About this Toolkit
The Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit was first published on
The development of this toolkit was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department (HHS), under Cooperative Agreement
This toolkit was produced by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and Rural
Health Information Hub (RHIhub). The content was developed based on an extensive literature review, interviews
with individuals with subject matter expertise in rural emergency preparedness and response, and findings from
rural community case studies.
Contributors from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis include Alycia Bayne, Alva Chavez, Rachel
Kappel, Alana Knudson, Meghan Melnick, and Alexa Siegfried.
Contributors from RHIhub include Kristine Sande, Maren Niemeier, Makenzie Atherton, Jana Reese, Silas Pera,
Sarah Jane Bruton, and more.
We wish to acknowledge the following individuals who have
contributed their time and expertise to ensure that this toolkit is as useful and up-to-date as possible:
Roslyne Schulman, Mike Schiller, and John Supplitt, American Hospital Association
Scott Becker, Chris Mangal, and Kelly Wroblewski, Association of Public Health Laboratories
Lisa J. Peterson, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Kelly Dickinson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Darci Graves, Maria Hammel, Lauren Oviatt, Adriane Saunders, and Linda Smith, Centers for Medicare and
Sheila Blackstock, formerly Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Gerilee Bennett, Mikhael Schlossman, and colleagues, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Denise Kern, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Public Health
- Dr. Loretta Christensen, Capt. Robert
Hayes, Carol Lincoln, Dr. Juliana Sadovich and colleagues,
Indian Health Service, Division of Emergency Management
Tony Cutillo, formerly of National Governors Association
Michelle LeBlanc, National Governors Association
Ian Palmer, University of Chicago and formerly National Governors Association
Experts from the National Indian Health Board
Brock Slabach, National Rural Health Association
Tim Wiedrich, North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services
Jocelyn Caple, Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire
A special thanks to those who worked with RHIhub to develop the rural case studies. Your time, knowledge, and
experiences are incredibly valuable to share with other rural communities, first responders, healthcare
providers, public health professionals, tribes, and others.
For questions or comments about the toolkit, or for further assistance with using the toolkit, please
Suggested citation: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health
Analysis, 2022. Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit [online] Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits/emergency-preparedness
[Accessed 9 December 2023].