National & International Resources
- National Ebola Training and Education Center. The National Ebola Training and Education Center is comprised of faculty and staff from Emory University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine and the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue Hospital Center. All three of these health care institutions have safely and successfully treated patients with Ebola and have worked diligently to share their knowledge with other health care facilities and public health jurisdictions. The goal of the NETEC is to combine these resources into one comprehensive assessment, educational and training tool for health care systems throughout the United States.
- Emergency Medical Services Homeland Security Considerations (Jan 2017) This NASEMSO issue brief was compiled for the transition team of
President Donald Trump.
- A Proposed Model for Bioterrorism Response: Initial Operations and Characterization (IAB, 01/18/17). The InterAgency Board (IAB) recently published a new position paper entitled "A Proposed Model for Bioterrorism Response: Initial Operations and Characterization." The document presents the position of the IAB on an approach to developing a national bioterrorism response capability. The IAB proposes a model for a biothreat response capability that brings together public safety jurisdictions, federal resources, processes, standards, and doctrine to support the creation of a network of locally owned and operated validated bioterrorism response teams.
- CDC: Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders - NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug that is similar to morphine and heroin but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Fentanyl and its analogs are members of the class of drugs known as rapid-acting synthetic opioids that alleviate pain without causing loss of consciousness (analgesic).
- Ransonware (FBI, 12/02/16). This brochure, released by the FBI, addresses key areas to focus on with ransomware, including
prevention, business continuity, and remediation. As ransomware techniques continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, even with the most robust prevention controls in place, there is no guarantee against exploitation. This makes contingency and remediation planning crucial to business recovery and continuity.
- Emergency Preparedness for Schools and their Students, Community for Accredited Online Schools (11/16/16)
- Recommendations for Strengthening National Emergency Management Programs (11/14/16) The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) recently released this new issue brief, which is intended for use by transition team members focused on DHS/FEMA and new appointees to those agencies. It is intentionally detailed and focused on FEMA programs.
- ASPR 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities (11/02/16) These capabilities illustrate the range of preparedness and response activities that, if conducted, represent the ideal state of readiness in the United States. The 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities document improves upon the 2012 version titled Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness, streamlining eight capabilities down to four. Download here.
- Washington State Dept. of Labor e-Bulletin: Dislodged Sizing Dot on Firefighter's SCBA Causes Malfunction (10/03/16)
- National Homeland Security Consortium Fact Sheet 2016 (10/20/16)
- NGA Releases Paper Focused on Public Health Emergencies (10/11/16) A new paper from the National Governors Association highlights steps that states can take to improve preparedness when dealing with public health emergencies. Improving State Efforts to Prepare and Respond to Public Health Emergenciesalso provides actions items governors can take back to their states to improve preparedness for public health emergencies.
- DHS TRIPwire Extremist Threat Report – Incident report from the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention about the multiple IED incidents in New York and New Jersey on September 17 and 18, 2016.
- Homeland Security Information Network for the Healthcare and Public Health Community (HSIN-HPH), 29 Aug 2016
- National Implementation of the Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Incident Triage (FICEMS)
- Mass Casualty Triage: An Evaluation of the Science and Refinement of a National Guideline (paper in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness)
- MUCC Addendum (being pilot tested across the United States)
- FEMA and Partners Release Updated National Planning Frameworks (19 June 2016) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its partners on June 16 released the updated National Planning Frameworks for each mission area: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Part of the National Preparedness System, the National Planning Frameworks set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivery the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal of building a secure and resilient nation. FEMA is hosting a series of public engagement webinars to highlight key changes to the Frameworks and to answer any questions.
- FEMA and its Partners Have Released the 2016 National Preparedness Report (NPR) (01 June 2016).
- National Homeland Security Consortium Calls on Presidential Candidates and all Elected Leaders to Prepare for Changing Threats to the Homeland (15 Apr 2016)
A group of 19 national associations (including NASEMSO) representing the National Homeland Security Consortium have joined together to call on presidential candidates, the next administration and elected officials to continually assess national preparedness strategies and approaches to reflect the changing threat.
The U.S. has taken aggressive steps and spent billions of dollars to protect people, infrastructure, and economic interests. While great progress has been made over the years in many of these areas, it’s critical that elected officials are aware of the evolving and emerging challenges facing the nation.
