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12 Under the National Incident Management System (NIMS), information that is going out to the media will help to address a Joint Information Center (JIC) is established and all press this issue. briefings are conducted at one time at this designated location. Most airports will have such facilities or locations in place as Clean-Up and Disinfection part of their emergency response plans, but special considera- (Post-Quarantine) tion should be given to its location in a quarantine situation. The JIC must be far enough removed from the quarantine fa- Before the area that is used for quarantine is returned to cility to avoid the risk of exposure and protect the privacy of other service or left in a stand-by mode for future use as a quar- quarantined individuals, while still facilitating coordination antine facility, it must be cleaned sufficiently to ensure that with those responsible for managing the quarantine. In a JIC there is no risk of further contagion from the items or materi- all stakeholder agencies provide coordinated press releases to als left behind. Plans should be made for specialized cleaning/ ensure that consistent and accurate information is released. disinfection by individuals trained in the use of appropriate It is important during any emergency to convey complex in- personal protection equipment (PPE) for the quarantinable formation clearly and simply. However, it should be anticipated disease and universal precautions for dealing with materials that quarantined individuals may contact the media directly via potentially contaminated by blood and feces. cell phone or e-mail, or be willing to provide interviews to the If the quarantine facility serves another purpose at the air- media without going through any official communications port (e.g., food service), more stringent clean-up standards plan. Providing quarantined individuals with access to the same may be applicable.