NJ Statewide Health-Focused Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment 2012

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Karen Erstfeld
NJ Statewide Health-Focused Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment 2012
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In 2012 New Jersey produced its first all-encompassing health-focused Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment (HVA). This assessment provided for the broadest possible definition of health (including, but not limited to, medical health, public health, mental health, and other health.

The HVA had several objectives: 1. Identify the major hazards that pose the greatest risks to the State of New Jersey with a special focus on health related consequences. 2. Identify the hazards that may adversely impact at-risk populations in New Jersey. 3. Identify the preparedness capabilities that require additional effort or resources to achieve. 4. Prioritize preparedness planning for mitigation and response throughout the State, based on hazard assessments and the current state of public health emergency preparedness capabilities most relevant to priority hazards. 5. Provide the individual counties within New Jersey with their own specific HVA results to assist them in their individual planning efforts.

Working collaboratively with the New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and county level experts in the fields of emergency management, public health, healthcare, special/functional needs, and mental health, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) adapted a tool created by Drexel University’s Center for Public Health Readiness & Communication and collected relevant data and subject matter expert opinions. This information was transformed into New Jersey’s first health-focused HVA.

For additional information, please contact Carl Michael (carl.michaels@doh.state.nj.us) or Larry Heidenberg (lawrence.heidenberg@doh.state.nj.us).