Most of our lives are a combination of work, family and community involvement. An infectious disease outbreak or pandemic can disrupt and affect all of these areas. The threats of new infectious diseases are a growing concern, and when a new kind of virus spreads easily from person to person throughout the world, it becomes a pandemic. Planning for an outbreak is essential. Being informed and knowing what to do will help minimize the impact in our daily lives, work, and activities. Browse this site for helpful guidance, advice and tools. Use the Links section to find out more information on various aspects of any current or emerging situation, such as the current Ebola outbreak.