Public Health Practices

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.

Behavioral health tools help hospitals plan for psychological effects of disasters

Missouri agencies created guidance and a workbook for integrating behavioral health functions into a hospital's emergency plan.

Program for veterans with dementia increases disaster preparedness in home-based care setting

A multidisciplinary group developed a disaster preparedness program for veterans with dementia and their caregivers.

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.

Wyoming volunteer reception center builds rural first responder workforce and tackles liability issues

Several agencies in a rural Wyoming county created plans and structure for disaster volunteer management, training, and liability.

Utah stakeholders forge healthcare coalition to strengthen surge capacity

The Northern Utah Healthcare Coalition addresses disaster medical surge issues and resource sharing in a large frontier area.

Boston health coalition builds cross-agency emergency communication structure

More than 400 Boston health and healthcare agencies created a communications coalition to respond quickly to medical surge and mass care needs.

Tribal, state, and local agencies define responsibilities for health emergencies on tribal land

A tribe and state health department worked together to determine how to clarify roles and share resources during a cross-jurisdictional emergency.

Interactive, visual tool helps people with communication needs stay safe in emergency shelters

A visual tool helps emergency shelter residents and staff communicate shelter procedures, medical needs, and feelings without need for speech.

Florida uses dark site templates to prepare for internal and public communication during disasters

Florida created offline, customizable Web pages that allow communications staff to distribute fast, accurate information during an emergency.

Florida's virtual JIC creates a safe and effective work environment for communications responders

A virtual Joint Information Center (JIC) helps Florida keep agency staff safe as they keep the public informed of emergency events and precautions.

Michigan integrates disaster preparedness curriculum into school health program

A school-based disaster preparedness curriculum transmits skills to children while training them to educate and assist their parents.

Connecticut emergency guide focuses on local hazards and enhanced communication to prepare and inform state residents

Connecticut developed an emergency preparedness guide that includes information on radiological emergencies, blizzards, and flash floods, among other issues.

Preparedness book creates central location for essential medical information of seniors and people with disabilities during emergencies

The READY BOOK allows at-risk individuals to document vital information for caregivers and medical professionals providing assistance during a winter storm or other emergency.

Emergency preparedness guide addresses the unique needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers

An interactive guide helps planners respond to the linguistic, transportation, and healthcare needs of migrant farmworkers during an emergency.

Public health partnership establishes countywide information hotline at local public library

A Kansas library worked with health, academic, and community partners to set up a disaster information call center that provides emergency notifications and year-round preparedness information.

Using the online 'Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response' to enhance the quality of care for diverse populations

Online modules use a variety of educational activities to provide cultural insight into the effects of disaster on diverse communities.

Retrofitting a city bus for medical evacuations and respiratory therapy

Chicago first responders developed ways to provide oxygen therapy on buses during large-scale evacuations.

Illinois faith-based preparedness initiative

An inter-agency partnership developed tools by which churches can measure disaster risk and ability to provide emergency services.

Guide for including people with disabilities in disaster preparedness planning

A University of Connecticut center created guidance and assessment tools for ensuring that people with physical, sensory, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities are prepared for an emergency.

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