Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

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Do Pandemic Preparedness Planning Systems Ignore Critical Community and Local-Level Operational Challenges?

Frederick M. Burkle Jr 

(Received September 22 2009)

(Accepted December 29 2009)

Key Words:

  • pandemic;
  • planning systems;
  • disease outbreaks;
  • disaster preparedness;
  • community health planning;
  • community disaster response;
  • incident command system;
  • emergency operations centers;
  • International Health Regulations


Correspondence and reprint requests: Frederick M. Burkle Jr, MD, MPH, DTM, c/o 452 Iana St, Kailua, HI 96734 (e-mail: fburkle@hsph.harvard.edu).

Dr Burkle, a Woodrow Wilson International Scholar, is Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University.