In its 2016 National Issues Brief, the NHSC outlines a series of challenges that need to be addressed, including cybersecurity, critical infrastructure fragility, climate adaptation, infectious disease, countering terrorism, and immigration reform. The NHSC also calls on national leaders to recognize that traditional events can morph into complex scenarios without warning and manmade or natural threats that seemed unimaginable just a few decades ago are becoming more common. This requires new approaches and innovative thinking in national preparedness efforts.
The NHSC also calls for sustained and more flexible homeland security grant funding; strengthened information collection and sharing between all levels of government, the private sector and the public; and support for the use of mutual aid, state-to-state and between local jurisdictions, in response to disasters and emergencies.
- Hospital Preparedness Program Fact Sheet (ASPR, Mar 2016)
- Consolidate Domestic Intelligence
Entities Under the FBI, by
Matt A. Maye (AEI Series on Homeland Security Reform, Mar 2016) Please see this link for an update and clarification on Fusion Centers.
- Hartford Consensus III: Implementation of Bleeding Control (Apr 2015)
- Efficacy of Prehospital Application of Tourniquets and Hemostatic Dressings to Control Traumatic External Hemorrhage (NHTSA, May 2015)
- Active Shooter and Complex Attack Resources (DHS, Nov. 17, 2015) This document includes links to resources that already exist to help guide those communities who have decided to pursue a more prepared community through integrated response.
- MUCC Model Uniform Core Criteria (MUCC) for Mass Casualty Triage
- National Implementation of the Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Incident Triage
- National Implementation Of the Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Incident Triage
- Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Triage, a Briefing for NEMSAC, Robert R. Bass, MD, FACEP, Chair, FICEMS Preparedness Committee
- National Implementation of the Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Incident Triage, a Report of the FICEMS
- Final Update to Medical Evacuation of Patients with Highly Infectious Diseases
- Mass Casualty Triage: An Evaluation of the Science and Refinement of a National Guideline
- Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) Strategic Plan.
- The Emergency Services (ES) Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) is designed to guide and integrate the sector’s voluntary, collaborative efforts to improve its security and resilience over the next four years. It describes how the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) manages risks and contributes to national critical infrastructure security and resilience, as set forth in Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. As an annex to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (NIPP 2013), this Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) tailors the strategic guidance provided in the NIPP 2013 to the unique operating conditions and risk landscape of the ESS.The sector strategy is closely aligned with the NIPP 2013 national strategy, the 2014 Joint National Priorities for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, and Executive Order (EO) 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
- The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Released the National Space Weather Strategy and the National Space Weather Action Plan, for Enhancing Preparedness for Space-Weather Events (11/02/15)
Our Nation’s security, economic vitality, and daily functioning depend on the reliable operations of satellites and aircraft, communications networks, navigation systems, and the electric power grid. As these and other, similar technologies and infrastructures become increasingly ubiquitous and interdependent, the United States – and indeed, the world – faces greater risks from the threats posed by space weather events.
Downloads: Space-Weather Blog Post | Space-Weather Fact Sheet
Space weather refers to variations in the space environment between the sun and Earth (and throughout the solar system). In particular, space weather describes the phenomena – solar flares, solar energetic particles, and coronal mass ejections – that impact systems in orbit and on Earth. In recent years, the Obama Administration has played an active role in maintaining and advancing the Nation’s ability to forecast and mitigate the various impacts of space weather. This work has included taking steps to replace aging satellite assets essential to monitoring and forecasting space weather, proposing space-weather standards for both the national and international air space, developing regulations to ensure the continued operation of the electric grid during an extreme space weather event, proposing a new option for replacing crucial Extra High Voltage (EHV) transformers damaged by space weather, and developing domestic production sources for EHV transformers.
Yet gaps remain in our capacity to understand, model, predict, respond to, and recover from space-weather events. That’s why today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is hosting the event “Space Weather: Understanding Potential Impacts and Building Resilience,” with the goals of bringing together Federal and external stakeholders to discuss space weather preparedness and related science and technology efforts, and to raise awareness of the importance of being prepared for space-weather events. The event from was broadcast on WhiteHouse.gov/live, and rebroadcasts can be viewed on demand.
At the event, OSTP Director John Holdren announced the release of the National Space Weather Strategy and the National Space Weather Action Plan. These two documents were developed by an interagency group of experts, with input from stakeholders outside the Federal government, to clearly articulate how the Federal government will work to enhance national space-weather preparedness by coordinating, integrating, and expanding existing policy efforts; engaging a broad range of sectors; and collaborating with international counterparts. The Strategy identifies goals and establishes the guiding principles that will guide these efforts in both the near and long term, while the Action Plan identifies specific activities, outcomes, and timelines that the Federal government will pursue accordingly. The Action Plan broadly aligns with investments proposed in the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 and will be reevaluated and updated within 3 years of the date of publication or as needed.
