Engage Tool KitENGAGE Toolkit is designed to assists public health and emergency planners and NGO stakeholders in determining the capacity and capability of particular NGOs for disaster response and recovery. In addition, the toolkit fills an important gap in knowledge and understanding about the key elements that drive NGO participation. Revisiting the toolkit routinely can help an NGO monitor its progress in achieving goals for engagement in disaster response and recovery and for working with other NGOs in a community or region. The toolkit was developed in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development to explore the role of Chinese and U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)



DAO ManThe FEMA Damage Assessment Operations Manual is intended to expedite decision-making and the delivery of assistance by defining national standards for assessing damage and clearly outlining the information considered when evaluating requests for a Major Disaster Declaration.









Medical Planning and Response Manual for a Nuclear Detonation Incident: A Practical Guide.   This NucUSDHHS/ASPR manual provides practical guidance in dealing with nuclear detonation incident.






Resource guide to assist in public health preparedness planning for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.  The Massachusetts Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM) developed resource guide will be updated quarterly and can be found on the DPH website: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/emergency-prep/additional-access-needs/.




Caring for Older Adults in Disasters: A Curriculum for Health Professionals. Developed through the support of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Caring for Older Adults in Disasters (COAD) curriculum is comprised of 24 lessons in 7 modules covering topics ranging from special considerations for older adults in specific types of disasters to ethical and legal issues related to the care of the senior population during a disaster.




Resp ProtectionRespiratory Protection Toolkit  OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have released a new toolkit to help health care employers protect hospital staff from respiratory hazards on the job. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit* includes information provided by The Joint Commission, an accrediting body for more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States.




BC Major Planned Events Guidelines (Cover) v2The BC Major Planned Events Guidelines  PDF1 are a resource toward safe, successful special events for the use and benefit of everyone throughout British Columbia. The Guidelines observe current best practices where they exist, and follow the British Columbia Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS) Response Goals. These guidelines are intended as a starting point for Major Planned Events in British Columbia and are not intended to replace or supersede any existing legislation or emergency management procedures. They are intended to complement existing emergency plans, policies and regulations, and to be used as an overview and reference tool for Local Authorities, communities, event organizations (including producers/planners) and other groups with a vested interest in major planned events.





Gov GuideGovernor’s Guide for Mass Evacuations   New released by the National Governors Association (NGA), a Governor’s Guide for Mass Evacuations  PDF1 offers key actions governors can take to prepare themselves and their states for a large scale evacuation.





ASTHO Public Health Emergency Law Toolkits  PDF1 The following ASTHO toolkits and their component documents are designed to be used as a resource to assist in education, training, and planning activities to prepare for emergencies, as well as to serve as a quick reference resource during an emergency response to an event.

  • Emergency Authority & Immunity Toolkit outlines key concepts of how federal and state emergency declarations initiate various response authorities and liability protections.

  • Emergency Use Authorization Toolkit reviews the use of vaccines and other countermeasures administered under federal Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) protocols and questions about liability.

  • Emergency Volunteer Toolkit addresses key concepts regarding emergency response volunteers, including types of volunteers, federal and state laws governing or affecting volunteers, and volunteer registration.

  • Public Health & Information Sharing Toolkit addresses key concepts regarding public health agencies’ authority to collect, use, and share information to prepare and respond to a public health emergency.

  • Public Health & Schools Toolkit discusses legal and policy issues      associated with undertaking public health emergency preparedness and response activities within schools and other educational settings.

  • Scope of Practice Toolkit reviews key issues regarding the allowable      scope of practice of various health care professionals and expanding that scope during emergencies.





Playbook CoverState and Local* Planners Playbook for Medical Response to  a Nuclear Detonation  PDF1 This  is a resource developed by non-government and government subject matter experts from the Nuclear Detonation Scarce Resources Working Group. It is not a “must follow” structured road-map. It is offered as a guide to assist State, regional, local, tribal, and territorial medical and public health planners and other subject matter experts preparing their venues for a nuclear detonation.  It is a living document that will be updated periodically on this website. Users are encouraged to submit comments through the website and to join the REMM ListServ to receive notice of important changes to the Playbook and the REMM website.




 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook.  PDF1 A US Department of Transportation guidebook for first responders during the initial phase of a dangerous goods/hazardous materials transportation incident



Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 2012: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide.   PDF1 CPG 2012 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.




