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Emergency Management Center (EMC)

Pandemic Influenza (PI)

The Department of Labor (DOL) has a robust Continuity Plan that encompasses pandemic influenza (PI) planning. The plan was created in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (National Strategy), November 2005 and the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan (Implementation Plan), May 2006. The Implementation Plan acknowledges that an influenza pandemic requires specialized planning. Although most of the planning elements are similar, there are some differences from traditional Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning.

In the event of an influenza pandemic, DOL and its agencies are responsible for applying the strategies and actions outlined in DOL’s Pandemic Influenza Preparation and Response Plan (Appendix V of the DOL Continuity Plan) to accomplish four goals:

  • Protect DOL employees, contractors, and visitors
  • Sustain continuity of operations by maintaining essential functions and, to the extent possible, non-essential functions
  • Support the Federal response
  • Communicate information and guidance to internal and external stakeholders.

Each DOL agency and region is required to have current and operational PI plans as part of their Continuity Plan, which is reviewed annually by the EMC to ensure it is in compliance with applicable guidance.

For more information, please contact the Department of Labor Emergency Management Center at:
Phone: (202) 693-7555