Lockheed Martin’s Pandemic Response Plan
An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population, begins to cause serious illness, and then spreads easily from person to person worldwide. An influenza pandemic could have a major effect on the global economy, including travel, trade, tourism, consumption and eventually, investment and financial markets. The Department of Health & Human Services has indicated that in the event of a pandemic, businesses will play a key role in protecting employees’ health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Proper planning by businesses is essential for an effective response that will minimize the impact.
Lockheed Martin has developed a Pandemic Response Plan as part of the corporation’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of employees while ensuring continued business operations in the event of a public health crisis.
The plan was developed by a team of business area representatives and is in the process of being implemented across the corporation. Experts agree that although fears of an avian flu pandemic among humans have subsided, the risk hasn’t vanished. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that although this risk is not considered to present an “imminent” danger, “public health experts say the safest approach is to consider a human pandemic a somewhat permanent threat."
If the local facility lines above are unable to operate—or if there is an event of national or corporate-wide significance, employees should look to www.lockheedmartin.com on the Internet for information on the corporation’s response. The corporation has also established a toll-free telephone line similar to that used during Katrina and other hurricanes in the past. This new Corporate disaster hotline is (866) LMC-CRISIS (866-562-2747). This would be used—as appropriate only in disaster situations—to provide employees with up-to-date information or link callers to other support systems such as the Lockheed Martin Employee Service Center.