Functional Capabilities: Response Challenges

  • Incident management/unified command/area command, roles and missions; Security for vaccine distribution in transit and for dispensing organizations on site and for stores and pharmacies; Mutual aid agreements; Availability of emergency managers and first responders; Evacuation and mass care; Temporary sheltering; Resource requirements and management.
  • These tools and resources include model plans and procedures, organizational structures, decision-support systems, and other best practices that address roles and responsibilities and effective command and control and decision-making for response and recovery.
LinkTool/Resource NameHow this Tool is UsefulKey CapabilitiesFunctional Capability Sets
Hurricane HelpThe U.S. Department of Education is working with other federal agencies, such as FEMA and DHS, to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the learning environment. This website provides a list of helpful resources for individuals looking for Hurricane help as it relates to education.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Public outreach, information, and education
  • Resource (government and private sector) management (identification, access, distribution, and monitoring)
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
  • Response Challenges
Helping Children CopeDisasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. And kids' responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
  • Response Challenges
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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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
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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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
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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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Risk AssessmentA risk assessment is a process to identify potential hazards and analyze what could happen if a hazard occurs. A business impact analysis (BIA) is the process for determining the potential impacts resulting from the interruption of time sensitive or critical business processes.
  • 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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  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
  • Financial and Broader Resourcing Challenges
  • Recovery and Long-Term Restoration Issues
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Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families: Workshop SummaryPreparedness, Response and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families is the summary of a workshop convened in June, 2013 by the Institute of Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events to discuss disaster preparedness, response, and resilience relative to the needs of children and families, including children with special health care needs.
  • 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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  • 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
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
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Establishing a Hospital Response Network Among Children’s HospitalsA timely and effective response to public health threats requires a broad-reaching infrastructure. Children’s hospitals are focused on evaluating and managing some of the most vulnerable patients and thus have unique preparedness and response planning needs. This article out of the American Journal of Disaster Medicine look into a network that could more evenly distribute hospital readiness and tertiary pediatric patient care capabilities for highly infectious diseases across the country, thus reducing the need to transport pediatric patients across the country and increasing the national capacity to care for children infected with high-consequence pathogens.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Effective multi-jurisdiction/cross-sector integrated command structure for response and initial recovery
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Ebola, Enterovirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Planning and Response
  • Plans and Integration
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Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources for Children and FamiliesCheck out the fact sheets, guides, family tools, and activities for young children below that can help you and your entire family prepare, respond to, and recover from disasters.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
  • Population-based preparedness and resilience, particularly for at-risk populations and for women and infants
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
  • Financial and Broader Resourcing Challenges
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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
"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
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  • 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
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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
CDC Drinking Water Advisory Communication ToolboxThis toolkit is based on drinking water advisories and their communication. Water systems and state or local agencies issue drinking water advisories when they believe water quality is or may be compromised. Advisories tell individuals, schools, hospitals, businesses, and others about the situation and how to take immediate action. This tool provides a practical guide and protocol with stakeholders and the public about water advisories that is based upon research and identified practices.
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
  • Public outreach, information, and education
  • Response Challenges
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