The Department of Homeland Security is offering “IS-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas” as a free on-line training course.
This course introduces students to the characteristics of a pandemic influenza, the effects that a pandemic influenza can have on every facet of our society, and the steps their organizations can take to minimize the effects of a pandemic.
The primary audiences for this course are personnel at any level of government, representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), or representatives from private industry who may have a need for a basic understanding of pandemic influenza and the impacts that they can expect should a widespread pandemic occur in the United States.
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
- Explain the differences between seasonal influenza and pandemic influenza.
- Relate the effects of a pandemic influenza to daily organizational operations and basic services.
- Describe strategies for resolving continuity challenges presented in a pandemic situation.
A completion certificate is available for inclusion in FEMA training records, as applicable.
Access the online training at Fema.gov: IS-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas.