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Zika Preparedness Planning and Exercises

IEM has over 20 years of exercise experience and over 30 years supporting planning efforts. Although Zika virus has only recently become a public health concern, IEM is well-equipped to apply best practices from past relatable projects to the current situation. We understand the unique challenges of public health response in general and of the Zika virus specifically.

Federal-Level Planning

IEM is prepared to provide a planning solution to meet the challenge of a public health response to Zika. We have supported federal agencies in the past, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), specifically with regard to emerging infectious diseases, such as H1N1 and Ebola. IEM has worked closely with interagency working groups to present pertinent research and data, facilitate the decision-making process, and provide medical consequence assessments to help scope the potential impact of bioterrorism incidents and public health emergencies. Our biological and medical scientists have subject matter expertise in public health preparedness, biological threat analysis, and infectious disease modeling, and are staying abreast on the latest Zika-related research and development.

State & Local Planning

IEM understands the challenges that state and local jurisdictions face in their planning efforts. While we have experience at the federal level, we also recognize the impacts of federal planning efforts on state and local authorities and can help coordinate efforts, identify a common operating picture, and bridge communication across all levels of government. As the threat of Zika infection grows in the United States, we can help prioritize objectives and define planning goals while remaining sensitive to the challenges of constrained budget, staffing, and time. IEM can also customize planning and preparedness tools for state and local entities to use in response to Zika, which will fit into broader public health goals.

Exercise Support

IEM focuses on creating exercise scenarios that are realistic, tailored to meet specific objectives, and consider our clients’ policies, procedures, and concerns; we do not use a “one size fits all” approach. Because we have worked in planning for infectious disease outbreaks and bioterrorism incidents, our experts are knowledgeable about specialized tools that may be useful for developing scenarios, determining capabilities to be tested, and assessing available resources. IEM will help customers realize response plans that will work for the real-world threat of Zika by developing improvement plans drawn from lessons learned during exercises.

Additional Resources

IEM Zika Perspective

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CBS’s 60 Minutes Features
the Fight Against Zika

On CBS’s 60 Minutes the country’s top scientists talk about the fight against Zika and the U.S. government’s efforts to control it.  IEM scientist, Dr. Jenn Kruk, comments on the lack of attention and general dismissal the virus gets from the majority of people who aren’t directly impacted. Read more.


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Dr. Rashid Chotani answers the question "Why is Zika spreading so rapidly, and why now?" in blog post in the Zika series, "Is Zika Here to Stay?" Read now.


 Additional Zika Perspectives

Zika Classified as an STD: What You Need to Know (November 2, 2016)

Hurricane Matthew’s Potential Impact on the Spread of Zika (October 19, 2016)

Zika: Protecting Yourself Protects Those Around You (October 7, 2016)

All Mosquitos Are Not The Same When It Comes To Zika (Sept 23, 2016)

Zika and the Brain: A Public Health Game Changer (Sept 16, 2016)

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IEM is providing this website for informational purposes only.  Information regarding Zika is evolving rapidly.  Accordingly, you should not use this website as a substitute for professional advice provided by a qualified healthcare provider. IEM encourages you to consult with a physician if you have specific questions about the Zika virus or its potential effect on you.