Flu Preparedness Plan
Rosedale United Church has published a Preparedness Plan in the event of a worsening H1N1 Flu pandemic. The full plan is found below, but here is the essence of it :
As a public space and with responsibility to the community that gathers here, we will :
Inform - Reduce Risks - Respond with compassion
We will keep the congregation aware of current accurate and trustworthy information from public health sources. You can visit these by the links below.
We will take such steps as necessary in the building to reduce risks of transmission of a virus, through regular cleaning of common areas, and availability of hand sanitizers. We will advise visitors and members to be prudent in their hygeine and to not attend events if they believe they may be feeling symptoms of flu.
We will stay in touch with any who develop symptoms of flu to offer care and support, and will invite people to talk with us freely about fears and anxieties that arise from this situation.
Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan
Rosedale United Church
Draft : May 2009
1.0 Increase Awareness, Provide Accurate Information
1.1 Use electronic communication, phone messages, and public gatherings to provide simple, clear, current and careful information to members of the congregation and community, drawn from credible local sources.
1.1.1 -advise that we have a Planning Group and a Plan in place, with obvious contact info;
1.1.2 – make lists of symptoms and suggested procedures available ;
1.1.3 – provide links (eg url’s) to further sources of information.
1.1.4 – communicate with all renters/groups to consider their plans and activities, make our plan available to them.
2.0 Reduce Risks For Members, Community
2.1 Immediately :
2.1.1 modify our practices for greeting (limited hand contact)
2.1.2 make disinfectant readily available at entrances and washrooms
2.1.3 establish stringent practices for disinfection of common areas, doors, rails, etc…
2.1.4 modify our practices for preparation/serving of Communion, and refreshments
2.1.5 ask people to practice careful hygiene and etiquette (handwashing, cough/sneeze)
2.2 As necessary :
2.2.1 Limit opportunities for contact/infection by reduction of public gatherings :
2.2.2 Eliminate unnecessary meetings and classes
2.2.3 Ask user groups to cancel meetings in the building
2.2.4 Cancel all public gatherings in the building
3.0 Respond to Individuals Affected
3.1 offer pastoral attention to any who are anxious about the situation
3.2 offer pastoral attention to any infected or caring for others infected.