Mission Areas: Protection

  • 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
  • Animal disease surveillance, investigation, and response
  • 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
  • Assurance of lifelines and essential disaster supply chains (e.g., food, water, fuel) and services (e.g., wastewater and solid waste disposal, power generators, transportation)
  • Broad stakeholder involvement in planning and implementation, includes identification of key stakeholder groups and constituencies (includes public health, healthcare services, at-risk, ethnic, and faith-based groups)
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Creating public support and securing financial resources for mitigation
  • Cross-sector, jurisdiction/national border, and discipline information sharing
  • Cross-sector/multi-jurisdiction (regional) and cross-national border coordination and understanding of roles and responsibilities
  • Effective prophylaxis and non-pharmaceutical interventions to control disease, including countermeasures planning and dispensing
  • Environmental health management
  • Forensics and attribution
  • HAZMAT management (response, removal)
  • Health resilience assessment and measurement approaches for facilities, assets, and communities
  • Identification and understanding of critical assets and dependencies/interdependencies
  • Identification and understanding of critical assets and dependencies/interdependencies
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
  • Indicators for proactive alerts and warning; triggers for response, and on-going monitoring
  • Integration of Federal civilian and military support to state and local authorities into planning, response, and recovery
  • Intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Interdiction and disruption (delaying, stopping, or securing threats and hazards)
  • Interoperable and resilient communications systems
  • Laboratory testing capacity (public health clinical, environmental)
  • Legal, liability, and regulatory issues, constraints/waivers
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Mitigation of hazards to health and healthcare facilities and systems with focus on identifying effective
  • Ongoing medical care, such as dialysis, medical resource availability, palliative health, and access to routine care, especially for children and pregnant women.
  • Population-based preparedness and resilience, particularly for at-risk populations and for women and infants
  • Protection/security for health delivery facilities, systems, supply chains, and infrastructure (includes hardening, retrofitting, remote or redundant siting; and facility access control measures)
  • Public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation
  • Public outreach, information, and education
  • Risk communication (includes managing public expectations and de-escalation)
  • Screening, search, and detection for all-hazards health threats, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives
  • Security training of healthcare facility personnel.
  • Situational awareness for organizations, jurisdictions, regions
  • Training and regional and targeted exercises and drills (for range of stakeholder groups—including health and human service organizations and media)
  • Use of traditional media and social networks for communications, including identification of users and their preferred communications methods
  • Ebola Planning and Response
  • Enterovirus Planning and Response
  • Emerging Infectious Disease Planning and Response
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Issues Related to Disaster
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
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Hurricane Irma ResourcesThe Florida Department of Education is in contact with school districts, state colleges and universities for updates and to determine needs before, during and after emergency events. All school districts, colleges and universities are monitoring Hurricane Irma and collaborating with local emergency preparedness officials to make decisions that ensure student and staff safety. Colleges and universities are also working with students who may need assistance with relocation.
  • Population-based preparedness and resilience, particularly for at-risk populations and for women and infants
  • Public outreach, information, and education
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-21: Critical Infrastructure Security and ResilienceThe Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure. This directive establishes national policy on critical infrastructure security and resilience. This endeavor is a shared responsibility among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) entities, and public and private owners and operators of critical infrastructure. The directive identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors, including Healthcare and Public Health. Critical infrastructure must be secure and able to withstand and rapidly recover from all hazards. Achieving this will require integration with the national preparedness system across prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The directive specifies that U.S. efforts shall address the security and resilience of critical infrastructure in an integrated, holistic manner to reflect.
  • Intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Plans and Integration
All-Hazards Preparedness for Rural CommunitesThis All-Hazard booklet was developed as a resource for citizens of rural agricultural communities –individuals, farmers and producers, businesses –with the hope of raising awareness of the natural and man-made threats to these communities and their commodities. These threats can include natural disaster situations (e.g., floods, tornadoes); biological emergencies (e.g., pandemic flu, food safety recalls) and man-made or technological threats (e.g., bio-or agro-terrorism, agro-chemical situations).
