The Georgia Institute of Technology's Pandemic Influenza Action Plan was written in accordance with the Georgia Tech Emergency Action Plan and local, state and federal pandemic guidelines. The plan names one coordinator area and eighteen main emergency support areas and describes responsibilities and action plans from each of these departments. The execution of the plan will be coordinated from the President's Advisory Group and each individual department will be responsible for implementing the measures outlined in this document.
The document was intended to effectively mitigate Georgia Tech's risk from the most severe form of Pandemic Flu i.e. H5N1 and therefore departments must devise methods and plans to remain flexible during a variety of severity levels and rapidly evolving circumstance. It must be understood that different influenza strains may have different severity levels, triggers and campus impacts that will require different actions. In the event of an outbreak or pandemic, Institute leadership will come together to meet the challenges posed by the specific disease.
Major Goals of Georgia Tech Pandemic Flu Plan
- To effectively communicate a status of readiness to respond to Pandemic Flu situation
- To lessen the occurrences of illness and death. To limit or decrease morbidity and mortality from a Pandemic Flu Outbreak for the Georgia Tech community by coordinating resources and preparing staff, faculty and students with a known strategy and action plan.
- To reduce economic losses.
- To ensure the Institute's ability to continue critical operations in the event of a pandemic.
Key Elements of GT Pandemic Flu Planning
- Identify critical agencies and emergency support functions
- Determine appropriate phased triggers and responses
- Identify critical personnel within each support function
- Implement communications plan before, during and after pandemic
- Acquire necessary equipment and supplies
- Exercise and test pandemic plan
Pandemic Flu Coordinators & Emergency Support Functions
Roles and Responsibilities
|Pandemic Flu Coordinators||Role/Responsibility|
|1. President's Advisory Group:||Management of the overall direction and control of the incident.|
|Emergency Support Functions||Roles/Responsibility|
|2. Academic Affairs:||Management of academic and research functions.|
|3. Athletic Association:||Management of athletic events and operations and resource support such as personnel, facilities, etc.|
|4. Counseling Center:||Crisis management and counseling services to students, faculty and staff.|
|5. Dean of Students:||Assists with direction and control of student needs.|
|6. Dining Services:||Management of food services to campus community.|
|7. Environmental Health & Safety:||Management of environmental, public health and Georgia Tech personnel safety services|
|8. Facilities:||Management of campus fixed assets.|
|9. Financial Services:||Management of campus financial operations including payment to vendors, employee payroll and resource procurement.|
|10. Georgia Tech Research Institute:||Management of research operations.|
|11. Health and Medical Services:||Management of health services including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and reporting.|
|12. Housing:||Management of housing and quarantine including asymptomatic and symptomatic residents who cannot travel home during a pandemic.|
|13. Human Resources:||Management of alternative work schedules, communication of policies, health benefits and maintaining essential personnel services.|
|14. Communications and Public Affairs:||Management of collection, analysis and dissemination of information.|
|15. Office of Information Technology:||Management of information systems and campus notifications.|
|16. Office of International Education:||Management of F and J visa holders and study abroad students.|
|17. Security/Law Enforcement:||Management of law enforcement services including security.|
|18. Transportation:||Management of regular and/or emergency transportation services.|
Georgia Tech Pandemic Influenza Action Phases
The phases below were developed considering the H5N1 (avian) worst case scenario and greatest severity, and must be adjusted when a different type of outbreak is identified. For example a human to human transmission in the U.S. combined with low mortality and virulence may not indicate a phase IV response.
|II||Bird-to-bird transmission in U.S. or outside of U.S.||
|III||Human-to-human transmission outside of U.S.||
|IV||Human-to-human transmission in U.S.||
|V||Confirmed cases in Fulton County or on campus||
Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security