Friday, June 19, 2009

How Many Times Do I Have To Ask? Are You Ready?

The number of confirmed cases of H1N1 pandemic flu, as of Friday 6/19/09, doubled from the week before to 21,500 and the death toll also doubled to 87 -- just in the United States.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) as of Friday 6/19/09 there are 44,287 confirmed cases of swine (H1N1) flu in 93 countries and 180-deaths.

Based on historical evidence, the world may be in phase one of a three-phase pandemic wave. It is relatively mild with a relatively low death rate, now. Based on what happened in 1918, 1957 and 1968, there will likely be a much stronger wave of flu sweep over the planet this fall, claiming many more victims.

It could be a matter of a few million sick Americans and 30,000 deaths, or it could be like the 1918 pandemic that killed 500,000 Americans and brought many organizations and communities to their collective knees.

There is still time to prepare your business, non-profit, or government agency to weather this storm a little easier. The world will NOT come to an end. It never has, but organizations that give a little thought to some key issues will come out on the other side a whole lot better prepared to get back to normal.

See the ICM Memo to Management on pandemic planning:

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