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resources related to emergency preparedness

overviews and software


ASPH Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competency Model - Proposed national standard of behaviorally-based, observable skills for the workforce to prepare for and respond to all-hazards scenarios. In keeping with the National Response Framework and Target Capabilities List, all-hazards includes terrorist attacks, natural disasters, emerging infectious disease, health emergencies, environmental threats, and/or other major events such as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, high-yield explosives (CBRNE), and food and agriculture events.

Disaster Information Management Research Center - Created by the National Library of Medicine to aid the nation’s disaster management efforts. DIMRC is tasked with the effective collection, organization, and dissemination of health information for natural, accidental, or deliberate disasters

Disaster Recovery and Environmental Health

Emergency Preparedness and Response

MedlinePlus: Disasters

NACCHO Advanced Practice Centers Toolkit - Free resources from the Advanced Practice Centers (APC) to help local health departments strengthen their bioterrorism planning and response capability.

NACCHO Toolbox - Tools within the Toolbox are materials and resources public health professionals and other external stakeholders can use to inform and improve their work in the promotion and advancement of public health objectives. Current examples of tools include, but are not limited to case examples, presentations, fact sheets, drills, evaluations, protocols, templates, reports, and training materials.
NLM Emergency Access Initiative - Provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters

Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors - (Version 2.0)

Public Health Preparedness for Mass Gatherings

Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM) - Guidance on the clinical diagnosis and treatment of mass casualty radiological/nuclear events for health care providers. Can be downloaded to PC or Mac. Also available for Blackberry, Palm OS, iPod and Windows Mobile.

Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism. 10th ed. - From the Trust for America's Health

Resolve to be Ready | - The Ready Campaign would like to make an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by providing the tools and resources needed to take four important steps: be informed about the different types of emergencies that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses, make a family communications plan, build an emergency kit, and get involved in community preparedness.

Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - Search tool for freely available online resources. From the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

WebWiser - As above except accessed using a web browser like Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) - A system to help emergency responders identify hazardous materials and respond to chemical emergencies. Contains information on over 400 chemicals and radiologic agents including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. Available as a download for PC, Palm OS, Pocket PC and Smartphone.

disasters and events


Biochemical Organic Radiological Disaster Educational Response System (BORDERS) - Continuing education and training program designed to improve healthcare practitioners' ability to prepare for and respond to acts of bioterrorism.

Biological Warfare Resources -

CDC - Extreme Heat Media Toolkit

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management - CHEMM

Chemical Warfare Resources

Disaster Recovery & Resilience - EPA


FEMA: Resources For Other Languages


H1N1 Flu

HealthMap | Global Health, Local Knowledge - HealthMap is a data visualization of disease outbreaks in real time. The map brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. Through an automated process, updating 24/7/365, the system monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages, facilitating early detection of global public health threats.


Natural Disasters | National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Child Trauma Home

Preparedness and Response to a Rural Mass Casualty Incident - Workshop Summary - Institute of Medicine

Tornado Response



Winter Weather Emergencies

special populations


American Sign Language Videos: Together We Prepare

Children and Disasters

Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors - PDF download

Emergency Managers Tool Kit: Meeting the Needs of Latino Communities

Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Response Template Toolkit: Introduction - Features public education materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to create resources for reaching people affected by a disaster. The Template Toolkit includes print, website, audio, video, and multimedia materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to provide outreach, psycho-education, and recovery news for disaster survivors.

Terrorism | National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Child Trauma Home

Vulnerable Populations - Fact Sheets | Florida Department of Health