Functional Capabilities: Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues

  • Medical surge capacity; Availability of pharmaceuticals, medical, and other materials; Availability of essential services, power, and fuel, including for backup generators, ambulances, etc.; Critical vendor availability; Healthcare facility-related public safety and security issues Access to personal protective equipment, alternative care facilities; Effectiveness of preparedness plans, prioritized distribution of vaccinations/antivirals; Availability of medical/hygiene supplies, lab analysis capabilities; Disaster sheltering.
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Public Health Emergency for Hurricane HarveyThis page provides many links to stay safe during Hurricane Harvey and during recovery.
  • Animal disease surveillance, investigation, and response
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Crisis standards of care
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Long-term temporary housing and supporting healthcare, community, and social services
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
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A Community Checklist for Health Sector Resilience Informed by Hurricane SandyAn examination of New York City’s experiences with Superstorm Sandy to derive “best practices” guidance for communities interested in strengthening the resilience of their health care sector to extreme events. Provides a general checklist that outlines cross-cutting actions that many different health sector organizations can implement to foster resilience as well as supplemental checklists that are specific to individual components of the health sector: hospitals, long term care facilities, outpatient medical facilities, behavioral health providers, pharmacies, correctional health facilities, public health departments, patient transport providers, home and community based care providers, elected officials and jurisdictions as well as patients and families.
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
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  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
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Listen, Protect, and Connect: Psychological First Aid for Children and ParentsA psychological first aid tool for children and parents to help children bounce back from a disaster.
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
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Listen, Protect, Connect: Model and TeachA psychological first aid tool for teachers to help students bounce back from a disaster.
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Recovery and Long-Term Restoration Issues
Topic Collection: Patient Movement and Tracking(forward movement of patients, tracking and tracking systems)TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, Information Exchange) provides resources on patient movement from area healthcare facilities and tracking that can help emergency planners and responders learn more about various levels of assistance available, how to request it, how it is activated, and lessons learned from recent events. Resources are in topic categories that include Ambulance Strike Teams, Federal Patient Movement, Guidance, National Ambulance Contract Resources, and Plans, Tools, and Templates.
  • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
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All-Hazards Preparedness GuideBeing prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover rapidly from public health threats can save lives and protect the health and safety of the public. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with hazards of all types much more effectively when they do occur. By reading this guide, you have taken the first step in securing your preparedness. You will learn that emergency preparedness requires attention not just to specific types of hazards but also to steps that increase preparedness for any type of hazard.
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
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  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
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AAP Policy Statement – Ensuring the Health of Children in DisastersInfants, children, adolescents, and young adults have unique physical, mental, behavioral, developmental, communication, therapeutic, and social needs that must be addressed and met in all aspects of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Pediatricians, including primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists, have key roles to play in preparing and treating families in cases of disasters. Pediatricians should attend to the continuity of practice operations to provide services in time of need and stay abreast of disaster and public health developments to be active participants in community planning efforts. Federal, state, tribal, local, and regional institutions and agencies that serve children should collaborate with pediatricians to ensure the health and well-being of children in disasters.
  • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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AAP Policy Statement - Medical Countermeasures for Children in Public Health Emergencies, Disasters, or TerrorismThis policy statement provides recommendations to close the remaining gaps for the development and use of Medical Countermeasures (MCMs) in children during public health emergencies.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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AAP Clinical Report - Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and CrisesDisasters have the potential to cause short and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. This clinical report provides practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a disaster and to promote effective coping strategies to mitigate the impact of the disaster as well as any associated bereavement and secondary stressors.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
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Are you Prepared For Disasters? Family Readiness KitAs a parent, guardian and family member, you want to make sure that your loved ones are healthy, safe, and secure. Disaster planning may feel overwhelming. However, it is easier than you think. Taking a few simple steps now can help protect your family, assure that your children feel safe, and make it easier to recover after a disaster.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Public outreach, information, and education
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
Building Human Resilience: The Role of Public Health Preparedness and Response As an Adaptation to Climate ChangeGlobal climate change will increase the probability of extreme weather events, including heatwaves, drought, wildfire, cyclones, and heavy precipitation that could cause floods and landslides. Such events create significant public health needs that can exceed local capacity to respond, resulting in excess morbidity or mortality and in the declaration of disasters. This article discusses the role of public health in reducing human vulnerability to climate change within the context of select examples for emergency preparedness and response.
    • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
    • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
    • Response Challenges
    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Community Resilience ToolkitsThe Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in partnership with RAND, UCLA, Emergency Network of Los Angeles, and Loma Linda University is developing and testing a community resilience toolkit as part of the larger Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Project. The toolkit is designed for community coalitions to try out resilience building and see what works for their residents.
    • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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    • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
    • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
    Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and ResponseEnhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response distills the most relevant strategies, practices, and resources from a variety of sources, including peer-reviewed research, government reports, and the trade literature, to identify priority populations and critical strategies. This toolkit is meant to help state and local health agencies improve their current emergency preparedness activities. In addition, community-based and/or non-governmental organizations can use this toolkit to enhance their programming for these populations.
    • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
    • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
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    • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
    • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
    • Education, Training, and Exercises
    • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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    Addressing Communication Challenges During and Infectious Disease Emergency ResponseThis document draws from state experiences during the H1N1 pandemic response and discusses potential ways to address communication challenges that state health agencies (SHAs) may face when responding to an infectious disease outbreak, including tools available for more effective and efficient communications. These suggestions were compiled from evaluations of communications during the H1N1 pandemic, including three state after-action reports (New Jersey, Kentucky, and Iowa) funded by ASTHO.
    • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
    • Cross-sector, jurisdiction/national border, and discipline information sharing
    • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
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    • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
    • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
    • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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    Planning for an Emergency: Strategies for Identifying and Engaging At-Risk GroupsThis document has been created for emergency managers. As defined by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), emergency managers are professionals at all levels of government and the private sector who prepare for, mitigate, respond to, assist in recovery from, and provide products and services for all emergencies, disasters, and threats to the nation’s security
    • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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    • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
    • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
    • Education, Training, and Exercises
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