The NAA Guidelines for Ebola

Author: Alecia Pirulis

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It’s always a good idea to plan ahead for emergencies. Disasters such as a fire, earthquake, or tornado can strike without warning, so knowing what steps you’ll take – even if you never have to put the plan into action – will help your staff and your residents feel safe. While you may have a plan for a natural disaster, what is your plan for biohazards such as Ebola?

To help apartment communities put a plan into place, the NAA recently released Ebola guidance “out of a sense of precaution and concern for all of our communities,” the press release states. And while the likelihood of contracting Ebola is extremely low, knowing what steps to take – and those not to take – will help you cope not only with Ebola, but with any infectious disease.

The NAA Guidelines cover important information such as what steps to take if a resident is diagnosed with an infectious disease, how to handle the media, and contact information for further assistance. In the notice, NAA President Douglas S. Culkin, CAE, recommends that questions or concerns be directed to local public health officials. “Following the October 15 announcement of a third confirmed case of Ebola, NAA felt it was important to communicate updated guidance and resources from official sources and share it with all of our members,” Culkin said.

Be sure your staff and your residents know the facts about Ebola. Ebola cannot be spread through air, water, or food. Since Ebola is not spread through casual contact, the CDC states that the risk of an outbreak in the US is very low.

Ebola is a rare but deadly disease that was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Outbreaks have occurred sporadically in Africa since then, with the most recent outbreak being the most severe. Researchers believe animals, most likely bats, are the source of Ebola. To date, there is no FDA-approved vaccine, although experimental vaccines are being tested.

Knowing the facts about Ebola and other infectious diseases is a great first step in developing your emergency plan. Get the information you need at the NAA Emergency & Disaster Library.