Public Health Practices

Clearinghouse provides easy-to-use preparedness resources for families and responders assisting children with ASD

A Minnesota council created guidance and an app disaster responders can use to communicate with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Preventing the Spread of Infection in Faith Communities Toolkit

An emergency preparedness presentation that occurred in Waupaca Wisconsin in January 2009 revealed an unexpected concern among regional residents: infection control at faith-based organizations. This topic caught the attention of the local public health nurse who hosted the presentation. As a result, a volunteer subcommittee was formed to address the concern.

Agency emergency plan - COOP planning for CBOs

Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD) created an emergency planning guide for community-based organizations that describes staff preparedness and outreach to clientele.

Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks Campaign

The American Public Health Association developed this campaign to encourage emergency preparedness at the high school and community level. Materials use a catch phrase-"Set Your Clocks-Check Your Stocks"-to remind students and their families to evaluate their emergency preparedness kits twice a year when they re-set their clocks. The kit includes several components, notably a series of six fact sheets, a project kit for high school students, and interactive materials for younger children.

Guide helps people prepare for and respond to disasters

Two agencies created a preparedness handbook for people with disabilities and their families, available in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Cambridge Personal Preparedness Materials

The Cambridge Advanced Practice Center for Emergency Preparedness (MA) developed materials for local health departments to promote personal preparedness planning and working with service agencies to reach at-risk populations. They are designed to be simple, clear, and effective at reaching a variety of audiences, and represent an accessible way to initiate or further personal preparedness discussion and activities.

Congregation Emergency Plan

The Congregational Emergency Plan is an all-hazards workbook and guide to helping congregations of all faiths prepare for a major emergency. The guide directs congregations through the emergency planning process by outlining needs, developing a communications plan, establishing a service continuity plan, suggesting ways to collaborate with the community, providing an overview of the Incident Command System, listing items in a Go-Kit, and mapping key community resources.

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Toolkit equips places of worship with planning and response resources

Strengthening the Strengtheners: A Toolkit in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for Congregations offers multiple resources and addresses emotional distress and coping.

Ready in 3 for individuals on dialysis

Missouri developed preparedness plans for people with end-stage renal disease who will need dialysis during an emergency.

Ready or Not? Have a Plan

An interactive web site from Texas addresses several ways for families to plan for disasters. The site uses an all-hazards approach that covers a broad range of scenarios. Unfortunately, specific materials on pandemic influenza are limited to brief background information. However, many of the concepts on the site are important to include in pandemic preparedness activities.

'Emergency Management Be Prepared' initiative

An Ohio workbook helps people with functional needs prepare their prescription history, service animal needs, and other information for emergency evacuation and sheltering.

Pandemic Influenza Planning Kit for Community Organizations

The Planning Kit provides a pandemic preparedness framework for community, social service, and faith-based organizations. The materials contain information on adult social distancing, home care, preventive behaviors, and organizational pandemic plan development. Since this draft was written fairly recently, it reflects the CDC's interim community disease mitigation guidelines and use of the pandemic severity index.

Stay At Home Toolkit for Influenza

Montgomery County's Advanced Practice Center has published a toolkit to help people manage influenza at home. This simple toolkit represents an effort to orient the public to that reality and provide some helpful guidelines on home care. The overall structure and concept behind the toolkit are worthy of highlighting. It includes sections on preventing the spread, covering one's cough, general health, and more detailed items such as a disinfection formula and a personal care log.

Santa Clara Risk Communication

Santa Clara County has developed a variety of risk communications materials. The materials are available in multiple languages and are consistently of very high quality. The execution of the messages is noteworthy, and the documents would serve as valuable templates for agencies that are beginning their pandemic risk communications.

Community Tool Kit: Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic

The Community Tool Kit is intended to educate community groups about seasonal, avian, and pandemic influenza. The materials place these influenza-related risks in the context of other emergencies, and they offer several ways for individuals and groups to plan and prepare.

DHHS Family Disaster Plan

An all-hazards guide is designed to serve as a basis for a general family disaster plan. While it does not provide specific information on pandemic influenza, it offers a thorough approach to basic planning for emergencies. The guide provides a template in which household members can record vital information, such as prescription medication needs, allergies, and special functional needs.

Pandemic flu guide encourages family preparedness via a simple message

Missouri created all-hazards, interactive preparedness tools in Spanish and Bosnian.

Pandemic Flu and You education packet

The Pandemic Flu and You education packet includes basic, colorfully branded information on personal and school preparedness for pandemic influenza. The documents were distributed to the public through several government programs, including Medicaid, the Division of Motor Vehicles, and Children's Health Insurance Program. The primer and brochure are good examples of basic educational resources, and the disaster plan can be coupled with the first aid kit to guide preparedness activities.

Flu Facts: Statewide Educational Campaign

Flu Facts is an educational campaign that informs the public about the importance of planning for a pandemic with a variety of tools designed to reach different populations. The tools include an educational television program, which outlines the preparedness efforts of local, state, and federal governments and urges residents to begin their own preparation for a pandemic.

Pandemic Influenza Toolkit Process

McHenry County's pandemic preparedness toolkits contain a variety of good templates and posters that could be used by any organization. Included are a Pandemic Planning Outline for Businesses that coincides with the Health and Human Services (HHS) Business Checklist; planning templates for schools and daycare facilities with key messages; parent letters; signs and symptoms logs; and posters.

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