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Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors - Version 2.0

State, local, and Tribal health departments play a crucial role in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters of all kinds.

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English [PDF – 211K]   Version 2.0

Spanish [PDF – 282K]  Version 2.0

Purpose of the Public Health Emergency Response Guide

Health department staff need readily accessible information and guidance to:

  • Prepare and train public health professionals,
  • Establish priorities in disaster responses, and
  • Act quickly and efficiently in emergencies and disasters.
To meet these needs, the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services (EEHS) has developed the Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors, an all-hazards public health emergency response guide.

Public Health Roles and Responsibilities in Emergencies and Disasters

The Public Health Emergency Response Guide is a valuable resource for public health professionals who have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Initiating the public health response during the first 24 hours (i.e., the acute phase) of an emergency or disaster.
  • Coordinating with the existing emergency response structures in specific types of incidents, such as floods, earthquakes, and acts of terrorism.

Information in the guide is consistent with the doctrine, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes in the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The guide is not a:

  • substitute for emergency preparedness activities
  • replacement for existing emergency operations plans, procedures, or guidelines within a local, state, or Tribal  health department.

For More Information

NCEH encourages users to provide feedback on the utility and effectiveness of the guide in incidents and exercises, as well as in training and education programs.

To receive a copy of the Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors, provide feedback, or request more information, please send an e-mail to pherg@cdc.gov.

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