As the media coverage around Ebola escalates, a number of you are understandably asking what you can do to protect your residents and how you should respond should you find yourself directly impacted by this evolving situation.
Unfortunately, because this situation is both new and quickly evolving, there is little apartment-specific guidance we can point you to. We are reaching out to our contacts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other authorities for their advice. To date, however, there is no targeted information available for our industry at this time.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of any information or guidance released by the authorities. In the meantime, you can access these federal resources online:
- CDC Ebola Web Site - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
- State and Local Health Departments: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/international/relres.html
- OSHA Fact Sheet: Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA_FS-3756.pdf
- OSHA Ebola Resources: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/background.html
- Ebola Prevention Resources - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/prevention/
- Ebola Communications Resources - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/resources/index.html
- National Institutes of Health Ebola Resources: http://www.nih.gov/health/ebola.htm
- U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html
- WHO: FAQs on Ebola: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/faq-ebola/en/
- WHO Information Resources on Ebola: http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/ebola/en/
- Federal Flyer: Could it be Ebola?
- Federal Flyer: Algorithm for Evaluation of the Returned Traveler
In addition, if you receive media inquiries on Ebola related to the apartment industry in general that you would prefer not to field, please feel free to direct them to us. You can contact Jim Lapides, NMHC’s Vice President of Strategic Communications, at 202/974-2360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.