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Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 2012: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide. PDF3 CPG 201 provides a five-step process for conducting a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. Developing an understanding of its risks from natural, technological, and human-caused threats and hazards, allows a community to make informed decisions about how to manage risk and develop needed capabilities. (First Edition April 2012)


Preparedness Guide and Deployment Tips for State, Local and Tribal Public Health and Medical Personnel PDF3This document was prepared under ageis of the Emergency Management Asistance Compact and is intended to provide guidance and  recommendations to state, local and tribal public health and medical professionals providing or requesting mutual aid assistance between states during a Governor declared state of emergency or disaster.


Emergency Management (2012) PDF3 This reference book on emergency management discusses various issues such as the impact of human behavior, the development of hardware and software architectures, the cyber security concerns, the dynamic process of guiding evacuees and routing vehicles, the supply allocation and vehicle routing problems in preparing for and responding to large-scale emergencies.


All-Hazards Practices Exchange: Serving public health professionals and partnerships . Public Health Practices is a joint project of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).  The mission of Public Health Practices is to serve as a one-stop shop for tools and strategies to respond to the health consequences of disasters and emergencies. Materials made available on the site represent concrete preparedness and response practices from state and local health departments, government agencies at all levels, and colleges and universities.


National Framework for Health Emergency Management:Guide for Program Development  PDF3This document sets the principles and elements of a comprehensive integrated Canadian framework that will provide a context for leadership and coordination through Federal/Provincial/ Territorial emergency management systems in the health and social services sectors.

Congressional Primer on Major Disasters and Emergencies (2011).  PDF3This document provides a good overview of the basic doctrine for emergency response in the US, local-federal relations and the proper role of federal assets. It could be used as a briefing/background document for appointed/elected officials at all levels.

Canadian Disaster Data Base The Canadian Disaster Database contains detailed disaster information on over 700 natural, technological and conflict events (excluding war) that have directly affected Canadians over the past century. The database helps citizens and government to better assess and manage risks. As well, it’s a valuable resource for researchers and students to see how disasters and our vulnerability to them have changed over time.

9/11 and Anthrax Attacks 10-Year Anniversary Report: Firsthand Stories from Public Health Responders This report, released September 1, 2011, by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, features more than 30 firsthand accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies

The Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Review Transforming the Enterprise to Meet Long-Range National Needs This US Department of Health and Human Services document outlines a new medical countermeasures strategy that envisions a capabilities-based approach and a much more active role by the U.S. Government in forging partnerships, attacking constraints, moderniz­ing regulatory oversight, and supporting transformative technologies.

Cross-Border Legal Preparedness: A Comparative Review of Selected Public Health Emergency Legal Authorities in Canada and Mexico This article, by Dan Stier and Maria Guadalupe Uribe Esquivel, Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law and Policy [Vol. 4:93), describes the public health emergency laws of Canada and Mexico for U.S. state and local public health officials and attorneys.

Canadian Risk and Hazard Network CHRNet Newsletter HazNet Vol 2, No 2 Winter 2011 The CRHNet is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 2003 in response to a growing demand to promote and strengthen disaster risk reduction and emergency management in Canada. The Network creates an environment in which the hazards research, education and emergency management practitioner communities can effectively share knowledge and innovative approaches that reduce disaster vulnerability.

Cross-Border Issue Analysis: Guide to Multi-Jurisdictional Collaborations. This Guide to Multi-jurisdictional Collaborations is a resource tool for leaders in Public Health and Emergency Preparedness who seek answers about their community’s capacity to respond to disasters. In addition, this tool discusses the legal implications of exchanging resources among jurisdictions. Its purpose is to enable stakeholders with the requisite knowledge to develop, influence or effectuate policy towards inter-jurisdictional cooperation. The project  focused on the Western New York Public Health Alliance, a not-for-profit corporation comprising the eight Western New York counties. Within this largely rural region lie metropolitan Buffalo/Niagara Falls, several Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, an international border with Canada, and a state border with Pennsylvania.

Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit.(Feb 2011) This document offers a comprehensive framework and specific guidance for engaging communities to inform the integration of issues related to race, ethnicity, culture, language and trust into preparedness plans, programs and actions.

An Emergency Management Framework for Canada(2011) This document establishes a common approach for the various federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) emergency management initiatives. The framework aims to enable consolidation of FPT collaborative work and ensure more coherent, complementary actions among the different FPT governmental initiatives.

National Emergency Response System (2011) The National Emergency Response System is a component of Canada’s emergency response management system and incorporates the principles for emergency management as set out in An Emergency Management Framework for Canada, approved by the federal, provincial and territorial governments.

Disaster Response Staff Officer’s Handbook (2010) This handbook, developed by the US Army Center for Army Lessons Learned, is intended for staff officers in National Guard units that serve as reaction forces and active duty units that are designated as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive consequence management response forces, or that are simply ordered to assist under very short notice. Included is information for all components and services and some of the agencies and nongovernmental organizations staff officers will encounter.

EMCAPS: Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios This standalone software program is intended to allow users to model disaster scenarios for drill planning and to use as an education resource. The EMCAPS Model allows you to estimate casualties arising from biological (Anthrax, Plague, Food Contamination), chemical (blister, nerve and toxic agents) radiological (dirty bomb) or explosive (IED) attacks. These scenarios are based on the Department of Homeland Security Planning Scenarios (April 2005).

