Pandemic planning updates…

June 10, 2009
by Editorial Staff
Continuity Central

George Abercrombie, president and chief executive officer, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., told more than 100 LA-area business leaders recently that the threat of a flu pandemic presents businesses with challenges unlike those anticipated with traditional emergency preparedness plans.

In March, Trust for America's Health released a report (funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts as part of the U.S. Pandemic Preparedness Initiative) estimating that California could lose $86.9 billion in income and trade as a result of a severe pandemic flu outbreak. The report indicates that states with high levels of tourism and entertainment could be the hardest hit. According to researchers, industries that require a high degree of social interaction, such as California's entertainment industry and state tourist sector, such as theme parks, hotels and restaurants, would likely experience the greatest decline in demand-an estimated 80 percent.

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