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Capability 1: Community Preparedness
Community preparedness is the ability of communities to prepare for, withstand, and recover - in both the short and long terms - from public health incidents.
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Prepare for medical surge by engaging community pharmacies/pharmacists with preparedness efforts.

Federal, state, and local governments must reach out to pharmacists to ensure that they are included in policy decisions and emergency planning, and to seek their input on the pharmaceutical needs of vulnerable populations. Rx4Prep is an interactive, educational website to help local health departments obtain information about collaborating with pharmacies and connect with other users.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 
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Foster relationships with community partners and incorporate volunteers into local preparedness and response.

This toolkit was developed to help hospitals and public health agencies integrate volunteer support into hospital inpatient, emergency department, and incident response operations through deployment of just-in-time training (JITT) and exercise curricula.

Mesa County Advanced Practice Center
 

[ HostedVideo, PDF ]

Help businesses, government agencies, and community-based organizations in your jurisdiction with pandemic flu planning efforts.

This 20-minute video profiles leaders from a variety of organizations as they prepare for the consequences of an influenza pandemic.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 
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Partner with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainers in your jurisdiction to provide them with pandemic H1N1 influenza training resources.

Increase awareness of the threat of a pandemic influenza and its impact on the community and give CERT participants the education and tools needed to increase preventive health behaviors and limit the spread of the pandemic influenza virus.

Santa Clara County Advanced Practice Center, revised by the San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Closed POD Partnerships: Train the Trainer website is designed for businesses, faith-based and community-based organizations, higher education institutions (colleges and universities) and federal agencies that are interested in partnering with their local health department as closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for mass dispensing of antibiotics to employees, family members and/or clients in the event of a large scale infectious disease emergency.

This resource includes self-guided online training modules, forms, templates, fact sheets, planning resources, checklists, and information useful for staff setting up and working a closed POD.

San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 

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Tabletop exercises are one of the strategies that the public health workforce can use to convene and engage their community partners. This resource provides state and local public health entities with information and guidance on the key ingredients to consider when developing and facilitating a bioterrorism tabletop exercise.

Dekalb County Board of Health Advanced Practice Center, revised by the San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 

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Provide child care providers with the knowledge and skills to develop a continuity of operations plan (COOP) for emergency events, specifically an H1N1 influenza pandemic.

This tool includes a trainer outline, notes, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations. The training can be used by local health departments or other community service agencies to help prepare the child care community for emergency events.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This training program guides Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer candidates through various topics that conform to the MRC Core Competencies Matrix. The tool covers various topics, including disaster preparedness, universal precautions, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and other topics essential for the proper training of volunteers.

The CD-ROM includes resource links, videos, a course map, and exercises for self-assessment.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 
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This module provides an engaging educational experience that simulates field-based decisions related to environmental health issues for two scenarios: a major flood and a chemical spill caused by a train derailment.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Mesa County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Design and conduct a full-scale disaster exercise using a DVD-based interactive training course designed to assist public health and emergency management professionals.

The DVD includes video footage that details Tarrant County's full-scale dirty bomb disaster drill. The tool also includes an interactive training manual as well as a chapter-based lecture series focused on the design and evaluation components of a public health exercise.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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For this training module, environmental health professionals from around the country shared how they dealt with actual disasters and emergencies. Their real-world stories – through which they share valuable tips, techniques, and lessons learned – will guide you through the preparation, response, and recovery stages of emergencies and disasters.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 
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Download a quick reference guide to provide step-by-step emergency information to food managers and other supervisory personnel at food service establishments. The handbook addresses both naturally-occurring and man-made emergencies.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Mesa County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This web-based training course focuses on the role of environmental health professionals in emergency preparedness.

Divided into two modules, “Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals” and “Putting Principles into Practice,” this course addresses basic environmental health concepts important to front-line staff with years of experience as well as those new to the field.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Emergency Preparedness Checklist is designed to ensure that clients receiving home care and case management services develop an emergency plan and gather a three-day or more supply of nine essential items in preparation for an emergency event.

