Epidemics are diseases that affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time. Pandemics are epidemics of disease that occur on a worldwide scale and are traditionally caused by infectious diseases. Epidemics and pandemics are unpredictable in their timing and impact, making it vital that proper planning is carried out.

The potential impacts of an epidemic or pandemic requires planning and response (both inwardly and outwardly). Expectations and reactions from employees, customers, vendors, government officials, local authorities and the general population all have to be considered in preparedness planning. As it is not possible to predict the behavior of an epidemic or pandemic, the plan must allow for considerable flexibility in its response.

This template provides guidelines based upon trigger points of the World Health Organization (WHO) and can be modified to fit your company’s individual needs. Mass Illness Plan Template