FAITH-BASED & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST
The collaboration of Faith-Based and Community Organizations with public health agencies will be essential in
protecting the public’s health and safety if and when an influenza pandemic occurs. This checklist provides guidance
for religious organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc.), social service agencies that are faith-
based, and community organizations in developing and improving influenza pandemic response and preparedness
plans. Many of the points suggested here can improve your organization’s ability to protect your community during
emergencies in general. You can find more information at www.pandemicflu.gov.
1. Plan for the impact of a pandemic on your organization and its mission:
Assign key staff with the authority to develop, maintain and act upon an influenza pandemic
preparedness and response plan.
Determine the potential impact of a pandemic on your organization’s usual activities and services. Plan
for situations likely to require increasing, decreasing or altering the services your organization delivers.
Determine the potential impact of a pandemic on outside resources that your organization depends on to
deliver its services (e.g., supplies, travel, etc.)
Outline what the organizational structure will be during an emergency and revise periodically. The
outline should identify key contacts with multiple back-ups, role and responsibilities, and who is
supposed to report to whom.
Identify and train essential staff (including full-time, part-time and unpaid or volunteer staff) needed to
carry on your organization’s work during a pandemic. Include back up plans, cross-train staff in other
jobs so that if staff are sick, others are ready to come in to carry on the work.
Test your response and preparedness plan using an exercise or drill, and review and revise your plan as
2. Communicate with and educate your staff, members, and persons in t