News & Events, Swine Flu
Message From Longmont Mayor Roger Lange
Longmont Prepared for Health Emergency
I want to let the people of Longmont know what your city is doing in relation to the recent outbreak of swine flu in Mexico and in parts of the US.
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our residents. Whether we encounter a natural disaster like a tornado, a wildfire or an influenza outbreak, I want to assure the public that our community’s emergency preparedness team is prepared to handle all types of emergencies.
We partner with other government agencies, with private companies and with the public to create a network of resources that can be accessed quickly in times of crisis.
For example, we have developed a partnership and created plans with all Boulder County hospitals to treat patients during a catastrophe; we partner with the St. Vrain Valley School District to practice school evacuation drills; we have plans to provide shelter for people stranded in snow storms; and we have created a pandemic influenza plan that will guide us during any type of public health emergency.
The important thing to remember is that Longmont emergency preparedness plans are updated and employees are trained to respond to many types of emergencies. In the case of a massive influenza outbreak, Longmont’s plan includes these elements:
We are in touch with state and county public health officials, as well as the local hospitals, to ensure readiness.
Pandemic flu is a public health emergency, and if it should occur, the city will work closely with federal, state, and county public health officials to ensure we respond appropriately to care for our community.
Longmont Public Safety and other city officials continue to follow the flu outbreak, and meet regularly to ensure the city is ready to respond should it become necessary.
We have established open communication links with the school district to ensure consistent and relevant information sharing.
The City employs an emergency preparedness coordinator who tests and updates our plans regularly. We feel the city is ready for any emergency, including pandemic influenza.
Although the current influenza outbreak is reason for concern, there is no reason to be alarmed. The best advice for our residents is to use standard precautions such as covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, and staying home if you feel ill. We will continue to monitor this situation in collaboration with our partners in an effort to provide the greatest degree of protection for our citizens.
By using these practical tips, we increase our chances of avoiding a community health emergency. If – and when – the time comes, Longmont residents should be assured that our emergency network is ready for all types of emergencies – including pandemic flu.