U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 2007. Public health emergency response: A guide for leaders and responders. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, 120 pp.
Annotation: This guide provides background information to help leaders and first responders make informed decisions and make the best use of the resources available at a time of crisis. The guide addresses some of the public health issues facing leaders and responders. The guide is divided into self-contained sections that can be read in any order; each section begins with a list of highlights. Topics covered include (1) public health response, (2) key functions of federal government public health agencies in an emergency, (3) food security and food supply, (4) environmental safety and testing, (5) leading through communication, (6) legal and policy considerations, (7) taking care of yourself and each other, (8) conducting exercises for preparedness, and (9) post-event: leading the community toward recovery. A bibliography and an index are included. The guide includes six appendices: (1) resources list, (2) biological agents, (3) chemical agents, (4) radiation emergencies, (5) pandemic influenza, and (6) distaster supplies kit.
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Keywords: Communication, Communities, Disaster planning, Disasters, Emergencies, Food supply, Public health