QI: Improving Local Emergency Preparedness and Response & Multi-Agency Coordination

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Candice Davenport
QI: Improving Local Emergency Preparedness and Response & Multi-Agency Coordination
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Why every local/ county health department should bring this to their next emergency preparedness and planning meeting:
This report provides templates and guidelines for working with local partners to prepare for twelve common emergency scenarios that affect local communities in New Jersey and how to get your emergency preparedness efforts back on track. Lessons learned and 'advice from the field" include how to overcome common barriers to local emergency preparedness.

12 months. 12 local emergency scenarios. 1 year of real life preparedness planning. A stronger community? Priceless.

To read the full report, copy and paste the URL to your browser:
or click on 'Practice Exchange' tab above to find the full report.

Candice Davenport
The current TFAH report is a call to action

December 19, 2012: The 10th annual "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report" was released today, with New Jersey scoring 4 out of 10 in preparedness and public health response efforts. According to Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH: "[as a country,] we haven't learned that we need to bolster and maintain a consistent level of health emergency preparedness...budget cuts and complacency are the biggest threats we face." The Rutgers report "Low-Cost Measures To Improve Local Emergency Preparedness and Response in New Jersey", recognized this in 2011 and describes sage advice from professionals in the field on how to maintain and sustain emergency preparedness efforts, community-wide, with a variety of partners.

Here is the link to the TFAH report: http://healthyamericans.org/report/101/ Then read the Rutgers 2011 report and let's keep up our momentum on emergency preparedness.