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.

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.

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.

Child Protective Services preparedness leads to continuity of essential functions during H1N1

The Arizona Department of Economic Security worked to ensure that Child Protective Services' court hearings and hotline services would continue during an emergency.

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.

Virtual EOC is Campus Base of Operations

From 2006 until the outbreak of H1N1 in spring 2009, the University of Wisconsin Madison (UW-Madison) made pandemic influenza planning a priority for campus organizations and departments. In 2006, initial support for pandemic planning came directly from the Chancellor's office.

Videoconference training: emergency planning for special needs communities (VA, WV)

Virginia and West Virginia partnered to offer a videoconference training on preparedness and response for at-risk populations.

State Police Transport Influenza Samples to State Lab

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health's (DHH OPH) longstanding good relationship with the Louisiana State Police was critically important during the 2009 H1N1 response. For example, State Police transported large volumes of influenza samples from regional locations across the state to the DHH OPH State Laboratory.

"When Words are Not Enough" communications training program for responders

A manual, communications booklet, and poster teach disaster responders simple ways to communicate with people who have disabilities.

Barron County Court System: Strategies for a Pandemic Influenza

A collaborative effort between public health and local courts resulted in a document that aims to prepare the court system for an influenza pandemic. The guidance provides a local judicial system with a thorough and succinct overview of guidelines, procedures, and specific directions to follow during a pandemic. Guidelines are built on the premise that a local court system must maintain its functional operations during an emergency to ensure justice for the people.

Using call centers to increase surge capacity: projects HEALTH and HELP

Denver Health worked with regional partners to create concepts for using poison control centers as emergency information hotlines during disasters.

Personal protective equipment pocket guide

A set of quick-reference cards shows responders personal protective equipment appropriate to type of emergency and/or contamination zone.

Tips for first responders for people with special needs

A pocket guide for disaster responders briefly describes considerations for assisting people with service animals, people with disabilities, the elderly, and others.

Churches, ARC, Volunteer Neighborhood Network

The brief, local American Red Cross plan involves a concept of operations to develop neighborhood support networks with local fire departments and churches during a pandemic. The concept offers support to community members by assuring that the fire department provides resources and information to churches, which then monitor specific neighborhoods and roads to identify and assist at-risk populations.

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