Pandemic 'rehearsal' uncovered glitches for firm

Not everyone agrees on the need to do a full-boat practice run -- but it can't hurt anything except your short-term expenses

December 2, 2009
by Todd R. Weiss

Kim Elliott, deputy director for the Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based non-profit disease prevention group, agrees. She calls QL2's rehearsal a good business move that should be mimicked by other organizations

"It's not a practice run," Elliott says of QL2's exercise. "We are in a global pandemic. The fact that some businesses are taking it seriously is a good thing. I think it's actually money well spent."

Particularly with influenza, the result can be a sustained absentee rate inside a company, Elliott says. "And in a just-in-time economy, if other businesses are having issues with illnesses and their employees, this can affect suppliers, transportation" and many other aspects for partner companies.

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