Public Health Practices

Community reception center exercise tests Florida's radiological screening and decontamination process

Florida held an exercise to test skills related to radiological response, including screening, dosimetry, decontamination, and medical triage.

Partnerships, tools, and tabletop exercise tackle preparedness, continuity of opioid treatment programs during a disaster

Stakeholders expanded the Seattle region's capacity to ensure continuity of care for opioid treatment patients during a disaster.

HSEEP-based emergency exercise toolkit tailors tabletop exercises to the needs of hospitals and health facilities

Chicago's toolkit walks users through planning a heat wave and medical surge scenario for a healthcare tabletop exercise.

Antiviral Distribution for the Control of H1N1

Building new partnerships, including with large retail chains, helped Texas dramatically expand its options for distributing antiviral medications during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Workforce Absenteeism Exercise

This simple activity was completed as part of a pandemic influenza response tabletop exercise in March 2009. The activity was designed to illustrate how a pandemic could affect members of the Pandemic Influenza Response Team and to creatively build support for the need to identify three back-up employees for each response position.

Public engagement on social distancing and mass fatalities

An Ohio university held urban community engagement meetings on social distancing policies and rural meetings on mass fatalities management.

Oklahoma Push Partner Program

The Oklahoma Department of Health developed a Push Partner Program in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21, which asked all communities to be prepared to provide prophylaxis to their entire population within 48 hours. The "push" strategy involves distributing medications to partner agencies, which then dispense the medications to their employees, employees' family members, and the agencies' clients.

Public Health Emergency Exercise Toolkit

The Public Health Emergency Exercise Toolkit was developed by the Columbia University School of Nursing to guide local public health agency staff in conducting emergency drills and exercises. The overarching goals of the toolkit are to aid local public health planners in 1) developing, implementing, and evaluating emergency drills and exercises, and 2) facilitating the public health aspects of larger, multiagency emergency exercises.

Health System Surge and Resource Management

An after-action report from Seattle and King County covers the objectives, tools, and results from a tabletop exercise on healthcare surge capacity during an influenza pandemic. The appendices include slides on the tabletop scenario, pre- and post-exercise evaluation surveys, and questions posed to participants.

NEMA after-action report details interstate coordination efforts (Region: WY, NE, CO, KS)

Four Midwestern states held a tabletop to test their ability to communicate with each other during an emergency.

Leaving no one behind: communicating with special populations

The San Mateo County Health Department developed partnerships with community-based organizations as a way to assess, serve, and communicate with at-risk populations during an emergency.

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