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Prepare for an emergency by equipping first responders with the medication they need to safely respond to a biological incident or other public health disaster. Protect first responders while cutting down on response time.

The Bio-Pack toolkit demonstrates an effective model of medication prepositioning implemented in Montgomery County, MD.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Building a Public Health Community of Practice – A Biosurveillance Resource Compendium is a CD toolkit intended to help public health agencies implement an effective, comprehensive biosurveillance program.

Providing approximately 40 resources, the CD includes a series of articles on implementing biosurveillance initiatives, materials defining and discussing the development of a public health community of practice, specific examples of real-world tools and resources that have proven beneficial in North Texas (including system response protocols), and a research report on biosurveillance system efficacy.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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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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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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The Guide to Multi-jurisdictional Collaborations is a resource for leaders in Public Health Emergency Preparedness who seek answers about their community's capacity to respond to disasters. This Guide provides examples of laws, inter-jurisdictional cooperation agreements, collaborations, policies, practices, and procedures. Additionally, the Guide addresses various formal and informal means to develop agreements, potential legal issues these agreements may generate, and the benefits and liabilities governments and their agents may reasonably expect when entering into such agreements.
Western New York Public Health Alliance Advanced Practice Center
 
[ HostedVideo, PDF ]

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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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
 

[ Website, Podcast, PowerPoint, Word, PDF ]

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 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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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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Inclusive Just-in-Time Training (I-JITT) for Mass Prophylaxis/POD Operations is a comprehensive and systematic toolkit designed to support individuals leading and responding to a public health emergency. Its approach to training is aligned with best practice from the field of adult learning theory.

The toolkit consists of five components: Implementation Instructions for the Preparedness Planner, an Operational Briefing Checklist for the Mass Prophylaxis/POD Supervisor, a Field Training Guide for Team Leaders (complete with Job Action Sheets), a “Go-Guide” job aide for surge responders to utilize during an incident, and a short evaluation form to evaluate the I-JITT approach.

Multnomah County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Inclusive Just-in-Time Training (I-JITT) for Public Health Investigations is a comprehensive and systematic toolkit designed to support individuals leading and responding to a public health emergency. Its approach to training is aligned with best practice from the field of adult learning theory.

The toolkit consists of five components: Implementation Instructions for the Preparedness Planner, an Operational Briefing Checklist for the Epidemiology/Surveillance Group Supervisor, a Field Training Guide for Team Leaders (complete with Job Action Sheets), a “Go-Guide” job aide for surge responders to utilize during an incident, and a short evaluation form to evaluate the I-JITT approach.

Multnomah County Advanced Practice Center
 
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Intended for use by local health departments (LHDs) as part of a multi-sector effort to coordinate planning for and response to a pandemic influenza outbreak, the 60-page guide offers the following: An overview of key issues that should be considered for inclusion in a local jurisdiction's pandemic influenza plan. An examination within each issue area of questions that should be asked, ideas on where to find information that may be needed, and partners that could be consulted to address those topics within the plan. Examples of ways in which other jurisdictions have addressed the topics described in the guide. Links to information that can be used to further investigate the topics or resources that can be used to customize tools for individual jurisdictions. At the core of this guide are plans developed by departments that host two of NACCHO's Advanced Practice Centera, cutting-edge learning laboratories that develop and test tools that help other LHDs tackle all-hazards preparedness. Santa Clara County, California and Seattle-King County, Washington, have both produced notably comprehensive, but very different, plans addressing pandemic influenza that serve as the foundation of this document's findings.
Santa Clara County 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 toolkit serves as a resource for local public health departments to develop plans for medical mass care. The toolkit provides scalable, operational direction and tools for the establishment of alternative care sites, i.e. Influenza Care Centers (ICC) to meet the health care needs of patients requiring hospital care who are not able to receive such care at one of the local hospitals. Although the guide focuses on pandemic influenza, the approaches described and the tools provided can be adapted for other medical-health emergencies and hazards requiring medical mass care.
Santa Clara 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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This tip sheet is designed for epidemiologists, disease control and emergency preparedness directors, and information technology professionals. It highlights the importance of disease surveillance and the need for the right tools to help assess data accurately and in a timely manner.