  • 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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  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
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
National Infrastructure Protection PlanProtecting and ensuring the resiliency of the critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) of the United States is essential to the Nation’s security, public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life. Attacks on CIKR could significantly disrupt the functioning of government and business alike and produce cascading effects far beyond the targeted sector and physical location of the incident. Direct ter-rorist attacks and natural, manmade, or technological hazards could produce catastrophic losses in terms of human casualties, property destruction, and economic effects, as well as profound damage to public morale and confidence. Attacks using components of the Nation’s CIKR as weapons of mass destruction could have even more devastating physical and psychological consequences. Risk in the 21st century results from a complex mix of manmade and natu-rally occurring threats and hazards, including terrorist attacks, accidents, natural disasters, and other emergencies. Within
  • HAZMAT management (response, removal)
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
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FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) DirectiveThis directive describes the Food Defense Surveillance Procedures that Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Office of Program Evaluatoin, Enforcement and Review (OPEER), Compliance and Investigations Divisin (CID) personnel are to perform and the frequency with which these procedures are to be performed. This directive also describes additional actions that are to be followed at in-commerce facilities and facilities (other than official import inspection establishments) located at ports-of-entry ("facilities") when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) alert.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Animal Health Policy and Implementation Evident Plan. Policy protfolio: Animal Health and Welfare: Disease Control. Policy area within portfolio: Aniaml Health Policy and ImplementationA current Defra Business Plan priority is to "support and develop British farming and encourage susttainable food production". The key policy outcomes associated with this priority are to "enchance the competiveness and resilience of the whole food chain including farms and the fishing industry, to ensure a secure, envirnomentally sustainable and healthy supply of food with improved standards of animal welfar". Ministers have identified that controlling animal disease is a key priority for Defra. The need to proactively safeguard animal health by monitoring animal disease threats and increasing the UK's resilience to deal with disease outbreaks is recongised as a priority for Defra to deliver economic growth.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • Animal disease surveillance, investigation, and response
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Alabama Healthcare Disaster Planning GuideThe Alabama Healthcare Disaster Planning Guide is the result of many discussions with healthcare organizations across the state. This guide was developed to help healthcare organizations in Alabama coordinate and create emergency operations plans (EOP) specific for their organization.
  • Training and regional and targeted exercises and drills (for range of stakeholder groups—including health and human service organizations and media)
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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
Healthcare Personnel Immunization ToolkitThe purpose of this toolkit is to provide infection preventionists and their employee/occupational health colleagues with a full spectrum of information, tools and resources that will assist them with the planning, development, implementation, evaluation and improvement of their healthcare personnel immunization program relevant in all healthcare settings. The intended user are the widerange of healthcare personnel, including all individuals working in healthcare settings who have the potential to be exposed to infectious material. This toolkit is valuable since it addresses areas that are important for a safe, comprehensive and dynamic approach to immunization.
  • Mitigation of hazards to health and healthcare facilities and systems with focus on identifying effective
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Plans and Integration
Rapid Visual Screenings (RVS) of Buildings for Potential Seismic HazardsThis handbook is intended for trained personnel in order to identify potentially hazardous buildings before an earthquake. The RVS procedure comprises a method and several forms that help users quickly identify, inventory, and rank such buildings accorded to expected safety and usability during and after earthquakes. The target audiences for this guide are building officials, engineers, architects, building owners, emergency managers, and interested citizens. This handbook provides value to community health resilience by providing a way to collect data about the potential seismic hazards of health care facilities in order to better plan for earthquakes and the health care reponse.
  • Mitigation of hazards to health and healthcare facilities and systems with focus on identifying effective
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Plans and Integration
Respiratory Protection ProgramThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) establishes uniform procedures for the appropriate selection, use and care of respiratory protective equipment for employees. In addition to establishing Respiratory Hazard Assessments and training, this resource provides appendices of questionnaires and worksheets for the intended user, which is health care officials. It provides value to community health resilience but defining and establishing protocol that ensures the health safety of those who work in the healthcare field.
  • Mitigation of hazards to health and healthcare facilities and systems with focus on identifying effective
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Plans and Integration
Medical Surge Plan ExampleThis 42-page plan was developed in order to guide the orderly response to a medical surge incident (including pandemic influenza) in a small rural/urban California county. In particular, the plan is intended to provide the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Medical/Health branch staff with information and guidance to effectively plan for, organize, and manage the medical response to a surge incident.
  • Situational awareness for organizations, jurisdictions, regions
  • Training and regional and targeted exercises and drills (for range of stakeholder groups—including health and human service organizations and media)
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
FEMA Emergency Managemnt Institute Training: Introduction to Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise Evaluationhis course introduces the student to the basic concepts and terminology of the offsite emergency preparedness program for commercial nuclear power plants. It provides an introduction to the program's exercise evaluation regulations, philosophy, and methodology.
  • Situational awareness for organizations, jurisdictions, regions
  • Training and regional and targeted exercises and drills (for range of stakeholder groups—including health and human service organizations and media)
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
Hospital Emergency Evacuation ToolkitThis toolkit is a representation of a guide for the development of an effective hospital evacuation plan. This document attempts to put many recommendations for Florida’s care hospitals to use as a basis to revise their current evacuation plan.
  • Health resilience assessment and measurement approaches for facilities, assets, and communities
  • Mitigation of hazards to health and healthcare facilities and systems with focus on identifying effective
  • Response Challenges
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