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Each checklist includes opening commentary on the background, methods, organization, and suggested uses for each document, and features two principal sections:
The content of the checklist is organized according to the four phases of incident management addressed in the National Response Plan: Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
Local governments (e.g., counties, boroughs, cities, special districts) owe their existence to
state governments, and vary in size, complexity, governance, and power. The legal needs of local
governments may be similar across states or within them, but the significant diversity of these governments
complicates the development of a model approach through legislative or regulatory provisions for public health
This checklist presents an assessment tool that is primarily intended for use by local governments to assess
their legal preparedness for public health emergencies. It adopts a multi-sectoral approach, assessing the
sorts of authority needed at the local level that involve public health agencies and their public and private