Pandemic Preparedness Plan

LEVEL 1 | LEVEL 2 | LEVEL 3

Southwest Tennessee Community College has created this Pandemic Preparedness Plan to guide the College in preparing for and responding to an influenza pandemic outbreak. The purpose of this plan is to minimize the impact of an influenza pandemic on students, faculty and staff by describing the specific actions to be taken by the College based on the following objectives and assumptions.

The Pandemic Preparedness Plan provides basic information about a Pandemic Incident. The College’s Continuity of Operations Plan (CCOP) will address how individual departments within the College will operate during a Pandemic Incident. The Pandemic Preparedness Plan, the All Hazards Emergency Response Plan and other related and non-related safety plans can be found on the Southwest Tennessee Community College Website at www.southwest.tn.edu.

The Southwest Tennessee Community College Pandemic Preparedness Plan will be authorized by the President of the College. The plan is designed to work in conjunction with plans by the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department and the Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency and shall be subordinate to all local, state and federal pandemic plans.

Southwest Tennessee Community College alert levels and response actions outline the general actions to be taken by the College during a pandemic event, based on the Federal Response Stages and the World Health Organization (WHO) pandemic response alert levels. Additional actions taken by the College related to the pandemic will be based on information provided by federal, state and local government, and/or through the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.

LEVEL 1

ALERT LEVEL 1 DESCRIPTION & RESPONSE ACTIONS

  • No human-to-human spread of disease
  • WHO level 3 and Federal Government Response Stage 0
  • Review and Approve Pandemic Preparedness Plan
  • Monitor situation through WHO, CDC, www.pandemicflu.gov, and Memphis and Shelby County Health Department
  •  Identify all essential onsite personnel
  • Identify all essential off-site personnel
  • Director of Public Safety fit test all essential onsite personnel and order personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • All departments identify critical departmental functions and report to VP for Financial and Administrative Services
  • Develop contingency plans for instruction and enrollment management procedures.
  • Computer Services - prepare for support of remote critical functions, remote access and increased system usage
  • Develop templates for communicating pandemic events to faculty, students and staff.
  • Develop HR policies and procedures for handling work-related issues during pandemic (absences, travel, insurance…)
  • Promote Stop the Spread of Germs Campaign

LEVEL 2

ALERT LEVEL 2 DESCRIPTION & RESPONSE ACTIONS

  • Human-to-Human transmission found but localized
  • Confirmed Outbreak Overseas WHO level 4-5 and Federal Response Stage 1-2-3
  • Alert Incident Management Team and activate SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Notify Essential Onsite and Off-site Personnel to prepare for shutdown operations
  • Distribute personal protection equipment (PPE) to Essential Onsite Personnel
  • Coordinate with Memphis and Shelby County Health Department and Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency
  • Monitor all travel abroad programs, and advise based on CDC Travel Warnings and locations
  • All departments prepare to integrate contingency plans

LEVEL 3

ALERT LEVEL 3 DESCRIPTION & RESPONSE ACTIONS

  • Widespread Outbreak in North America and Overseas WHO level 6 and Federal
  • Response Stages 4 & 5.   Level 3 actions will be based on the location of the disease within North America and the response of the local community
  • Virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated and Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the situation.
  • All campuses closed
  • All classes cancelled
  • All Special Events and Activities cancelled
  • Essential Onsite Personnel report to Central Campus for shutdown operations
  • Essential Remote Personnel continue to perform critical functions