March 20, 2012
Preparedness Brief
Leading the Way to Prepared and Resilient Communities
In This Issue
Advanced Practice Centers
The Staffing Decision Guide: Providing Direction for Disease Investigation and Mass Prophylaxis Operations
Risk Communication—Getting the Message Across
Stories from the Field
The FBI Citizen’s Academy: A Partnership That Strengthens Community Preparedness
ASPR Issues First Disaster Behavioral Health Concept of Operations
CDC to Publish Guide: Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Preparedness Options for Increasing Their Protection during Public Health Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities
News, Reports, and Journal Articles
Runner Survives Marathon Collapse, Due to MRC Emergency Response Efforts
Local Health Departments Receive PPHR Recognition
Win a NACCHO Annual 2012 Conference Registration from the APC Program
Twenty-Three Percent all LHDs Reduced or Eliminated Emergency Preparedness during 2011
Tools and Resources
New Interactive Website Available through FEMA’s GPD
The APC Program Supports Your PHEP Capability Objectives
Watch the Exciting Ignite Session from the 2012 PHP Summit
NACCHO Dark Sites
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
NACCHO's Podcast with HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie
Upcoming Events
Attend the 2012 Integrated Training Summit
APC Presents Webinar, “Tools for Community Practice”
A National Health Security Card—The Time is Now!
2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service
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Jack Herrmann, MSEd., NCC, LMHC, Senior Advisor & Chief, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO

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Megan Skupien, Communications Specialist, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO


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The Preparedness Brief is the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO) bimonthly public health preparedness e-newsletter. The Preparedness Brief is created for today’s public health preparedness professional and features articles about NACCHO preparedness programs and their impact on the local level, stories from the field written by local health departments and partner agencies, as well as preparedness-related tools, resources, and upcoming events.

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Tools and Resources
The APC Program Supports Your PHEP Capability Objectives

Is your health department addressing one or more of the 15 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) capabilities? The Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Program Website offers new interactive features to help. Visit for an interactive list of the 15 PHEP capabilities. Click on a capability, and you will be presented with links to the free APC products supporting the functions within that capability.                            

Need more support? Post a question on the APC Website’s new Community of Practice interactive message boards. An APC product developer will respond with guidance and tips about how APC products can be leveraged to support your PHEP objectives. Additional guidance is available through podcasts and webinars presented by APC developers at

The APC Program provides free public health preparedness resources that can be easily implemented by any local health department (LHD), as they are created by LHDs, for LHDs. The products are easily adaptable, and have been tested in real world environments by health departments. APC products are ideal in this time of increasing budget pressures, building capacity while saving LHDs time, resources, and money.

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