Office of Emergency Management

Pandemics

A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease prevalent across the country or the world.  The disease can spread easily and rapidly from person to person across the county in a short period of time.

Widespread illness and/or deaths are common, and the entire healthcare system can become overwhelmed.  The most vulnerable populations may include seniors, young children, and people with chronic, long-term health conditions.

The most common form of pandemic is influenza, or simply the flu.  An even more serious form is COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus that spread across the world in 2019-2021.

Pandemic Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Resource home page

Michigan Health and Human Services (MDHHS) COVID-19 home page

CDC National Strategy for Influenza

Business Planning Checklist

WHO Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Planning