US issues response plan for terrorism, disasters

first_imgJan 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday issued a lengthy plan to outline and standardize how the federal government will respond to major emergencies ranging from bioterrorism to natural disasters.The National Response Plan lays out a “unified and standardized approach” for federal agencies, in concert with state and local governments and private organizations, to use to protect the public and manage threats to security, DHS officials said in a news release. The plan also provides a framework to help private and nonprofit organizations plan their own preparedness activities.”With the National Response Plan our nation and its federal, state, local, and tribal response communities now have a comprehensive, all-hazards tool for domestic incident management across the spectrum of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery,” Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge stated.The 400-page plan was developed by teams of experts from federal agencies with the help of state, local, and tribal officials, local incident-response agencies, and private sector organizations from around the nation, DHS officials said.At a press conference, Ridge emphasized the collaborative character of the plan and its development. “This is not a mandate,” he said. “This is an agreement. This is an agreement between the state and the locals and the federal government . . . that this is what we can, should and will do together.””The document truly brings the country together, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to major acts of terrorism, as we confront a determined, adaptive and creative adversary,” he said.The DHS announcement said the plan “standardizes federal incident response actions by integrating existing and formerly disparate processes. The Plan uses the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to establish standardized training, organization, and communications procedures for multi-jurisdictional interaction and clearly identifies authority and leadership responsibilities.”The plan gives the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the lead role in providing public health and medical services during disasters and emergencies, HHS officials said in a separate news release.In this role, HHS will coordinate the marshaling of federal health and medical resources to help state, local, and tribal governments. Those resources include HHS assets such as emergency response teams, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical equipment. HHS will also coordinate resources from other federal departments, such as medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.The response plan includes a 7-page annex on the handling of “biological incidents,” defined as a bioterrorism event, pandemic influenza, emerging infectious disease, or “novel pathogen outbreak.”Among the various guidelines and statements on the handling of biological incidents are the following:State, local, and tribal governments have the main responsibility for detecting and responding to disease outbreaks.If any agency sees evidence of possible bioterrorism, it must notify the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Unit, which in turn is to notify DHS.The FBI takes the lead in determining if there is possible criminal intent behind an incident.Public announcements about threatened or actual bioterrorism events must be coordinated with DHS.The “overarching goal” in managing any biological incident is to quickly develop “a dynamic prioritized list of treatment recommendations based on epidemiologic risk assessment and the biology of the disease/microorganism in question, linked to the deployment of the SNS [Strategic National Stockpile] and communicated to the general public.If critical health or medical resources are in short supply, the HHS secretary makes recommendations to DHS about rationing.A DHS fact sheet says the plan establishes several new coordinating authorities, including the Homeland Security Operations Center, which serves as the primary national hub for “domestic situational awareness and interagency coordination.” The plan also provides for “joint field offices,” which will be temporary federal facilities to coordinate support for state, local, and tribal authorities.See also:DHS fact sheet on planlast_img read more

