Low-Cost Measures to Improve Local Emergency Preparedness and Response in New Jersey (Rutgers 2011)

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Low-Cost Measures to Improve Local Emergency Preparedness and Response in New Jersey (Rutgers 2011)
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Since 2001, the federal government has provided local emergency preparedness partners with dedicated funding to develop emergency response capacity and improve interagency coordination. This money funded exercises based upon severe, relatively infrequent emergency scenarios, such as bioterrorism, nuclear threats, pandemics, or 100-year-floods. However, several studies report that these severe-but-infrequent scenarios are ill-suited to produce sustained improvement in the ability of local partners to manage the emergencies that communities commonly do experience, such as water main breaks, power outages, HAZMAT spills, or food-borne disease outbreaks.

The ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from emergency incidents of any size requires better coordination between the health system and the emergency response system. Given that large-scale, infrequent exercises are ill-suited to improving routine coordination between traditional emergency responders and health sector partners with emergency response roles, Rutgers examined how local response partners interact during planning for and response to more common emergency scenarios. View the full report for a summary of our findings and practical steps and templates that you can use to improve your emergency preparedness and response efforts.

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