Because natural and manmade disasters can occur at any time, individuals, communities, and governments must be prepared. RAND has developed guidelines for individual preparedness in response to terrorist attacks; evaluated, modeled, and enhanced preparedness policy options for government officials at all levels; and recommended actions that communities should take to prepare for bioterrorist attacks, pandemic flu outbreaks, and other large-scale emergencies.
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This easy-to-use, self-guided online training shows organizations and communities how to strengthen their resilience, helping them recover and learn from disaster—both natural and man-made.
Individuals can take simple steps to protect themselves from the harmful effects of potential terrorist attacks involving chemical, radiological, nuclear, and biological weapons.
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Develops a framework for applying quality improvement (QI) in public health; investigates the applicability of those models to public health emergency preparedness.
Serves as a technical source for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) incident commander guidelines for emergency response immediately following large structural collapse events.
Testimony presented before the House Government Reform Committee on March 30, 2006.
Study Finds Most Los Angeles Residents Unprepared for Terrorist Attack; African Americans and Latinos Best Prepared
Testimony presented to the California Little Hoover Commission on January 26,
Report on guidelines in King County, Washington, that allowed EMS personnel to withhold resuscitation from a terminally ill patient.
A national survey of state and local law enforcement agencies one year after 9/11 shows that agencies have bolstered their preparedness efforts, but substantial variation exists in the approach to preparedness and the preparedness needs of local agen...
Reviews the possible health effects of the substances present following a structural collapse to help develop federal guidelines for personal protective equipment used by emergency responders.
Published commentary by RAND staff: Get Proactive with Disasters in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Published commentary by RAND staff: Prepare for Disaster in the United Press International.
RAND developed the exercises in this manual as templates that local public health agencies (LPHAs) can customize and use to train public health workers in detecting and responding to bioterrorism events and assessing LPHAs' levels of preparedness.
Develops and applies criteria for assessing the design of emergency response exercises used at the local, state, regional, national, or international level.
Briefly describes the methods and criteria used to select exemplary practices in public health preparedness.
A case-study approach was used to explore experiences of working with an interpreter in Bangladesh as part of a research project investigating women's experiences of emergency obstetric care.
Emergency services are both a safety net and a locus for acute treatment.
Hospitals need to carefully review how EDs fit within their overall operations and cost structure.
The purpose of this study was to review instruments that assess the level of preparedness of state and local public health departments to respond to health threats such as bioterrorism.
Published commentary by RAND staff.
Testimony presented to the Committee on the Judiciary, Council of the District of Columbia on February 6, 2004.