Planning can help avoid mistakes. Planning can help visualize the event. Planning can bring together people who will need to know each other during a pandemic. The more people involved the better. A strong argument for public participation and planning at the local level.
It’s not the plan, it’s the planning.
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Effect Measure is one of the web logs (blogs) that I track about H5N1. This comment about an article in the Wall Street Journal is a succinct summary of why “We have a plan” is a statement that we shouldn’t rely upon, but “We are planning” is.