Reports

Greater Impact: How Disasters Affect People of Low Socioeconomic Status

This report focuses on how people in poverty, with low incomes, and of low socioeconomic status (SES) experience disasters. The report helps to clarify the ways in which people of low SES may be at greater risk than other groups in disasters, as well as barriers to disaster preparedness and other adverse situations or experiences they may face during the phases of disaster impact, response, and recovery. 

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Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety

This Guide provides up-to-date, authoritative information and guidance that schools can use to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing natural hazards, including earthquake, tsunami, flood, hurricane, tornado, and high wind. It is intended to be used by administrators, facilities managers, emergency managers, emergency planning committees, and teachers and staff at K through 12 schools.

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Combined Arms Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

The United States Army released a new doctrine on how to conduct the countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) mission as combined arms teams. It is primarily oriented on the brigade combat team and below. This manual provides tactical-level commanders, staff, and key agencies with a primary reference for planning, synchronizing, integrating, and executing combined arms CWMD.

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EMS Infectious Disease Playbook

This document unifies multiple sources of information in a single planning document addressing the full spectrum of infectious agents to create a concise reference resource for emergency medical services (EMS) agencies developing their service policies.

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WHO Guidelines on Ethical Issues in Public Health Surveillance

The goal of this guideline development project was to help policymakers and practitioners navigate the ethical issues presented by public health surveillance. This document outlines 17 ethical guidelines that can assist everyone involved in public health surveillance, including officials in government agencies, health workers, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

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Health Sector Resilience Checklist for High-Consequence Infectious Diseases – Informed by the Domestic US Ebola Response

This evidence-informed checklist outlines action steps for medical and public health authorities, in partnership with nongovernmental organizations and private industry, to assess and strengthen the resilience of their community's health sector in the face of Ebola or other high-consequence infectious diseases.

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Pandemic Influenza Plan - 2017 Update

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the 2017 Update to the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan to highlight and build upon the successes of the last decade, and make clear the additional efforts needed to improve pandemic preparedness. The capacity and capabilities developed for pandemic influenza preparedness will enable HHS to respond more effectively to other emerging infectious diseases. 

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Joint Criminal and Epidemiological Investigations Handbook-2016 International Edition

This handbook was developed to facilitate the use of resources and maximize communication and interaction among law enforcement and public health. This effort minimizes potential barriers during a biological threat response.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Bombing Prevention-Counter IED Resources Guide

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) recently published its newest Counter Improvised Explosive Device (Counter-IED) Resources Guide. The mission of the OBP is to protect life and critical infrastructure by building capabilities within the public population and across the public and private sectors to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents. 

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The Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense: 2017 Annual Report to Congress

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Chemical and Biological Defense Program Enterprise develops and acquires capabilities that allow the Joint Force to deter, prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) threats and effects within a layered and integrated defense. This report assesses DoD’s overall readiness to fight and win in a CB warfare environment. 

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