The NATSO (National Association of Truck Stop Owners) Foundation has introduced an online toolkit to help truck stop and travel plaza owners, as well as the general motoring public, prepare for a potential disruption to business or travel plans due to an outbreak of the H1N1 flu. The web-based informational kit is titled “H1N1 For No One” and was created in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ guidelines recommending that travelers and the businesses that cater to them create plans for influenza outbreaks.
NATSO says the kit draws on the top recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency, and is filled with industry-specific information on minimizing exposure risks and maintaining operations during a pandemic.
The kit also includes tips on developing contingency plans, serving ill travelers and keeping locations clean and sanitary. NATSO has created a customer handout that can be downloaded from the site to keep professional drivers, fleet operators and travelers current on H1N1. Additional sections within the kit cover business insurance, flu vaccination clinics and best practices.
“Thousands of travelers rely on truckstops and travel plazas daily for food and fuel,” says Lisa Mullings, president of the NATSO Foundation. “We want the public to know that we are taking H1N1 seriously and are making the necessary preparations so we can continue to provide the level of service we are known for even if a pandemic occurs.”
The kit is available free of charge for all truck stop and travel plaza operators. For more information, click here.
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