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IBHS Cautions Businesses To Prepare For Flu Pandemic; Provides Free Self-Assessment Tool To Rate Readiness

November 21, 2017

The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is cautioning businesses and nonprofit organizations to examine their ability to operate in the event of a flu pandemic.

With the federal government declaring Swine Flu a public-health emergency, IBHS says it would be wise to prepare now for the possibility of closures or other impacts a pandemic could have on operations.

"Evaluating specific risks and planning well beforehand for a variety of potential emergencies that could disrupt day-to-day business is critical, no matter how big or small a company may be," states IBHS President and CEO Julie Rochman. "Fortunately, most catastrophes can be managed with advance, effective preparation and that means having a well-thought out action plan with specific, appropriate policies, resources and contingencies."

The Top 5 IBHS pandemic preparedness steps include:

1. Determine when to curtail employee travel, domestically and internationally.

2. Develop business continuity policies that provide work-at-home options.

3. Address sick leave policies, since people with swine flu or those attending to relatives may need to be on leave longer that the current policy allows.

4. Consider the impact a shutdown of public transportation or the loss of basic utilities would have.

5. Determine at what point the organization would need to close its doors.

IBHS has created a self-assessment tool for business owners and managers who can rate their readiness for a flu pandemic by answering nine basic questions

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

Source: Institute for Business & Home Safety Further information on Swine Flu See a Map Of H1N1 Outbreaks See our Mexico Swine Flu Blog