- Remind employees that their health and safety, as well as that of the customers, is your No. 1 priority.
- Coordinate with your local health department on any actions that are being taken in your local community. Keep in close contact to be sure you are advised of any change in local status.
- Repeat the basic steps of proper hygiene: Wash hands often. Cover mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Inform employees of the symptoms of H1N1/swine flu: Fever, headaches, cough, chills, sore throat, fatigue, body aches and possible diarrhea and vomiting.
- Suggest that if employees experience symptoms they believe are connected with the flu, they should see a health care provider who can direct appropriate action.
- Be sure to have this information accessible and easily visible to all employees.
As the situation continues to develop, the NRA says it will update these communications guidelines accordingly. Media representative Annika Stensson said the association is in frequent communication with government agencies as well as their membership to provide up-to-date information. The NRA also has established a Web site that includes additional tips and information.