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.

Parochial Armenian schools develop and implement an earthquake preparedness program

Four Armenian schools in the Los Angeles area created earthquake response training and held exercises with students in grades 1-8.

Two Utah counties conduct exercises showing that banks can be viable Points of Dispensing (PODs)

As part of a Cities Readiness Initiative project, planners in two Utah counties tested their ability to distribute antibiotics or antivirals via bank drive-thru lanes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Preparedness exercises allow county to open H1N1 mass vaccination sites

Thanks to the experience gained from previous exercises, a rural Minnesota county was able to quickly open three mass vaccination clinics in October 2009.

Training program and exercise helps provide risk communication to underserved communities

An Oregon county developed a training program and exercise for communicating with underserved community members during a disaster.

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.

Isolation and Quarantine in Alexandria

The Isolation and Quarantine section of Alexandria's pandemic plan provides a detailed summary of a city's strategy for invoking and enforcing isolation and quarantine for any contagious disease that poses a public health threat.

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.

Trainings, Drills & Exercises: Hospital and Primary Care Centers Tabletop Toolkit

New York City's toolkit can be used as a starting point to design, conduct, and evaluate tabletop exercises to enhance hospital preparedness for emergencies, such as pandemic influenza. The materials include a pandemic influenza scenario, break-out group assignments, a sample agenda, assessment tools, sample physical layouts, and question databases for moderators and participants.

Public Health Preparedness Pandemic Influenza: California Update 2005

A brief proposal describes the use of satellite-based distance learning paired with a tabletop exercise to prepare public health nurses for the unique challenges that may be posed by an influenza pandemic. The exercise format described in the paper is well-organized, activities-based, and able to be managed locally.

PIO avian flu functional exercise

The PIO avian flu functional exercise materials were adapted from a public information exercise designed to test the Ohio state communications plan and practice the formation of a joint information center.

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