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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Information from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

For parents who need help in talking to their children about the recent events in Boston here are some links from the NCTSN.

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

Talking to Children about the Bombings

Parents Tips for Helping Preschool-Aged Children after Disasters

Parents Tips for Helping School-Aged Children after Disasters

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Bombings

Disability Inclusive Emergency Management

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Webinar Recording: Disability Inclusive Emergency Management
Marcie Roth, Senior Advisor on Disability Issues for FEMA, spoke at the March 2013 Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting and conference call about integrating the needs of the whole community into all aspects of emergency preparedness and disaster response, recovery and mitigation efforts. If you missed the call, you can access a recording of the meeting and the Power Point slides at
After listening to the recording, check out the Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Toolkit for tips to make social media messages more accessible, and tools to assist people with disabilities make use of social media.

Toolkit: Emergency Response For People Who Have Access And Functional Needs, A Guide For First Responders

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Emergency responders have varying levels of familiarity with people who have access and functional needs. The purpose of this information is to provide emergency personnel with a reference tool that will provide guidance for assisting people who have access and functional needs (formerly known as “special needs”) during the response and recovery phases of an emergency situation.

The information in this toolkit is to be applied in conjunction with training, experience, and your agency’s standard operating procedures.

Access the Toolkit here:

Information Sources on Ethics in Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, has a new resource guide for Information Sources on
Ethics in Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

Resources include:

  • Codes of Professional Conduct and Ethical Standards
  • Ethical Considerations for Pandemic Influenza and Other Infectious Diseases
  • Crisis (or Altered) Standards of Care
  • Ethics, Disasters and Disabled and Vulnerable Populations
  • Allocation of Scarce Resources and Triage
  • Duty to Care, Willingness to Respond, Role Conflict and Role Abandonment

Access the guide:

Flood Safety resources

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

With the arrival of spring comes increased risk of flooding in many areas.  The National Weather Service has declared this week to be Flood Safety Awareness Week.  MedlinePlus has a health topic page for Floods, which includes resources on preparing and responding to flooding in your home and community:

Poison Control Week

Monday, March 18th, 2013

This week is National Poison Control Week.  The American Association of Poison Control Centers encourages you to call their confidential, 24/7 Help Line with any emergency or non-emergency questions: 1-800-222-1222.

Download Poison Control Center brochures (available in multiple languages):

Rather than searching online for answers to poisoning questions, call the experts at your local poison center!

Disaster Hero

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Developed by the American College Of Emergency Physicians and funded by U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Disaster Hero <> is a free online game designed to teach children (grades 1 through 8), parents, and teachers/caregivers how to prepare for disasters. “In the game, the player takes the role of a “Disaster Hero” contestant in a high-tech game show, competing against a computer opponent to prove his or her disaster knowledge and preparedness skills for a chance to be named the next “Disaster Hero!”

Disaster Hero covers four main topic areas: (1) basic preparedness steps – including get a kit, make a plan, and be informed –  (2) common disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes), associated  danger signals, typical effects, common injuries, and appropriate responses, (3) basic quick-care tips and techniques for specific common injuries, and (4) basic information about geographic-specific disasters

Community Health Workers and Emergency Preparedness

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Health Outreach Partners is a national non-profit organization providing training, consultation, and information services to community-based organizations striving to improve the quality of life of hard-to-reach populations.

“Including Outreach Workers and Community Health Workers in Health Center Emergency Preparedness and Management”, a new tip sheet, has been released. This tip sheet provides an overview of emergency preparedness and identifies strategies on how to involve outreach staff in planning for, during and after an emergency. The strategies provided can be applied to organizations serving underserved populations, such as farmworkers, people experiencing homelessness, public housing residents, seniors, low–income individuals, and immigrants.

Health centers have an important role in emergency preparedness, and outreach and community health workers are essential to health center emergency preparedness and management, especially for underserved populations. By involving these workers, health centers can ensure that their plans and policies are rooted in the community’s needs and respond adequately in times of an emergency.

Disaster Response Template Toolkit

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created templates for public education addressing behavioral health issues during a disaster.


“The Printed Materials section contains customizable public education materials for use by disaster behavioral health response programs to provide outreach, psycho-education, and recovery news for disaster survivors.  These materials, geared toward the general public, provide information about common disaster reactions and ways to cope.

The Messaging through Other Media section contains tips for writing television, radio, and newspaper public service announcements (PSAs), as well as samples of print and radio PSAs.  There are also links and examples of disaster response program websites, social networking pages, and blogs.

Within each section of this toolkit, “do it yourself” templates are provided in various formats with space provided for each program to incorporate its own logo or contact information.  You will find templates for the following products:

  • Brochures for adults, older adults, or children about common disaster responses and ways of coping
  • Door hangers with common signs of disaster stress, ways to reduce stress, and common reactions to trigger events such as the holidays
  • Editable tip sheets with information on managing stress, coping with disaster anniversaries, and helping children cope with the disaster
  • Newsletters, wallet cards, and postcards with broad messaging and room to add your program’s contact information” [email announcement]

Access the Disaster Response Template here:


School Emergency Management

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

US Department of Education: New toolkit released. Creating and Updating School Emergency Management Plans. 

Available here: