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Public Health Preparedness

a collection of resources for the PHP option in Homeland Security

Overview

Welcome to the Public Health Preparedness Guide.

In 2007, an article from the American Jounal of Public Health, linked here, proposed the following definition..

"public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) is the capability of the public health and health care systems, communities, and individuals, to prevent, protect against, quickly respond to, and recover from health emergencies, particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine capabilities. Preparedness involves a coordinated and continuous process of planning and implementation that relies on measuring performance and taking corrective action."

Here is a bit more from FEMA...

Emergency activities are divided into four phases that form a cycle. The phases of the cycle are: 

1. Mitigation—Taking sustained actions to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.

2. Preparedness—Building the emergency management function to respond effectively to, and recover from, any hazard.

3. Response—Conducting emergency operations to save lives and property by taking action to reduce the hazard to acceptable levels (or eliminate it entirely); evacuating potential victims; providing food, water, shelter, and medical care to those in need; and restoring critical public services.

4. Recovery—Rebuilding communities so that individuals, businesses, and governments can function on their own, return to normal life, and protect against future hazards.

This guide is by no means an exhaustive list of resources, but is meant to be a starting point for your research. Please contact me with any questions, to request a research consultation, or to suggest any additional resources.