- Emergency Services Sector Cybersecurity Initiative Fact Sheet (DHS, Oct 2015) The Emergency Services Sector Cybersecurity Initiative is an ongoing effort to enable the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) to better understand and manage cyber risks and to coordinate the sharing of cyber information and tools between subject matter experts (both inside and outside the federal government) and the ESS disciplines.
- Emergency Response Vehicle and Equipment Security Fact Sheet (DHS, Oct 2015) The first responder community relies on the availability of specialized equipment, including emergency response vehicles, to perform their service to the public. When incidents compromising emergency response vehicles or equipment occur, they can not only affect the safety of emergency responders, but also jeopardize emergency responders’ ability to provide public safety services in a timely and effective manner. As a result, it is paramount that emergency services organizations continue to educate their personnel and implement best practices to prevent the theft or other misuse of emergency response vehicles and equipment.
- Emergency Services Sector Information Sharing Initiative Fact Sheet (DHS, Oct 2015) The Emergency Services Sector Information Sharing Initiative is an ongoing effort to improve current, and develop new, information sharing mechanisms, both between the Federal Government and Emergency Services Sector (ESS) partners, and within the ESS. Due to an ever-changing information sharing environment, there is an ongoing need to utilize the most effective and efficient information sharing pathways. Expanded and improved information sharing will increase effectiveness and increase ESS operational capacity.
- Impersonation of First Responders Fact Sheet (DHS, Oct 2015) First responders provide the first line of defense for nearly all critical infrastructure sectors and the general public during natural disasters and other physical emergencies. However, malicious actors, both international and domestic, seeking to exploit the public trust first responders have earned, have sought to impersonate first responders in order to do harm to the American people, exploit site vulnerabilities, or destroy critical infrastructure. Malicious actions include the acquisition of authentic or fraudulent uniforms, equipment, vehicles, and other items that may be associated with law enforcement, fire, and emergency services personnel. Therefore, it is imperative emergency services organizations maintain an awareness of the current threat environment and continue to remain vigilant.
- National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary (DEA, Apr 2015)
- The National Pediatric Readiness Assessment can be found here, or download the interactive version here.
- "Stop the Bleed" Campaign (10/09/15) Earlier this week, the Administration launched the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, during an event at the White House, to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life-threatening bleeding. The goal of this initiative is to build national resilience by empowering the public to be aware of the simple steps that can be taken to stop or slow life-threatening bleeding and to promote the general public access to bleeding control kits in public places. For more information on these efforts and how you can share this information or get involved in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, refer to the following links:
- Improving Active Shooter/
Hostile Event Response:
Best Practices and Recommendations for Integrating Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS (September 2015) This report was compiled by the InterAgency Board (IAB) and its federal partners.
- JCAT Intelligency Guide for First Responders (2015) The Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) has updated its 2011 Intelligence Guide for First Responders, to improve information sharing among state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions and the federal government. This reference aid will accomplish the following:
- Highlight your role and responsibility as a consumer of intelligence information.
- Demonstrate how to handle this information and why it must be protected.
- Show you where to find this information and how to gain access to Internet-based U.S. government systems.
- Help you understand and participate in the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.
- Provide an overview of the Intelligence Community, the intelligence cycle, and the products available to you.
- Identify existing federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partnerships that you can use to carry out your duties and responsibilities.
- Still at Risk: U.S. Children 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina (2015) In response to concerns by many child advocacy groups after Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush and Congress created the National Commission on Children and Disasters to assess the gaps in federal planning that put our children at risk. In 2010, the commission issued a final report with 81 recommendations aimed at ensuring childrens unique needs are accounted for in U.S. disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Now, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, Save the Children commissioned research to determine progress made on these recommendations. Research indicates that nearly four in five of the recommendations have not been fully met. This report represents the first formal review of these recommendations since 2010.
- First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents (June 10, 2015) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Transportation, have released this document, which identifies recommendations for individuals who provide emergent and immediate medical management of casualties resulting from IED's and/or active shooter incidents. The document focuses on the medical response to IEDs and/or active shooter incidents with recommendations for hemorrhage control, protective equipment and response and incident management.