The Checklist is designed to be cut out or copied and directly inserted into a client's chart. This checklist can be used in conjunction with Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center's Plan to Be Safe Campaign materials.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This Checklist is designed to ensure that health care facilities are well prepared and able to shelter-in-place and remain self-sufficient during a variety of emergencies.

Although licensing and quality standards vary by jurisdiction, public health professional and local, state, and federal regulators can view the Checklist as a template that is readily adaptable to their needs and uses.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This linguistically and culturally appropriate intervention, available in both English and Spanish, is designed to train promoters de salud (lay health promoters) in the basic elements of emergency preparedness.

This toolkit is available in English and Spanish and includes key concepts, messages, and guidance regarding the use of educational materials, conduct of group interventions, and documentation of activities to increase awareness, knowledge, and practices regarding emergency preparedness among the Latino community.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This trainer guide offers food trainers a scripted, two-hour course on the fundamentals that will help food workers prevent or mitigate impacts to the safety of food and people in the panic of an emergency.

The Emergency Handbook for Food Managers serves as the basis for this training guide. The trainer guide is recommended for food manager certification renewal training.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Mesa County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This toolkit is designed to prepare child care providers for emergency events and to assist in recovery efforts by helping children cope with traumatic events.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Does your agency have an environmental health emergency response plan? The Environmental Health Emergency Response Guide can complement existing emergency plans or serve as a foundation when developing a new environmental health emergency response plan. The guide addresses 15 environmental health-related topics and describes the potential roles for environmental health professionals during an emergency or disaster.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Mesa County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This compendium highlights information on environmental health issues likely to be faced during emergencies and is organized around the major functional areas of environmental health.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 

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This toolkit contains two tutorials: Just-in-Time Trainings for Managing Disease Outbreak Information and Simple Steps to Create a Health Assessment.

Cambridge Advanced Practice Center, revised by the San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 

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This list addresses equipment and supplies useful for responding to an emergency. It was created to help food service establishments plan ahead, so that they are not left without basic necessities in the event of an emergency.

This fact sheet is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hmong, Laotian, Oromo, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 
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The Flu Prevention and Care Guide is a public educational flyer designed to appeal to a wide audience with specific focus on low-literacy and limited English proficiency populations.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Designed for use with the Food Safety & Security Self-Audit Checklist, this picture guide and poster set—English and Spanish—clarifies best practices for comprehensive food protection that includes food security and emergency preparedness. This resource is useful for staff training and in situations where literacy or language barriers exist.
Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 

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An essential tool for food managers, the self-audit checklist integrates food defense and emergency readiness into food safety management offering a single system for food protection. Using this self audit tool will reduce: Risks of unsafe practices; Uncertainty in emergencies; and Food-borne illness outbreak. This checklist is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hmong, Laotian, Oromo, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali.
Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 
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This two-page, step-by-step tip sheet outlines how to create partnerships with community hospitals around the issue of emergency preparedness. The tipsheet also summarizes some of the benefits of a hospital-public health partnership that will lead to a more effective emergency response.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This two-page tip sheet provides information on how to enhance emergency preparedness efforts by creating and fostering a collaborative partnership with the community, with a specific focus on long term child care. The document helps identify needs and partners for initiating child care planning in a public health emergency and helps identify solutions for meeting child care needs of critical service workers.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 
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Two fact sheets provide food managers and environmental health professionals with guides for emergency preparedness on recommended items to include in an emergency kit, and, making costly decisions after an emergency event. Prepared by the Twin Cities Metro APC, the two fact sheets address equipment and supplies useful for responding to an emergency, and a single-page reference for deciding whether to salvage or discard food, furnishings and equipment during cleanup and recovery.
Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 
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Local Heroes is an emergency preparedness training and social marketing campaign for public health agencies that is designed to introduce public health workers to the concepts within emergency preparedness and their role in a response. This DVD-Rom is a “train-the-trainer” and “train-the-workforce” resource that includes training materials and presentations designed to teach individuals how to deliver training to their public health workforce, and to introduce public health employees at all levels to the concept of emergency preparedness. Local Heroes also includes a number of branding and promotional items that can be customized to stimulate interest in emergency preparedness and instill a positive desire among individual public health workers to help them recognize and understand their specific role in response to a public health emergency.
Dekalb County Board of Health Advanced Practice Center
 
