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Emergency Preparedness Resource Inventory (EPRI): User's Manual

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

What Is EPRI?

The Emergency Preparedness Resource Inventory—or EPRI, pronounced "Eh-pree"—is a database and communication system designed to help cities, counties, or states (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 that are housed at different locations 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: you will 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 Program in 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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Registration Process

Each jurisdiction using EPRI has an EPRI Administrator, who is responsible for setting up and operating EPRI. To become an EPRI user, contact the EPRI Administrator and request access to EPRI. If your request is approved, you will be provided with:

When you receive this information, go to the EPRI Web site and confirm that you are able to log in to EPRI.


Keep the following information handy:

EPRI Administrator contact information:

Name: __________________________________

Phone: _________________________________

E-mail: _________________________________

EPRI Web address (login page): _________

EPRI login and password:

Login: _________________________________

Password: ______________________________

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What Type of EPRI User Are You?

Your EPRI Administrator will assign you one of the following user types:

  • Data Manager
  • Data Entry
  • Reports and Emergency Requests
  • Reports Only

Figure 1.1 below indicates the functions available to each of these user types.

Figure 1.1: EPRI User Roles and Associated Functions

EPRI Function EPRI User Roles
Administrator Data Manager Data Entry Reports and Emergency Requests Only Reports Only
Set Up and Customize EPRI
(go to the Administrator's Guide)
Yes No No No No
Enter/Edit Inventory Data
(go to Chapter 2.1)
Yes Yes Yes No No
E-mail Locations
(go to Chapter 2.2)
Yes Yes No No No
Run Inventory Reports
(go to Chapter 2.3)
Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Create Emergency Requests
(go to Chapter 3.1)
Yes Yes No Yes No
Respond to an Emergency Request
(go to Chapter 3.2)
Yes Yes Yes No No

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