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Jul-09-2019

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) Customer Feedback Survey   - SAMHSA is gathering information on user satisfaction with the quality and relevance of SAMHSA DTAC’s products, the quality of SAMHSA DTAC’s service, and in general how well SAMHSA DTAC is meeting disaster behavioral health (mental health and substance use-related) needs. The survey is open until January 31, 2020. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Jun-20-2019

GloPID-R Roadmap for Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies (June 2019)   - This roadmap aims to accelerate effective data sharing by highlighting measures infectious disease preparedness research funders can take to improve research data sharing by their grantees and to advocate for increased research and public health data sharing more widely. (Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GLOPID-R))

Jun-03-2019

The National Health Security Preparedness Index 2019 Key Findings (May 2019)   - Results from the 2019 release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index indicate that readiness for disasters, disease outbreaks, and other emergencies continued to improve in 2018, but current levels of health security remain far from optimal. The national Index reached 6.7 out of 10 in 2018, representing a 3.1 percent improvement over the prior year and a 11.7 percent improvement since 2013. (National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI))

May-08-2019

May-03-2019

Apr-29-2019

Apr-26-2019

Apr-15-2019

Pandemic Preparedness and Response in Fragile, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Situations (March 2019)   - Robust pandemic preparedness and response is an urgent need necessary to address vulnerability and to prevent, detect and respond to an outbreak in FCV situations. It contributes to universal health security, protecting all people from threats to their health, and should be integrated in broader efforts to strengthen health systems and make them more resilient through multi-stakeholder coordination. (World Bank)

Mar-22-2019

Mar-14-2019

Critical Access Hospital Requirements CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule (March 2019)   - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS)

Mar-13-2019

National Network of Public Health Institutes Leads Initiative to Enhance Disaster-Related Health Recovery Efforts Across the Country   - The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) recently announced the availability of training, technical assistance, and support through the Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) initiative. Funded by the CDC, the HRH initiative is designed to enhance disaster surveillance in addition to environmental and occupational health recovery efforts in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria by building disaster-related public health workforce capacity. (National Network of Public Health Institutes)

Feb-26-2019

FDA, CDC, and CMS launch task force to help facilitate rapid availability of diagnostic tests during public health emergencies   - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of the Tri-Agency Task Force for Emergency Diagnostics. This task force has been created to help leverage the expertise of each agency to advance rapid development and deployment of diagnostic tests in clinical and public health laboratories during public health emergencies. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Feb-26-2019

Feb-22-2019

Feb-04-2019

Jan-14-2019

Dec-21-2018

Dec-20-2018

CDC Earns Reaccreditation for Emergency Management   - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s emergency management program, which includes the emergency operations center, has been accredited again by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Dec-20-2018

Dec-20-2018

Dec-19-2018

Chronic Disease After Natural Disasters: Public Health, Policy, and Provider Perspectives   - Report highlights how agencies and other stakeholders can better address the unique needs of individuals with chronic diseases in disasters by providing a resource to aid in planning for this population, analyzing the results of 15 interviews with public health, public policy, and emergency management officials as well as direct service providers. (Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health)

Dec-19-2018

Nov-29-2018

Nov-13-2018

Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network Re-launches Pacific EMPRINTS Emergency Preparedness and Response Courses   - Healthcare professionals regained access to essential emergency preparedness and response online courses today with support from the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and its TRAIN Learning Network. The trainings from the Pacific EMPRINTS program, led by Dr. Ann Sakaguchi at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM), in partnership with San Diego State University’s Institute for Public Health (SDSU IPH), were re-launched after a 10 month absence. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Nov-09-2018

Oct-22-2018

Oct-17-2018

Oct-12-2018

Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks   - This report highlights 15 technologies or categories of technologies that, with further scientific attention and investment, as well as attention to accompanying legal, regulatory, ethical, policy, and operational issues, could help make the world better prepared and equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from becoming catastrophic events. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Oct-12-2018

