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Why didn’t they they do this 3 years ago– public’s health

Alaska Airlines said it was removing pillows and blankets from all of its 114 planes, and would disinfect and sanitize all of its planes during overnight maintenance.

Now we won’t have any pillows for lumbar support to overcome the cramped seating and they’ll probably turn the heat too high to compensate for no blankets.

Bring back the antimacassar!

I always assumed pillows and blankets were disinfected regularly on planes (but nevertheless was queasy that it didn’t occur). Whole Foods doesn’t provide hand gel near the food counters or exits– a precaution to not so much to prevent illness but to remind patrons to practice safe sneezing. On the other hand, the Johnny Appleseed Trail of North Central Massachusetts, Visitor Center wipes down the doorknobs and door handles every hour as routine (they get lots of visitors per hour on the highways). Johnny Appleseed Rest Area, Massachusetts

2009-05-05 I found out yesterday that Northwest/Delta airlines does have antimacassars and free pillows and blankets for lumbar support. Food is still extra.

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How to avoid swine flu H1N1, or any other, quick list

Just visited western Massachusetts, Amherst area. None of the stores (including Whole Foods) and doctors’ offices, medical centers, or retirement places that I saw had any hand sanitizer available for visitors. It doesn’t take much to provide a safe reminder about hand washing and sneezing. See also, Mr Purell goes to City Hall

Another source of information about preparedness (in multiple languages), How the 1918 flu prepares for 21st Century, in a comic book

Alaska AK mail rate increase, deadline Monday, please comment

All who care about rural Alaska, follow instructions below to send your
comment to the U.S. Postal Service regarding the significant increases
in Parcel Post and Bypass Mail rates:

Deadline is 12:30 pm Alaska time on Monday! Please tell the USPS that
the proposed rate increases will cause significant hardship. Rate
increases will greatly impact all of rural Alaska. Some rural Alaskans
are struggling to buy food now and cannot afford any increases in the
Parcel Post and Bypass Mail rates which will add to the cost of
groceries. Please reduce the rate increases. Use your own words.

If you are contacting the Postal Service as an individual you can reach
the Office of Public Affairs & Government Relations via
Email: PRC-PAGR @ prc . gov
Phone: 202-789-6800
Fax: 202-789-6886
Tell the person you speak to that you “want to submit a comment to
Docket R2009-2 on postal rate changes for market dominant products.” Let
them know that you think the rate increases will be harmful to the lives
of people in rural Alaska. Say what you think in your own words.

If you represent a municipality, a village, a Native organization, a
business firm, etc., follow the instructions below to get a 10 day
account. You can get help from Annie Kennedy in Washington D.C. at
202-789-6875. She is a very helpful Consumer Relations Specialist. Try
it yourself first. Submit your comments to “Docket R2009-2″ so that they
will definitely be read by the 5 people on the Commission who will make
the final decision on the USPS rate increases.

go to
In the gray bar near the top click on “Filing Online.”
Click “Need an Account” in the side navigation bar.
Under the words “Filing Online Accounts” click on the blue words “Apply
Fill out the form to get a 10 day account.

You may have to go back to the Home page to login using the Username and
Password that you chose.

You will need a Document Title for anything you submit. It can be called
“Letter from __________ of (date)” or it can be a resolution or any
other document that your organization creates.

Your Document needs to contain your comments.

Remember there is help if you need it. The phone number provided above
is 4 hours ahead of our time.

Please take the time to do this, because rates are due to increase May
11th and will dramatically affect our lives in rural Alaska.

Thank you.

Jody Malus
Finance Committee
City of Bethel

Federal toolkit to promote local pandemic preparedness

CIDRAP which has been recommended before points to a new effort of the US government to get local governments busy participating in community preparedness.

HHS offers tools to promote local pandemic preparedness,

He said the gap between what public health experts know and what the public knows about pandemic planning is still very large, and more work is needed, particularly on community mitigation efforts that may be needed in a severe pandemic, such as school closures and student dismissals.

One component that seems to be missing from the HHS toolkit is a plan for distributing it to community leaders who are well positioned to use the materials, Dworkin said. “As of right now, they are available online, but who knows about them? How will community leaders, school boards, and others learn about their existence?” he asked.

Answer: readers please talk this up among your tribal councils and churches. Maybe eventually the school districts and regional hubs (such as Bethel) will get busy.

