Mesa County Helping Businesses "Plan and Prepare" for Swine Flu

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

As the H1N1 "Swine" Flu moves closer to the Grand Valley, health officials say it's not only important for individuals to be prepared, but businesses and other organizations as well. Now the Mesa County Health Department is stepping in to help.

The Mesa County Health Department says since swine flu first turned up in Colorado, it has taken dozens of calls from area businesses and organizations asking questions like what kinds of plans do they need to have in place and at what point should they shut down. Officials are hoping their "Plan and Prepare" course will be able to answer those questions and more.

The free course will be offered to any business, home owners association, or other group that requests it.

Officials say the presentation will cover what to put in a pandemic emergency kit, how to develop communication plans and pandemic policies for the workplace, and how to make sure your group stays on top of the latest information.

They say with the high probability of swine flu coming to Mesa County, they hope the groups take advantage of this service.

"Pandemic preparedness is a community effort," said Kristy Emerson, spokesperson for the Mesa County Health Department. "The Health Department can spearhead it and can help educate folks, but really it comes down to individuals being prepared."

For more information or to schedule a presentation, call Nanci Quintana, Mesa County Health Department Regional Training Coordinator, at (970) 248-6947. You can also email her at

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