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    NATSO Foundation Launches H1N1 Toolkit

    Web-based toolkit offers industry-specific information on minimizing exposure risks and maintaining operations during a pandemic.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The NATSO Foundation unveiled an online toolkit to help truck stop and travel plaza owners and the motoring public prepare for a potential disruption to business or travel plans due to an H1N1 outbreak, The Journal of Commerce Online reported.

    Following the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' guidelines recommending travelers and the businesses catering to them create influenza plans, the NATSO Foundation launched a Web-based toolkit called "H1N1 For No One."

    "Thousands of travelers rely on truck stops and travel plazas daily for food and fuel," said Lisa Mullings, president of the NATSO Foundation, in a released statement. "We want the public to know we are taking H1N1 seriously and are making the necessary preparations so we can continue to provide the level of service we are known for even if a pandemic occurs."

    The kit draws on the top recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency, and offers industry-specific information on minimizing exposure risks and maintaining operations during a pandemic, including suggestions on developing staffing contingency plans, serving ill travelers, and cleaning and sanitizing locations.

    The NATSO Foundation also created a customer handout that can be downloaded from the site to keep professional drivers, fleet operators and travelers current on H1N1. Additional sections within the kit cover business insurance, flu vaccination clinics and best practices, the report stated.

    The kit is available as a public service and is free for all truck stop and travel plaza operators. Learn more at NATSO's Web site.

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