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SunGard Availability Services Addresses the Business, Operational and Workforce Issues Involved in Pandemic Planning
Date:10/26/2009

WAYNE, Pa., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- With the fall and winter influenza season already underway, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anticipates an even greater impact than the spring outbreak of H1N1 with wider transmission and more communities and businesses affected. SunGard Availability Services today outlined the business, operational and workforce issues that need to be addressed in developing pandemic plans to improve preparedness for potential staff absenteeism.

The Harvard School of Public Health recently released a study that found many U.S. businesses are not prepared to deal with widespread employee absenteeism in the event of an outbreak of H1N1. Researchers found only one-third of companies surveyed believe they could sustain their businesses without severe operational problems if half their workforce were absent for two weeks due to H1N1. Just one-fifth of respondents believe they could avoid such problems for one month with half their employees out.

One starting point for organizations to improve their pandemic preparedness is to note how it differs from traditional disaster planning, which primarily focuses on preparedness of assets, such as buildings and information systems, in response to physical events including hurricanes, power outages and computer failures.

"People are the most vulnerable resources in a pandemic -- and this extends beyond staff to cover their families that may need care and attention to business partners which may be unavailable to deliver much-needed services to customers whose demand for products may be impacted by a pandemic," said James A. MacMicking, director, consulting services at SunGard Availability Services.

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