HHS pandemic planning toolkit for community leaders

Talking Points Fact Sheets
Pandemic Flu Preparedness (PDF – 53.05 KB) Pandemic Flu Basics (PDF – 59.75 KB)
How to Get Your Peers Involved (PDF – 58.56 KB) Community-Based Interventions (PDF – 51.42 KB)

Checklists Sample Newsletter Articles
Pandemic Flu Preparedness (PDF – 64.29 KB) Pandemic Flu Preparedness (PDF – 44.54 KB)
Stocking Food and Supplies (PDF – 65.27 KB) Stocking Food and Supplies (PDF – 67.04 KB)
Food and Supplies Drive (PDF – 66.72 KB) Good Health Habits (PDF – 55.05 KB)
How to Get Involved (PDF – 45.5 KB)
Sample E-mails
Pandemic Flu Preparedness (PDF – 46.71 KB) Posters
Stocking Food and Supplies (PDF – 65.27 KB) Cover Your Cough (PDF – 90.72 KB)
Good Health Habits (PDF – 46.96 KB) Food Drive Template (PDF – 51.8 KB)
How to Get Involved (PDF – 45.15 KB)
‘Chain’ E-mail (PDF – 50.39 KB)

Incentive Ideas (PDF – 49.2 KB)
Links to Internet Resources (PDF – 47.93 KB)

Complete ‘Take the Lead’ Toolkit (PDF – 377.34 KB)”

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Clean Hands Week: How will you celebrate?

[deadline September 16-22 2007]

Handwashing for Life has three interesting, but different websites to explore. UK website USA website South Africa website

Clean Hands Week Puts Focus on Scrubbing

Listen to this story…

All Things Considered, September 16, 2007 · As National Clean Hands Week begins, Jim Mann, president and founder of Handwashing for Life , gives suggestions for what to do if you spot people leaving restrooms without washing their hands. He says it helps to work with an accomplice.

see related posts–
3 things everyone should know to prevent pandemic flu
More reasons not to use antibacterial soaps
Simple hand-washing video for visitors could reduce rapidly increasing hospital infection rates
More on dirty money
Do men wash their hands?
Mr Purell goes to City Hall
here’s a reminder how-to
Give germs the boot, not our babies: unwashed hands make everyone sick
New employer business preparedness resource
Auto handwash timer
Excerpts hearings on Alaska influenza devastation
Behavioral Hygiene Promotion Research Grants
Getting Sick Stinks!
Tips that can help you avoid avian influenza (Bird Flu), WHO SE Asia
Surviving the New Killer Bug (MRSA)
Officials give tips on dealing with dead birds
Healthy Habits keep you well

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September dates

September is National Preparedness Month
For more info on National Preparedness Month visit or

I don’t know of any Citizen Corps in the Unorganized Borough, do you?

As September approaches Citizen Corps and are gearing up for the fourth annual National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort meant to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. Throughout September, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will work with over 1,000 organizations to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation.

“Get a kit, make a plan, be informed and get involved.”

Sign up as a Coalition member and get involved through your Citizen Corps Council. To learn more,

Coalition members agree to distribute emergency preparedness information and sponsor activities across the country that will promote emergency preparedness. Membership is open to all public and private sector organizations. Groups and individuals can register to become National Preparedness Month Coalition members…

… the Home Safety Council (HSC) will distribute its popular Get Ready with Freddie! disaster preparedness kit this month. The campaign is geared toward teachers and students in the nation’s 65,000 elementary schools. The kit will be delivered in late August to an estimated 13 million teachers, students and their families to teach them about preparedness. HSC is also sponsoring a national Kids Prepare America Contest to showcase how students are driving family preparedness efforts at home. One student winner will be chosen from each of the 10 FEMA regions for a Grand Prize trip to Washington, D.C., in June 2008, accompanied by an adult family member, his or her teacher, and a local safety partner. Citizen Corps members are invited to join the HSC Expert Network to receive a free copy of the Get Ready with Freddie! program and contest rules. To register please visit

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Top 50 reading list for emergency management

turning book pagesThis list comes from FEMA through the Episcopal Emergency Network a news group at Yahoo!.

For more information about church groups and preparedness (not just for Episcopalians) contact Richard F. Ohlsen, Director of Domestic Disaster Preparedness and Response, Episcopal Relief and Development, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Phone: 212-716-6360 or through the Yahoo! group.

As mentioned several times here, the churches and clergy will be / have been significant to any recovery from or coping with a disaster, whether pandemic or physical. Alaska History reading list

Emergency Management Top 50 Reading List Recommended For Collegiate Educators, Wayne Blanchard, Ph.D., CEM, April 18, 2007 Draft Additional information at FEMA EMI Higher Education Project

1. Auf Der Heide. Disaster Response: Principles of Preparation and Coordination. St. Louis: Mosbe, 1989.

2. Benjamin, Daniel, and Steven Simon. The Age of Sacred Terror. New York: Random House, 2002.

3. Brower, David J. and Charles C. Bohl. Principles and Practice of Hazards Mitigation. Emmitsburg, MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, April 2000. At:

4. Bullock, Jane, George Haddow, Damon Coppola, Erdem Ergin, Lisa Westerman, and Sarp Yeletaysi. Introduction to Homeland Security. Amsterdam and other cities: Elsevier, Butterworth Heinemann: 2005.

