Assistant Vice President of Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Management (PREM) Stephanie Murphy, MS, CEM,was featured in The Washington Post’s article titled, “The GAO told the government in 2015 to develop a plan to protect the aviation system against an outbreak. It never happened.”

“Stephanie Murphy, a former emergency management official at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said that airports now are generally in a good position to handle sick passengers but that planning for how to keep operations going with large numbers of absences has lagged at some smaller airports. Murphy, now a consultant, has been working during the coronavirus outbreak to help airports ensure they can stay open. ‘The beautiful piece and part is that we are having these conversations,” she said. “That’s a positive thing.’”

This article discusses:

  • The idea of a national plan for protecting the aviation industry against outbreaks/pandemics
  • Who/what department or government agency should be responsible for crafting such a plan
  • Public health concerns for passengers
  • The cost and timeline of implementing such plans, and more

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

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