Oct-09-2018

Disaster Preparedness Toolkit for State Medicaid Agencies (August 2018)   - This memorandum which provides a high-level summary of the types of Medicaid and CHIP strategies that can be deployed by states and Territories. It is organized by operational area—eligibility and enrollment, benefits and cost sharing and provider workforce—and provides examples of how the strategies were used by other states and Territories. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)

Oct-03-2018

Infectious Disease Preparedness: Reflections from CDC’s Pandemic Flu Exercise   - On September 12-14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a pandemic influenza functional exercise in response to a fictional influenza pandemic with federal, state, local, and non-governmental partners. Post provides reflections on the exercise from Lilly Kan, Senior Director for Infectious Disease and Informatics, who represented NACCHO during the exercise. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Sep-28-2018

Sep-21-2018

Sep-21-2018

HHS Sponsors Development of Intranasal Form of Long-acting Opioid Overdose Drug   - To help save lives in the current opioid epidemic or following a deliberate attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with Opiant Pharmaceuticals of Santa Monica, California, to develop a fast-acting, long-lasting intranasal, potentially improved form of an opioid overdose drug. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Sep-20-2018

Sep-13-2018

CDC activates Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Florence   - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) yesterday to coordinate 24/7 all CDC activities for public health needs before, during, and after Hurricane Florence, including the deployment of resources and personnel, as requested. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Sep-13-2018

Sep-07-2018

National Preparedness Month — September 2018   - For this year's National Preparedness Month, CDC is highlighting four areas: 1) personal preparedness, 2) pandemic planning, 3) policy and partnerships, and 4) public health response. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Sep-06-2018

Sep-06-2018

Preparedness for Expectant and New Parents   - Disasters can be scary and stressful, especially if you’re expecting or have a baby. You can take the following steps now to help you prepare for an emergency and better cope if an emergency happens. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Aug-31-2018

Aug-28-2018

Aug-17-2018

Aug-16-2018

Airport Public Health Preparedness and Response: Legal Rights, Powers, and Duties   - Report addresses the legal issues concerning the measures to detect communicable diseases, regulations to control communicable diseases, methods for decontamination, emergency legal preparedness, privacy, and potential sources of liability; and provides a checklist that airport attorneys and other staff can use to help prepare, plan, and coordinate with their partners in response to a threat of a communicable disease. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Aug-03-2018

Engaging the Private-Sector Health Care System in Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to the Public's Health and National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop   - Proceedings from a March 2018 workshop to identify and understand approaches to aligning health care system incentives with the American public's need for a health care system that is prepared to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Aug-02-2018

Deaths Related to Hurricane Irma - Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, September 4-October 10, 2017   - CDC's Emergency Operations Center collaborated with state health departments in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina to collect and analyze Hurricane Irma-related mortality data to understand the main circumstances of death. The most common circumstance-of-death categories were exacerbation of existing medical conditions and power outage. Further analysis revealed two unique subcategories of heat-related and oxygen-dependent deaths in which power outage contributed to exacerbation of an existing medical condition. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Aug-02-2018

AVMA Collections: Zoonosis Update   - Journal articles from the AVMA scientific journals about current information on diseases transmissible between animals and humans, such as avian influenza and E.coli, and other zoonotics relating to food safety and human emerging infectious diseases.. (American Veterinary Medical Association)

Bio-Response Report Card (2011)   - The report provides an overview of current and emerging bioterrorism threats and recommends priorities to strengthen the nation's bio-preparedness and response capabilities. (WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Terrorism Research Center)

CDC - Bioterrorism   - Information on bioterrorism agents and links to resources targeted to health professionals or the general public. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Community Reception Center Electronic Data Collection Tool (CRC eTool)   - The CRC eTool is designed to collect, analyze, visualize, and securely exchange population monitoring data, including demographics, radiation contamination measurements, radiation exposure assessment, and health outcomes. It is created using the Epi Info™ 7 platform and can be implemented using a local area network to include laptops, tablets, and cell phones. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Emerging Infectious Disease Repository (EIDR)   - A centralized web platform dedicated to unraveling the origins of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs). Through EIDR, multiple EID events can be compared, historical disease emergence can be visualized spatially, and individual emergence events can be explored in depth. (U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID))