Montgomery 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 resource contains peer reviews of a variety of exercise and evaluation documents that have been prepared to assist public health emergency planners. Most are directed to public health practitioners, while some are written for first responders and others are designed for use in a hospital setting, highlighting the roles of partners in emergency preparedness. All may be adapted for use by local health departments.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 
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This online training module serves as a companion to our APC white paper on Inclusive Just-in-Time training as well as a primer for LHD leaders and administrators in understanding the model of I-JITT and how it can be adopted, adapted, and tailored in their organization. Learning Objectives By the end of this training, the learner should be able to: Define Inclusive Just-In-Time Training (JITT) Describe how to apply Inclusive JITT in a public health response Explain the importance of incorporating Inclusive JITT into ongoing organizational training and preparedness efforts Describe how to adopt Inclusive JITT at the local level The online module uses the example of Susan, a health administrator, and the type of training she received during a mass vaccination event. Additionally, through the use of video, the module reinforces the learnings and provides examples to illustrate visually, the concepts within. Contained within the course are knowledge checks and interactive activities intended to stimulate the learners in applying the content in the module.
Multnomah 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 Site Signage and Pocket Translator tools were developed for use in Point of Dispensing (POD) operations. They are intended to enhance understanding of POD stations/functional areas and related activities for individuals with limited English proficiency or disability.
Cambridge Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Multnomah County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This public health clinic operations toolkit, developed by the Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center, incorporates four training modules and comes with the following items: an instructors guide; appendices of resources and templates; and two videos. Operation Caroline demonstrates a mock dispensing and vaccination clinic and Operation Dagwood demonstrates a mock smallpox vaccination clinic.
Montgomery County 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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This exercise guide is a rich resource tool utilizing tools previously developed by the Tarrant County APC to provide guidance on performing a public health-focused radiological exercise. The document distills key information from a variety of authoritative sources, to be used as a process guide for local health departments to perform one of the most critical but often neglected aspects of public health readiness: the operations-based or test exercise for an incident involving radioactive agents such as a radioactive dispersion device or so-called “dirty bomb.” The guide contains numerous links to planning and training resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Energy websites. The CD also contains a 17 minute video overview of a major field functional exercise performed in November 2004 involving a simulated dirty bomb at a major NASCAR facility, the Texas Motor Speedway. This CD should be used as a didactic piece along with the DVD, “Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Public Health Exercise – A Dirty Bomb Disaster.” The CD covers additional operational considerations in performing a radiological exercise.
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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This tip sheet highlights essential tasks in being prepared for outbreak investigations including the advance preparation of epidemiological questionnaires and other data collection resources.
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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This guide offers insight to help local public health departments develop a Web-based portal using open source software to facilitate health information exchange between the local health department and schools and childcare facilities.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

[ PowerPoint, PDF, HostedVideo ]
PsychoSocial/Behavioral Response to Radiological and Nuclear Disasters is an awareness-level orientation course that addresses mental health/behavioral health issues relevant to radiological/nuclear disasters. The training incorporates elements of established disaster mental health knowledge gleaned from actual radiological/nuclear events as well as practices described in leading academic and governmental publications. Completed in September 2010 and available at no cost to NACCHO members, the course provides curriculum for educators and trainers responsible for workforce development in behavioral health response competencies for radiological/nuclear disaster workers. The CD tool provides training materials that allow public health departments, healthcare, EMS personnel, other public safety responders and public health partners to effectively understand how to provide for early detection of, and the mitigation of the deleterious behavioral health and psychosocial effects of a nuclear or radiological disaster. The course also includes exercises that cover radiation exposure devices, radiological dispersion devices (dirty bomb) or improvised nuclear devices, and how to effectively interact with the public and healthcare community via the application of Psychological First Aid and effective Risk Communication. The CD is a train-the-trainer tool that consists of didactic instruction including PowerPoint slides as presentation aids as well as practice of concepts learned using vignettes/scenarios, group discussion, and decision-making with feedback. Handouts and references also provide detail that extends the scope of the presented materials. Trainer guidance is also provided as self-study material. Training addresses the four major intervention strategies for mental health/behavioral health management of a radiological/nuclear mass casualty incident: mental health triage, psychological first aid, risk communication, and building personal and community resilience. Local health departments can use the resources on the CD “as is” or customize them for their unique needs. The product requires no special training or computer equipment other than the availability of a CD drive with optional Internet connection.
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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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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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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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, staffing of Alternative Care Sites has been identified as a major challenge of other local health departments and their partners. The goal of this training is to develop a just-in-time template for local health departments to train non‐medical staff for duties associated with a special needs shelter.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This tool guides an experienced Local Health Department (LHD) administrator or Incident Commander (IC) through decision-making processes to allocate staff between two major types of public health operations both in advance of, and during, a public health emergency. Disease investigation (surveillance, investigation, contact tracing, and case management) due to a naturally occurring disease, food-borne outbreak, or bioterrorist event Mass prophylaxis (using medicines or vaccines to mitigate disease) While the tool applies to any incident calling for both disease investigation and prophylaxis operations, it is aimed at larger scale emergency operations requiring rapid decision-making to obtain and allocate surge staff resources—decisions that may have to be justified to and approved by authorities within, or outside of, the LHD. This tool is comprised of three distinct worksheets: Decision points in a flow diagram representing various points in disease investigation and mass prophylaxis operations Response questions for decision-makers to consider when collecting information to make decisions Staffing needs based on plans, the scenario, and specific decisions Although intended for disease investigation and mass prophylaxis operations, this tool operates within a greater public health context that may involve other interventions (e.g., isolation & quarantine, social distancing, and risk communication). This tool organizes complex information into simpler categories that will help determine resource needs based on the local situation, operational objectives, plans, and partnerships. For example: Tested plans that will achieve operational objectives. Risk communication plans to make the public an informed partner able to adhere to public health recommendations or requirements. Partner organizations that provide staffing resources to LHD operations, or that independently conduct operations. The tool includes a example emergency scenario to illustrate the proper use of the tool and a related public health decision-making pathway.
Multnomah 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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A companion trainer guide for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals: Training for Environmental Health Professionals CD, this guide contains presentation outlines and group activities designed for environmental health managers and trainers.
Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center