Pandemic Influenza

The Center for Emergency Preparedness Pandemic Influenza (PI) Unit has a responsibility to ensure pandemic education, planning, and preparedness for individuals, organizations, and communities while providing for the emergency medical needs of the population. For influenza recommendations and surveillance information, visit Flu Surveillance.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

While the content on this website was developed to prepare for, or respond to, an influenza (“flu”) pandemic, the newly emerged coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that seems to be spreading much like flu. Guidance and tools developed for pandemic influenza planning and preparedness can serve as appropriate resources in the event the current COVID-19 outbreak triggers a pandemic.

Alabama Crisis Standards of Care Guidelines
The Ventilator Triage Guidance posted in 2010 is no longer in effect. It has been replaced by the Alabama Crisis Standards of Care Guidelines
. The Alabama Crisis Standards of Care Guidelines are the only crisis care guidelines endorsed by the Alabama Department of Public Health. All people deserve compassion and equal respect, and with this in mind, the allocation of care cannot discriminate based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, exercise of conscience or religion.

State Resources

  • COOP10 - Continuity of Operations Plan
    A Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) is designed to ensure your organization's essential services continue, assets are protected, and rapid recovery after an emergency event. The COOP process is a journey, not a destination. ADPH, in collaboration with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the The University of Alabama at Birmingham, has created resources to assist agencies in accomplishing this directive. This collaboration resulted in Alabama's COOP10 Plan.

    The COOP10 Plan contains information and resources to assist in creating a pandemic influenza and all-hazard plan that will comply with Governor Bob Riley's COOP Directive signed on April 10, 2009. For the latest information, contact Rita Maynard.

Federal Resources

Additional Information

Page last updated: September 1, 2021