Fact Sheet on Dirty Bombs   - In order to better inform the public on what a dirty bomb is and what terrorists might intend to try to accomplish in setting off such a weapon, the following information is provided. (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC))

Federal Select Agents Program   - The Federal Select Agent Program is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Select Agents and Toxins and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services/ Agriculture Select Agent Services. The Federal Select Agent Program oversees the possession, use and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Food Defense   - Resources to help reduce the risk of tampering or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist actions on the food and cosmetic supply. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Fourth Generation Agents   - Resources to help emergency responders and healthcare workers develop specific guidance and training to protect themselves and save lives during incidents involving fourth generation nerve agents, also known as Novichoks or A-series nerve agents. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

JHSPH Center for Health Security   - Publications, resources, and news on bioterrorism preparedness and prevention. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

MedicalCountermeasures.gov   - MedicalCountermeasures.gov facilitates communication between federal government agencies and public stakeholders to enhance the Nation's public health emergency preparedness. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Capacity-Building Toolkit for Including Aging & Disability Networks in Emergency Planning   - The purpose of the Capacity-Building Toolkit for Including Aging and Disability Networks in Emergency Planning (hereafter, the “Toolkit”) is to serve as a resource to guide the aging and disability networks in increasing their ability to plan for and respond to public health emergencies and disasters. For organizations already engaged in emergency planning, this Toolkit can help expand and improve their capabilities. For organizations new to emergency planning, this Toolkit will help orient them to the process. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)   - Enables first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)   - The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. (U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS))

Disaster Information Management Research Center   - The aim of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to provide access to quality disaster health information to the nation at all stages of preparation, response, mitigation and recovery. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Disaster Preparedness for Veterinarians   - Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) serve as first responders to ensure high-quality care of animals during disasters and emergencies. (American Veterinary Medical Association)

Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)   - EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Emergency Response   - Resources compiled by ATSDR for use in responding to an emergency. (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), CDC, HHS)

Emergency Response Guidebook (2016)   - Provides guidance to first responders on how to identify the types of hazardous materials that may be involved in an incident and how to respond to the threats those materials might pose to emergency crews and the public. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

Emergency Response Safety and Health Database   - The Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (ERSH-DB) is an occupational safety and health database developed by NIOSH for the emergency response community. The ERSH-DB contains accurate and concise information on high-priority chemical, biological and radiological agents that could be encountered by personnel responding to a terrorist event. (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CDC)

Emergency Severity Index (ESI)   - The ESI is a five-level emergency department triage algorithm that yields rapid, reproducible, and clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups to allow patients to be categorized by both acuity and hospital resources. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

Evidence Aid   - Provides evidence on interventions that might be considered in the context of natural disasters and other major healthcare emergencies. (Evidence Aid)

HHS - Public Health Emergency   - Web portal to obtain information from all U.S. federal agencies involved in a public health emergency, a medical disaster, or the public health aspects of a natural or man-made disaster. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium   - Comprehensive web-based repository of HHS resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

How to Steward Medical Countermeasures and Public Trust in an Emergency   - This casebook provides the FDA and other officials who deliver public health information with real world inspired opportunities for reflective learning on the principles of effective MCM emergency communication. The casebook critically examined communication dilemmas about MCMs in the context of the 2015-215 Ebola outbreak, the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, the 2009-10 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, recommending specific action items for the FDA to help mitigate comparable issues in the future. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness   - Online course is intended as an overview and introduction to public health law in emergency preparedness. It raises questions to consider in the planning and delivery of public health or healthcare services in large scale emergencies, across different jurisdictions. (University of Washington)

Medical Reserve Corps   - The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program establishes teams of local public health, medical and other volunteers to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. (Office of the Surgeon General, HHS)

NLM PEOPLE LOCATOR® and ReUnite®   - Two iOS/Android mobile applications from NLM that provide databases of missing or found people in the event of an emergency or disaster. (Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), SIS, NLM)

