Reports

Public Health Preparedness and Response: National Snapshot 2017

An emergency can happen at any moment, and the United States must be ready to respond to pandemics, natural disasters, and other public health threats. The Public Health Preparedness and Response: National Snapshot 2017 demonstrates how federal investments enhance the United States ability to respond to public health threats and emergencies.

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Review of Domestic Sharing of Counterterrorism Information

The Inspectors General of the Intelligence Community, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice announce the release of a joint report on the domestic sharing of counterterrorism information. The report makes 23 recommendations to help improve the sharing of counterterrorism information and ultimately enhance the government’s ability to prevent terrorist attacks. 

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Select Agents and Toxins Biosafety/Biocontainment Plan Guidance

This document is intended to provide guidance and assist entities in developing and implementing a written biosafety/biocontainment plan. This template summarizes current regulatory and procedural criteria for registered entities and provides examples for verifying compliance. 

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Position Paper: Bioterrorism Preparedness & Response

This paper presents the InterAgency Board’s position on developing a national bioterrorism response capability: proposed equipment, training, and capability requirements for a validated biothreat response team; structured and validated activities that should occur during the incident characterization and initial response phases of a bioterrorism response; and equipment and training standards. 

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MCMi Program Update Fiscal Year 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medical Countermeasures Initiative (MCMi) program has been updated for Fiscal Year 2016. The FDA continues its ongoing work to advance the development and availability of medical countermeasures to protect against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. This report covers these activities, including medical countermeasure-related regulatory science, legal actions, and policy actions.

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Tribal Emergency Preparedness Law

This introduction to tribal emergency preparedness law outlines and provides examples of tribal emergency preparedness authorities. It also addresses federal Indian law and the principles governing relationships among tribes, states, and the federal government in the context of emergency preparedness. The brief concludes with a discussion of cross-jurisdictional coordination between tribes and other jurisdictions.

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Electricity: Federal Efforts to Enhance Grid Resilience

This report identifies grid resilience efforts implemented by federal agencies since 2013, highlights the results of these efforts, examines the extent to which these efforts were fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative, and considers the extent to which agencies had coordinated the efforts. 

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Community and Institutional Preparedness Synergies

The importance of involving communities in all phases of emergency preparedness is highlighted in this new European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control report. The report identifies factors that can act as enablers/barriers of community and institutional synergies and concludes with a series of key messages on effective practices to facilitate community engagement. 

 

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DOD, HHS, and DHS Should Use Existing Coordination Mechanisms to Improve Their Pandemic Preparedness

This report assesses the extent to which: (a) the Department of Defense (DOD) has guidance and plans for supporting civil authorities in the event of a domestic outbreak of a pandemic disease; and (b) the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) have plans to respond to a pandemic when DOD support capabilities are limited.

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Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments

This guide is designed for local governments to help them prepare for recovery from future disasters by engaging with the whole community and planning recovery activities that are comprehensive and long term.

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