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In response to the threat of an influenza pandemic, the City of Maryland Heights has prepared this plan to meet the following objectives:
- Establish departmental service continuity plans in the event of pandemic influenza in order to insure delivery of basic city services.
- Mitigate the spread of pandemic influenza among employees.
- Assist employees and their families in managing personal and/or family illnesses during a pandemic influenza outbreak.
The KEY priority will be ensuring that essential city operations continue. Each department must develop a list of service priorities and then develop plans for meeting those priorities.
Managing the pandemic—focusing on continuity of operations with considerable loss of staff, depleted resources, a struggling economy, and a nervous public—will be a considerable challenge. Planning increases the likelihood that the city will be able to continue service operations during a global health crisis.