Disaster Preparedness & Response

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Welcome to the Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Module!  In this module you will learn about the basic functions of emergency/disaster operations in the United States.  You will learn about preparedness efforts such as the Incident Command Structure, Strategic National Stockpile, Medical Reserve Corps, Emergency Operation Centers, Emergency Operation Plans, and other basic functions of Public Health emergency preparedness and response. 

This module begins with an introductory presentation.  Learners will then progress through the material which has been organized into five sections.  Each section contains a 5-15 minute narrated PowerPoint presentation and one or two short supporting videos or additional links for further exploration.  Learners will also review three articles examining lessons learned, preparedness training and motivating individuals to prepare. 

At the end of the module, learners will complete a 15-question assessment to test emergency preparedness knowledge gained.  Through the information presented in this module, we hope that learners gain a better understanding of Public Health’s role in emergency preparedness and response efforts and the importance of these activities in rural settings.     

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this training, the learner will be able to:

  • recognize Public Health’s role in emergency preparedness and response activities.
  • examine disaster preparedness tools & programs utilized in emergency preparedness planning and response.
  • identify key components of emergency operations planning.
  • discuss elements of emergency preparedness activities that most closely impact health care delivery including the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), Points of Dispensing (PODs), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and the Healthcare Resource Tracking System (HRTS).
  • distinguish key areas of concern for low-resource and rural areas regarding emergency preparedness and response.