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Facts and figures 2009 - Favv

Facts and figures 2009 - Favv

48 These incidents, the

48 These incidents, the public health impact of which was, fortunately, negligible, have shown the ability of the FASFC to set up and take charge of tracing procedures in the sectors concerned and to manage these incidents with effectiveness. They also show the necessity for operators to have access to an efficient tracing system. This time of relative calm was an opportunity for the crisis prevention and management service to continue the drawing up and updating of crisis scenarios. These scenarios have been developed for general of more specific situations (e.g. Aujeszky disease, West Nile fever, nuclear incidents, …) and give full information on all actors concerned, the organization of monitoring plans and communication plans and the preventive and control measures that must be taken. The scenarios must be constantly updated. They are an efficient tool for the FASFC to tackle crises in a serene and effective way.

Business Continuity Plan As a result of the spread of the A/H1N1 influenza virus in humans in April 2009, the World Health Organization declared the pandemic phase. Belgium, where some cases appeared rather soon, feared high absence rates in September, when school and professional activities would be resumed. Within this context, the FASFC decided to apply its own Business Continuity Plan or BCP. The intention was to draw up an action plan that would guarantee the continuity of business of the most essential departments of the organization, even in the event of a pandemic and to limit the impact on the organization and on the staff. Preventive hygiene measures were taken and made known to all staff members. Furthermore, specific provisions were adopted to cope with high absence rates due to the closing down of schools and nurseries or the need for staff members to take care of their relatives. Fortunately, there was no need for the FASFC to activate its BCP. It was, however, an interesting exercise that may prove useful in other incident situations. 49

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