DHHS Logo 1Hospital Surge Evaluation Tool: User Manual for Controllers and Evaluators
The Hospital Surge Evaluation Tool is a user-friendly peer assessment tool that helps hospitals identify gaps in their surge planning through a no-notice drill. This tool was developed by RAND Health under a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).


DHHS Logo 1 Disaster Human Services Concept of Operations
This Concept of Operations (CONOPS) provides the conceptual framework for coordination and guidance of HHS federal-level human services for preparedness, response, and recovery for disasters and public health emergencies.  The CONOPS describes how HHS transitions from normal operations of human services program delivery to a coordinated, Department-wide response to the human services elements of a public health and medical emergency.


FEMAResource Typing Library Tool (RTLT)
NIMS has announced the release of the first version of the Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT). The RTLT is an online catalogue of national resource typing definitions and job titles/position qualifications. Definitions and job titles/position qualifications are easily searchable & discoverable through the RTLT.  They can be viewed directly on the web page, downloaded in PDF format or directly used by third party software applications using the available Web Services application programming interface (API). The Resource Typing Library Tool is publically accessible here: http://www.fema.gov/resource-management



HSS Snapshot2013-2014 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness  PDF1The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the 2013-2014 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness which highlights CDC’s preparedness priorities as well as features national and regional preparedness fact sheets.


OutbreaksOutbreaks: Protecting Americans From Infectious Diseases (2013)  PDF1  The Trust for American Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued this report to examine the country’s policies to respond to ongoing and emerging infectious disease threats.



Hospital RecoveryEssential Functions and Considerations for Hospital Recovery   PDF1The document was developed by the Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (HSPH-EPREP) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Emergency Preparedness Bureau and is meant to serve as a resource for hospitals to use as they prepare to manage their recovery from emergencies of all types


Communication Breakdown: An After Action  Review of Recent Crisis.  PDF1 
This paper from Everbridge examines best practices and lessons learned from recent impactful events to better understand the impact of critical communications on emergency response.



Self Assessment ToolHospital Decontamination Self- Assessment Tool (2013)  PDF1 A new self-assessment tool from the Harvard School of Public Health provides hospitals with a means of evaluating decontamination plans and capabilities against current regulatory standards, recommendations from subject matter experts, and national and international health care decontamination best practices. Click here for assessment tool




TTribal Guideribal Resource Guide (2013 UpdatePDF1The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) announced the release of the updated Tribal Resource Guide (PDF, 617 Kb), a comprehensive catalog of DHS resources available to Indian Country to keep tribal nations safe and secure.



Beyond Borders: An Integrated Approach to Emergency Preparedness for Canada and the U.S.  PDF1This poster presentation by Fayola Creft, MPH, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, describes  a comprehensive literature search on lessons learned about cross border collaboration on emergency preparedness resulting from events such as the September 11 attacks; and identify gaps in existing agreements and practices between Canada and the United States which present opportunities to collaboratively explore and expand emergency preparedness across international borders

Home Use Devices:  How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity PDF1 This FDA document  is intended for  anyone that is dependent on on an electronic medical device

FEMA Quick GuideA Quick Guide: FEMA Reimbursement for Acute Care Hospitals (November 2012)  PDF1The Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response, New Haven, CT.  The document provides an overview of FEMA’s reimbursement process and outlines the tasks and corresponding timelines that must be met by acute care hospitals to successfully apply to FEMA for reimbursement of disaster related expenses incurred as a result of the event.



Nat-Ctr-Disaster-PrepUnderstanding Risk Communication Best Practices: A Guide for Emergency Managers and Communicators.  PDF1  National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism , University of Maryland.  May 2012
Understanding Risk Communication Theory: A Guide for Emergency Managers and Communicators. PDF1   National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland.  May 2012


Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Manual (2012 Edition). PDF1 In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to fill a critical training gap and resource need and developed the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication manual. When it was written, the central role of crisis communication in public health responses to crises was beginning to be recognized. Since that time, thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of health, emergency management, and government professionals have been trained using the original CERC Manual and associated materials in the United States, Canada, Europe, and many other locations. This revision, Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication: 2012 Edition is an effort to update and, in some cases, expand the original CERC manual



Operational Templates and Guidance for EMS Mass Incident DeploymentPDF1  Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies regardless of service delivery model have sought guidance on how to better integrate their emergency preparedness and response activities into similar processes occur­ring at the local, regional, State, tribal and Federal levels. The primary purpose of this project is to begin the process of providing that guidance as it relates to mass care incident deployment. This document was developed for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) under Funding Opportunity Number DHS-10-USFA-105-000-04 by the National Emergency Medical Services Management Association. (June 2012)


Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide.  PDF1CPG 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)



 Public Health and Emergency Management: Challenges and Opportunities  PDF1 Events of the past decade—including 9/11, the anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic—have shown that public health and emergency management efforts are interconnected and often overlap in time of crisis. It is thus important to recognize that the success of these missions—whether considered individually or jointly—depends on the continued support of policymakers. These concepts are not new, and much progress has been made over the past decade. Yet opportunities for improved collaboration remain. This June 2012 report, prepared by the Preparedness, Response and Resilience Task Force, George Washington University, Homeland Security Policy Institute, highlights the remaining gaps and makes policy recommendations to enhance the nation’s resilience for man-made and natural disasters.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Northern Border Strategy PDF1The NBS provides a unifying framework for the Department’s work focused on enhancing the security and resiliency along our northern border while expediting legitimate travel and trade with Canada. The strategy is built on the premise that security and lawful trade and travel are mutually reinforcing. Separating higher-risk traffic from lower-risk traffic, utilizing advance information, and inspecting people and goods bound for our shared borders at the earliest opportunity enables officials on both sides to expedite the processing of lawful travel and trade while preventing illegal crossings and activities, as well as diseases and dangerous goods from entering either country.



North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza  PDF1The plan outlines how Canada, Mexico, and the United States intend to strengthen their emergency response capacities as well as trilateral and cross-sectoral collaborations and capabilities in order to assist each other and ensure a faster and more coordinated response to  outbreaks of animal influenza or an influenza pandemic. (April 2012)

Beyond the Border: Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan PDF1On February 4, 2011, the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States issued Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. The Declaration established a new long-term partnership built upon a perimeter approach to security and economic competitiveness. This means working together, not just at the border, but beyond the border to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people, goods and services. Leaders called for the development of a joint action plan to realize this goal, which is embodied in this document as published by the:
Government of the United States
Government of Canada