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The Associated Press has recently run a report that a committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending that researchers be allowed to conduct genetic-engineering experiments with the smalllpox virus -- quite a switch after WHO's drive, only a few years ago, to destroy all remaining stocks of the virus on the planet
To prepare for the possibility of a pandemic, the Tech Center convened a Crisis Response Working Group (CRWG) this past January. The CRWG is coordinating the development of a pandemic influenza action plan in the event we are directly impacted by an influenza outbreak, or indirectly affected by an outbreak near us. Since it is not certain that the current avian flu strain will cause a pandemic, the CRWG is focusing its efforts on developing an action plan for any event that limits staff availability at the Center. If a pandemic influenza outbreak does occur, this plan will be activated.
The CRWG is in the process of establishing sub-groups to develop specific plans on a wide range of topics. Examples include: promoting health and safety in the work force, maintaining essential services, developing contingency plans, utilizing telecommuting, tracking personnel (home sick or home caring for sick family members) and temporarily backfilling personnel. In this regard, a myriad of planning actions are still being worked on. Once the plan is finalized and coordinated with key organizational managers, information about the plan will be provided to the Technical Center work force.
Editor’s Note: Anyone who worked here “way back when” will probably recognize that this is a photo of the infamous NAFEC “bird gun” or “chicken gun,” not the avian flu. The official name for the bird gun was the Air Gun Impact Test Facility (Building 202), which was used to support projects requiring data concerning damage to aircraft components caused by collisions with objects like birds or hailstones. It also was used to test jet engine injestion and rupture strength of fuel cell bladder materials. The bird gun is an important part of Tech Center folklore. My thanks go to Harry Webster and Jack Berry for sending me a copy of a New York Times story titled, “Splat! Again a Chicken Sacrifices Everything For Air Safety’s Sake,” which ran on June 21, 1971. The story covers both the NAFEC chicken gun and one that was operated at a Canadian government lab to find ways of protecting aircraft against mid-air collisions with birds. Hopefully our readers will find this photo less distasteful (and perhaps more interesting) than the photos of poultry being culled that generally are run in the media along with stories about avian flu.
A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that may suspend certain normal functions of government, alert citizens to alter their normal behaviors, or order government agencies to implement emergency preparedness plans.
It can also be used as a rationale for suspending civil liberties.
Such declarations usually come during a time of natural disaster, during periods of civil disorder, or following a declaration of war (in democratic countries, many call this martial law, most with non-critical intent).
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
reply to post by warrenb
Good work 12-21-12! Warrenb - I think what smallpox has to do
with it is kinda plain to see. By refusing vaccinations to the public
they become vulnerable to infection. if they were to mix the H1N1 virus
with smallpox, particularly the hemorrhagic type they could
achieve 90% mortality rates with a highly contagious virus. I
think they're just about ready to go on this.
Once cold weather sets in would be the ideal time to pull this
off. The soviets had experimented with airborne smallpox and
nearly had an epidemic. If they did it to the native americans
they can do it to us. Sitting bull survived it as did washington
and lincoln. Unfortunately we're gonna have to deal
with a far deadlier and more virulent strain. Keep up the good
work - this is critical information that needs to get out and quickly!
Citizen corps!! HAH! they misspelled it. It's CITIZEN CORPSE