Reports

Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues

Increased illicit use of opioids, including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and its analogue carfentanil, is a source of increased risk to responders. This document establishes guidance for personal protective equipment selection and use, decontamination, detection, and medical countermeasures for first responders who may be exposed to opioids in the course of their occupational activities.

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A Short History of Biological Warfare: From Pre-History to the 21st Century

This short monograph reviews the history of biological warfare from prehistory to the present. It covers what is known about the practice of biological warfare and briefly describes the programs that developed biological warfare weapons based on the best available research.

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New York City Health Care System Preparedness Annual Report

The New York City Health Department, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response issued the first annual report on Health Care System Preparedness. The report documents the collaborative work between the Health Department and health care facilities across New York City and the region. The agency works closely with the entire health care system to prepare for emergencies.

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Federal Disaster Assistance Response and Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries

This report is designed to assist members of Congress and their staff as they address the needs of their states, communities, and constituents after a disaster. It includes a summary of federal programs that provide federal disaster assistance to individual survivors, states, territories, local governments, and nongovernmental entities following a natural or manmade disaster.

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Greater Impact: How Disasters Affect People of Low Socioeconomic Status

This report focuses on how people in poverty, with low incomes, and of low socioeconomic status (SES) experience disasters. The report helps to clarify the ways in which people of low SES may be at greater risk than other groups in disasters, as well as barriers to disaster preparedness and other adverse situations or experiences they may face during the phases of disaster impact, response, and recovery. 

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Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety

This Guide provides up-to-date, authoritative information and guidance that schools can use to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing natural hazards, including earthquake, tsunami, flood, hurricane, tornado, and high wind. It is intended to be used by administrators, facilities managers, emergency managers, emergency planning committees, and teachers and staff at K through 12 schools.

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Combined Arms Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

The United States Army released a new doctrine on how to conduct the countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) mission as combined arms teams. It is primarily oriented on the brigade combat team and below. This manual provides tactical-level commanders, staff, and key agencies with a primary reference for planning, synchronizing, integrating, and executing combined arms CWMD.

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EMS Infectious Disease Playbook

This document unifies multiple sources of information in a single planning document addressing the full spectrum of infectious agents to create a concise reference resource for emergency medical services (EMS) agencies developing their service policies.

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WHO Guidelines on Ethical Issues in Public Health Surveillance

The goal of this guideline development project was to help policymakers and practitioners navigate the ethical issues presented by public health surveillance. This document outlines 17 ethical guidelines that can assist everyone involved in public health surveillance, including officials in government agencies, health workers, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

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Health Sector Resilience Checklist for High-Consequence Infectious Diseases – Informed by the Domestic US Ebola Response

This evidence-informed checklist outlines action steps for medical and public health authorities, in partnership with nongovernmental organizations and private industry, to assess and strengthen the resilience of their community's health sector in the face of Ebola or other high-consequence infectious diseases.

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