[20 Test Answers] FEMA IS-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas

Here are the test answers to FEMA IS-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas.

Overview: The FEMA IS-520 course was published on 3/20/2020 to introduce students to the characteristics of pandemic influenza and the effects that they have on every facet of our society, and the steps their organizations can take to minimize the effects of a pandemic.

Primary audience: The FEMA IS-520 course is for personnel at any level of government, representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), or representatives from private industry who may have a need for a basic understanding of pandemic influenza and the impacts that they can expect should a widespread pandemic occur in the United States.

FEMA IS-520 test answers

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Question 1. Organizations are responsible for ensuring that employees are not at risk of contracting the virus as a result of work conditions.
A. True✅
B. False

Question 2. One long-lasting effect of pandemic influenza is that:
A. The population must be concerned about the virus returning in subsequent years
B. Families will not be able to claim their relatives’ remains as the virus ‘gases out’
C. Some victims may not be identifiable through usual identification methods
D. Survivors may develop severe psychological problems✅

Question 3. All employees should be encouraged to:
A. Wash their hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap isn’t available✅
B. Avoid direct contact with any other employee
C. Touch door handles, telephones, and other surfaces with the hand instead of potentially contaminated paper towels
D. Turn their heads when coughing or sneezing

Question 4. Each organization conducting pandemic planning must consider:
A. What to tell the public when key services cannot be accomplished
B. How they will complete essential services with considerably fewer personnel✅
C. Which personnel they will put ‘at risk’ to protect others
D. When to call on higher-level resources to assist

Question 5. If shift work is used, it is advisable to assign two employees to the same desk to contain the virus as much as possible.
A. True
B. False✅

Question 6. Organizational operations that ensure the continuance of vital services and exercise civil authority are called:
A. Critical infrastructure maintenance
B. Continuity of services
C. Essential functions✅
D. National primary functions

Question 7. Pandemic influenzas:
A. Usually are less contagious than seasonal influenzas
B. Occur every fall and winter
C. Attack humans, who have no immunity to them
D. Are transmitted via birds, swine, and other animals✅

Question 8. Contingency plans should be developed for:
A. Transferring all essential functions to another agency for continued operations
B. Relocating all agency personnel to a State where the pandemic has not struck yet
C. Systems or equipment that are required to provide essential services✅
D. The discontinuance of constitutional government

Question 9. Planners should build _____ into their plans so that employees know when they need to get supplies that may be needed for an extended period away from the office.
A. Cascading event considerations
B. Evacuation procedures
C. Triggers✅
D. Use of the Incident Command System

Question 10. A personnel protection strategy that may be effective for nonresponse personnel is:
A. Two-way flow of information
B. Social distancing✅
C. Workflow planning
D. Vaccination

Question 11. Post-pandemic evaluations should be conducted:
A. As a government-wide process
B. So that all vendors provide after-action input
C. Within 14 days after the pandemic ends
D. In the same manner as for other incidents✅

Question 12. Pandemic planning is much different than planning for other types of emergencies in that:
A. A smaller number of response personnel are required
B. Infrastructure will continue to operate normally
C. The population will be sick but able to take care of themselves
D. Key decisions will have to be made with partial information✅

Question 13. An examination of _____ will be critical to continued operations during a pandemic.
A. Other plans
B. The availability of a vaccine at the time the plan is developed
C. Workforce impacts✅
D. Interstate transportation

Question 14. When developing a test, training, and exercise program for the pandemic plan, organizations should ensure that:
A. Essential personnel know that they are expected to work even if they get the flu
B. Pandemic plans can work for up to 30 days without interruption
C. Essential functions can be completed even if Information Technology systems fail
D. All operations can continue with dramatically fewer people✅

Question 15. _____ identifies who is authorized to act on behalf of an organization’s head or other officials for specified purposes.
A. Delegations of authority
B. Orders of succession✅
C. Continuity planners
D. Emergency Relocation Managers

Question 16. One key planning factor for pandemic influenzas will be:
A. Protecting public health employees as they work on a vaccine
B. Developing strategies for keeping sick employees on the job
C. Identifying additional mutual aid partners✅
D. Managing public expectations about which agencies can do what and in what timeframe

Question 17. The planning team for pandemic influenzas must include:
A. Members of the State Emergency Response Committee
B. Medical examiners and coroners✅
C. Personnel from the next higher government level
D. Mutual aid partners

Question 18. When completing pandemic plans, the planning team should assume that:
A. Interstate commerce will be halted
B. Suppliers will also have service disruptions✅
C. Supplies can be ordered from suppliers in other parts of the country
D. A 6-month supply of supplies should be stocked before the pandemic strikes

Question 19. A key characteristic of pandemic influenzas is that they:
A. Spread slowly throughout specific populations
B. Have the ability to mutate rapidly✅
C. Occur in a single wave, then recede quickly
D. Are not spread through human-to-human contact

Question 20. During a pandemic, a lack of personnel in one area will not impact other areas as long as measures are taken to contain the virus.
A. True
B. False✅