I wish those public health departments would hold off from announcing that there is no risk to residents in America. We don't know how long this will be true since globalization has truly reduced both time and space among countries. It's also now being rather quietly suggested among epidemiologists that the virus is mutating so rapidly that it could become airborne.
I published an ASA News & Notes column last Monday on high level Ebola risk and the cultural dimensions that make containing Ebola just that more difficult. Tomorrow a London-based magazine called The Risk Universe will be publishing a piece directed primarily to the financial sector, on how firms can prepare for bio-threats. I'll post it up to our website, in case you're not already signed up to receive updates. You can adapt many of the practices I recommend for businesses for your own family.