OIE says wild bird deaths from H5N1 may be cyclical

first_imgMay 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – In the first half of 2007, countries reported fewer migratory bird deaths from the H5N1 avian influenza virus, but the virus is still circulating among poultry flocks in several countries, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said today.The drop in wild and migratory bird deaths could indicate that the disease is nearing the end of a cycle, said Bernard Vallat, director-general of the OIE, in a press release. However, the fact that poultry deaths steadily continue sends an important message, he said: “That shows the international community needs to keep up its high level of prevention and control measures of the disease in animals.”Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP News, said the presence of disease cycles in birds should not be interpreted to mean H5N1 does or doesn’t still pose a risk. “Like any other disease, there are ebbs and flows,” he said, adding that as birds which build up immunity to the virus die off, the new populations that replace them are vulnerable to avian flu, which then can lead to a surge in wild bird cases.Disease trends in wild birds will always differ from those seen in domestic birds, because animal health officials have few intervention options. Said Osterholm, “The cycle in wild birds is pretty much on its own.”The OIE said 59 countries have reported H5N1 outbreaks in birds since 2003. Vallat said he was encouraged by the improvements many countries have made in their disease control efforts. “Globally, countries have improved governance on implementation of preventive measures as recommended by the OIE, the FAO [United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization], and the WHO [World Health Organization] to avert the disease,” he said in the press release.Highly pathogenic avian influenza remains endemic in three countries—Indonesia, Nigeria, and Egypt—and continues to appear in previously unaffected countries, according to the OIE press release. In 2007 so far, H5N1 avian influenza has for the first time struck birds in Ghana, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, and Britain.The OIE emphasized the need for global solidarity in the fight to control H5N1 in birds. “A single failing country, and the whole world is at risk of infection,” the organization said.Juan Lubroth, senior officer of the FAO’s infectious disease unit, said in a Feb 20 FAOAIDE News report that transparency around disease outbreaks, direct involvement of farmers in surveillance and reporting, and compensation are key to global efforts to control the disease. He said the lower number of bird outbreaks in 2007 is partly due to less migration by wild birds from Asia to Europe last fall. However, the FAO report said poultry trade and the transport of live birds could still spread the virus, which requires strong vigilance.See also:May 21 OIE press release 20 FAOAIDE news reportlast_img read more

The first amateur SUP race in Šibenik-Knin County

first_imgThe first amateur SUP race for children and adults in Šibenik-Knin County will be held this Saturday, September 08.09.2018, 10. from 00:XNUMX am in Rogoznica, all with the motto: “Summer is not over yet! ”. We want to show that the “small towns” in the off-season have something to offer their guests despite the rain and the beginning of the school year, says the organizer of the SUP race Petra Režić from the company Active Rogoznica. The goal of the SUP race is to encourage local schoolchildren to become active in a new sport and influence a change in thinking about active tourism in the destination.The competition program starts at 9:00 am with registration and introduction to the equipment and free training for all interested. At 10:30  getting started  a race for adults, followed by a race for children at 11:30, and the most fun part of the race program at the big SUP eights at 12:30. At 14:00, the prizes will be handed out and the winners will be announced.Stand Up Paddleboard is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Regardless of age and physical condition, SUP is a sport for everyone. It is fun, requires a lot of energy, and yet easy to master and allows you to spend time outdoors, in nature and at sea. It is an ideal group activity and is easy to share with friends and family.Content, content and only quality, diverse and authentic content must be an imperative of every tourist destination.Find out more about the SUP race HERElast_img read more

For the first time, a direct airline is being introduced between Zadar and Budapest

first_img“The introduction of the new Ryanair flight, which will connect Zadar and Budapest for the first time in the summer flight schedule, is great news for the entire tourism sector, especially when we know that the Hungarian market is among the top 10 markets with the highest tourist traffic. We expect excellent effects for many destinations in Zadar County, especially for Vir and Zadar, which are among the favorite destinations of Hungarian tourists., said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. It is the route of the leading European low-cost airline Ryanair, which will, as announced, operate from July to September 2020. Flights Zadar Budapest will fly twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the flight will last 1 hour and 15 minutes. The first flight between Budapest and Zadar is scheduled for July 2, 2020, and tickets are already available through the Ryanair website. Zadar and Budapest will be connected by a direct airline for the first time in the summer flight schedule, the Croatian Tourist Board announced today. Let us add that last year in Croatia there were more than 644 thousand arrivals from the Hungarian market and almost 3,3 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 2018 percent compared to 3, while in Zadar County there were about 90 thousand arrivals from the Hungarian market last year. and 554 thousand overnight stays.last_img read more