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This comprehensive toolkit evolved from recognition of the need for communities to increase their preparedness for managing mass fatalities. Its focus—the care and management of the dead—is one of the most difficult aspects of disaster response and recovery operations. Toolkit materials are based on lessons learned from actual events, including the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. The toolkit provides scalable, operational direction and tools to guide jurisdictions in creating a local plan. Highlights include: Identification of stakeholders involved in mass fatality management and recommendations for a planning process that is co-led by public health and the medical examiner/coroners office; Specific guidelines for all medical examiner/coroner responsibilities at the incident site, morgue, and family assistance center Guidance on infection and other health and safety threats; and Requirements and recommendations for managing mass fatalities during a worst-case scenario pandemic influenza.
Santa Clara County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Marta the Planner is an educational video on the Plan to Be Safe Campaign that encourages individuals to plan and prepare for an emergency, and should be used in conjunction with the Plan to Be Safe Campaign materials. The CD-ROM includes closed captioning for the hearing impaired, with universal preparedness messages for all localities and regions.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

[ Podcast, Website ]

Master the Disaster!LIVE (MTD!/LIVE) is an online, web-based tool that will run on any computer platform (Windows, Linux, or Mac) that offers a simplified, step-by-step process for creating your own customized tabletop exercise (TTX) slide presentation for several chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) and natural disaster scenarios.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Every community is made up of diverse groups of residents with varied and sometimes complex everyday needs. Is your community prepared to handle those needs so that no resident is left behind? Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Populations: Equity in Emergency Preparedness is a web toolkit that will help you organize, communicate and connect with your community.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 
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No Ordinary Flu is a comic that illustrates a compelling story through the eyes of a survivor of the 1918 pandemic. The comic connects the audience to the present-day threat, communicating crucial preparedness messages to limited-English-proficient, non-English-proficient, and low-literacy groups.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 
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This toolkit is designed to assist local health departments in developing a program for home care providers to integrate emergency preparedness into their daily activities with their clients. The toolkit includes participant materials and customizable promotional items. Original files are available by request.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Santa Clara County Public Health Department Advanced Practice Center created the Pandemic Influenza School Planning Toolkit to assist local public health agencies in partnering with the schools within their jurisdictions for pandemic emergency preparedness planning. The toolkit is designed to: Increase awareness of the threat of a pandemic influenza and its impact on the school community. Guide schools in developing specific pandemic influenza measures to integrate into their emergency crisis plans. Specifically, To increase preventive health behaviors that limit the spread of viruses, such as a pandemic influenza. To continue student learning and core operations during the pandemic. To recover, returning to the "new normal," when the pandemic has passed. A plan template is provided to guide development of pandemic specific measures to augment a school's emergency crisis plan. The plan template is supported by several tools (e.g., communications tools and continuity of instruction tools) to assist schools in completing specific template sections. The template, when completed by a school, becomes the school's pandemic plan. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department Advanced Practice Center created the Pandemic Influenza School Planning Toolkit to assist local public health agencies in partnering with the schools within their jurisdictions for pandemic emergency preparedness planning. The toolkit is designed to: Increase awareness of the threat of a pandemic influenza and its impact on the school community. Guide schools in developing specific pandemic influenza measures to integrate into their emergency crisis plans. Specifically, To increase preventive health behaviors that limit the spread of viruses, such as a pandemic influenza. To continue student learning and core operations during the pandemic. To recover, returning to the "new normal," when the pandemic has passed. A plan template is provided to guide development of pandemic specific measures to augment a school's emergency crisis plan. The plan template is supported by several tools (e.g., communications tools and continuity of instruction tools) to assist schools in completing specific template sections. The template, when completed by a school, becomes the school's pandemic plan.
