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Local leaders hope to spur discussion with disaster movie

1918 flu pandemic documentary shown April 3
by: courtesy graphic, Here's what will be on screen Tuesday night, April 3.

There's going to be a free movie shown next week at the Sandy Cinema. But instead of paying admission, community leaders hope you'll pay attention and participate in an important community discussion.

Disaster Movie Night takes place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the cinema, 16605 Champion Way. There will be a showing of the movie 'Influenza 1918,' which documents the worst pandemic in human history - the Spanish flu, which killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide in just 18 months between 1918 and 1920.

Talk of flu is back in the public consciousness - this time the avian flu - and Sandy Fire District spokeswoman Alice Lasher says learning about the 1918 pandemic can help us be ready for the next outbreak.

After the film, representatives from the Sandy Police Department, Sandy Fire District, Department of Homeland Security, local hospitals, the city of Sandy, the National Guard, the business community, the Oregon Trail School District, faith-based groups, Clackamas County and other relevant organizations will be on hand to briefly discuss their roles and responsibilities prior to and during a pandemic flu event.

Members of the audience also will have the opportunity to get answers to the following questions (and more):

• What should be done to try to control the disease's spread?

• Why may these actions be difficult to take? Which actions should not be taken?

• What recommendations has public health made to help halt its spread?

• How should strategies be implemented?

• What are potential drawbacks?

• How can recommendations balance individual rights and the public welfare?

• What should we do today?

Lasher encourages everyone who is available to attend Disaster Movie Night.

'Community emergency planning is a community responsibility,' she said. 'Each of us must do our part, and we all have a part to play.'

And that starts with learning.

For more information, call Lasher at 503-668-2728 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .