(WIBW) - Small business owners searching for help in handling the H1N1 virus just found some.
The Department of Homeland Security, the Small Business Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled a preparedness guide Monday to assist small businesses in planning for the H1N1 flu.
“Small businesses play an essential role in our national effort to prepare for all disasters and emergencies—including the H1N1 flu,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. “This guide will help America’s small businesses maintain continuity of operations and resiliency as the fall flu season approaches.”
Outbreaks of H1N1 flu are occurring now across the country and will likely coincide with the return of seasonal flu this fall and winter.
The preparedness guide offers small business employers tools and information to help them plan for and respond to varying levels of severity of an H1N1 outbreak. Health officials say an outbreak may lead to increased absenteeism, and, if the outbreak becomes more severe, may include restricted service capabilities and supply chain disruptions. Additional preparations may be necessary if a more serious outbreak evolves during the fall and winter.
Employers are encouraged to put strategies in place now to protect their employees and their businesses in advance of the fall flu season. Included in the preparedness guide are tips on how to write a continuity of operations plan, steps for keeping employees healthy, frequently asked questions about the 2009 H1N1 flu and a list of additional resources that employers can access online.