Santa Clara County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Pandemic Readiness and Response Toolkit was developed to empower communities to initiate a proper, measured response before an actual outbreak strikes the community. The Pandemic Readiness and Response toolkit was successfully used during the 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and regional partners. About The Toolkit: The Pandemic Readiness and Response toolkit provides: Sample Transitional Medical Model templates for the following jurisdictions - urban county, suburban county, rural county with a hospital, and rural county without a hospital. Also included are resources to develop tabletop and functional exercises that automatically create customized materials, specific to your jurisdiction. These resources will provide an agency with cost efficient, adaptable exercises they can use in preparing and exercising their Pandemic plan. This toolkit has been designed to support NACCHO’s Project Public Health Ready goals.
Toledo-Lucas County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Pictographic Product Recalls CD is designed for use by local health department staff. The CD, used together with an FDA announcement of a product recall, enables local health staff to create product recall materials for distribution in their communities. The CD includes a Guide to Creating pictographic recall alerts, as well as template announcements for use with undeclared ingredients, foreign materials and product contamination announcements and a selection of 26 pictograms for inclusion in the recall notices. With these materials, a local health official can produce a functional product recall notice in 30 minutes or less.
Cambridge Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center has developed an educational tool that promotes preparing a disaster kit with at least 9 items. The toolkit includes the following items: Poster; Take-away brochure; and Tri-fold brochure. In addition to emphasizing the 9-item disaster kit, the materials also introduce a three-step disaster plan, which includes: Starting a conversation; Making a plan; and Making a kit. Each product within the toolkit is available in a downloadable format that will allow for individual customization.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Preparar Su Negocio Para Emergencias Naturales y Causadas por el Hombre tool is a Spanish translation of APC’s Preparing Your Business for Emergencies, Natural & Man-Made Disasters CD toolkit, developed in 2006. The original product was developed to guide business decision-makers through the planning process in preparing for emergencies and disasters. Completed in September 2010 and available at no cost to NACCHO members, the translated product reflects the need to address preparedness planning among small to mid-size businesses in the Latino community, a vulnerable population. This tool uses best practices identified to assist local Latino businesses in preparedness planning. It provides a guideline for the management of actions and operations required to respond to an emergency or disaster. The tool offers information on actions to be taken, key resources required, and procedures to be followed. The benefits of using this product for preparedness planning are to reduce the impact of disasters, prevent injury, and facilitate business continuity. Specific topics covered include developing an emergency plan, evacuation procedures, shelter-in-place training, recovery locations, communications, preparing for specific disasters, computer and data security, personal preparedness at home and work, decision-making in a disaster, and volunteer opportunities. All of these topics are translated into Spanish. Hispanic business owners can use the resources on this product “as is” or customize them for their unique needs. Users can complete a self-assessment before they start reviewing the various topics on the CD. This self-assessment allows them to determine areas that may require further information and review. Users can select relevant topics and even complete and print out forms and planning guides that may help better prepare their business for disasters and emergencies. The product requires no special training or computer equipment other than the availability of a CD drive or access to the Internet.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This training module outlines how to conduct a five-hour training session for experienced health promoters and includes a review of the basic concepts of emergency preparedness, pandemic flu, and risk communications.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The customizable Pandemic Flu Pocket Guide outlines what the public should know about pan flu. This easy-to-carry guide folds to wallet size. It describes the distinctions between seasonal flu and pandemic flu; provides information on what to expect during a pandemic event; and explains how to control the spread of disease. It can be customized with local emergency broadcast information local emergency resource listings and personal contact numbers. It is also available in most languages that can be customized to your area. This tool was developed by Santa Clara County Public Health Department with the assistance of Worldways Social Marketing. A Web sample of the Santa Clara County Pocket Guide is available here. To create a Pocket Guide customized for your area, contact Worldways Social Marketing at 303.779.3004 ext. 3517.
