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Public Health: Emergencies

Sources for all disciplines charged with ensuring the health of whole populations.

WHO News - Disasters & Emergencies

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H1N1 "Special Topics" page

University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries portal on H1N1 "Swine" Influenza

Safety Resources

FDA's Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

SafetyLit - citations of literature on injury prevention - searchable in "Get Abstracts" tab by "categories" of age, cause, venues, marketing,  policies, non-human animals/insects

Household Products Database - National Library of Medicine's database of health & safety info on various categories of household products. Browse by type/function of product (landscape, pet care, crafts, personal care), product name, manufacturer, inredient.

WISQARS - CDC's "Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) divided into Fatal and Non-fatal injury and violent death statistics froM CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)


Ask Tracie Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway covers natural disasters, mass violence, behavioral health, drug shortages and technical resources as well as the Information Exchange.

Community Health Resilience Initiative guidance and resources to make communities and organizations more resilient to natural disasters, communicable disease and other population health threats. At its roll-out (10/5/17), the search function wasn't strong so in these first few months, you may want to stick to just navigating through links on the splash page.

Guide for Developing Legal Documents Governing Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Arrangements. The Center for Sharing Public Health Services and the Network for Public Health Law.Checklist from a Disaster Information distribution list "to assist in developing legal agreements that govern cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements."

Ready America FEMA National Situation Updates, National Weather Service news, local emergency contact information, an instructional video, emergency kit checklists, guidelines on improved emergency preparation, clickable map for contact information on state & local government agencies, up-to-date & specific emergency information on one's community via Twitter news feeds (follow @readygov) and a tool for user to create his/herown comprehensive Family Emergency Plan. From Dept. of Homeland Security & Advertising Council. For individuals, families, businesses & communities. 

National Health Security Strategy

Trust for America's Health Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Disease, Disasters, and Bioterrorism - Florida

Hurricane Response Hub - National Network of Public Health Institute's portal for information resources, technical assistance, webinars and conferences, newsletter and blog posts.

National Center for Disaster Preparedness Online Training Center  free training materials, resources, courses from Columbia University.

CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management) a web-based resource that is downloadable in advance so that it is available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities. 

Environmental Health & Emergency Preparedness - Society for PUblic Health Education's tools and resources for health educators.

Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. Freely accessible from National Library of Medicine

USGS Emergency Management includes natural hazards support system, imagery & GIS related to emergency operations, links to real-time/current water sites, and a "Gateway" to to info on Avian influenza, West Nile, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes. 

Evidence Aid Resources  Evidence Aid and its partners (including the International Rescue Committee (USA) and Cochrane) have assessed published systematic reviews. To be included in this collection, SRs must 1) be relevant to natural disasters, humanitarian crises or major healthcare emergencies and 2) include health outcomes. A summary of the review and lnks to its full text are included. Four categories for the reviews are Health issues, Emergency type, Humanitarian and Person groups.

Public health interventions in pandemics and epidemics World Health Organization's free, open-to-all course on planning, communication, vaccine stockpiles, GIS, laboratory networks and Data and information for epidemic control and Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR). No formal prerequisites or limitations--just register for an account on OpenWHO.


Preparedness and Emergency Response Centers (PERRCs)

Reports, White Papers and Other Grey Lit

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