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.
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Chapter 1: Getting Started
The purpose of this Guide is to assist counties, States, or regions in installing, setting up, and operating EPRI.
Specifically, this Guide is intended for:
- The EPRI Administrator, who uses the features and tools described in this Guide to customize EPRI. The EPRI Administrator is assumed to be an employee of or a consultant to the EPRI Owner (the organization, agency, task force, or coalition that oversees implementation of EPRI, establishes policies and procedures, and controls access to EPRI).
A companion document—the EPRI User's Manual—provides assistance to EPRI users, who log in and use EPRI after the EPRI Administrator sets up and customizes EPRI.
What Is EPRI?
The Emergency Preparedness Resource Inventory—or EPRI, pronounced "Eh-pree"—is a database and communication system designed to help cities, counties, States, or regions (1) compile an inventory of resources needed to respond to emergencies and (2) determine what resources are available during an emergency.
EPRI includes features for:
- Entering and updating information about resources in your jurisdiction.
- Producing a variety of reports indicating which organizations have particular resources or where particular resources are located.
- Requesting information on what types of resources are currently available to help respond to an emergency.
- Indicating what resources you can provide to others during an emergency.
EPRI is a Web-based system: all users need a high-speed Internet connection and a Web browser to use EPRI.
Funding and leadership to support EPRI were provided by the Hospital Preparedness Programin the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality contract with Abt Associates.
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