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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January 18, 2007 News Release: Report Finds Nearly Half of California Hospitals Unprepared to Meet Deadlines for Seismic Safety
The health care system needs to be reengineered so that unnecessary and harmful care is eliminated and effective care is provided more efficiently.
This study estimated the prevalence of psychopathology at a three-month follow-up among persons seeking emergency relief services after a wildfire.
A substantial federal investment has been made to increase our nation's ability to prepare for, and respond to, public health emergencies.
This research brief presents results of a survey of state and local response organizations to learn what they have done to improve their ability to respond to terrorist incidents since 9/11, how they have improved, and what still needs improvement.
Results of a national survey of state and local response organizations' activities following 9/11 to improve preparedness to deal with terrorist incidents and other disasters.
October 23, 2006 News Release: RAND Report Stresses Importance of Advanced Planning for Flood Recovery.
This fact sheet summarizes interrelated RAND projects to examine public health infrastructure and how public health preparedness is transforming public health agencies.
This fact sheet summarizes a RAND study to show how quality improvement methods can be used to improve the emergency preparedness of the U.S. public health system.
Published commentary by RAND staff: Forum: Are We Prepared? Not Quite, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Explores what happens to poor women in Bangladesh once they reached a hospital providing comprehensive emergency obstetric care (EmOC), and identifies viable support mechanisms.
Assesses whether there is a link between how state and local public health departments are organized and their level of emergency preparedness.
April 24, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Proposes Guidelines to Better Protect Emergency Responders at Large Building Collapses
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.