Public Health Practices

Improving biosurveillance for mass gatherings: The 2013 Boston Marathon example

Immediately following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, BPHC's Medical Intelligence Center worked with hospitals to ensure quality and speed of care for injured patients.

West Virginia develops participatory, data-based health risk assessment

The West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness developed a county health risk assessment toolkit that gave local jurisdictions the resources they needed to involve communities in risk data collection and analysis.

Exercise integrates planning for people with functional needs in general population shelter

A Georgia health district helped to coordinate an exercise that built support services for physical disabilities, mental disorders, dementia, and wheelchair access into disaster shelter planning.

Real-time information network provides emergency education and warnings to refugees

Utah agencies worked with refugee community leaders to develop a person-to-person emergency information network.

'PODPocket' mobile app and standard guidance help Kentucky counties establish PODs

A Kentucky-based team created guidance and a Web-based app to assist counties in establishing and running Points of Dispensing.

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.

Wallow Fire - USDA

Multi-layered communications strategy protects residents in the path of Arizona wildfire

During the 2011 Wallow fire, Apache County Public Health District in Arizona used a significant volunteer force to keep residents informed about the fire's progress and the need to evacuate.

Social media training program builds responders' comfort with, ability to use Facebook, Twitter for emergency communications

A social media training program walks responders through a flood scenario and the step-by-step process of emergency communication on popular social media sites.

Guide for emergency responders provides tools for communicating with specific vulnerable groups

A Florida work group developed guidance on effective ways to communicate with people on dialysis, people with disabilities, migrant workers, and others during a disaster.

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.

Radiological preparedness activities focus on at-risk populations living in proximity to nuclear power plant

An Arizona human services agency developed plans and exercises for emergency evacuations of the elderly, people with disabilities, and children living near a nuclear power plant.

Interactive, educational materials provide guidance for staying safe following a volcanic eruption

Interactive volcano preparedness materials for adults and children describe ways to prepare for ashfall and evacuation, with particular attention to people living near Mount Rainier.

Evaluation of flooding response leads to data- and image-based preparedness, response plan

After Lawrence County in southern Illinois experienced severe flooding in 2008, planners built GIS maps using community data to develop a strategy for future emergency events.

Multistate collaboration shares lessons learned from 2009 tsunami response in American Samoa

Volunteers and public health/medical professionals from Hawaii and American Samoa responded to infrastructure gaps after the 2009 tsunami.

Toolkit helps emergency managers meet the needs of Latino communities

A national toolkit helps emergency managers improve disaster response to Latino Americans and recent immigrants.

Resource directories and medical management guidelines for response to a chemical emergency

Michigan developed streamlined tools to help responders make quick decisions during chemical emergencies.

Dirty bomb/radiological contamination interactive training

An online course uses a first-person, gaming format to train responders in radiological decontamination, mass fatalities management, and establishment of a community assistance center.

Exercise prepares public health and partners to respond to a radiological emergency

More than 30 agencies tested strategies to respond to two "dirty bombs" in Albany, New York, during the Empire 09 exercise.

Preparedness Activities Inform a Coordinated Response to Fort Hood Shooting

Many of the events and responses involved in this practice are still undergoing investigation, so the description below pertains only to local mitigation efforts.

Vancouver 2010 Olympics stamp with snowboarder

Cross-border collaborations enhance preparedness at an international event

Washington worked with British Columbia to prepare for chemical emergencies during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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