Taking a Global Approach to Preparedness

By Chelsea Gridley-Smith, PhD, NACCHO Program Analyst In commemoration of National Preparedness Month, the Centers for Disease Control...

Sep 02, 2016 | Anastasia Sonneman

  • New Factsheet: Radiological Sheltering Tabletop Exercise Toolkit

    NACCHO recently released a new fact sheet titled, Radiological Sheltering Tabletop Exercise Toolkit. This fact sheet provides key...

    Aug 12, 2016 | Anastasia Sonneman

  • New NACCHO Radiation Resources for Local Health Departments

    Radiation preparedness is no longer just a necessity for jurisdictions neighboring nuclear facilities. In fact, there is concern from...

    Jul 19, 2016 | Anastasia Sonneman

  • EPA Seeks Comments on Draft Drinking Water Guidance for Radiological Emergencies

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding an open comment period to begin the week of June 13-17, 2016 for its draft...

    Jun 09, 2016 | Anastasia Sonneman

  • New Individual & Family Emergency Response Guides

    The New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response released scenario-specific...

    May 25, 2016 | Mary Hodges

  • Measuring Mass Fatality Preparedness – How Does Public Health Stand Up?

    Many of the catastrophic hazards that LHDs plan for have serious potential to become mass fatality events. Even in the most...

    Jan 13, 2016 | Rachel Schulman

  • RadResponder to Host Nationwide Drill December 15

    RadResponder, a radiological data management application, will be hosting a Nationwide Data Quality Drill next Tuesday, December 15...

    Dec 10, 2015 | Kelsey Edge

  • DHS Releases Chemical Defense Resources Guide

    The Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs (DHS-OHA) compiled a resource guide for community health organizations...

    Dec 02, 2015 | Mary Hodges

  • HHS Launches Redesigned Online Radiation Treatment Resource

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the first major redesign of the Radiation Emergency Medical...

    Oct 08, 2015 | Katie Regan

  • Taking a Global Approach to Preparedness

    By Chelsea Gridley-Smith, PhD, NACCHO Program Analyst In commemoration of National Preparedness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highlighting five themes for each week of September, emphasizing the various aspects of effective preparedness. Each week, the NACCHO Preparedness team is authoring a blog to promote the theme and provide local health […]

    Sep 02, 2016 | Anastasia Sonneman

    New Factsheet: Radiological Sheltering Tabletop Exercise Toolkit

    NACCHO recently released a new fact sheet titled, Radiological Sheltering Tabletop Exercise Toolkit. This fact sheet provides key details on the new toolkit developed by the NACCHO preparedness team in collaboration with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Applicable for local health departments (LHDs) at all levels of planning, this resource is designed for LHD staff to […]

    Aug 12, 2016 | Anastasia Sonneman

    New NACCHO Radiation Resources for Local Health Departments

    Radiation preparedness is no longer just a necessity for jurisdictions neighboring nuclear facilities. In fact, there is concern from experts that the threat of a radiological emergency is growing across the nation. Moreover, there are readily available and often poorly protected radioactive materials in use throughout military, academic, research and industrial agencies1. While the probability...

    Jul 19, 2016 | Anastasia Sonneman

    EPA Seeks Comments on Draft Drinking Water Guidance for Radiological Emergencies

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding an open comment period to begin the week of June 13-17, 2016 for its draft Drinking Water Protective Action Guide (PAG) and Planning Guidance for Radiological Incidents. This guidance was created for use in the event of a radiological emergency, as a precaution to the likelihood of radioactive material […]

    Jun 09, 2016 | Anastasia Sonneman

    New Individual & Family Emergency Response Guides

    The New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response released scenario-specific response guides. With input from their community partners, they created 10 Individual and Family Response Guides that provide actionable guidance on how to response during specific emergencies. The guides cover biological, chemical, cyber, extreme weather,...

    May 25, 2016 | Mary Hodges

    Measuring Mass Fatality Preparedness – How Does Public Health Stand Up?

    Many of the catastrophic hazards that LHDs plan for have serious potential to become mass fatality events. Even in the most well-prepared communities, events such as pandemics, chemical spills, radiation releases, mass shootings, and acts of terrorism can still result in extremely high death tolls. Moreover, it doesn’t necessarily take a large number of deaths […]

    Jan 13, 2016 | Rachel Schulman

    RadResponder to Host Nationwide Drill December 15

    RadResponder, a radiological data management application, will be hosting a Nationwide Data Quality Drill next Tuesday, December 15 from 9 AM to 6 PM EST. Participants will take actual background radiation measurements and submit them to RadResponder for review. This drill will involve data quality assessment and will ensure that all required data elements are captured. […]

    Dec 10, 2015 | Kelsey Edge

    DHS Releases Chemical Defense Resources Guide

    The Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs (DHS-OHA) compiled a resource guide for community health organizations containing links to several sources of information, best practices, and other guidance specific to chemical threats. Community level response planning for a chemical release is critical to minimizing loss of life, protecting clinical infrastructure, and reducing the...

    Dec 02, 2015 | Mary Hodges

    HHS Launches Redesigned Online Radiation Treatment Resource

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the first major redesign of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) website since its launch in 2007. The new site now includes behavioral health resources and material for additional stakeholders, including first responders, senior health care leaders, veterinarians, and public information officers. Additionally, the...

    Oct 08, 2015 | Katie Regan

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