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These links are provided for informational purposes.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Emergency Preparedness Site.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Disasters and Emergencies Sections, with links to disaster resources.

Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security is committed to helping first responders nation-wide by ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared, equipped and trained for any situation, and by bringing together information and resources to prepare for and respond to a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency.

Department of Homeland Security Institute
The Homeland Security Institute (HSI) is a Studies and Analysis Federally Funded Research and Development Center. HSI delivers independent and objective analyses and advises in core areas important to its sponsor in support of policy development, decision-making, analysis of alternative approaches, and evaluation of new ideas on issues of significance.

Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)
The Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) revision project, led by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority and funded by HRSA Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness and Planning grants. HICS is a methodology for using ICS in a hospital/healthcare environment.  HICS is an incident management system based on the Incident Command System (ICS), that assists hospitals in improving their emergency management planning, response, and recovery capabilities for unplanned and planned events.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA’s responsibilities include reducing the loss of life and property in emergency situations and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure through a comprehensive, risk-based emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)
The NDMS is located within the Operations Branch of the Response Division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It is primarily responsible for responding to the medical needs of disaster affected populations in major emergencies and Federally declared disasters.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center
The NIMS Integration Center was established by the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide strategic direction for an oversight of the National Incident Management System … supporting both routine maintenance and the continuous refinement of the system and its components over the long term”.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information about coping with traumatic events.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2003
Operation LIBERTY SHIELD is designed to increase protections for America’s citizens and infrastructure while maintaining the free flow of goods and people across our borders. It focuses on border security, transportation security, public health, federal response resources, and threat disruption.

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)
The Department of Defense’s lead laboratory for medical aspects of biological warfare defense, USAMRIID conducts research to develop vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for laboratory and field use. In addition to developing medical countermeasures, USAMRIID formulates strategies, information, procedures, and training programs for medical defense against biological threats.

US Dept of Health and Human Services/ Health and Resources Services Administration (HRSA)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Comprising five bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities. HRSA oversees organ, tissue and bone marrow donation. It supports programs that prepare against bioterrorism, compensate individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
DHS educates the public, on a continuing basis, about how to prepare for a national emergency, including a possible terrorist attack.

US Fire Academy (USFA)
As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination, and support. This includes Incident Command Study Courses.

U.S. National Library of Medicine 
US National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library. The library; explores the uses of computer and communication technologies to improve the organization and use of biomedical information, educates users about available sources of information so that they may conduct their own research concerning medical topics, acts as a supplemental resource after local, regional, and other national resources have been contacted, and provides grants.