National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT)   - The National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT) provides assistance in identifying the need for veterinary services following major disasters, emergencies, public health or other events requiring Federal support and in assessing the extent of disruption to animal and public health infrastructures. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS)

Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide   - Operational field and desk guide for public health personnel who are preparing for or responding to disasters, and for the emergency management community who must work with public health in any response. There is cost to purchase this book. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)   - Provides guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear events. The just-in-time, evidence-based information is downloadable in advance, so that it can be available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Radiation Hazard Scale   - The CDC has developed the Radiation Hazard Scale as a tool for communication in emergencies. It provides a frame of reference for relative hazards of radiation, conveys meaning without using radiation measurements unfamiliar to civilians, and is designed for use only in radiation emergencies. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Social Vulnerability Index (SVI)   - The Social vulnerability Index (SVI) measures the resilience of communities when confronted by external stresses on human health, stresses such as natural or human-caused disasters, or disease outbreaks. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

State Animal & Agriculture Response Teams (SART)   - Interagency state organizations dedicated to preparing, planning, responding and recovering during animal emergencies in the United States. SART is a public private partnership, joining government agencies with the private concerns around the common goal of animal issues during disasters.

A Strategic Framework for Emergency Preparedness (2017)   - A unifying framework which identifies the principles and elements of effective country health emergency preparedness at both the community and national level. The types of events covered by in this framework include local and national outbreaks of infectious diseases; epidemics and pandemics; and other types of emergencies caused by natural, technological and societal hazards that can have a significant impact on people's health and on society. (World Health Organization (WHO))

APHA Get Ready Campaign   - APHA's Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness   - Provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS)

CDC Public Health Preparedness Publications and Resources   - Publications and resources on public health preparedness and response including resources to help the general public prepare for emergencies and reports that examine progress and trends in emergency preparedness at national and state levels. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

CDC Strategic National Stockpile   - CDC's Strategic National Stockpile is the nation's largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Site provides information on the SNSP's history, partnerships, and training. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Community Health Resilience Initiative   - The goal of the CHR Toolset is to provide practitioners and experts from all sectors, disciplines, and functional areas who have roles, responsibilities, or interests in CHR access to guidance and resources to make their community (or organization) more resilient. (U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS))

Disaster Lit: The Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health   - Database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience. (Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), SIS, NLM)

Emergency Preparedness   - Materials to help infectious disease clinicians identify and manage potential threats. (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology)

Emergency Preparedness for Business   - Contains links to assist businesses in developing a comprehensive plan for dealing with terrorism-related events including: specific instructions to building occupants, actions to be taken by facility management, and first responder notification procedures. (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CDC)

Emergency Responder Preparedness   - These guidelines are intended to be a tool for first responders seeking to improve their training. (Office for Domestic Preparedness, DHS)

Getting Ready in Indian Country: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Native American Cultural Resources (2010)   - Considers emergency preparedness specifically for Native American interests. Developed with support from the National Park Service and the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the Department of the Interior, this new initiative is intended to advance emergency preparedness, stimulate discussion, and inspire new projects for the care and protection of tribal heritage.

Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI)   - An informal, international partnership of like-minded countries to strengthen health preparedness and response globally to threats of biological, chemical, radio-nuclear terrorism (CBRN) and pandemic influenza.

HHS emPOWER Map 3.0   - HHS emPOWER Map 3.0 gives every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Medical Reserve Corps   - The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program establishes teams of local public health, medical and other volunteers to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. (Office of the Surgeon General, HHS)

NACCHO Public Health Preparedness   - Tools to help local health departments enhance their readiness to respond to public health emergencies and other disasters. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI)   - The NHSPI examines the health security preparedness of the nation by looking collectively at the health security preparedness of states. Index results are updated annually. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

National Health Security Strategy (NHSS)   - The purpose of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) is to refocus the patchwork of disparate public health and medical preparedness, response, and recovery strategies in order to ensure that the nation is prepared for, protected from, and resilient in the face of health threats or incidents with potentially negative health consequences. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

