Friday, August 8, 2014

Pandemic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic

For three years, from 1918 to 1920 the Spanish Flu killed 5% of the worlds population, include those in Western Europe and the United States.  It is estimated perhaps 100 million people died.  If 5% of the people in the United States died today, that would be 15 million people, five million per year.

Putting that in context, the Vietnam War lost 50,000 dead in 12 years, and WWII the USA lost 500,000 dead in four years.  About 2.5 million people die every year in the United States.  Imagine if the number were three times as many, and 50% of everyone were sick.

With strange diseases like AIDS, Ebola, and who knows what out there, such a massive pandemic could happen again.  Can your agency survive having half their officers out sick for weeks at a time?  Can your agency provide services with 5% of your employees dying each year?  In a major agency, like Los Angles Police they could lose 450 officers.  Planning is the best way to deal with such an emergency; that's what the SGT Says.

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