NCDMPH Recovery Resources Public Health Depts

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Information for Public Health Departments

The recovery resources listed here are relevant to public health departments. For additional resources, please return to our main disaster recovery resource webpage.

  1. Bernard, D, Harvard School of Public Health PERLC. Emergency Planning for Local Public Health

    This online course, available through TRAIN (Course ID 1037309), is intended to provide local public health practitioners, emergency managers, and first responders with a foundation in emergency planning principles and the integration of public health into the emergency planning process. It covers topics such as public health emergency planning issues, public health roles and responsibilities during disasters, and the importance of emergency planning for public health. As it assesses public health’s role in the four phases of a disaster, this includes how public health is involved in recovery.

    Resource type: Online training

  2. Alabama Department of Public Health, Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC). The Emergency management Assistant Compact (EMAC) and its Application for Public Health Emergency Response and Recovery Operations 2008

    This online broadcast provides an introduction to EMAC''s organization, processes, and procedures, and how EMAC is used to provide public health and environmental health emergency assistance during the 2005 hurricane season. The broadcast addresses how to mitigate resource shortages in future disasters and the recovery process.

    Resource type: Webinar

  3. Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (NWPERLC), Washington. Mental Health and Preparedness: Are We Ready? 2004

    This webinar discusses "How frontline public health practitioners can help respond to the mental health needs of a community following a disaster. Knowing what to plan for and what types of adaptive behaviors follow disasters is essential. Promoting community resilience and mitigating maladaptive behavior are the goals of such a plan."

    Resource type: Webinar

  4. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia Regional Learning Center. Human Dimension to Disaster Recovery

    This webcast features Dr. Irwin Redlener, Principal Investigator of the Columbia Regional Learning Center, as he "Describes how improved coordination of intelligence services, enhanced detection of biological agents, and better infrastructure capacity can enable the public health sector to work more effectively. He also talks about the need for mobile medical care, electronic medical records, and further preparation for medical healthcare facility evacuations."

    Resource type: Webinar

  5. Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: Disaster Recovery for Public Health 2007

    This guidance document frames some of the considerations states take into account when developing public health recovery plans; and highlights a number of different states' experiences with disaster recovery efforts. Planning for recovery should be done with as much consideration as other aspects of emergency management, as recovery involves a wide array of social, economic, and political factors. A comprehensive recovery plan, based on the principles of sustainability, is a vital tool to state health agencies as they assist their communities in recovery.

    Resource type: Guidance document

  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Toolkit: Second edition PDF  2012

    The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) enables public health practitioners and emergency management officials to rapidly determine the health status and needs of an affected community following a disaster. CASPER uses valid statistical methods to gather these data, allowing health officials to make decisions and prioritizations based on sound information.

    Resource type: Template

  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public Health Mutual Aid Agreements - A Menu of Suggested Provisions PDF  2007

    This template suggests model agreements for public health officials interested in developing mutual aid agreements. Mutual aid agreements can be effective tools to assist government agencies in sharing information, data, supplies, resources, equipment, or personnel for the purpose of protecting the public's health. The CDC Public Health Law Program, in coordination with CDC Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, gathered, reviewed, analyzed, condensed, and categorized provisions from numerous and varied mutual aid agreements to create these model agreements.

    Resource type: Template