National Preparedness Report   - The National Preparedness Report provides information on how preparedness can inform priorities and community actions. The report includes findings on national issues, preparedness progress, and opportunities for improvement. (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS)

Online Technical Resource and Assistance Center (On-TRAC)   - On-TRAC provides state, local, and territorial public health departments with a secure, user-friendly platform for requesting technical assistance from CDC and other subject matter experts. On-TRAC also offers access to new and existing preparedness tools, and resources to assist with the distribution and dispensing of life-saving medications in a public health emergency. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

PERRC Toolkits   - The Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRCs) conducted research to evaluate the structure, capabilities, and performance of public health systems for preparedness and emergency response. The resulting research was translated into toolkits on emergency preparedness exercises, legal frameworks, mental health preparedness, educational activities, communication, leadership, and evaluation. (Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

Preparation and Planning   - Preparedness information for health facilities, local governments, businesses, and others. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Project Public Health Ready   - Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) is a criteria-based public health preparedness program that assesses local health department (LHD) capacity and capability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities   - Site provides getting started guides for the public health preparedness capabilities: Public Health Laboratory Testing, Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation, Community Preparedness, Community Recovery, Medical Countermeasure Dispensing, Medical Material Management and Distribution, Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions, Emergency Operations Coordination, Emergency Public Information and Warning, Information Sharing, Fatality Management, Mass Care, Medical Surge, Volunteer Management, and Responder Safety and Health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Public Health Preparedness PREP-inars   - *Archived content* Webinars on research and model practices in the field of public health preparedness. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

RAND Topic: Public Health Preparedness   - The Public Health Preparedness Program conducts studies to evaluate, model, and enhance public health preparedness policy options for governmental officials at the state, local, and federal levels within the U.S., Public Health Ministries overseas, and for the private sector. (RAND Corporation)

Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, 2016   - This report includes a review of state and federal public health preparedness and is intended to help inform policymakers, partners and the public about the status of preparedness. It provides a snapshot of a number of important indicators of preparedness and reviews key national policies and priorities. (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))

Ready.gov   - Tools to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS)

Resource Guide for Directors of Public Health Preparedness and Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinators (2015)   - Reference guide for directors of public health preparedness and hospital preparedness program coordinators. This guide highlights national preparedness efforts, provides a summary of preparedness topics that are key to state and territorial health agencies, and offers action items that will help state and territorial preparedness leaders further understand their roles. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Riding the Mobile Wave (2014)   - Report on what local health departments need in order to adopt social media and mobile health technologies for emergency preparedness. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Roadmap to Ready   - The program provides new preparedness coordinators with the knowledge, skills, connections, and resources they need to successfully prepare their local jurisdictions for new and emerging threats. NACCHO designed the program for preparedness coordinators at local health departments who have been in their roles for less than two years. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness   - Provides links to selected Web sites featuring emergency preparedness for special populations including people with disabilities, people with visual or hearing impairments, senior citizens, children, and women. Links to information in languages other than English are also provided. (National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division)

Global Disease Outbreak Map   - Displays outbreaks, cases and deaths from viral and bacterial diseases which have the potential to indicate biological terrorism. (GlobalIncidentMap.com)

NACCHO Detection and Decision Making   - NACCHO supports local biosurveillance efforts by sharing critical information regarding systems, practices, and resources that will enhance the local health department's ability to detect and prevent the spread of disease in an effective and timely manner. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP)   - The National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) collects and combines information from many resources to protect people from harm caused by spills and leaks of toxic substances. NTSIP gathers information about harmful spills into a central place. (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), CDC, HHS)

Public Health Surveillance   - Information on products, services, and capabilities that monitor the health of the general public, response workers, and special medical needs populations. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Surveillance for Bioterrorism   - Information on illness recognition and detection, surveillance planning, surveillance systems, and more. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

