One of the interesting things about the Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog at HHS is that it exists at all. "Blogging as legitimate expression" still sticks in the craw of some of our journalist brethren, despite some superb examples of specialty blogs. And the idea of anyone in government accepting (even moderated) comments is, for them, rather innovative.
Pandemic preparedness is also one of the very few non-partisan efforts that brings people together from all over the political and professional spectrum. Housewives are making contributions every bit as important as HR specialists. And on the HHS blog, heads of alphabet organizations are coequal with flu bloggers and cabinet Secretaries.
For those of you interested in the evolution of the blogosphere from specialty service to everyday work tool, whether you're in politics, IT, library science or just an interested citizen, check out a genuine attempt to reach the public with a message about the need and benefits of disaster preparedness. Our own AlphaGeek did this some time ago. Now, he's joined by a .gov blog, with different perspectives on the same issue.
Go here for my take on Our Responsibility To Teach The Basics. And comment there, if you wish, on my post or on someone else's. Whether it's the American Red Cross, Flu Stories here at Daily Kos, or the HHS blog, preparedness is something to take more seriously than we have. After all, pandemic planning is coming to a school near you.