Santa Clara County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Preparing your Business for Emergencies, Natural and Man-Made Disasters is a CD-ROM toolkit designed to assist administrators of small- to mid-sized businesses in preparing for emergencies and disasters. This toolkit includes a 10-question self-assessment, emergency preparedness plan forms, educational presentations, disaster scenario and exercise, videos and additional resources. The materials were created from a variety of government and university sources specializing in the topic areas. Some of the topics covered include developing an emergency plan; evacuation and in-place protection; choosing a recovery location; communications; preparing for specific disasters; computer and data security; personal preparedness at home (training for employees); volunteer opportunities; and decision-making in a disaster.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Introduction to Public Health for Local Partners and Stakeholders is a CD training tool that introduces police and fire/EMS cadets to the principles of public health, with particular emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of public health during an emergency. This course reinforces the collaborative nature of emergency preparedness and the critical need to work together to ensure a coordinated, efficient community response. It contains both a didactic piece and Train-the-Trainer notes on public health, preparedness, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), epidemiology, and isolation and quarantine. In addition to the didactic piece, there are two scenarios -- avian influenza and white powder incident -- to help demonstrate how and where public health and law enforcement interface. This tool was pilot tested among Tarrant County police and fire/EMS, and the material for this tool is used on a regular basis at police academies to teach cadets. At each session pre- and post-tests were conducted to determine if cadets truly gained some knowledge from these sessions; all sessions demonstrated improvement from pre- to post-test. All classroom sessions provide course evaluation feedback forms, as well, that are used for course improvements and adjustments.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Cambridge Advanced Practice Center for Emergency Preparedness has developed materials to assist local health departments in creating public health mutual aid agreements. These materials have been used to develop and implement a public health mutual aid agreement in a 27-community region in Massachusetts. The materials include 5 PDF documents that can help local health departments begin the process of creating jurisdiction appropriate mutual aid agreements: Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement: A Template Explanation of a Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement Scenarios for Use of a Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement Frequently Asked Questions: Public Health Mutual Aid A Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement: White Paper
Cambridge Advanced Practice Center, revised by the San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 
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This three-volume set is a collection of training and tutorial material compiled for awareness level training on how to respond to incidences involving nuclear, radiological or chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The material was created from a variety of government, university, and private foundation sources specializing in WMD emergency preparedness. It is targeted at three distinct audiences involved in emergency response: public health staff, medical ER staff, and fire/first responders. It also contains a training section for trainers who may present the material as provided, or may customize from the various sections to emphasize certain emergency response concepts as needed. Users should first review the README file, study the tutorial modules in Appendix A, step through the training presentation slides in the folder for their particular background interest, then take the post-training tests in Appendix B. Tutorial tests are also provided at the end of each module in Appendix A and may be submitted to the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center Office of Professional and Continuing Education for CME/CEU credits.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This tool kit identifies techniques for conducting pre-event public education activities, as well as strategies for pre-event and event risk communication planning. The tool kit is organized into three sections: Plan, Prepare and Perform. Each section includes Santa Clara County Public Health Department insights, key tactics, lessons learned and tools when communicating to the public during a health or medical emergency event.
Santa Clara County Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Toledo-Lucas County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Risk Communicating Resources for Rural Areas is a toolkit to help rural public health clinics communicate their message to the community during an emergency or disaster. The goal of this tool is to put comprehensive, accessible, and ready-to-use materials in the hands of local health departments. The tool contains information on the following topics: Communicating during a natural event Communicating during a biological event Communicating during a chemical event Communicating during a radiological event Communicating during a mass vaccination/medical event How to have a Joint Information Center in your community Non-traditional ways to communicate
Ware County Board of Health -- APC Mini Site
 