National Association of Caterers: Proposed Measures for Hospitality

first_imgHygienic requirements for areas open to the publicMandatory installation of disinfectants at the entrances to buildings and toiletsMandatory use of protective masks (covering the mouth and nose) by service personnelDisinfection of primary work surfaces (eg reception desk, reception desk, food desk, bar)Disinfection of tables after each guest visitWithout the use of menus, wine lists and price lists – instead: oral recommendations / menus under the transparent foil on the table / use of plates / printing of the daily offer with disposable pads or on A4 paper, which must be discarded after useNew dishes and utensils must not be served and picked up at the same timeDistance controlIt is necessary to ensure the distance between the tables or separate the tables with a physical partitionSitting and consuming at bars and bars is not allowedGuests and access restrictionsLimit the number of people at the table to 10 peopleIt is possible to serve standing guests if they keep social distances, without high tables, with consumption by handUntil the guests arrive, keep the table empty, serve utensils when the guests sit downObavezno isticanje informacije za pridržavanje epidemioloških mjeraCleaning regulations Ugostitelji predlažu suspenziju poreza na potrošnju i spomeničke rente, obračun komunalne naknade sukladno prometu, kao i odgodu provođenja odluke o povećanju najma terasa ugostiteljskih objekata. National Association of Caterers (NUU) published a Proposal of Measures for Catering, related to the current situation around covid 19 and the possibility of opening catering facilities as part of the 3rd phase for starting economic activities, which is scheduled for May 11, 2020 5. Additional hygiene measures in the kitchen and after receipt of goods Prema anketi NUU-a provedenoj na više od 300 ugostiteljskih objekata, ustanovljeno je kako će u okviru mjere rada ugostiteljskih objekata isključivo na terasama, obim poslovanja unutar sektora pasti za 60 do 80%. Nešto više od 90% ugostitelja smatra kako pod takvim mjerama neće moći poslovati, dok čak 65% ugostitelja pod takvim mjerama niti ne želi otvoriti svoje objekte. Build trust by communicating with guests. This includes continuous and transparent information on hygiene measures taken. Ono što je trenutno ključno je da se definiranjem jasnih propisa mogu stvoriti preduvjeti za prevenciju širenja zaraze i strategiju za sigurno okruženje u ugostiteljskim objektima. This proposed measure applies to the entire hospitality industry. The caterers suggest that the local self-government units take the measure first adopted by the Lithuanian Vilnius, and in Croatia it be taken by Bjelovar and Pula, which allows the expansion of the terraces due to the need for mutual distance. More than 90% of caterers believe that they will not be able to do business exclusively with traffic only on terraces Mandatory wearing of protective masks in the kitchenPosluživanje na švedskom stolu – bez usluge samoposluživanja, buffet stol-pregrada iza kojeposlužuje osobljeRedovna dezinfekcija ruku i pranje ruku od strane kuhinjskog osoblja i uslužnogosobljaDisinfection of transport equipment before loading into bags / boxes or delivery vehiclesAko je moguće, uvođenje smjena tako da stalno rade isti djelatnici po smjeni. 6. Open and transparent communication with guests While we are waiting for the recommendations of the National Civil Protection Headquarters regarding the epidemiological measures that will be prescribed to them, we are bringing a proposal of measures and regulations for the opening of catering facilities, which they have compiled in the National Association of Caterers. Also, caterers suggest that the metrics of monitoring the turnover of catering facilities be defined, which will be the basis for the discussion on the reintroduction of consumption tax, if the business conditions ever allow additional tax burden. • Obvezno čišćenje posuđa, pribora za jelo i čaša u perilici posuđa s deterdžentom ili čišćenje deterdžentom i visokom temperaturom “Ne provedu li se spomenute mjere bez odgode, nažalost dovesti će do drastičnog zatvaranja ugostiteljskih objekata čime će tisuće, ako ne i deseci tisuća Hrvata ostati bez posla” zaključuje Medak. “U situaciji kad ugostiteljstvu nije omogućeno obavljati svoju djelatnost unutar vlastitog objekta, to bi svakako bio značajan doprinos daljnjoj stabilizaciji ugostiteljske djelatnosti. Pritom napominjem kako je jedina realnost privremeno dopustiti proširenje terasa bez dodatne naknade, uz eventualno ograničenje povećanja terase do maksimalno 30%, što je minimum kako bi se broj stolova na terasama u novim uvjetima imalo približio broju stolova na terasama ugostiteljskih objekata prije donošenja mjera” ističe Marin Medak, iz Nacionalne udruge ugostitelja. last_img read more