University of Houston-Victoria

Emergency Management

UHV Pandemic Influenza Plan

Purpose

The purpose of the University of Houston-Victoria Pandemic Influenza Plan is to provide guidance in preparing for, identifying, and responding to pandemic influenza that affects the University of Houston-Victoria. The objectives of this plan are to reduce the morbidity, mortality, and social and economic disruption caused by an outbreak of influenza on the students, staff, and faculty of the University of Houston-Victoria community. This plan provides a framework for pandemic influenza preparedness and response activities and serves as a foundation for further planning, drills, and emergency preparedness activities.

Pandemic influenza will pose unique and long-standing challenges not common to other disasters. The goal of pandemic influenza preparedness and response is to limit the spread of the virus; to minimize serious illness, hospitalizations, and death; to sustain critical infrastructure; and to minimize social disruption in Texas as a result of pandemic influenza.

The priorities of UHV during a disaster are for the protection of lives, assets, valuablere search processes, property, and the environment. The overall objective is to respond to emergency conditions and manage the process of restoring University academic, research programs and special services.

Scope

This plan is limited to preparedness and response for the UHV campus. The Pandemic Influenza Plan serves to provide the basic structure and guidance to planning and coordinating, monitoring and assessment, prevention and control, Victoria County Health Center response, communications, and public education.

It is important to note that while the plan focuses on influenza, it is also intended to serve as the template for responding to large-scale outbreaks of other highly infectious respiratory diseases, even if some prevention measures or response tactics may change due to the nature of a particular disease such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).