Saturday, April 25, 2009

Are You Ready?

The swine flu outbreak in Mexico is spreading, both the illness and fear. The Mexican government is starting to enact emergency public health policies like forcible quarantines.
Mexico City has become the epicenter of the sickness, which is suspected to have infected 1,324 people nationwide by Saturday night. Mexican President Felipe Calderón issued a decree allowing the federal health department to enter homes and forcibly quarantine people, and the authorities ordered all schools closed until May 6 in the capital and neighboring Mexico State. Source: USA Today
So far there are about a dozen cases that have been reported in the US. Is your police department ready to confront the realities of a pandemic? It may not be the swine flu but how would your agency cope with such an outbreak? Do you have plans in place? Are you ready personally to weather such an epidemic?

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