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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: https://info.ahrq.gov. Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

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Resources

Resources include a search for Internet-based publications based on the assumption that the Internet has become the most effective means of information dissemination to both professionals and non-professionals. Additionally, we recognized the increasing use of the Web by governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

General Information/Overview

Web Sites

Department of Homeland Security School Safety Web page. Available at: http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/programs/gc_1183486267373.shtm. Accessed December 16, 2008.

U.S. Department of Education Web site. Available at:  http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml. Accessed December 16, 2008.

Other Resources

Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education. School Safety Webcast (November 15, 2006).  Available at: http://www.connectlive.com/events/edschoolsafety/. Exit Disclaimer Accessed December 16, 2008.

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Preparedness Directorate. Virtual Town Hall: K-12 School Preparedness Webcast (September 27, 2007).

Practical Information on Crisis Planning. Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education. 2007. Available at: http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/crisisplanning.html. Accessed December 16, 2008.

2005 Safe Schools Conference: Keeping our Children Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities. Center for Schools and Communities. Available at: http://www.safeschools.info/ss05/. Exit Disclaimer Accessed December 17, 2008.

School Preparedness for Natural Disasters Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. Available at: http://www.edfacilities.org/rl/natural_disasters.cfm. Exit Disclaimer Accessed December 16, 2008.

Schonfeld DJ, Lechtenstein R, Pruett MK, and Speese-Lineman D. How to prepare for and respond to a crisis. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; 2002. 

School Safety and Violence Prevention

Conference on School Safety (October 10, 2006). National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Available at: http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/schoolsafety/index.html. Accessed December 17, 2008.

FEMA 428: Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks. Federal Emergency Management Agency. 2004. Available at: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/rms/index.shtm. Accessed December 17, 2008.

U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education. Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates. 2006, Available at: http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/threatassessmentguide.pdf [PDF Help]. Accessed December 17, 2008.

Training for School Professionals

Web Site

Emergency Management Institute School Program Web site. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Available at: http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/emischool/. Accessed December 17, 2008.

School Infrastructure Safety

FEMA 395: Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of School Buildings (K-12): Providing Protection to People and Buildings. Federal Emergency Management Agency. 2003. Available at: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/rms/index.shtm. Accessed December 17, 2008.

FEMA 424: Design Guide for School Safety Against Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds. Federal Emergency Management Agency. 2004. Available at: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/rms/rmsp424.shtm. Accessed December 17, 2008.

Mitigating Hazards in School Facilities (25 NCEF Assessment Guides). National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. Available at: http://www.ncef.org/pubs/pubs_html.cfm?abstract=mitigating2. Exit Disclaimer Accessed December 17, 2008.

Medical Considerations for Children

Web Site

American Academy of Pediatrics Children and Disasters Web page. Available at: http://www.aap.org/disasters/. Exit Disclaimer Accessed December 17, 2008.

Other Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health and Committee on Infectious Diseases. Chemical-biological terrorism and its impact on children: a subject review. Pediatrics 2000;105(3 pt 1):662-70.

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. Radiation disasters and children. Pediatrics 2003;111(6 pt 1):1455-66.

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. Smallpox vaccine. Pediatrics 2002;110(4):841-5.

Henretig FM, Cieslak TJ, Eitzen EM Jr. Biological and chemical terrorism. J Pediatr 2002;141(3):311-26.

Children and Mental Health

Web Site

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Disaster Resources Web page. Available at: http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/resources_for_families/disaster_resources. Exit Disclaimer Accessed December 17, 2008.

Other Resources

Fairbrother G, Stuber J, Galea S, et al. Unmet need for counseling services by children in New York City after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center: implications for pediatricians. Pediatrics 2004;113(5):1367-74.

Hagan JF Jr; American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health; Task Force on Terrorism. Psychosocial implications of disaster or terrorism on children: a guide for the pediatrician. Pediatrics 2005;116(3):787-95.

Laraque D, Boscarino JA, Battista A, et al. Reactions and needs of tristate-area pediatricians after the events of September 11th: implications for children's mental health services. Pediatrics 2004;113(5):1357-66.

Wolraich ML, Aceves J, Fedlman HM, et al. How pediatricians can respond to the psychosocial implications of disasters. American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, 1998-1999. Pediatrics 1999;103(2):521-3.

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