Tyler Cowen has put together a forty-page national policy proposal for coping with a possible pandemic. It begins sensibly with an obvious reality deriving from our past experience with "Swine" Flu and others that turned out to be less dramatic than advertised:
The single most important thing we can do for a pandemic--whether avian flu or not--is to have well-prepared local health care systems. We should prepare for pandemics in ways that are politically sustainable and remain useful even if an avian flu pandemic does not occur.A quick look at history will reveal that those who have raised concerns have been punished for having done so when their concerns proved to be only that: concerns. This is an obvious mistake to be avoided.
The rest is equally compelling. Lets hope this proposal gets serious study backed by action at the federal, state and local levels.