AJPH September 2017 Issue: The Evolution of Public Health Emergency Management   - The articles in this open access issue provide detailed accounts of preparedness in action, showcasing competencies in biosurveillance, incident management, community resilience, information management, countermeasures and mitigation, and surge management. These articles demonstrate how and why public health agencies, health care systems, and communities play a vital role in protecting and securing the nation's public health. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Building Resilience to Biothreats: An Assessment of Unmet Global Health Security Needs (April 2019)   - Report presents a framework for rethinking global health security in a way that captures, under a single umbrella, functional areas requiring inputs from the healthcare and public health, animal health, agriculture, environmental, law enforcement and counterterrorism, defense, and disaster risk reduction sectors. It also explicitly considers functions needed to defend against events regardless of their source, whether intentional or unintentional. (EcoHealth Alliance)

Disaster Survey Literature Search and Database   - The CRGC developed the Disaster Survey Literature Search and Database to: 1) better understand the extent of the literature involving population-based survey research on the public health, social, and economic impacts of natural and manmade disasters in the United States; and 2) identify gaps in said body of literature. (Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC))

Emerging Infectious Diseases Supplement Issue: Global Health Security   - This special supplement of Emerging Infectious Diseases on global health security presents an inventory of key efforts by CDC, in collaboration with many partners, to foster health security worldwide, especially by strengthening national public health core capacities. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Engaging the Private-Sector Health Care System in Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to the Public's Health and National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop (2018)   - To identify and understand approaches to aligning health care system incentives with the American public’s need for a health care system that is prepared to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a 2-day public workshop on March 20 and 21, 2018. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Exploring Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident: Proceedings of a Workshop (2019)   - This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop to explore current assumptions behind the status of medical and public health preparedness for a nuclear incident, examine potential changes in these assumptions in light of increasing concerns about the use of nuclear warfare, and discuss challenges and opportunities for capacity building in the current threat environment. (National Academy of Medicine)

FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan   - Plan focuses on building a culture of preparedness, readying the nation for catastrophic disasters, and reducing the complexity of FEMA. (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS)

Getting To Outcomes® Guide for Community Emergency Preparedness   - This guide is designed to lead the user through the ten steps of GTO and provide supplemental information and resources to assist with the planning, implementation, evaluation, continuous quality improvement, and sustainability of a community emergency preparedness (CEP) program. (RAND Corporation)

Global influenza strategy 2019-2030   - Report highlights the WHO strategy to enhance global and national pandemic preparedness, to combat the ongoing threat of zoonotic influenza, and to improve seasonal influenza prevention and control in all countries. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Methodologies for Evaluating and Grading Evidence Considerations for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief   - Summary of a July 2018 workshop featuring two panel sessions to hear from experts in evidence synthesis and grading. Given the context-sensitive nature of public health emergency preparedness and response practices and their focus on systems and processes, the panels explored evidence assessment methodologies from a variety of disciplines that face similar challenges in identifying evidence-based practices. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

National Toxicology Program Technical Report Series   - Reports describe studies designed and conducted to characterize and evaluate the toxicologic potential, including carcinogenic activity, of selected chemicals in laboratory animals (usually two species, rats and mice). (National Toxicology Program)

Preparedness Brief   - The Preparedness Brief provides updates and information from NACCHO’s public health preparedness portfolio which includes a range projects that influence preparedness policy with federal decision makers and develop practical solutions that help local health departments build resilient communities. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: National Standards for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Public Health   - Report outlines 15 capabilities that serve as national standards for public health preparedness planning and a vital framework for state, local, tribal, and territorial preparedness programs as they plan, operationalize, and evaluate their ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. This most recent update is focused on streamlining language and aligning content with new national standards, updated science, and current public health priorities and strategies. The capabilities also support topics such as pandemic influenza, environmental health, at-risk populations, and tribal populations. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Risk Communication Strategies for the Very Worst of Cases: How to Issue a Call to Action on Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (2019)   - Report reframes the discussion of the most severe biological threats to provide policy advocates with an additional tool to help them catalyze expansive international support for work on pandemic prevention and response, outlining current awareness gaps—present inside and outside the scientific community—and identifies opportunities for communication to close them. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

SAVER Document Library   - The System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Document Library provides assessments and validations on equipment and systems for use by the emergency responder community. (U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS))