5. Burby, Raymond J., et al. Building Disaster Resilient Communities. Emmitsburg, MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, May 2002. Accessed at:

6. Burby, Raymond. Cooperating with Nature: Confronting Natural Hazards with Land-Use Planning for Sustainable Communities. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press, 1998.

7. Canton, Lucien G. Emergency Management: Concepts and Strategies for Effective Programs. Hoboken NJ: Wiley Inter-Science, 2007.

8. Cutter, Susan L. (Ed.). American Hazardscapes: The Regionalization of Hazards & Disasters. Wash DC: Joseph Henry Press, 2001.

9. Department of Homeland Security. National Response Plan. Washington, DC: DHS, May 25, 2006 Revision.

10. Drabek, Thomas E. and Gerard J. Hoetmer (eds.). Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government. DC: International City Managers Association, 1991.

11. Drabek, Thomas E. Strategies for Coordinating Disaster Responses. Boulder, CO: Program on Environment and Behavior, Monograph 61, University of Colorado, 2003.

12. Drabek, Thomas E. Social Dimensions of Disaster, 2nd Edition.
Emmitsburg, MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, April 2004. Accessed at:

13. EMAP Standards (Emergency Management Accreditation Program). NEMA

14. Enarson, Elaine, et al. A Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters. Emmitsburg MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, May 2003. Accessed at:

15. FEMA. Guide For All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning (State and Local Guide (SLG) 101). Washington DC: FEMA, September 1996.

16. FEMA Independent Study IS-1, Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position.

17. FEMA. Multi Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment – A Cornerstone of the National Mitigation Strategy. Washington, DC: FEMA. 1997. Accessed at:

18. Flynn, Stephen. The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding A Resilient Nation. NY: Random House, 2007.

19. Godschalk, David R., with the Assistance of David Salvesen. Breaking the Disaster Life Cycle: Future Directions in Natural Hazard Mitigation. FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, March 2004. Accessed at

20. Godschalk, David R., Timothy Beatley, Philip Berke, David Brower, and Edward Kaiser. Natural Hazard Mitigation: Recasting Disaster Policy & Planning. Island Press. 1999.

21. Haddow, George D. and Jane A. Bullock. Introduction to Emergency Management (2nd Ed.). Burlington, MA: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006.

22. Kincaid, J. Peter. Research and Analysis Methods in Emergency Management. Emmitsburg, MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, December 1998. Accessed at:

23. Laws, Ordinances, Regulations, Plans Establishing, Affecting & Guiding EM

24. Lindell, Michael K., Carla Prater, Ronald W. Perry. Fundamentals of Emergency Management. Emmitsburg MD: FEMA Emergency Management Hi-Ed Project, 2006.

25. Lustic, Ian S. Trapped in the War on Terror. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.

26. May, Peter J, et al. Environmental Management and Governance: Intergovernmental Approaches to Hazards and Sustainability. London & NY: Routledge, 1996.

27. McEntire, David A. Disaster Response Operations and Management. Emmitsburg, MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, September 2005. Accessed at:

28. Mileti, Denis. Disasters by Design: A Reassessment of Natural Hazards in the U.S. Washington, DC: Josephy Henry Press, 1999.

29. Mueller, John. Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them. Free Press, 2006.

30. National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. The 9/11 Commission Report (Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; Authorized Edition). New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004.

31. National Research Council. Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2006.

32. National Fire Protection Association. NFPA 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuinty Programs, 2007 Edition. Quincy, MA: NFPA, 2007. At: or

33. National Incident Management System (NIMS) materials, including FEMA IS-700.

34. Noji, Eric K. (Ed.). The Public Health Consequences of Disasters. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

35. Perrow, Charles. 1999. Normal Accidents: Living With High-Risk Technology. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

36. Pine, John. Hazard Mapping and Modeling. Emmitsburg MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, November 2006. Accessed at:

37. Pine, John C. Technology and Emergency Management. Emmitsburg MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, February 1999. Accessed at:

38. Platt, Rutherford H. Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1999.

39. Quarantelli, E.L. (ed.) What is a Disaster – Perspectives on the Question. London and New York: Routledge, 1998.

40. Rodrigeuz, Havidan, Enrico L. Quarantelli, and Russell R. Dynes. Handbook of Disaster Research. Springer, 2006.

41. Rottman, Steven J. Individual and Community Disaster Education Course. Emmitsburg, MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, March 2000. Accessed at:

42. Shaw, Greg. Business and Industry Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery, and Organizational Contiuity. Emmitsburg MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, November 1999. Accessed at:

43. Shaw, Gregory. Hazards Risk Management. Emmitsburg, MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, January 2004. Accessed at:

44. Smith, Gavin. Holistic Disaster Recovery: Creating a More Sustainable Future. Emmitsburg MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, September 2004. Accessible at:

45. Sylves, Richard T., and William L. Waugh, Jr. Disaster Management In The U.S. and Canada – The Politics, Policymaking, Administration and Analysis of Emergency Management (2nd ed.).
Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 1996.

