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Here are links to Web site with information that might prove helpful if you're adding avian flu to your business continuity plan.

Preparing for emergencies This website is run by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, and managed by Cabinet Office Communication Group and provides easily understandable guidance on how to prepare businesses to cope during an emergency or disaster.

Bird flu and pandemic influenza: what are the risks? is the Department of Health’s site drawing together advice on the risks associated with avian flu.

UK Resilience is a government site that aims is to reduce the risk from emergencies, including avian flu.

Consultants Deloitte have a site which features a pandemic section with resources such as podcasts, a look at potential impact by industry and a survey of business readiness.

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guide for critical infrastructure is 84-page report issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, breaks down three planning scenarios for pandemic planning and discusses how a pandemic might affect critical infrastructure in the U.S., from banking to oil refining to transportation.

The US Department of Health and Human Services Business Influenza Planning Checklist is useful, and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control: Pandemic Web Site includes planning checklists for families, businesses and other organisations.

The US Chamber of Commerce site includes roundtable discussions hosted by the Chamber and links to resources at other Web sites. A brochure called "It's Not Flu as Usual" contains a planning checklist for business.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza also contains valuable advice.

Analyst Reports

Visit the Gartner Web site for more information about the reports below.

"Scenarios for Avian Influenza and How IT Can Mitigate Risk," by Dion Wiggins, Steve Bittinger and Roberta J. Whitty, March 7, 2006, Gartner Inc.

"Business Applications Can Minimize Operation Discontinuity Created by Avian Flu," by Denise Ganly, April 7, 2006, Gartner Inc.

Forrester has a number of useful reports, including:

Preparing Your Business for the Impact of a Bird Flu Pandemic by Michael Rasmussen and Laura Koetzle, Sept. 7, 2006, Forrester Research Inc.