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OOMPH Library Resources: PHW 257 Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response: Journals, Books, Other Publications


Searching PubMed or other databases is generally the best way to find journal articles on public health preparedness. Below, however, are listed some journals that focus on this topic

American Journal of Disaster Medicine (Abstracts only are available)

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal (Not all issues available)

Disasters, Published on behalf of the Overseas Development Institute

Homeland Security News Wire

Journal of Emergency Management (Abstracts only are available)

Journal of Emergency Nursing, from the Emergency Nurses Association.

Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, an official publication of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine

Specialized Databases

  • EM-DAT: The International Disaster Database: EM-DAT provides an objective basis for vulnerability assessment and rational decision-making in disaster situations. For example, it helps policymakers identify disaster types that are most common in a given country and have had significant historical impacts on specific human populations. In addition to providing information on the human impact of disasters, EM-DAT provides disaster-related economic damage estimates and disaster-specific international aid contributions.
  • TRACIE Technical Resources: Includes the Resource Library and the Topic Collections. Categories of documents include: Emergency management foundations; Healthcare coalition development and organization; Disaster operations; Communications; and more. The Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of regional ASPR staff, healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness.

Other Publications

Public Health Surveillance during a Disaster (US CDC): information on mortality and morbidity surveillance, examples of CDC activities, and more.

Dual Disaster Handbook: The American Flood Coalition and American Public Health Association Dual Disaster Handbook is a comprehensive resource to help local officials and emergency managers address the dual disaster scenario of flooding during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Handbook draws on case studies and best practices from emergency management professionals to equip officials with six actionable recommendations for planning a proactive response as communities face multiple threats.

Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation of Public Health Preparedness Research and Training, Nov. 2018 special supplement to the American Journal of Public Health updates the 2014 research in the link below, reviewing programs developed by the Preparedness Emergency Response Research Centers and provides analysis, evaluation, and recommendations.

Public Health Systems Research to Strengthen Preparedness and Response, Oct. 2014 special supplement to Public Health Reports presenting the research generated by the PERRCs (Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers) demonstrating the value of public health research that collectively advances our thinking and understanding of how to improve our public health system’s preparedness for and response to disasters.

Verification Handbook: a resource for journalists and aid providers. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (eg, social media) during emergencies. The handbook provides actionable advice to facilitate disaster preparedness in newsrooms, and best practices for how to verify and use information, photos and videos provided by the crowd.

Online Books