Canada Preparing for Influenza Pandemic


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They claim each funeral home could expect six months of work in 6-8 days.
Government Asks Funeral Homes To Prepare For Pandemic
Funeral homes warned to be prepared in advance of possible pandemic | Toronto Star
Canadian health officials have extensive plans to ensure people survive a future influenza pandemic, but they’ve also made macabre recommendations for the nation’s funeral homes for those who don’t.

“In a pandemic, each individual funeral home could expect to handle about six months’ work within a six- to eight-week period,” the Public Health Agency of Canada warns on a web page about the management of mass fatalities during a pandemic flu.

“That may not be a problem in some communities, but funeral homes in larger cities may not be able to cope with the increased demand.”

One of the agency’s recommendations is that funeral homes make advance plans for what to do if their staff get sick, including making arrangements with volunteers from service clubs or churches to dig graves.

Storage space for corpses could also be a problem, the agency notes, and it says refrigerated trucks or ice rinks could be pressed into service if needed.