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Education and Training

  • Yale New Haven Health Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response offers online education and training courses for hospital, healthcare, and public health workers. They can be accessed here:
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an entire online course catalog for people who are interested in learning more about emergency management.
  • Psychosociology of Disaster: There are four training modules from the University of Washington each focusing on a different psychosocial aspect of disaster, nursing, and environmental health nursing. They are:
  • Diversity & Emergency Preparedness
    • Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit
    • Download here (.pdf).
  • The Westchester Institute for Human Development has a training program on Emergency Preparedness.
  • The National Council of La Raza has an Emergency Managers Tool Kit looking specifically at Latino Communities.
    • Download here (.pdf).
  • The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice has created a toolkit for Emergency Preparedness with LEP Populations.
    • Access the toolkit here (.pdf).
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health has a list of conferences available on demand for viewing. These include continuing education and in-service trainings and news conferences.
    • Access the list of conferences here.
  • Disaster Planning Video Game
    • ONC has released its second Web-based security training module, “CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice” for healthcare providers and staff. This latest game focuses on disaster planning, data backup and recovery and other elements of contingency planning.
    • Click here to access the resource

Get Ready Resources

  • FEMA has created the website in order to keep citizens informed, help with their planning process, and to get them involved in local community preparedness. There are resources in both English and Spanish.
    • Check out the website here.
  • Get Ready Capital Region – Region 3 has created a fantastic website to help Connecticut residents to be aware, plan, and prepare.  There are resources on how to prepare for people with functional needs, children, pets, and the elderly, information on the likely hazards in your region and recent news, and even capabilities to register as a volunteer.
  • Ready Or Not Trust for America’s Health publishes an annual “Ready or Not” report that includes information and recommendations regarding nationwide emergency preparedness. Click here to download the report (.pdf, 52 pages, 2MB).
  • Prescription for Preparedness – The Advanced Practice Centers has created an online resources to help local health organizations work together for emergency preparedness.
  • The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities has a website dedicated to stockpile resources and to facilitate communication, networking, and collaboration to improve community preparedness.
    • Check out the website here.
  • Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers Preparedness Guide

Other Great Sites to Visit

Who Should I Call?

The following are resources from the CT Department of Public Health regarding pediatric issues in disaster preparedness

Translation Tools

As part of the Emergency Preparedness program, CHCACT has been promoting the use of translated materials so that all health center patients and visitors have access to important emergency information regardless of their primary language.

Translation Toolkit (right click and select “save as” to download) – A guide available to community health centers with information about different translation resources.

National Public Health Radio Network (NPHRN)

The National Public Health Radio Network (NPHRN) is a collaborative initiative between CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) and the Division of Emergency Operations (DEO). In summary, the NPHRN will provide CDC, state, territorial, and local health departments with non-infrastructure dependent redundant communications capability – a “back up” method of communication when all else fails. More information (.pdf).

Vaccination Tools

  • Take a look at the Vaccine Information Statements website from CDC.
  • G.I.F.T.
    • Sanofi pasteur and AmeriCares®, in consultation with What to Expect®, joined forces to prevent the spread of pertussis by ensuring that more at-risk mothers and families have access to immunization with Adacel vaccine, a Tdap booster. Now, when you administer Adacel vaccine to your patients, your efforts to help prevent pertussis reach even further.
    • Download more information (.pdf)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccination Strategy
    • Determining the Optimal Pneumococcal Vaccination Strategy for Adults: Is There a Role for the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine?
      Metersky and colleagues indicate that the recent approval of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) to replace PCV7 for children creates a unique situation, in that it is unusual to have a new pediatric vaccine for a disease that is also important in adults. They review preliminary evidence on the possible benefits of PCV13 in adults and address the questions this situation raises about how physicians and other practitioners might approach vaccination decisions to provide optimum protection for adults.
    • Download: .pdf
  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
  • Vaccines.Gov