Mission Areas: Response

  • 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
  • Crisis standards of care
  • Critical transportation for patients, staff, and certified volunteers
  • 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
  • Damage assessment
  • Debris removal and disposal
  • Decontamination of structures, assets, soil, and water
  • Effective multi-jurisdiction/cross-sector integrated command structure for response and initial recovery
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
  • Effective prophylaxis and non-pharmaceutical interventions to control disease, including countermeasures planning and dispensing
  • Emergency mutual assistance agreements
  • 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)
  • Environmental health management
  • Evacuation and shelter-in-place
  • Fatality management
  • HAZMAT management (response, removal)
  • Health resilience assessment and measurement approaches for facilities, assets, and communities
  • Health, Emergency Services workforce recruitment, availability, maintenance, occupational health and safety, and certification
  • 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
  • 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
  • Interoperable and resilient communications systems
  • Laboratory testing capacity (public health clinical, environmental)
  • Legal, liability, and regulatory issues, constraints/waivers
  • Management of non-governmental support and volunteers
  • Mass care and sheltering
  • Medical materiel management and distribution
  • Medical surge capacity for emergencies, including availability of medical and mental health resources
  • Medical waste management
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Ongoing medical care, such as dialysis, medical resource availability, palliative health, and access to routine care, especially for children and pregnant women.
  • Pet and animal management, veterinary stockpiles, and dead animal disposal
  • Pharmaceutical caches
  • 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
  • Resource (government and private sector) management (identification, access, distribution, and monitoring)
  • Resource (government and private sector) management (identification, access, distribution, and monitoring)
  • Resumption of government, businesses, medical, community, and social services
  • 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
  • Search and rescue
  • 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
  • Volunteer recruitment, training, and certification
  • Ebola Planning and Response
  • Enterovirus Planning and Response
  • Emerging Infectious Disease Planning and Response
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Issues Related to Disaster
  • Hurricane Harvey Toolset
LinkTool/Resource NameHow the Tool is UsefulKey CapabilitiesFunctional Capability Sets
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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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.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Evacuation and shelter-in-place
  • Population-based preparedness and resilience, particularly for at-risk populations and for women and infants
  • Public outreach, information, and education
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  • 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.
  • HAZMAT management (response, removal)
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Plans and Integration
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
Outbreak Investigations: The 10-Step ApproachThis is a slideshow presentation that outlines the ten steps a community should take to investigate an outbreak. The guide explains the importance of investigation to public health and gives a step-by-step approach to investigation. Each step is explained in detail including resources, examples, definitions, and graphs. There is also a section on how to inform the media and how to find the source of the outbreak.
  • Public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group 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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Disaster Resistant Communities GroupThe Disaster Resistant Communities Group was established to provide a host of disaster planning and preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation services to local government agencies and departments as well as community and faith based organizations. In particular the site implements meaningful exercise opportunities to America's health systems that provide a comprehensive approach for assessing varuios disaster preparedness, response and recovery capabilities. This source adds value to community health resilience by providing healthcare officials the resources to train staff on how to respond to various events including active shooter, hurricanes, dispensing shortages, evacuations, and more.
  • Effective multi-jurisdiction/cross-sector integrated command structure for response and initial recovery
  • Training and regional and targeted exercises and drills (for range of stakeholder groups—including health and human service organizations and media)
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma Toolset
  • Plans and Integration
Dispensing Medical Countermeasures for Public Health EmergenciesThe purpose of this resource is to summarize a workshop that was conducted with the objective of reviewing a range of solutions to provide medical countermeasures rapidly to large numbers of people to protect them before or during a public health emergency, such as a bioterrorist attack or infectious disease outbreak. The intended user for both the workshop and this summary are healthcare and government officials who would be in charge of coordinating a response to an outbreak. This resource provides value to community health resilience by exploring viable options for how the healthcare field should respond to an attack or outbreak.
  • Effective prophylaxis and non-pharmaceutical interventions to control disease, including countermeasures planning and dispensing
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Plans and Integration
  • Response Challenges
Evidence-Informed Guidelines for Child-Focused Pandemic Planning and ResponseThis report examines the physical, social, and mental health effects of pandemic on children and families. Based upon these findings, the report also provides a set of evidence-informed, child-focused, best practice guidelines for use by stakeholders during future pandemics across a variety of relevant fields. This research provides value to community health resilience by investigating the impacts of pandemic on a specific at-risk group and is unique for especially focusing on emotional and pyschological impacts.
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
  • 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
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
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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
  • Read More
  • 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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Disaster Operations Handbook: Coordinating the Nation's Blood Supply During Disasters and Biological EventsThis handbook is designed to help blood centers, blood banks, and transfusion services prepare for and respond to disasters and terrorist attacks. The guide offers a section on preparation strategies which includes risk assessments, working with the media, human resources, etc. There is also a section on response processes which has a step-by-step process to follow, regulatory concerns, security concerns, etc. Each of these sections includes checklists, resources, forms, and contact information to aide in the coordination of blood supply. The guide also offers preparation checklists, response checklists, and resources for specific natural and man-made disasters. Lastly, the guide has a short Hospital Supplement section which includes what to do if a disaster occurs.
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
  • Medical surge capacity for emergencies, including availability of medical and mental health resources
  • Read More
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
Disaster Waste Management GuidelinesThis guidebook gives guidance and considerations for disaster waste management.It goes over the different phases of waste management: emergency, early recovery, recovery, and contingency. In each phase the guide outlines what actions should be considered and what tools and steps need to be taken. The guide also includes brief sections about health and safety, stakeholders, and communication. The last section of the guide includes a detailed table to fill out as each step in each phase is taken to ensure organization.
  • 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)
  • Environmental health management
  • HAZMAT management (response, removal)
  • 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
  • Read More
  • 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
Forensic Epidemiology: Joint Training for Law Enforcement and Public Health Officials on Investigative Responses to BioterrorismA primary goal for the training module is to enhance the joint effectiveness of law enforcement and public health when both disciplines conduct concurrent investigations in response to a threat or attack involving possible biological weapons. The module addresses this goal by bringing law enforcement and public health officials together while working through fact-based case scenarios involving biological weapons attacks or threats.
  • Effective multi-jurisdiction/cross-sector integrated command structure for response and initial recovery
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Plans and Integration
  • Response Challenges
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