Functional Capabilities: Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media

  • Procedures for coordinating cross-jurisdiction public health and other emergency information; Identification of information to convey; Regional coordination process and mechanisms; Plans for maintaining public confidence and outreach to groups servicing at-risk populations; Cultural and faith-based groups through social; Conventional media; Personal contact.
  • These tools and resources provide stakeholders with models, procedures, and other best practices to establish, enhance, and maintain cross-cutting relationships and partnerships.
LinkTool/Resource NameHow this Tool is UsefulKey CapabilitiesFunctional Capability Sets
Domestic Disaster Displacement (3D) ManualThe Domestic Disasters Displacement (3D) intervention focuses on disaster evacuation, displacement, and resettlement experiences. This intervention is designed to help case managers, school staff, mental health professionals, and volunteers address the issues, reactions, and interactions that children and families are likely to experience in the process of evacuation, displacement, and resettlement. The intervention describes the characteristics of the displacement experience, explores issues related to resources and systems of care for displaced populations, provides information on the mental health impact of being displaced, and details specific issues that may arise in a community hosting displaced people.
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
  • Plans and Integration
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
  • Recovery and Long-Term Restoration Issues
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Resilient Communities ProjectThe mission of the Resilient Communities Project is to connect communities in Minnesota with the wide-ranging expertise of University of Minnesota faculty and students to address pressing local issues in ways that advance sustainability and resilience.
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
THRIVE: Community Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable EnvironmentsPrevention Institute has updated its Community Approach to Addressing Disparities in Health with the revision of THRIVE: Toolkit for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments. A centerpiece of THRIVE is a set of community level factors that are linked to Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators. It now features a simplified list of 13 factors to facilitate use of the tool at the local level.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
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  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
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
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  • 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
Nursing Home Incident Command SystemManagement tool with templates that has been customized to help nursing homes assign and organize staff for key emergency management duties and to designate needed equipment and supplies to carry out assigned duties. • It is available as a separate download and is a component of the Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes • Provides an organizational system to improve emergency response • Staff of eldercare facilities • Promotes better coordinated and improved community response to benefit elderly populations in care facilities
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Financial and Broader Resourcing Challenges
  • Plans and Integration
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
  • Response Challenges
Talking to Children about EbolaSuggestions for talking to children about Ebola.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Ebola Planning and Response
  • Risk communication (includes managing public expectations and de-escalation)
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Ebola, Enterovirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Planning and Response
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Internet Social Networking: A New tool for Disaster ManagementThis paper seeks to promote an internet-based emergency response system by integrating internet social networking and information communication technology into central government disaster management system. Web-based networking provides two-way communication which establishes a reliable and accessible tunnel for proximal and distal users in disaster preparedness and management.
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
American Red Cross: Plan and PrepareThe American Red Cross has created this Disaster and Safety Library to assist you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here you will find fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe.
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for ActionThis document presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging with members of the community as vital partners in enhancing the resiliency and security of our Nation through a Whole Community approach. It is intended to promote greater understanding of the approach and to provide a strategic framework to guide all members of the emergency management community as they determine how to integrate Whole Community concepts into their daily practices.
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
Get Ready! Preparing Your Community For a DisasterRecent disasters have shown just how much communities count on their firefighters and other first responders to keep them safe and protected. But they have also revealed the strains placed on our emergency personnel during times of crisis. Today, more than ever, first responders and local residents must work together to prepare their cities and towns for disaster.
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
Coastal Resilience IndexThe purpose of this self-assessment is to provide community leaders with a simple and inexpensive method of predicting if their community will reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning after a disaster. Experienced local planners, engineers, floodplain managers or administrators can complete this self-assessment using existing sources of information from their community. The goal is for every community to become highly resilient. The assessment may identify problems your community should address before the next disaster and where resources should be allocated.
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
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
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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Public Health Workbook: To Define, Locate, and Reach Special, Vulnerable, and At-risk Populations in an Emergency To maintain consistency with the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), this workbook uses the term “at-risk populations” to describe individuals or groups whose needs are not fully addressed by traditional service providers or who feel they cannot comfortably or safely use the standard resources offered during preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. These groups include people who are physically or mentally disabled (e.g., blind, deaf, hard-of-hearing, have learning disabilities, mental illness or mobility limitations), people with limited English language skills, geographically or culturally isolated people, homeless people, senior citizens, and children.
  • 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
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  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Plans and Integration
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
Regional Resilience Research and Policy BriefThis paper has been prepared by the Rural Policy Research Institute’s (RUPRI) Rural Futures Lab at the request of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation. Its purpose is to provide a translation of the extensive research literature on resilience and to provide a framework for assessing current policy and practice as it relates to regional resilience. Taking a resilience approach requires extending beyond emergency responsiveness to planning and organizing in advance of a disaster to address vulnerabilities and to enable rebuilding afterwards in ways that offer healthier, sustainable communities and more robust regional economies.
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
  • Recovery and Long-Term Restoration Issues
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Children and DisastersFEMA’s Children and Disasters webpage reflects resources available to support the integration and implementation of children’s disaster related needs into preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts initiated by state, local and tribal governments, as well as stakeholders responsible for the temporary care of children.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • 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
  • Plans and Integration
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