Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response – Organizations
Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response
Focuses on preparedness planning and response, and provides
federal support, including medical professionals through
ASPR's National Disaster Medical System to assist state and
local entities during an emergency or disaster. Oversees
several program areas, including Regional Emergency
Coordinators and the Hospital Preparedness Program.
American College of Emergency Physicians
Represents physicians who practice emergency medicine and
provides education, advocacy, and research opportunities.
Oversees the Section of Rural Emergency Medicine that
develops and shares information related to pre-hospital,
initial primary hospital, and tertiary hospitals that
provide care for rural emergency patients.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Represents state and territorial public health agencies in
the U.S., including the District of Columbia. Works to
inform public health policy and practice, advocate for
public health professionals, and provide technical
assistance to public health agencies. Includes a
Public Health Preparedness Policy Committee to assist public health
agencies responding to public health threats and
CDC Office of Rural Health
Works across the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to connect and coordinate related to rural public health infrastructure. Located within the CDC Public Health Infrastructure Center.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Acts as the lead federal agency for protecting the health
and safety of people at home and abroad. Work includes
disease prevention and control, environmental health,
emergency preparedness and response, and health promotion
and education activities designed to improve the health of
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Provides guidance for responding to, planning for,
recovering from, and mitigating disasters throughout the
U.S. and territories. Includes information on rural fire
safety, prevention, and flooding. Part of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security.
Institute for Rural Emergency Management
Focuses on meeting the emergency management needs of rural
America. Gathers best practices from successful rural
projects and develops guidelines targeted towards elected
officials and community leaders.
National Association of EMS Physicians
Provides leadership, advocacy, resources, and education for
emergency medical service (EMS) physician members
responsible for medical care in the pre-hospital setting.
Includes information for rural EMS, community paramedicine
and mobile integrated healthcare, wilderness EMS, and
Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
Develops and provides training and resources following an
all-hazards approach to support of rural homeland security
requirements. Offers extensive training specifically for
rural emergency responders and programs are certified by
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. Fire Administration
Works to reduce fire deaths through data collection, public
education, research, and training. Part of the U.S. Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Provides leadership for
fire departments, emergency medical services, and
stakeholders for fire prevention, preparedness, and
Last Reviewed: 11/13/2023