Topic Collection: Rural Disaster Health   - These resources highlight guidance for and lessons learned by healthcare practitioners who serve rural and tribal communities. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS)

Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation of Public Health Preparedness Research and Training   - Supplemental issue of AJPH explores the overall programmatic goals of the Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation of Public Health Preparedness and Response Research and Training Initiative, the role of science as the basis of preparedness and response, and the role of schools of public health in conducting research and developing training strategies. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

CDC Email Updates   - Free email subscription service for CDC.gov users to receive notifications when new information is available. Users create a subscription profile to get updated information on items of interest. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Discussion List   - This email discussion forum is for librarians, information specialists, and other professionals interested in disaster health information outreach to their communities. As a participant in this listserv, you can stay informed about current disaster-related resources, connect to colleagues in the field, engage in information exchange and learn about new ideas, trends, training opportunities, and conferences in the area of disaster health information. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

E-mail Updates   - Email alerts from CIDRAP (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

    • + Fellowships
      • Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship Fellowship inspires and connects the next generation of leaders and innovators in the biosecurity community. Program is an opportunity for talented career professionals to deepen their expertise, expand their network, and build their leadership skills through a series of sponsored events coordinated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
      • National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) Fellowship Opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at the National Institutes of Health.
      • Public Health Emergency Management Fellowship A four month fellowship for international public health professionals/students at the CDC in Atlanta, GA for professionals to gain an understanding of public health emergency management principles and the functions that support an Emergency Operations Center. Fellows receive specialized training in public health emergency management functions and operations, participate in site visits, take part in public health exercises and responses, and are exposed to federal, state, and local emergency management specialists.
    • + Resources Related to Education and Training
      • Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) EPIC partners with a broad array of organizations to exchange information that helps people stay safer and healthier during a public health emergency. The site offers webinars and newsletters with updates about public health emergencies and how to respond to them.
      • Master's Preparedness & Response Model Competency model designed for use by graduate level programs to enhance students' knowledge, skills and attitudes in the field of public health preparedness and response.
      • PHF Learning Resource Center: Bioterrorism Products Educational materials include resources on bioterrorism preparedness, zoonoses, response planning, and ethical and psychological aspects of bioterrorism.

Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness   - Graduate-level programs in the field of Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness, including a Master of Public Health degree and a certificate program in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness. (Saint Louis University, College for Public Health & Social Justice)

Center for Public Health Preparedness e-Learning Center   - Freely available online courses related to public health preparedness from the University of Albany School of Public Health. (State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Preparedness)

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Course Resources   - Resources for Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) to learn about risk communication, crisis communication, and issues management. It is intended for anyone who works in emergency response at the local, state, or federal level. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

DTAC Webinars and Podcasts   - The Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) offers webinars and podcasts that address mental health and substance use (behavioral health) responses to disasters. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Disaster Health Core Curriculum   - The course consists of eleven, 30-minute to one-hour online training lessons covering a variety of disaster health topics such as personal or family preparedness, communication, ethical and legal issues encountered in disasters, and much more. (National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health (NCDMPH))

Disaster Information Specialist Program   - The Disaster Information Specialist Program is a collaborative effort to explore and promote the role of information specialists in the provision of disaster-related information resources to the workforce and communities. (Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), SIS, NLM)

Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Emergencies   - This unique program offers a series of trainings and practical opportunities to develop a cadre of skilled experts who can respond to public health humanitarian emergencies. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Health Information Resources for CBRNE   - This self-paced, online course provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives), and the types of health-related information that support planning, response, and recovery in CBRNE incidents. (Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), SIS, NLM)

Just In Time Disaster Training Library   - Online library of videos that cover disaster-related mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery training for a wide variety areas. (Disaster Resistant Communities Group)

Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness   - Online course is intended as an overview and introduction to public health law in emergency preparedness. It raises questions to consider in the planning and delivery of public health or healthcare services in large scale emergencies, across different jurisdictions. (University of Washington)

