From the Zika outbreak to natural disasters to the recent wildfires, the US has faced a series of complex public health emergencies. Each of these public health crises revealed a need for public health and health care systems at the national, state, and local levels to prepare for and rapidly respond to the unique needs of families. Watch video.
Since 2002, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program has been a critical source of funding, guidance, and technical support to state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency preparedness programs across the nation. Watch video.
After the 9/11 and anthrax attacks, Congress gave CDC funding to create the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program. Since then, CDC has been working with state and local health departments to help build a public health emergency management system capable of responding to public health threats. Watch video.
This video follows U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health and CDC staff as they conduct a CASPER (community health survey) five months after hurricanes Irma and Maria, explaining how CASPER works and highlighting how the USVI Department of Health has been able to use CASPER to guide its disaster recovery work.
The NYC Department of Health is prepared for mass casualty incidents in the city. The health department collaborates with other city agencies, hospitals and community resources to hold drills practicing their response for the worst scenarios. Watch video.
On March 5, 2015, the NYC Health Department conducted an Environmental Sampling Full Scale Exercise with 13 city, state and federal agencies. This exercise tested NYC’s ability to conduct environmental sampling in the event of a biological attack. These samples will help the City make critical decisions that will save lives in a real emergency. See how City agencies prepare with state and federal partners to save lives. Watch video.