to have some cash on hand.
ties such as litter.
Make sure you have enough food and water for them and other
If there are disruptions to power, you will need to have a phone
that does not run on power from an electrical outlet such as
a standard “wired” phone. Wireless phones will not
operate when the power is out. Cell phones will operate as long
as they are charged.
- Medications and Equipment
If you must take medications on a regular basis, be sure to
have enough of a supply to last for several days.
- Large Trash Bags
Garbage service may be disrupted or postponed for many days.
Have bags on hand to store garbage safely.
The Tompkins County Health Department will continue to keep
residents informed of any new developments on the threat of
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