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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


    CDC offers a variety of resources for clinicians, communicators, laboratorians, emergency planners and responders, and disaster relief volunteers to prepare them to respond to a public health emergency.

    A link on this website connects to Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) which prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant, timely information related to disease outbreaks, disasters, terrorism events, and other health alerts.

    There is also a link to OSHA Best Practices for Hospital-Based First Receivers of Victims: Information to help hospitals in developing and implementing emergency management plans for protecting hospital-based emergency department personnel during the receipt of contaminated victims from mass casualty incidents occurring at locations other than the hospital; provided by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Also with a link to Planning Resources by Setting Tools for healthcare planners who are tasked with ensuring their facility is prepared to respond to a public health emergency within specified settings like hospitals, urgent care, and long-term care.

    Particular training on this website links to Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) Course, Strategic National Stockpile Preparedness Course, Application and Integration of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPI) into Pre-Pandemic Influenza Planning, Preparedness and Response, Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response, Reproductive Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response, Keep Learning with Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) Conference Calls & webinars, and Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Webinars.

    Additional Preparedness Tools and Resources include Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs): Planning Guidance and Checklists, Medical Consequences Estimation Tool (MedCon), Epidemic Information Exchange (Epi-X), Medical Countermeasure Readiness, Planning Resources by Setting, and Reaching At-Risk Populations. Response Tools and Resources include Psychological First Aid for First Responders, Public Health Emergency Response Guide, Assessment and Surveillance after a Disaster, Response Worker Health and Safety, Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas.

    There is also information on Legal Preparedness during disaster, including Legal Preparedness Webinar Series, Regulations and Laws That May Apply During a Pandemic, Legal Authorities for Isolation and Quarantine, The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual: Legal Considerations, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Clearinghouse, The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Clearinghouse is a central repository for emergency preparedness-related statutes, regulations, orders, reports, and legal tools. The Clearinghouse is intended to aid jurisdictions considering updates and clarifications to their public health emergency legal preparedness activities.

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