Food Bank Responds to Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu)

April 30, 2009 § 3 Comments

David Davenport
President and CEO

wagt_medical_symbol1When disaster strikes, we are prepared to respond with food assistance and emergency supplies. We put an Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu) disaster plan in place in order to respond to the needs of our Partner Agencies, clients, volunteers and employees.

Our disaster plan includes:

  • An internal action plan for CAFB to function at a disaster response level with fewer staff and minimal access to volunteers.
  • Additional food, water and supplies have been ordered to supplement the disaster relief supplies in our warehouse. These items will support an extended local disaster.
  • In the event that one-third of our Partner Agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens across Central Texas) is closed because of illness, CAFB will begin direct distribution from its warehouse at 8201 South Congress Avenue.
  • Internal personal care protocols are upgraded to ensure a safe workspace and inhibit the spread of flu virus at our location.
  • CAFB senior staff are prepared to instruct employees to work from home to maintain operations, if needed.
  • CAFB will maintain open lines of communication with Central Texas VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), Texas Food Bank Network and Feeding America to coordinate needs and response.
  • Senior staff is meeting daily to review and update our status.

As the need progresses, check back here for calls for public assistance.



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§ 3 Responses to Food Bank Responds to Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu)

  • […] addition to creating their own disaster response plan (read ours here), Food Banks work closely with federal, state, and local officials in distributing food, […]

  • Ruth Kaplan says:

    It is so important to think about the “unthinkable”. I am very glad that the Food Bank is spending some time putting together disaster planning. While actual events never neatly fit the plan, having spent time thinking about the possibilities helps when the actual event occurs. We know what we don’t want to do and what we do want to do, and we’ve thought about some of the problems we may encounter.

    So much of what the Food Bank does relies on the constant stream of volunteers, working in Product Recovery and with the staff in the field. I hope that those doing disaster planning have contingencies for prolonged continued operations in the event of a significant drop in volunteers, due to a local disaster or event and its aftermath.

    I would suggest some form of alternative communications for the Volunteer Leaders, especially, so that if email is disrupted, for example, cell and landline phones can be used for communication not only between the Food Bank and Volunteer Leaders, but also between Volunteer Leaders themselves. Something like an emergency phone tree (remember those?).

  • Patrick says:

    Keep Clean, Safe, Thank you

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