- Operational Lessons Learned in Disaster Response (June 2, 2015) This new document by the U.S. Fire Administration covers research, after action reviews, and lessons learned from major disaster of the past decade. The disasters studied were weather-related events that required responding firefighters to assume duties for which they were unprepared or for situations they never anticipated.
- The 2015 National Preparedness Report (May 27, 2015) is required by PPD 8. The report summarizes progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities described in the National Preparedness Goal.
- A Research Study of Ambulance Operations and Best Practice Considerations for Emergency Medical Services Personnel, First Responders Group, Department of Homeland Security Science & Techology Directorate, March 2015. This document outlines research conducted on best practices for ambulance operators and identification of safety gaps for EMS Providers to be able to operate an ambulance quickly but safely to the site of the emergency and subsequent transport of the patient to the hospital.
- Ambulance Patient Compartment Human Factors Design Guidebook, First Responders Group, Department of Homeland Security Science & Techology Directorate, February 2015. This document is intended to provide tools and guidance to the EMS community that will enable the design and manufacture of ambulance patient compartments that are safer and more efficient.
- The 2014 Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategy and Implementation Plan (SIP) describes the priorities that HHS, in collaboration with its interagency partners, will implement over the next five years. This plan updates the 2012 PHEMCE SIP. The 2014 PHEMCE SIP provides the blueprint for the PHEMCE to use in enhancing national health security through the procurement and use of life-saving medical countermeasures (MCMs).
- The National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan (2015-2018) presents a vision for the nation's health security over the next four years. The document is a Congressionally-mandated requirement to achieve a health-secure and resilient nation. This document builds on past progress, while providing strategic direction and an updated, streamlined approach toward increasing our national health security.
- Incorporating Active Shooter Incident Planning into Health Care Facility Emergency Operations Plans (02/03/15) This document is designed to encourage facilities to consider how to better prepare for an active shooter incident. The document provides emergency planners, hospital disaster committees, executive leadership and others involved in emergency operations planning with a detailed discussion of unique issues faced in a health care facility.
- Disasters.Data.gov (12/22/14) The Administration just launched the disasters.data.gov website, a public resource to foster collaboration and the continual improvement of disaster-related open data, free tools, and new ways to empower survivors, first responders, and all levels of government with critical information and resources.
- New Evidence-Based Planning Guidance for Patient Decontamination (12/22/14) This new final guidance covers mass casualties, chemical release, external contamination, and decontamination of people (not animals, not inanimate objects, not facilities). Some highlights include:
- Determining the need for decontamination of an individual patient.
- Choosing patient decontamination methods.
- Determining the effectiveness of decontamination.
- Prioritizing patients for decontamination in a mass exposure incident.
- Coordinating the entire system-wide response.
- Communicating crisis and emergency risk messages to the community.
- ASTHO: Expanding the Roles of Emergency Medical Services Providers: A Legal Analysis (09/18/14) This report is divided into four major parts:
- Part I – provides brief foundational information on core elements of existing project and emerging approaches that may be adapted to expand EMS usage in new jurisdictions.
- Part II – evaluates underlying legal “triggers” that authorize deployment of EMS personnel, and identifies new protocols, modifications, or waivers that may be necessary to authorize CP or similar initiatives in some jurisdictions. It also addresses coordinating limited resources, including contractual elements that support efficiency and avoid conflict, as well as initial liability concerns.
- Part III – focuses on potential legal challenges and opportunities concerning expanding patient assessment. This section analyzes concerns related to scope of practice, standard of care, venue restrictions, and medical supervision requirements, as well as potential liability of EMS practitioners and organizations. It presents a series of options to enable EMS professionals to expand their roles while adhering to existing scope of practice limitations and health information privacy laws.
- Part IV – explores legal and policy issues that may hinder or support the alteration of patient destinations through these initiatives, other than to hospital EDs. Key themes include the role of patient choice, potential for patient “dumping” or abandonment, reimbursement for services, impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and continued concerns over liability of practitioners, medical directors, and service providers.
- Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC): A History and Analysis of the Evolution of National Mutual Aid Policy and Operations (released Sept 2014 by NEMA) will take you through the most significant events that influenced the creation and evolution of EMAC and how it was used to meet some of the nation’s largest response challenges.