Public Health Assessment Guidance Manual (2005) The US DHHS Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) public health assessment process serves as a mechanism to help ATSDR sort through the many hazardous waste sites in its jurisdiction and determine when, where, and for whom, public health actions should be taken. Through this process, ATSDR finds out whether people living near or at a hazardous waste site are being exposed to toxic substances, whether that exposure is harmful, and what must be done to stop or reduce any exposure.

Building Cross Border Links: A Compendium of Canada – US Government Collaboration The Compendium provides a descriptive overview of the main channels of collaboration between Canadian governments (at the federal and provincial levels) and their US counterparts

Homeland Security – Risk Lexicon – 2010 Edition This is the second edition of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Risk Lexicon and represents an update of the version published in September 2008. More than seventy terms and definitions were included in the first edition of the DHS Risk Lexicon. The 2010 edition includes fifty new terms and definitions in addition to revised definitions for twenty-three of the original terms.

Cross Border Collaboration 2003-2010 ReportA short report prepared by the PNWBHA Secretariat to capture the evolution of border health collaboration in the Pacific Northwest: from the genesis, “as a good idea” in  2003, through the annual series of cross border workshops, supported by an assortment of collaborative working groups, to the newly-established Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance (PNWBHA).

National Health Security Strategy of the United States This 2009 document presents the Nation’s first National Health Security Strategy (NHSS), which is intended to help galvanize efforts to minimize the health consequences associated with significant health incidents. The NHSS was developed in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, including representatives from local, state, territorial, tribal, and federal government; community-based organizations; private-sector firms; and academia.

Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity Building on the research and findings of the Natural Resources Canada evaluation, Health Canada’s assessment reports on the scope and magnitude of the current and potential health impacts of climate change in Canada related to air quality, infectious disease and natural hazards. It also examines Canada’s capacity to respond. If you would like to order a hardcopy version and/or a CD of the assessment report, please contact Health Canada’s Publications.

Hospital Surge ModelThe Hospital Surge Model estimates the hospital resources needed to treat casualties resulting from biological (anthrax, smallpox, flu, or pneumonic plague), chemical (chlorine, sulfur mustard, or sarin), foodborne (botulinum neurotoxin), nuclear (1 KT or 10 KT explosion), radiological (dispersion device or point source), or conventional (improvised explosive device) attacks.

Hospital preparedness checklist for pandemic influenza (with focus on pandemic (H1N1) 2009) To enhance the readiness of the health facilities to cope with the challenges of an epidemic, a pandemic or any other emergency or disaster, hospital managers need to ensure the initiation of relevant generic priority action. This document developed by the WHO aims to provide a checklist of the key action to carry out in the context of a continuous hospital emergency preparedness process.

Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Tool Kit Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CASPER Tool Kit is designed to rapidly assess the present and potential health effects and basic needs for a population affected by a disaster. In addition, the information from the CASPER survey can improve response efforts, and aid planning for future disasters.

The Next Challenge in Healthcare Preparedness: Catastrophic Health Events A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), following a 2 year comprehensive assessment of the HHS Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP,  provides recommendations for improving and evaluating future hospital preparedness efforts.

Interjurisdictional Legal Coordination for Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness ChecklistChecklists for public health agencies to use, at their own initiative, to assess three especially important components of their legal preparedness; inter-jurisdictional legal coordination for public health emergency preparedness; local public health emergency legal preparedness and response; and civil legal liability related to public health emergencies.

Eastern Border Health Initiative (EBHI) Terms of Reference The EBHI is comprised of: the States of Maine,  New Hampshire, New York and Vermont; and the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Quebec. The purpose of the initiative being to oversee the enhancement of collaborative early warning infectious disease surveillance and response between our jurisdictions.

Great Lakes Border Health Initiative (GLBHI)  The GLBHI is comprised of: the Staes of Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio,  New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; and the Province of Ontario. The GLBHI aims to formalize and strengthen relationships between local, state, provincial-level public health, and emergency preparedness agencies in both the US and Canada responsible for communicable disease tracking, control and response.

Crossing Borders: Improving U.S.-Canadian Public Health Preparedness  A report on the May 2005 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) sponsored meeting of public health preparedness directors and other key staff to discuss activities occurring in states, identify common challenges and suggest potential solutions.

Public Health Mutual Aid Agreements  A Menu of Suggested Provisions  A practical reference for public health officials, and their legal counsel, in the development of mutual aid agreements involving a variety of jurisdictions and mutual aid-related issues, and to suggest possible approaches for addressing these issues.

Interjurisdictional Legal Coordination for Public Health Emergency Preparedness One of three checklists prepared by the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universitiesfor voluntary use by county, city, state, and federal public health agencies in assessing their legal preparedness for public health emergencies.

Security and Prosperity Partnership Mutual Assistance Declaration.A declaration among the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America, the Department of Health of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Ministry of Health of the United Mexican States with respect to mutual assistance during a public health emergency.

WHO International Health Regulation (IHR). A global legal framework to better manage collective defenses against acute public health risks that can spread internationally and have devastating impacts on human health as well as unnecessary negative interference on trade and travel.

Flu Season and the Most Vulnerable Populations – A Guidebook  is a user-friendly resource designed for use by front-line service providers and administrators of community-based organizations that work with the most vulnerable populations to assist in influenza planning and response.

Evacuee Support Planning Guide This guide (108 page PDF document) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a resource for states that may receive a substantial number of evacuees from another state and for states that may experience a large evacuation from one area of the state to another. It is also a resource for most mass care planning, and addresses subjects including preparing for special needs within the evacuee population and the importance of making accessible housing, transportation, medical care and communications available. FEMA P-760/Catalog No. 09049-2 July 2009