Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Planning: Guidelines for Community Corrections

Source: Patricia Bancroft, American Probation and Parole Association, August 2009

Community corrections agencies differ in organizational structure from State to State and locality to locality. Agencies may have distinctly different operational imperatives as well as varying budgetary and human resources at their disposal. Each agency therefore must construct a pandemic preparedness and response plan that is tailored to its operations and the resources that are (or are expected to be) available.

Regardless of an agency’s operational structure and resources, all pandemic preparedness and response plans must include measures that ensure the agency will meet the overarching objectives of pandemic planning: a) to ensure the continuation of mission-critical functions that protect the safety of the community and the health and safety of agency employees, and b) to promote the Federal government’s community mitigation strategies aimed at lessening the pandemic’s impact.

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