• The Beginning (1989-1995)
• Making the Case for EMAC Nationwide (1995-2003)
• EMAC Pushed to New Limits (2004-2006)
• Building Capability (2003-Present)
- 2014 National Preparedness Report (07 Aug 2014) The 2014 National Preparedness Report has been released by FEMA. This report was developed to meet the requirements of PPD-8 and is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk. Download report here.
- Saving Lives on the Battlefield: Lessons for Prehospital Care (05 Aug 2014) In 2013, the U.S. Central Command Prehospital Trauma Care Assessment Team published “Saving Lives on the Battlefield” with the stated goal to “assess pre-hospital trauma care within the Combined Joint Operations Area – Afghanistan (CJOA-A) and provide recommendations to reduce preventable combat death among U.S.,Coalition, and Afghan forces to the lowest incidence achievable.”In the meanwhile, the military has more broadly implemented the evidence-based Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Guidelines which has been proven to reduce morbidity and mortality on the battlefield. Many of these lessons are applicable to civilian EMS. The report has been recently updated and is now available on the NASEMSO web site as Saving Lives on the Battlefield (Part II) – One Year Later.
National Planning Frameworks: The Federal Government and its partners on July 30, 2014, released the National Protection Framework, one of the five National Planning Frameworks directed in Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. The National Protection Framework covers the capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters. It is focused on actions to protect against the greatest risks in a manner that allows American interests, aspirations, and way of life to thrive. The Protection Framework describes the core capabilities; roles and responsibilities; and coordinating structures that facilitate the protection of individuals, communities, and the Nation.
There is one Framework for each of the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The National Disaster Recovery Framework was the first to be released (September 2011). The Prevention, Mitigation and updated National Response Framework were released in May 2013. The National Protection Framework was released after the other Frameworks to ensure alignment with other National protection policies, such as Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.
Together, the National Planning Frameworks document the roles and responsibilities of the whole community in all facets of national preparedness and illustrate how we work together to support one another before, during, and after an emergency. The benefit of this unified effort is a more informed, shared understanding of risks, needs, and capabilities across the whole community; and, in the end, a more secure and resilient nation. The National Protection Framework can be downloaded here.
- The National Network of Fusion Centers Report (posted July 24, 2014) evaluates the key role that state and major urban area fusion centers have played in supporting the national effort to secure the United States over the last year.
- CDC Blast Injury Fact Sheet (posted July 11, 2014) This fact sheet identifies background, clinical presentation, evaluation and management of blast injuries for a variety of scenarios. It is an excellent reference tool.
- 2013 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps (posted July 10, 2014) The National Association of County and City Health Officials has released the 2013 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps Report.
The 2013 Network Profile study provides a comprehensive look at MRC unit composition, administration, and community impact. The Profile survey covered a wide range of topics pertaining to an MRC unit's infrastructure and practice. Some areas of interest include the following topics:
Unit, leader and volunteer demographics;
Funding and finances;
Recruitment, screening, training and communications processes;
Activities and services;
- Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) Strategic Plan (March 2014)
- CDC Information on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) (05/07/14)
- CDC News on Outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea and Liberia (04/16/14)
- CDC Facts on Ebola (04/16/14)
- National Cyber Incident Response Plan
- Value-Based Models for Sustaining Emergency Preparedness Capacity and Capability in the United States (Institute of Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness
for Catastrophic Events, 2014) This document from IOM discusses funding a prepared nation including the cost of public health emergencies. It also shares models in which local communities have found ways to sustain preparedness thru local taxes, public-private partnerships and resource sharing.
- Essential Functions and Considerations of Hospital Recovery (Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program and Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Bureau, September 2013)
- Anthrax Preparedness Resources:
- Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach (FEMA, 2013). This document reflects the first U.S. attempt to establish a baseline foundation and whole community approach for reunifying children separated from their parents or legal guardians in the aftermath of a disaster.
- FEMA National Strategy Preparedness Recommendations (14 Nov 2013) This document is FEMA's recommendations for the developing a national strategy for reducing cots, loss of life and injuries associate with extreme disasters in vulnerable areas.
- Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (12 Nov 2013)
- DuoDote Kits Recall Notice (08 Nov 2013)
- Considerations for Anthrax Vaccine Absorbed (AVA) Post-Exposure Prioritization Final (06 Nov 2013) This document reflects the unique situation that exists after a wide area Bacillus aerosol anthrax attack and outlines the priority scheme for post event use of AVA. This document considers prioritization of AVA in a post-event wide area release and not policy for pre-event vaccination or for reserving vaccine post-event.