National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health   - The Center serves the U.S. Government as an academic home for the development and dissemination of core skills, knowledge and abilities, and for research on education and training strategies in the fields of disaster medicine and public health. (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS))

OpenWHO   - OpenWHO is WHO's interactive, web-based platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Public Health Emergency Law Online Training   - The Public Health Emergency Law Online Training consists of three competency-based units and covers legal issues to consider before, during, and after public health emergencies. Each interactive unit takes about 40 minutes to complete. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Public health interventions in the pandemics and epidemics   - An introductory online course to introduce 21st century trends that have increased disease outbreaks and their amplification into epidemics and pandemics and public health interventions to combat them. Course covers risk communication, flu preparedness planning, global vaccine stockpile, GIS data in epidemic management, surveillance using lab networks, and use of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR). (World Health Organization (WHO))

Risk communication essentials   - This free, five-module course describes risk communication and identifies key elements, policies, strategies, message development, and provides exercises that can be used to test risk communication preparedness. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium   - The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, led by The Center for Rural Development, is a DHS funded program providing training and resources to rural first responders. (The Center for Rural Development)

Social Media Analysis During Disasters   - The purpose of this course is to help you develop and implement a plan that will help you effectively monitor and analyze disaster information on social media. (Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), SIS, NLM)

Training Courses Related to Disaster Health Information   - A collection of resources on free training and education for professionals interested in identifying, using, and sharing disaster health information. Courses listed at the basic and advanced level, and continuing education opportunities, along with links to additional courses. (Medical Library Association)

University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness   - The University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness uses its monthly Grand Rounds satellite broadcasts, webstreaming and online courses to improve the capacity of the public health workforce to respond to current and emerging public health threats with a focus on bioterrorism and infectious disease outbreaks. (State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health)

University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Preparedness (UPCPHP)   - The University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Preparedness (UPCPHP) trains public health professionals, including professionals in related organizations, to respond to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats and emergencies. (University of Pittsburgh)

Webcast: Ethics in the Age of Bioterrorism   - This collaborative program sponsored by the University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness and presented by the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness, discusses the ethical complexities which public health, medical and other professionals face if and when a terrorist attack or public health crises occur, and how best to prepare and respond under anxiety filled and emergency conditions. (State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Preparedness)

Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)   - The mission of the CounterACT program is to foster and support research and development of new and improved therapeutics for chemical threats. Chemical threats are toxic chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack or accidentally released from industrial production, storage or shipping. They include traditional chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, pharmaceutical-based agents, and pesticides. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

DRIVe (Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures)   - DRIVe is working to accelerate the development and availability of transformative technologies and approaches to protect Americans health security threats. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS)

Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP)   - Competitive grants and cooperative agreements to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies. (Assistant Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, HHS)

NACCHO's Medical Reserve Corps Awards   - Funding opportunities to address a community's local needs and interests in public health activities and/or emergency response. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants   - FEMA provides state and local governments with preparedness program funding in the form of Preparedness (non-disaster) Grants to enhance the capacity of state and local emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from a weapons of mass destruction terrorism incident involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and other explosive devices, and cyber-attacks. (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS)

SBIR E-Learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)   - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to further the development of Advanced Technology Training (ATT) products for: the health and safety training of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) workers; waste treatment personnel; skilled support personnel associated with an emergency/disaster; emergency responders in biosafety response, infectious disease training and cleanup; emergency responders in disasters and resiliency training; and for ATT tools to assist in research into the acute and long-term health effects of environmental disasters (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Legal Liability Protections for Emergency Medical/Public Health Responses   - This table highlights those potential liability protections for individuals, including healthcare workers, volunteers and private sector employees, and entities, including government agencies, hospitals or healthcare facilities, non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations. (Network for Public Health Law)

Public Health Emergency Law Tools   - Toolkits that address the key information needs of public health officials in understanding and using legal authorities to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Tribal Legal Preparedness Project   - The Tribal Legal Preparedness Project (TLPP) has been established to assist Tribal Nations interested in expanding their legal preparedness capacity in order to enhance public health preparedness. (University of Pittsburgh)