New Disaster Toolkit Assists Special Needs Populations

New Disaster Toolkit Assists Special Needs Populations

 

As you work collaboratively with your health agency counterparts, please be aware of the following article that appeared in the June 22, 2010 electronic edition of Homeland Security Today.  The planning and strategic analysis in this new report should offer a way for you to remind your public health counterparts of the importance of adequate potable water supplies.

June 22, Homeland Security Today – (National) . A new toolkit “meant to assist state and local public health agencies improve their emergency-preparedness activities” for special-needs populations has been released under a project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Executed by the Center for Public Health Preparedness within RAND Health, the toolkit “distills the most relevant strategies, practices, and resources from a variety of sources.” The report of the program that developed the toolkit, Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response, stated that “experiences from recent emergencies, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, have shown that current emergency preparedness plans are inadequate to address the unique issues of special needs populations.” Source: http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/13706/149/

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