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OOMPH Library Resources: PHW 257/258 Emergency Response and Preparedness: Networks and Organizations


Linking Health Professionals - a collaborative knowledge network designed specifically to provide healthcare professionals with the means to connect with one another.

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Listserv - email discussion forum for professionals interested in disaster health information outreach to their communities: stay informed about current disaster-related resources, connect to colleagues in the field, engage in information exchange and learn about new ideas, trends, training opportunities, and conferences in the area of disaster health information.

Organizations & Agencies

US-based organizations
Ready is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

National Emergency Management Association:
» Emergency Management Accreditation Program:

National Association of County and City Health Officials: (NACCHO)
» NACCHO Public Health Preparedness
» NACCHO Affiliate Membership Information: An Individual or Organization that is not associated with a local health department (LHD) may join as an Affiliate member, subject to NACCHO approval.

Emergency Preparedness and Response (US CDC):
Includes online resources such as the Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors (2011): Guidance and information to assist in rapidly establishing priorities and undertaking necessary actions during the response to an emergency or disaster.

Emergency Response, Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (US CDC): ATSDR Emergency Response Teams are available 24 hours a day, and are comprised of toxicologists, physicians, and other scientists available to assist during an emergency involving hazardous substances in the environment.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): Preparedness: News, publications, and more.
» National Health Security Preparedness Index: measures the health security preparedness of the nation by looking collectively at existing state-level data from a wide variety of sources.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness: (US DHHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response ): Support, planning, policies, response for a wide variety of emergency situations.

Federal Emergency Management Agency:

International Organizations

Preparedness and risk management in health emergencies (WHO):
WHO provides technical support on building capacity leadership for articulating policy options, which includes defining technical guidance, norms, and standards, shaping the research agenda, and monitoring health trends in terms of risks, health effects and country capacities.

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief (PAHO/WHO):

International Association of Emergency Managers: an international non-profit organization of emergency management professionals. See also Certification tab.

» Working in Crises and Conflict: Focus is on disaster prevention, response, recovery and transition.
» Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance: responsible for leading and coordinating the U.S. Government’s response to disasters overseas.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:

World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine:
WADEM is a multidisciplinary professional association whose mission is the global improvement of prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness.

Social Science in Humanitarian Action:
This Platform features summaries and links to editorially-selected publications on the key themes. The documents are sourced from academic research, policy papers and global development organisations: Briefings – Short documents and guidelines Background reports – Literature and learning from past events Evidence synthesis – Thematic expertise drawn together from a range of global resources Foresight reports – Understanding the implications of present and future trends Technical tools – Best practise and practical reflections

Disaster Lit RSS Feed: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

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