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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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