Customize Materials. You will need to customize materials with information about your agency or location, and real-time details about the emergency situation.
Work with your PIO. Always work with your assigned public information staff on communication issues.
Not required. Use of these materials is not required. They were developed as resources to help in public health emergency planning and response. Always consult your agency's emergency plans and policies, and follow appropriate Incident Command System procedures.
Questions? We will continue to add resources to this site as they are developed. Please direct questions regarding this site or emergency communication resources to DOH.Information@doh.wa.gov.
The tools in this section will help you communicate during an outbreak of influenza whether occurring naturally or intentionally.
Coordinate all media contact with your assigned public information staff and follow your agency's emergency communications procedures.
News Releases. Drop-in paragraphs to assist in developing pandemic flu news releases will be added soon.
Fact sheets and additional resources.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pandemic Influenza
Talking points and answers to frequently asked questions about pandemic influenza: descriptions of the symptoms and treatment; special instructions for minimizing your exposure.
Fact Sheet: Pandemic Influenza
Fact sheet with basic information about pandemic influenza. (Translations are also available in PDF format in Spanish; Chinese; Korean; Russian and Vietnamese.)
Preventing the Spread of Germs
This fact sheet information is to used to educate people about the importance of limiting the spread of respiratory infections. You can also use the information to incorporate into new releases, fact sheets and other materials you produce during the emergency. (Translations are also available in PDF format in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese.)
Home Care for Pandemic Flu from the American Red Cross (PDF, 42 KB). Spanish version (PDF, 206 KB)
Washington State Department of Health Pandemic Influenza resource page. For more details and materials about pandemic influenza. Some materials offered in languages other than English.