Local Coordination

The Illinois State Government has developed a Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan (click here) that is intended to be impleSpringfieldmented within the context of a unified command emergency operating structure with representation from local, state and federal governments. This process will function under the command and general oversight of the Office of the Governor, with coordination assistance from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).

The plan assigns more than 100 specific responsibilities to almost 30 state agencies. Plan maintenance involves an annual review by affected agencies, led by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), with dissemination of changes to all plan holders of record.

The intent of the plan is to describe a framework for Illinois to stop, to slow or to otherwise limit the spread of an influenza pandemic, and to sustain infrastructure and to mitigate the impact to the economy and to reduce social disruption. It provides the executive branch of state government with a set of preparedness activities and response functions, and provides local health departments, health care provider systems, and first responder organizations with preparedness and response expectations.
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