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Community Corrections' Preparedness for Responding to Pandemic Flu and Other Crises: A Report of Responses to a Request for Information

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Patricia Bancroft
Date Published
April 2007
20 pages
This preliminary report summarizes the responses to a request for information that was sent by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) to agencies across the Country, soliciting information on their existing plans and protocols for responding to pandemic flu and other crises.
This was one of the first steps in the APPA's fulfillment of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance, under which the APPA will provide guidance to community corrections agencies in formulating strategic plans and protocols for responding to pandemic flu and other crises. The request for information (RFI) was placed on the APPA's web site so that respondents could complete the form online or print the RFI and mail or fax their responses. A link to the RFI webpage was e-mailed to approximately 3,500 individuals, including past and present APPA members and other community corrections professionals who have participated in APPA Training Institutes and other programs. A total of 25 responses were received from agencies in 17 States. The RFI questioned respondents about their agency's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) which establishes policies and procedures that ensure the continuation of mission-essential functions when any emergency or catastrophic event threatens or incapacitates normal operations. In addition, the RFI requested information on plans and protocols for responding specifically to a pandemic outbreak. Overall, it is apparent from those who did respond and the large number who did not respond that there is a need to educate and raise awareness in the field about the potentially devastating impact a pandemic outbreak could have on operational capabilities. It is crucial for agencies to have their response strategies and protocols in place, tested, and well-rehearsed before an outbreak occurs. 7 tables and a copy of the RFI