|The City of
London Corporate Pandemic Plan (“Pandemic Plan”) was developed to
ensure that all Civic Departments and Municipal Council are prepared to
carry out assigned responsibilities in the event of a pandemic.
The Pandemic Plan is supplementary to the City of London Emergency Response
Plan. The Emergency Response Plan focuses on damage to property, equipment and
infrastructure while the focus of the Pandemic Plan is on the significant impact
that a pandemic will have on both personnel and resources. The Pandemic Plan is
intended to offer operational guidance on the delivery of corporate services.
The responsibility for interagency coordination lies with the Community Control
Group as detailed in the Emergency Response Plan. In the event that coordination
with external agencies is necessary for the delivery of services, the Community
Control Group would facilitate this coordination.
Below is an overview of the five sections of the plan which is available to
review or download as a pdf file.
Chapter 1: Planning for a Pandemic
This section provides an overview of the nature of a pandemic and a framework
for the pandemic planning process. Advanced planning will enable the continued
delivery of essential services to the public. This section includes a brief
overview of the history, phases and types of pandemics as well as the purpose,
scope and assumptions of the planning process.
Chapter 2: Roles and Responsibilities
All levels of government and sectors have a role to play in preparing for,
responding to and recovering from an influenza pandemic. It is critical that
roles and responsibilities are clear and that there is communication and
coordination of efforts. Current roles and responsibilities for the World Health
Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministry of Health and Long Term
Care and the City of London are presented in this section. Chapter 2 also
details the current Council procedures and administrative procedures with
respect to emergencies and extended absences.
Chapter 3: Corporate Pandemic Continuity Plans (CPCPs)
The CPCP’s provide operational guidance during periods of unusually high rates
of pandemic-related absenteeism. Creating business continuity plans ensures that
the Civic Administration has identified the resources, staffing, skills, and
procedures needed to ensure the delivery of essential services are continued
Chapter 4: Communications Plan
Accurate, timely and consistent communication is critical before, during and
after an influenza pandemic. Chapter 4 provides information about the role of
communications and outlines the communication plans and activities that the City
would use to provide information to its staff, the public, provincial and
federal governments, hospitals and other responding agencies.
Chapter 5: Human Resources Plan
This section contains information to help protect and support the health, safety
and welfare of staff. As well it contains the Human Resources policies and
procedures that will be referred to when the Plan is activated.