The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the 2012 National Preparedness Report. The report focuses on five mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The report identifies areas of progress and opportunities of improvement.
Laws Regarding Isolation and Quarantine
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has materials that are related to the authority and exercise of quarantine and isolation in U.S. jurisdictions. These materials contain federal, state, and local laws regarding isolation and quarantine. View these laws. CDC has also listed the legal authorities for isolation and quarantine, the difference between isolation and quarantine, communicable diseases that are authorized for isolation and quarantine by the federal government. View this material.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report, Public Health Preparedness: 2011 State-by-State Update on Laboratory Capabilities and Response Readiness Planning, which gives a state by state analysis of laboratory capabilities and response readiness planning. This report is an update to the CDC’s 2010 state preparedness report. The report shows that public health departments have made progress in building and strengthening their preparedness and response capabilities, and laboratories have increased their capabilities of rapid detection and characterization of health threats.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed The National Strategic Plan for Public Health Preparedness and Response. The plan is a guide for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the entire public health system, and its stakeholders to secure the health of the nation and attain the plan’s collective 2020 vision of "people’s health protected – public health secured".
The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services (EEHS) has released the Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors - Version 2.0. This guide addresses the need for guidance and information for public health professionals to assist them in rapidly establishing priorities and undertaking necessary actions during the response to an emergency or disaster.
The Department of Health and Human Services has released a report, From Hospitals to Healthcare Coalitions: Transforming Health Preparedness and Response in our Communities, which gives a state by state analysis of the Hospital Preparedness Program. The report states that an increasing number of hospitals are meeting important performance measures, and that healthcare coalitions should continue to be utilized in communities to improve preparedness.
The ninth annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report from Trust for America’s Health is now available. The report finds public health preparedness at risk due to federal and state budget cuts.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a report on alternate care facilities. Disaster Alternate Care Facilities: Selection and Operations explains how to select and operate alternate care facilities, or locations that can be quickly equipped to replace health care services when hospitals or other care sites are inoperable or overwhelmed. The report includes information on a template to develop an operations manual, staffing recommendations, and equipment and supply options. The report also supports two web-based tools that provide user-customized plans to implement topics discussed in the report. Click to access the report or the web tools.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases report on state surge capacity. The GAO’s report includes a review of 20 state's surge capacity, and found that all states reported some challenges in planning for surge capacity. Very few states had developed guidelines for altered standards of car during an emergency. The GAO recommends that the federal government can provide guidance and assistance related to surge capacity to ensure consistency across states. Access the report.
Rand Corporation Releases Report on Public Health Preparedness and Response to Chemical and Radiological Incidents. The Rand Corporation has released a report that investigates in depth the public health preparedness in regards to chemical and radiological incidents. The report includes a framework for public health roles alongside emergency preparedness and response activities and identifies areas at local health departments where further development may be necessary. Access the report.
ASPR Strategic Plan for 2011-2015
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has published its strategic plan and will update it periodically to reflect actions, measures, and progress toward its goals. ASPR is leader in preparing the nation and its communities to respond to and recover from public health and medical disasters and emergencies.