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General Preparedness

Being prepared to respond to emergency and terrorism events requires an understanding of how the state, federal, and local entities work together during an event. All responses occur locally and end locally, but understanding the roles of local, state, and federal partners is essential to an effective response.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response – how to prepare, plan, and respond to public health emergencies:

CDC Epidemic Information Exchange (Epi-X) – secure communications tool used by various public health agencies to access and share preliminary surveillance information

CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) – transmits health alerts, advisories, and updates to health agencies at every level of government

CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) Publications and Resources – resources and reports on issues related to public health preparedness and response

CDC Supports Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) – provides a method for states to share resources during an emergency

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) - Awareness Level – course to address a range of environmental health topics commonly faced in disaster response.

MMWR's Terrorism Preparedness CompendiumMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report information on smallpox, anthrax, and other terrorism-related reports and recommendations

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units – network of academically based medical experts in children’s environmental health who are available to assist health-care professionals, parents, or other child caregivers

Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) – provides core competency-based training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities

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Links to information from outside CDC

American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Red Cross – how to prepare for and respond to a variety of disaster types

California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Disasters and Emergencies ( – U.S. Government's Official Web portal on disasters and emergencies

Homeland Security & EPA's Strategic Plan – Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) role in homeland security

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Preparedness and Training

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO):

Disaster Preparation and Recovery (National Library of Medicine) – information about disaster and emergency preparedness and response grouped in related categories

Public Health Emergency: Leading a Nation Prepared (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) – cross-governmental portal to obtain information from all U.S. federal agencies and their state and local partners involved in a public health emergency, medical disaster, or public health aspects of a natural or manmade disaster

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Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism – report provides a snapshot of our nation's public health emergency preparedness

Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response – project to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters and enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system in disaster response

The Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center – tools and resources for preparedness that can be used by public health departments nationwide, including

World Health Organization (WHO)

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