What are some important roles that CERT members can play during a pandemic?

Ahead of time

 

        Give neighbors information about what pandemic flu is

 

        Encourage neighbors to prepare ahead of time - add to their regular emergency supplies

 

        Complete a checklist identifying special needs that would be important during an outbreak

 

        Identify resources that could be available to help

 

        Learn about accurate sources of information

 

        Encourage neighbors to get their annual flu shot

 

        Read your local health department's pandemic flu plan

 

During the Outbreak

 

        Get accurate information out to your community about how to prevent the spread and where mass clinics are being conducted

 

        Check on neighbors to see if they need medical assistance and/or food and help them get help

 

        Organize food deliveries

 

        Work with the local health department at alternate care sites

 

        Report to the local health department about new cases so they can predict surges

 

        Assist ill parents in caring for their well children

 

        Assist people with special needs by coordinating transportation to mass clinics for example

 

        Assist those with language barriers to understand self-care instruction

 

After the Pandemic or Between Surges

 

        Organize neighborhood events to support the survivors and renew the sense of community

 

        Give feedback to your local health department about what worked and what didn't

 

Draft CERT Pandemic Influenza Module: Participant Manual

May 5, 2009