Many companies have disaster recovery plans that include items such as data backup, office space, and logistics. However, few have thought to implement an influenza plan. Considering the amount of productivity lost from unexpected sicknesses, you many want to consider including planning for a H1N1 outbreak in your processes. We just received an email from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) with pertinent information to address a potential flu/H1N1 outbreak. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a document called "Planning for 2009 H1N1 Influenza - A Preparedness Guide for Small Business." This document is available on SBA's website at http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_homepage/sba_h1n1.pdf.
This document provides good information about how to write a plan, tips for businesses to create a healthy work environment, tips for individuals to stay healthy, and H1N1 FAQs. It also refers the reader to http://www.flu.gov for more information.
You can also use this planning to ensure that you have contingencies to ensure your government contracts stay fully staffed. We encourage you to include your plan in your program management processes and procedures.
Businesses should take a holistic approach to their disaster recovery plans and make sure they are comprehensive enough to ensure the company continues operating, regardless of the situation. A solid plan to address a potential H1N1 outbreak and mitigate its impact on your business is a good idea.