- HR1791 Was Passed by House Committee on Homeland Security on Oct. 29, 2013. This bill does not authorize new funding, but rather clarifies that grant funds under the State Homeland Security Grants program and Urban Area Security Initiative program can be used to enhance medical preparedness and purchase of medical countermeasures. This bill would enhance medical preparedness, medical surge capacity and mass prophylaxis capabilities including medical kits and diagnostics sufficient to protect first responders, their families and immediate victims from a chemical or biological event. Learn more.
- National Incident Management System: Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide (October 2013, DHS)
- September 25th EMForum.org Program Files Now Available: Transportation Guide for All Hazards Emergency Evacuation (30 Sept 2013) The Webinar recording of theSept. 25, 2013, EMForum.org program, "Transportation Guide for All Hazards Emergency Evacuation," with Deborah Matherly,Principal Investigator, is now available. This is a large file and requiresWindows Media PlayerorWindows Media Components for QuickTimeor a similar product to view. The recording is also available in MP4 format for mobile users. The Transcript, Audio Podcast, Slides,as well as Ratings and Comments are available from the Background Page.The Audio Podcast and MP4 recordings are also available from the iTunes Store.
- First Responders Group:
Improving Communication Between Ambulances and the Hearing Impaired (27 Sept 2013)
- FEMA National Strategy Recommendations: Future Disaster Preparedness (20 Sept 2013)
- Compendium of WMD, Emergency Management and Medical Web Sites (28 Aug 2013)
- Utah Burn Disaster Crisis Standards of Care (14 Aug 2013)
- OSHA Quick Card: Comparison of NFPA 704 and HazCom 2012 Labels (12 Aug 2013)
- Wildland Firefighter: Burn Injury Guidelines for Care (09 Aug 2013)
- FEMA Hurricane Sandy After Action Report (25 July 2013)
- 2013 Homeland Security Grant Program Summary (21 May 2013)
- After Action Report/Improvement Plan Template (02 Apr 2013)
- EMAC Deployment Brochure and Information
- Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR)
- Executive Order (EO) for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
- Resources for EMS and Fusion Center Collaboration. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Health Affairs (OHA) has been working diligently with the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to foster collaboration between Emergency Medical Services (EMS) stakeholders and fusion centers. A new resource guide was recently distributed to all fusion centers on behalf of Scott McAllister, Deputy Under Secretary for State and Local Program Office, DHS I&A and Dr. Alexander G. Garza, Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, DHS OHA to promote awareness and strengthen relations between EMS stakeholders and fusion centers.
As DHS strives towards strengthening relationships between EMS stakeholders and fusion centers, the agency will continue to promote awareness of available resources and encourage fusion centers and EMS stakeholders to take advantage of these services.
- U.S. Fire Administration—Chief's Corner: The Roles of Fire and EMS Personnel in Armed Attacks (03 Jan 2013)
- Ready or Not: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism (19 Dec 2012) This issue paper was published by Trust for America's Health.
- Protecting Americans in the 21st Century: Priorities for 2012 and Beyond (14 Nov 2012) The National Homeland Security Consortium, of which NASEMSO is a member, has released the 2012 revised white paper entitled "Protecting Americans in the 21st Century: Priorities for 2012 and Beyond." This white paper identifies ongoing threats and vulnerabilities that are effecting our nation. The Consortium is comprised of state and local safety, security and health professionals, along with elected officials and the private sector. This 2012 paper is an update from the 2008 and 2010 versions that NASEMSO has endorsed and posted on the DP website.
- Guidance for Protecting Responders’ Health During the First Week Following A Wide-Area Aerosol Anthrax Attack (18 Oct 2012) This guidance provides recommendations for protection of responders who may become exposed to aerosolized anthrax during an anthrax attack based on the nature of their work. This guidance also defines "responder."
- Emergency Services Sector Cyber Risk Assessment 2012 (28 Sept 2012)
This document will provide a risk profile that can be used to enhance the security and resilience of the Emergency Service Sector (ESS) disciplines. It also assess ESS cyber risks across the ESS discipline and serves as a baseline of the national-level risk. EMS is highlighted in the following page as well as some of the other sections: 3, 8, 14-15, 23, 33, 41, 54, 64, 68 and 84.
- These guidelines were developed by NIOSH and responder groups in order to address all aspects of protecting emergency responders in all types of emergency types and settings. It is intended to be used for all those involved in the deployment and protection of emergency responders including incident management leaders, leadership of response organizations; health safety and medical personnel.
