Filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg) are highly contagious pathogens, which cause severe and often fatal illness in humans. Health workers are at increased risk of infection because of their close and prolonged contact with severely ill patients with a high viral load. The risk of transmission of Ebola virus can be reduced if appropriate measures are taken, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a committee to identify global health priorities in light of current and emerging global health threats and challenges. The resulting report provides recommendations to the U.S. government and other stakeholders for increasing responsiveness, coordination, and efficiency in addressing these threats and challenges by establishing priorities and mobilizing resources.
The Secure Schools Alliance Research and Education organization has released the second brief in its new toolkit for K-12 learning institutions and law enforcement – Securing Our Schools – entitled, “Partner Roles and Responsibilities for Securing Our Schools.” This brief discusses school preparedness, threats facing schools, and the critical roles that all segments of the community have in securing schools.
Released by the World Health Organization (WHO), A Strategic Framework for Emergency Preparedness is a unifying framework that identifies the principles and elements of effective emergency health preparedness. It adopts the major lessons of previous initiatives and lays out the planning and implementation process by which countries can determine their priorities and develop or strengthen their operational capacities.
In his statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Daniel R. Coats, director of national intelligence, offers his assessment of threats to U.S. national security. Some key threats discussed include cyberthreats, emerging and disruptive technologies, and weapons of mass destruction.
Weathering the Storm, the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Hurricane Planning, Response and Recovery Toolkit is designed to assist healthcare facilities in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the potential consequences of a hurricane impacting the Garden State. This toolkit focuses on sheltering-in-place and recovery planning.
The Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs (HPP) has developed the 2017-2022 HPP Performance Measures Implementation Guidance, which is intended to assist awardees and health care coalitions in collecting and reporting on performance measures. HPP is the only source of federal funding for health care delivery system readiness.
This report describes the comprehensive data analysis of damages that faith-based and nonprofit organizations sustained after Hurricane Sandy and the type of recovery aid available after the storm. The report presents the task force’s recommendations that can be implemented to improve the resilience of neighborhoods by supporting the key community institutions that serve them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidelines for preventing influenza pandemic, which focus on nonpharmaceutical strategies to reduce the spread of disease. These strategies fall into three categories: personal protective measures, community measures, and environmental measures.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently released the findings and recommendations from Liberty Eclipse, a multi-state cyber-energy preparedness exercise hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Association of State Energy Officials in December 2016. This report provides recommendations for the energy sector – both government and industry – to improve policies, plans, and procedures for energy emergencies.