MEGA-SHELTER PLANNING GUIDE: A Resource and Best Practices ReferencePDF1The purpose of this document is to provide public assembly venues, their communities, emergency managers, shelter operators, and the many others who may be involved in a mega-shelter’s operation with a comprehensive guide to formulate and implement plans  and procedures. The Mega-Shelter Planning Guide considers the unique situations regarding a facility’s architectural design (e.g. arena, stadium, convention center), local infrastructure, staffing and support resources, and management systems.




Safe Hospitals:  A Collective Responsibility, A Global Measure of Disaster Reduction. PDF1 Protecting critical health facilities, particularly hospitals, from the avoidable consequences of disasters, is not only essential to meeting the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations, but also a social and political necessity in its own right. This is the message that Safe Hospitals—A Collective Responsibility, A Global Measure of Disaster Reduction, prepared by PAHO/WHO for the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction, puts forth.




img198Environmental Health Emergency Response Guide.   PDF1 This document, developed by the Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, serves as a source of information which addresses fifteen environmental health related topics. The intent is to provide quick access to information that would likely be needed in the event of a natural disaster, a deliberate act of terrorism, or an industrial or transportation related accident.





Hospital Safety Index.  PDF1 The PAHO Hospital Safety Index provides a snapshot of the probability that a hospital or health facility will continue to function in emergency situations, based on structural, nonstructural and functional factors, including the environment and the health services network to which it belongs.




Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning (March 2100)  PDF1 This US HHS CDC document provides a description of the capabilities needed for achieving state and local public health preparedness. The content is intended to serve as a planning resource that state and local public health preparedness staff can use to assess their jurisdictional preparedness.



Interim Planning Guidence for Preparedness and Response to a Mass Casualty Event Resulting from Terrorist Use of Explosives.   PDF1 This interim HHS CDC document is to provide information and insight to assist public policy and health system leaders in preparing for and responding to an MCE caused by terrorist use of explosives (TUE). This document provides practical information to promote comprehensive mass casualty care in the event of a TUE event and focuses on two areas:  leadership in preparing for and responding to a TUE event and effective care of patients in the pre-hospital and hospital environments during a TUE event.



Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit.  (Feb 2011) PDF1 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.



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).



Mass Evacuation Transportation Planning Model. Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) this model is designed to help federal, state, and local emergency planners estimate the vehicles, drivers, road capacity and other resources they will need to evacuate patients and others from health care facilities in disaster areas.    NOTE: More than 60 public health emergency preparedness tool and resources are available on the AHRQ website .


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.



Hospital Surge Model  The 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.



Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Tool Kit   PDF1 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.



Hospital preparedness checklist for pandemic influenza (with focus on pandemic (H1N1) 2009)   PDF1 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.



Health Information Translations: A Partnership for Health Care Education for Limited English Proficiency Patients  This is a collaborative initiative to improve health education for limited English proficiency patients. The website is intended to be a valuable resources for helping health care professionals teach health education to those patients with limited English skills. By leveraging the combined skills and experience of three of Central Ohio’s largest health care organizations, this project will produce some of the most valuable resources for health care education in diverse communities. Virtual Community Reception Center   In real life, community reception centers monitor community members for radiation contamination and exposure following a nuclear incident, tracking health impacts and arranging for medical care. This virtual version will help prepare public health officials to run a reception center when they need to. Using avatars to set the scene, the Virtual Community Reception Center walks the user through a decision-making flow chart that provides informative videos, staging descriptions, and resources along the way.



Health Communicator’s Social Media Tool Kit   PDF1 This kit was developed by the Electronic Media Branch, Division of News and Electronic Media, Office of the Associate Director of Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was designed to provide guidance and to the share lessons learned in more than three years of integrating social media into CDC health communication campaigns, activities and emergency response efforts. In this guide, you will find information to help you get started using social media—from developing governance to determining which channels best meet your communication objectives to creating a social media strategy. You will also learn about popular channels you can incorporate into your plan, like blogs, video sharing sites, mobile applications and RSS feeds.  



Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)  These new AHA guidelines reflect global resuscitation science and treatment recommendations derived from the 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR).


Essential Elements of Respiratory Protection    A short guidebook listing 19 essential elements of respiratory protection for workers potentially exposed to deleterious agents, such as hazardous wastes or agents of mass destruction.  The guidebook presents the information in a graphical format which makes presentation and absorption of material quicker and easier.