There are a number of actions you can take now to make your organization more resilient to infectious disease threats. In the case of a pandemic or novel infectious disease, businesses and government agencies must work with their clients, employees and other stakeholders to continue their critical operations while protecting the public’s health.
This balancing act requires employers to develop plans, policies, and communication strategies that are in line with recommendations from local, state, and national health authorities.
How to prepare your organization for coronavirus:
- Create organization-specific policies based on local, state, and national guidance.
- Develop talking points for spokespersons, communications staff, and leadership.
- Create messaging (emails, texts, memos, social media posts, FAQs, etc.) for staff including the following topics:
- Hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Stay home when sick.
- What to expect.
- Develop social media and web-based messaging for clients and stakeholders.
- Develop and implement alternate work strategies and policies.
- Develop and implement social distancing strategies and policies.
- Expedite continuity of operations plans to support your organization’s essential functions.
- Perform review of existing emergency response plans and integrate new content for infectious disease responses.
- Provide training for staff on COVID-19 workplace and personal preparedness.
Coordinated Consulting Services (CCS) is working with organizations across the western U.S. to address planning, training, and continuity of operations initiatives associated with COVID-19. The CCS team has over 50 years combined experience in public health preparedness. Contact us to find out what our team can do to support your COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts.
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