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This guide highlights findings from a panel of local health department directors and emergency responders. They discuss their experiences handling population surge and to identify guidelines other rural responders might use to improve their preparedness work.
Western New York Public Health Alliance Advanced Practice Center
 
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The SPIVA Toolkit is for local health department staff and others involved in planning and implementing seasonal and pandemic influenza campaigns. The toolkit promotes community assessment as an emergency preparedness tool. Examples in the toolkit illustrate three data collection methods: key informant interviews, focus groups, and surveys. There are sections on identifying and engaging target populations and putting community assessment data to use. The toolkit includes a 7-step method to plan, implement, and manage surveys and discussion on using online tools. By using this product, staff members will be trained in practical survey and assessment techniques applicable to various public health functions. Expected outcomes are: to improve mass vaccination planning and coordination with private providers, community-based organizations, and other key public health partners; and increase staff awareness of local health conditions and potential gaps in public health preparedness to inform future preparedness planning. Onsite evaluation of this product by LHDs is pending.
San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 

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Speak First: Communicating Effectively in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty is a proven, practical training for building the skills to delivering first messages in the early hours of a crisis. Learn what you need to know, how to sharpen your skills, and how to teach others how to master these best practices. This training was designed for two types of users: (1) Trainers who will be teaching Speak First skills to others; (2) Self-directed individuals and group learners. Those who will benefit from acquiring these skills include anyone who may have to speak to the public during a crisis. This could include public health directors, communication specialists, receptionists, on-scene responders, call center operators, elected officials, and others.
Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This tool focuses on infection control measures clinics and office settings can take to prevent the spread of germs, including influenza. It was developed to engage the medical community in pandemic flu preparedness. It has been reviewed by infection control professionals as well as those who work in offices and medical clinics. It includes office and clinic information, patient education materials and an audio slide presentation on infection control measures. It is available in CD-ROM format and materials are customizable for your local health department.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This Toolkit can be used as a guide to support the development of a healthcare coalition, or as a topic-specific reference to complement existing health response planning in a community. It is designed as a framework, not a substitute, for the collaborative planning process that each health jurisdiction must undertake. This Toolkit provides a planning framework, tools and templates.
Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Strengthening the Strengtheners: A Toolkit in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for Congregations was provided to participants at the recent "Strengthening the Strengtheners: An Emergency Preparedness Conference for Faith Community Nurses/Health Ministries." It contains a list of resources, checklists, and assessment questions from various faith-based, community, and federal organizations which can be used to help congregations develop plans for a potential emergency. Special populations, such as children, seniors, persons with disabilities, animals and pets, are also addressed within this toolkit.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This product includes three comic books with stories told by real-life disaster survivors. In Deep Water (flood), Aftershocks (earthquake), and Eye over Houston (hurricane) are all designed around the theme of personal preparedness and community resilience. These stories showcase how neighbors and communities can pull together and provide practical tips from actual survivors.
Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Syndromic Surveillance for Epidemiological Investigation - Response Protocols for Disease Detection guides the target audience of both public heath and hospital workers in the understanding and development of response protocols to surveillance alerts. Content is a Web-based course that introduces the concept of response protocols and guides users on developing and using response protocols through a series of modules. A learning self-assessment is provided in the form of interactive scenarios prompting response to questions and providing answers with explanation. The product's content was tested at the 2009 Public Health Preparedness Summit through classroom didactic and evaluation forms. The requirements were vetted through CDC BioSense and local health department epidemiology reviews.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 
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Using ESSENCE IV — A Self-Paced Training Course is a CD-ROM training tool that provides interactive guidance to public health and healthcare providers in the understanding and use of surveillance software system, Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics or ESSENCE. It contains an objectives-based learning assessment that will introduce the software and highlight its values and applications through a series of modules: Module 1 describes the purpose of the software and its importance as a syndromic surveillance system; Module 2 navigates users through the application and learn the various functions of each page; Module 3 educates the user on the various statistical functions and algorithms employed in the system; Module 4 explores the use of alerts and queries in daily surveillance; and Module 5 applies the user's training to the investigation of “real-life” public health scenarios. The training tool incorporates the guidance and expertise provided by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in the development of this product.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center