Law enforcement agencies, the corrections system, the judiciary, and many other sectors have re-examined their own policies and procedures, identified potential gaps, and undertaken steps to strengthen preparedness for future emergencies. While these efforts are essential, recent disasters have shown that no sector or jurisdiction is likely to face a major disaster or its aftermath alone.
To enhance coordination of preparedness across sectors, the CDC Public Health Law Program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, convened the Workgroup on Public Health and Law Enforcement Emergency Preparedness in 2007. The workgroup developed the following two tools to bolster multisector coordination:
- Model Memorandum of Understanding Public Health/Law Enforcement Investigations
Designed as a starting point, setting forth the major gaps and problems in cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional emergency preparedness planning, as well as some key opportunities for addressing them. Please contact state and local public health officials or FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction coordinators in FBI field offices for a copy of the MOU or send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Framework for Improving Cross Sector Coordination [PDF-2.4MB]
This document outlines the major gaps and problems in cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional emergency preparedness planning, as well as some key opportunities for addressing them.
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