Resources for Emergency Health Professionals

CDC offers a variety of resources for clinicians, communicators, laboratorians, emergency planners and responders, and disaster relief volunteers to prepare them to respond to a public health emergency.

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Clinicians (COCA)

Clinicians can stay up-to-date on the latest CDC guidance on health threats, find training opportunities, and receive direct email support through Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA).

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Communicators (CERC)

Communicators can use Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) trainings, tools, and resources to communicate effectively during emergencies.

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Laboratorians can find information on specimen collection and shipping, testing unknown substances, and the Laboratory Response Network.

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Emergency Planners and Responders

Emergency health professionals can use these trainings, tools, and resources to effectively prepare for and respond to an emergency.

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Disaster Relief Volunteers

Volunteers must protect their own health and safety while providing disaster assistance and relief.

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Health Alert Network (HAN)

Public Information Officers and CDC partners can find information about urgent public health incidents through the Health Alert Network (HAN).

Page last reviewed: March 13, 2017