Map: Washington State Public Health Emergency Planning Regions


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Northern Border Strategy (NBS)   The NBS isthe first unified DHS strategy to guide the Department’s policies and operations along the U.S.-Canada border— providing a framework for enhancing security and resiliency while expediting lawful travel and trade throughout the Northern border region.


Health Response to the Earthquake in Haiti January 2010: Lessons to be learned for the next massive sudden-onset disaster  This PAHO/WHO publication is the result of extensive research and over 150 interviews conducted after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The publication focuses on the first three months of the response, and its objective is to improve the health sectors response for future major disasters. Emphasis has been given to those lessons that are of general interest, especially for countries where the capital or main cities could be suddenly devastated.



Emergency Management (2012)  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.


Getting Docs into the Disaster Preparedness Loop This PowerPoint presentation provides insight to the management of mass casualties during a disaster from a physician perspective.


Preparing Our Communities: The Rapid Evaluation of a Disaster  – The R.E.D. Survey  This PowerPoint presentation reviews the National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) principles and discusses the Disaster Paradigm


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


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.


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


Global Health  A video by Global Health lecturer Hans Rosling which played on the British Broadcasting Corp. explores stats in an unusual but fascinating way that allows the viewer to watch 200 countries develop over the last 200 years in just four minutes. This is probably the best four minute sagment on global health and development you will ever watch.

An Emergency Management Framework for Canada (2011) The 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.


Building Decontamination.   Strategic National Guidance The decontamination of buildings, infrastructure and open environment exposed to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear materials  (UK Government.  Jan 2011)

National Response Framework  (2008) This document is a guide to how the United States condcts all-hazards response. It is intended to capture specific authorities and best practices for managing incidents that range from the serious but purely local, to large-scale terrorist attacks or catastrophic natural disasters.


Hospital Preparedness Exercise Resources These resources can help hospital preparedness exercise coordinators plan for, design and develop, conduct, evaluate, and improve hospital preparedness exercises. The Hospital Preparedness Exercises Atlas of Resources and Tools describes nearly 200 resources and tools that are available to help exercise coordinators meet Federal funding requirements and accreditation standards throughout the exercise cycle. Each entry provides descriptive and citation information for the resource or tool. The Hospital Preparedness Exercises Guidebook complements the Atlas, serving as a reference for planning, conducting, and evaluating exercises and for how to comply with accreditation standards and Federal guidelines. The accompanying Hospital Preparedness Exercises Pocket Guide serves as a quick reference, summarizing the Guidebook.


Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents   The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents provides the basic information needed for the medical management of victims of radiation incidents in an easy-to-understand manner. Among the topics discussed in The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents are:

  • basic health physics and dose estimation (US and SI units)
  • treatment of whole body and acute local irradiation issues
  • assessment and treatment of internal contamination with radioactive materials
  • patient decontamination
  • delayed effects of exposure to ionizing radiation
  • risk and psychological issues

Homeland Security – Risk Lexicon – 2010 EditionThis 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.


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 Checklist Checklists 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 States 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.


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  This 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.


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