Functional Capabilities: Education, Training, and Exercises

  • Educational tools for general population on threats, risks, and preparedness actions; Targeted training on plans and procedures; Targeted workshops and exercises to test plans and equipment; Regional interdependencies exercises to raise awareness of vulnerabilities and consequences; Inclusion of health clinics, human care, eldercare facilities in workshops and exercises.
  • These tools and resources allow stakeholders to build, enhance, and maintain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet community health resilience needs during steady-state and emergency situations.
LinkTool/Resource NameHow this Tool is UsefulKey CapabilitiesFunctional Capability Sets
Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and ResourcesWill link the user – both emergency and mental health responders – with supporting information and techniques in addressing the trauma resulting from this disaster. The below URL includes the PowerPoint presentation provided to responders which provides succinct trauma-informed information, the tool’s modules and up-to-date resource information.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Issues Related to Disaster
  • Read More
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
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
  • Read More
  • 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
  • Read More
Listen, Protect, and Connect - Psychological First Aid for Children and ParentsYou can help your child if you: Listen, Protect, and Connect the three steps of “psychological first aid” for your child after a disaster. These steps can help your child bounce back from a disaster.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Issues Related to Disaster
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
Listen, Protect, Connect – Model & Teach Psychological First Aid for Students and TeachersHelping you help your students in times of disaster, school crises, or emergencies.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Issues Related to Disaster
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
Listen, Protect and Connect: Family to Family, Neighbor to Neighbor Psychological First Aid (PFA) for The Community Helping Each OtherWhen a disaster strikes, those around us - our family, friends and neighbors - are often the first ones to offer help. You may be close with your family and friends. With neighbors, you may just nod or wave from across the street. No matter how well you know the people living near you, the help we give and get from each other makes it easier to "bounce back" from a disaster and helps our entire community recover.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Issues Related to Disaster
  • Read More
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on ChildrenThe National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health's second HTML pediatric learning object "Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Children" addresses the unique psychosocial needs of children in disasters. This learning object is geared towards all health professionals. The lesson includes "In the Field", which provide examples of how healthcare practitioners applied concepts related to the psychosocial welfare of children after an event. Throughout the lesson, the learner will also complete knowledge-check quizzes to reinforce lesson content.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Issues Related to Disaster
  • Public outreach, information, and education
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
Building Workforce Resilience through the Practice of Psychological First AidA Course for Supervisors and Leaders Individuals in health, public health, and emergency management leadership roles are faced with many challenges when their organizations are activated in response to a disaster. Although mechanisms and processes are in place to support these responses, the abrupt change in focus from normal operations to disaster response operations and the intensity of these devastating events increase the level of urgency and stress for the entire organization. Therefore, the purpose of this course is three-fold. • First, it introduces leaders to the concept of Psychological First Aid as a leadership tool to build workforce resilience. • Second, it educates leaders about the core components of Psychological First Aid. • Third, it provides an opportunity for leaders to apply PFA within scenario-based exercises.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Read More
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
Active Shooter Action Plan Video for SchoolsThe video is a free, password protected training video for school districts and police departments working with schools. The video uses language familiar to educators to spur dialogue about what to do in a shooting incident on school grounds. Sample questions for discussions are also included.
  • Evacuation and shelter-in-place
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Response Challenges
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
  • Read More
  • 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
  • Read More
Emergency Authority and Immunity Toolkit: Liability Issues in EmergenciesConcerns about liability: A finding of legal responsibility for an act or failure to act, regularly arise during emergency response situations. Individual government employees, volunteers, and healthcare professionals, as well as entities such as businesses and nonprofits, worry about potential liability for their actions during an emergency. Existing and new federal and state protections against liability have been created to address the concerns of volunteers and others involved in emergency responses.
  • Legal, liability, and regulatory issues, constraints/waivers
  • Management of non-governmental support and volunteers
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
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
  • Read More
  • 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
  • Read More
Caring for Children in a DisasterChildren are more vulnerable than adults in emergency situations. This CDC website provides several resource links to educate people on the proper steps to take to protect children during emergency events. The website provides resources like: real stories, health professionals and emergency planners, and information on the unique needs of children during and after disasters.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Plans and Integration
  • Read More
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response: Ready WrigleyThe CDC Ready Wrigley is a cartoon "preparedness pup" that helps children learn how to be ready and prepared for disaster emergencies. The website allows users to find easy-to-read books, checklists, and apps that help make preparedness and response easy for children to understand.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Population-based preparedness and resilience, particularly for at-risk populations and for women and infants
  • Public outreach, information, and education
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Response Challenges
Community Advancing of Resilience Tool (CART)The Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit (CART) is a community intervention designed to enhance community resilience through assessment, group processes, planning, and action. CART can also be used as a vehicle to introduce other interventions into a community.
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
  • 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
  • Read More
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
"It Started Like Any Other Day."VIDEO: You never know when disaster will strike. Neither did Chantel, Abby, or Adam. Meet three survivors from three recent natural disasters: Hurricane Sandy; the Moore, Oklahoma tornado; and the Poinsettia Wildfire outside of San Diego. Watch their stories and then log on to www.ready.gov/prepare for more information on what you can do to prepare you and your family. Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Population-based preparedness and resilience, particularly for at-risk populations and for women and infants
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Issues Related to Disaster
  • Read More
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
  • Read More
  • 1 - 15