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£400 million ($668 million) will be spend on installing and monitoring CCTV cameras in the homes of private citizens. Why? To make sure the kids are doing their homework, going to bed early and eating their vegetables. The scheme has, astonishingly, already been running in 2,000 family homes. The government’s “children’s secretary” Ed Balls is behind the plan, which is aimed at problem, antisocial families.
Oct 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Rand Corp., responding to a request from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently unveiled a set of proposed standards for cities to use as they establish plans to distribute antibiotics to the public in the event of a bioterrorist attack or other public health emergency. The 133-page technical report, which appears on Rand's Web site, covers four main topics: the number and location of points of dispensing (PODs), internal POD operations, staffing, and security. PODs are places where members of the public would go to receive antibiotics or other countermeasures in an emergency. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 requires HHS to develop performance standards for public health preparedness, and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) asked Rand to develop the proposed standards, according to the report. The standards are geared toward 72 cities that take part in the federal government's Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), a program launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2004 to prepare major cities and metropolitan areas to distribute antibiotics from the Strategic National Stockpile within 48 hours of a federal order to release them.
You are about to be transported into the middle of a drug dispensing center with all the distractions of a frightened and confused public. Stay calm and focused as you get as many people through the center as possible.
C.3.2 With the exception of those contractually entitled to paid sick leave, employees in the U. S. are not eligible for income replacement due to quarantine under any federal or state law. Providing income replacement for employees and self-employed persons is essential to ensure a high rate of compliance with quarantine.
The vast majority of people under quarantine in all of the countries obeyed requests to stay at home without requiring a court order. Some individuals, however, attempted to escape their confinement, and a variety of means were needed to ensure compliance. For example, in Singapore, three telephone calls were made per day to the home of each individual in quarantine to confirm that the individual was there. People who were known to work at night were called at night. Electronic cameras were used to verify that people were at home, and people in quarantine were required to take their temperature on camera. Anyone initially violating quarantine had an electronic tag put on his or her leg (there were 26 cases). In all of the countries, police officers were charged with locating and confining individuals who violated quarantine.
4. Activate the Isolation and Quarantine Response Center (IQRC) to support the needs of isolated and quarantined persons. 5. Through the IQRC (For more detail on activation of IQRC, See Appendix C, “Draft IQRC Operations Manual”): a. Develop a schedule of daily check-in calls for each individual under isolation or quarantine b. Verify that the individual is at a specified location and monitor their health status. c. Continue conducting daily check-in calls with each individual until they are released from isolation or quarantine. d. Record information gathered during check-in calls on a standardized form and enter information into a database. e. Respond to irregularities such as changes in health status and failure to respond to call(s) [e.g., request law enforcement or Public Health staff drive by; make contact with the patient’s health care provider, personal contacts or employer, etc.]. [NOTE: If repeated attempts to locate individuals subject to isolation or quarantine, including telephone calls and site visits, are unsuccessful, coordinate with the Public Health Incident Commander, Public Health Public Health-Seattle & King County I & Q Response Plan Legal Team, and the designated Disease Control Officer regarding the need to pursue involuntary detention].