- Americans Awareness and Preparedness Surrounding Emergency Situations: This document takes a look at Americans' attitudes and concerns with regard to emergency prepares and response. This survey hones in on the emotional reaction of citizens to disaster and emergency situations and evaluates the level of apathy towards public safety, notifications and alerts.
- Charting a Path Forward on Crisis Reentry for the Emergency Services Sector, final report of the Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council. This report makes recommendations to DHHS and Congress on a National Template for Reentry and a model Joint Standard Operating Procedure.
- FEMA and its Partners Release the National Preparedness Report (05/04/12) Today, FEMA and its partners released the National Preparedness Report (NPR). The Report identifies significant progress the nation has made in areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Overall, the Report found that the nation has increased its collective preparedness, not only from external threats, but also for natural and technological hazards that face its communities. Please look at page 47, "Key Finding: EMS capabilities are critical managing medical emergencies. Continuing to integrate EMS into planning and preparedness initiatives is an area of national focus." EMS is recognized as a major player in preparedness and response activities
- National Preparedness Report
- National Preparedness Report Fact Sheet
- National Preparedness Report IGA Advisory
- Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity (Sept. 2011)
- National Center Federal document report Workforce Project 2011-Before Disaster Medicine and Public Health: Report on the Domestic Natural Disaster Health Workforce (11/30/11)
- National Disaster Recovery Framework: Strengthening Disaster Recovery for the Nation (Sept. 2011)
- CDC Emergency Response Resources: Tornado Cleanup and Response (06/07/11)
- Successful Preparedness Practices (ASTHO)
- National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health: Report on the Domestic Natural Disaster Health Workforce
- Crisis & Emergency Risk Communications Training (CDC). (08/19/09)
- WMD, Emergency Management and Medical Web Sites - resource links compiled by the Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response (01/14/09)
- Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force: Interim Task Force Report on Resilience, George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (posted 05/17/11)
- CDC's Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning, March 2011 (posted 05/10/11)
- Public Guide to the New National Terror Advisory System (posted 05/09/11)
- 2010 Sector CIKR Protection Annual Report for the Emergency Services Sector, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, June 2010 (posted 04/05/11)
- CDC Quarantine Station EMS Job Aids (posted 02/23/11)
- The current Target Capabilities List (TCL) can be downloaded here.
- These documents are from a workshop that was hosted by the Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response:
- Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11 (Sept. 2010) Report to Congress of the Local, State, Tribal and Federal Preparedness Task Force
- Guidelines for Mass Casualty Decontamination During a HAZMAT/Weapon of Mass Destruction Incident.
- CIP Bulletin 12-08December 23, 2008, Explosives Post-Blast Response FIRST RESPONDER AWARENESS CARD
- CIP Bulletin 13-08December 29, 2008, CDC Fact Sheet: Casualty Management After a Deliberate Release of Radioactive Material
- Joint Public Health – Law Enforcement Investigations: Model Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), developed by the Public Health and Law Enforcement Emergency Preparedness Workgroup, convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, USDOJ
- "Protecting Americans for the 21st Century: Imperatives for the Homeland," a white paper by the National Homeland Security Consortium." National Preparedness System Presentation: Current Prototype & Proposed Implementation Approach, June 2007
- Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended, and Related Authorities FEMA 592, June 2007
- Congressional testimony by FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison, before the U.S.
Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, Washington, DC, May 22, 2007
- Domestic Terrorism: Issues of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Preparedness 07-15-2005
- EMS Performance Measures 07-15-2005
- The National Preparedness System: Issues in the 109th Congress, CRS Report for Congress, March 10, 2005
- Evaluation Tool of Standard Operating Procedures for Mass Casualty Events
Israel Presentions 2014
- Lessons Learned from Israel: EMS Exchange
- Public Role and Engagement in Counterterrorism Efforts: Implications of Israeli Practices for the United States
Israel Presentations 2011
- Dilemmas in Emergency Management and Response
- EMS Response to Terrorism: The Israeli Experience
- Hospital Preparedness for Mass Casualty Situations
- Influenza in Israel: Preparedness and Response
- Israeli Healthcare System: On Constant Alert
- Lessons Learned the Hard Way
- Overview of the Israeli Healthcare System
- Rambam Health Care Campus
- Second Israel - Lebanon War: The Clinical Experience
- Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency, and MCS