Preparing for a Pandemic
Preparations at BYU-Idaho
BYU-Idaho is prepared by stockpiling a few materials that we normally did not consider for other emergency situations, i.e. N95 masks. We encourage all students, faculty, staff and visitors to this site, to prepare by putting together a 72 or 96 hour kit that can be accessed in the event of any emergency. A student kit need only be the bare essentials and can cost less than $20. A list of what you should have as a minimum can be found here.
Communicable Disease Policy
Communicable diseases may be a potential health problem for the university community. As with any community, students studying and functioning in close proximity to one another are susceptible to communicable diseases. This Policy is implemented for communicable diseases commonly found in the college population and which can be transmitted by air, object, or through casual contact. To learn more about this policy, go here.
BYU-Idaho has also put together a short video to explain more of what a pandemic is and what we are doing and what you can do to prepare. If you would like to view or purchase a copy please contact Eric Harmston at: firstname.lastname@example.org. They are $5 per copy.
OSHA: Health Care Workers
OSHA has recently released it's guidance for the Health care workers in the event that a pandemic does occur. The complete document can be accessed here.
Dr. Dane Dickson, MD, put together a packet of materials to aid in our understanding and preparation. It is titled "Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic". It can be accessed here.
District Seven Health Department out of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has put together an informative pamphlet on the subject. It can be accessed here.
Provident Living - Pandemic Preparedness Planning
The Church's Pandemic Fact sheets are now LIVE on the Provident Living website. Click here for the link.
Flu.gov has in formation on controlling the flu virus and stopping the spread of germs at home and public places. Click here to read about it.
The Pandemic of 1918
The Department of Health and Human Services has put together a web page on the Pandemic of 1918. It contains the facts on the pandemic; the lifestyle of the day; how the states were effected; along with records provided by those who were there. It is very interesting as well as educational. To learn more about the Pandemic of 1918, click here.