The objectives for the Pandemic Plan are:
- to minimise exposure to the virus by Council staff while they are at work
- to secure and protect, wherever possible, the provision of essential services to the community
- to support the community and staff to cope with the consequences of a pandemic
- to design and provide a recovery process for the organisation.
In meeting the above objectives, Council will:
- provide for the best possible planning, reaction and response to any influenza pandemic affecting Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty communities, and
- meet the requirements of the Medical Officer of Health and the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Controller, once a pandemic emergency has been declared.
The principles underlying this Plan are:
- An influenza pandemic is inevitable.
- The pandemic could occur at any time.
- New Zealand may not have any significant warning that the pandemic is affecting us (for example, it may start here).
- While this is a Tauranga City Council plan, it is recognised that Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council will work very closely in the event of a pandemic occurring.
- Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council have responsibilities to their respective staff members before, during, and after a pandemic.
- Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council have responsibilities, through the essential services they provide, to the people of the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region.
- In the event of a pandemic occurring, a medical emergency will be declared nationally. A supporting civil defence emergency is also likely to be declared, again nationally. At this time, the Ministry of Health will assume control, supported by Civil Defence. Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council will support both the Medical Officer of Health and the Civil Defence Regional Controller as circumstances dictate.
- Unlike a “normal” emergency event, the recovery element of a pandemic will be occurring for some people and services at the same time as other people and services are in “react” and “respond” modes.
Last Reviewed: 26/10/2016