46. Tierney, Kathleen J, Michael K. Lindell and Ronald W. Perry. Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States. Joseph Henry Press, 2001.

47. Tobin, Graham A. and Burrell E. Montz. Natural Hazards: Explanation and Integration. New York and London: The Guilford Press, 1997.

48. Waugh, William L. Living With Hazards/Dealing With Disasters-An Introduction To Emergency Management. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2000.

49. Waugh, William L. Jr. Terrorism and Emergency Management. Emmitsburg, MD: FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project College Course, September 2000. Accessed at:

50. Wisner, Ben, Piers Blaikie, Terry Cannon, and Ian Davis. At Risk: Natural Hazards, People’s Vulnerability and Disasters (2nd Ed.). London and New York: Routledge, 2004.

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CIDRAP Business Source

I have been reading a free trial of CIDRAP Business Source. There is an emailed newsletter and a special website. Much of the information is freely available on the web or their free site. However, I think the paid subscription is worth the annual fee which

includes a single-user account, which gives you 24/7 access to the site and e-mailed issues of the Weekly Briefing. Please call us toll-free at 1-866-395-0017 to inquire about purchasing accounts for multiple users.

A discounted rate is available for government agencies, educational institutions, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

This is because the information is packaged in a quickly accessible area. It is relevant to organizations, such as churches, and to businesses or business groups, and to governments. Because the information is readily accessible, it is suitable for the person suddenly charged to look into this “bird flu business”. The quality of information is high.

About CIDRAP Business Source
The mission of CIDRAP Business Source is to be an international leader in driving worldwide business preparedness for pandemic influenza and other infectious disease or public health crises. We will accomplish this by providing authoritative, comprehensive, timely, and actionable information through our Web site and Weekly Briefing newsletter and by facilitating planning among the private, public, and public health sectors aimed at saving lives and preserving enterprises. (The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy [CIDRAP], founded in September 2001, is part of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota.)

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New employer business preparedness resource

from The Coming Influenza Pandemic? (see sidebar)

The Canadians have a very useful site, especially for the workplace or business preparedness.

I urge everyone to investigate their tools. Can your business answer these? Can your employees? Can the residents of your tribal government or municipality? Let me know what you have come up with and I can share it with others.

  • “Do all employees know of your plan for a pandemic? Tell the workforce about the threat of pandemic flu and the steps the company is taking to prepare for it. Clear and frequent communication is essential.”

These tools will help get your business ready…

* Business Continuity Plan
* Slow the Spread! Poster
* Handwashing Posters
at the sink
when using sanitizing gels
* 10 Steps You Can Take – A Checklist for Business Pandemic Planning
* 5 Ways A Business Can Help Their Employees
* 6 Things Employees Need to Know

Canada hand gel poster excerpt Their hand sanitizer poster is quite good (in pdf file, right click image to download pdf file). Every city office, grocery store, post office, school building, health clinic, rippy palace, bingo hall, Lions Clubhouse, etc. should have the poster next to a dispenser at the entrance/exit. See also, ==> Hands washing, sanitizers Maybe get a | sleeve sneeze | poster, too.

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Business related backlog

Commuters Won’t Be Travelling When Avian Flu Hits
In the build up to next week’s “Business Continuity Awareness Week which hosts Business Continuity Expo, it may surprise employers to know that 40% of their workforce won’t be turning-up for work if Avian Flu hits the UK, nor will they be travelling into work if there are rumours of an imminent terrorist attack…. employers still need to look at what their critical mass of functionality is and question whether they could survive with half their workforce. It is clearly critical to consider what strategies and contingency plans they need to put in place in order to survive a possible pandemic or imminent terrorist attack.

Pandemic would hurt states big on tourism

By KEVIN FREKING, The Associated Press
Published: March 23, 2007

Alaska, Wyoming, Nebraska and Louisiana also stand to take hits of greater than 6 percent in their gross domestic product.

A pandemic comparable to the most serious — in 1918— could sicken 90 million people and kill about 2 million. It could also last up to 18 months with spikes that last six to eight weeks each. [Alaska's 1918 flu hit in 1919. see the earlier post, ]

The Trust for America’s Health estimates bird flu losses by state–and forecasts that the bird flu could cause a possible recession. The upshot is that the study says tourism states would be hit hardest–not a bad assumption. I’ve done something a little different here–I’ve linked to a Google search of this topic, because there are stories for many states.

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