Resources Available for Local and State Public Health Officials: Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events
Guidance for Protecting Responders’ Health Following Aerosol Anthrax Attack
Two New Policies Related to Critical Infrastructure Protection
Earlier this week the White House released two new policies related to critical infrastructure protection and cyber security. The first document is a Presidential Policy Directive #21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (PPD-21). It replaces Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7), which had served previously as the policy basis for the national critical infrastructure protection enterprise. PPD-21 provides a framework for the Federal Government to work with private sector, State, and local partners to protect our Nation’s critical infrastructure against all hazards. The Executive Order builds on PPD-21 and focuses specifically on the protection of critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
issuing the EO and PPD together, the Administration is taking an
integrated approach that strengthens the security and resilience of
critical infrastructure against all hazards, through an updated and
overarching national framework that acknowledges the increased role of
cybersecurity in securing physical assets and calls for enhanced
information sharing and public-private partnerships.
Ohio Hospitals Prevail During Power Outages
(COLUMBUS, OH)— Despite the power outages in many communities around Ohio caused by the severe thunderstorms on Friday, June 29 and Sunday, July 1, Ohio hospitals were able to continue providing vital health care services to their communities during this state of emergency. Eleven hospitals functioned with generators during the power outage and were able to continue their health care services to patients.
A new report
from the Missouri Hospital Association shares lessons learned by
hospitals responding to an exceptional series of natural disasters in
the state last year, including a catastrophic tornado that struck the
city of Joplin May 22.
“During storms that brought unprecedented snow, ice, floods and tornadoes to Missouri in 2011, hospitals throughout the state once again demonstrated their ability to serve their communities,” said MHA President and CEO Herb Kuhn. “In times of emergency, communities depend on hospitals for immediate, lifesaving medical assistance. This report demonstrates that Missouri’s hospitals fulfilled that role and more, especially following the Joplin tornado. Sharing the experiences of 2011 will help every hospital prepare for the unexpected.”
The report focuses on nine key areas of hospital and health system preparedness: planning, communications, resources and assets, safety and security, staffing, volunteers, utilities, medical surge and evaluation.
Preparedness and Response to a Rural Mass Casualty Incident
Web site Offers Online Training and Team Lead Support for Contaminate Patient Management and Decontamination Processes
Framework for Improving Ohio's Trauma System
- Overview letter
- Draft version of framework