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Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Organizations

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Represents physicians who practice emergency medicine providing 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 hospital care of rural emergency patients.
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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Represents state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. Helps formulate public health policy and assure excellence in state-based public health practice. Includes a preparedness section that helps state public health agencies respond to public health threats and emergencies.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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 the people of the United States.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Responsible for responding to, planning for, recovering from, and mitigating disasters throughout the United States and territories. Includes information on rural fire safety, prevention, and flooding. FEMA is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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Institute for Rural Emergency Management (IREM)
Located at the University of Central Missouri. Focuses on the emergency management needs of rural America. Gathers best practices from successful rural projects and develops guidelines and targeted information to distribute to elected officials and community leaders.
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National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Provides education, information, research, and technical assistance to local health departments.
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National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
Comprised of over 1100 physicians, paramedics, nurses, administrators, educators, researchers, and key EMS personnel. Provides leadership for the EMS physician responsible for medical care in the out-of-hospital setting. Committees include Rural EMS, Mobile Integrated Healthcare Community Paramedicine, Wilderness EMS, and Emergency Preparedness.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Focuses on preparedness planning and response, and provides federal support, including medical professionals through ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System to augment state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster. Oversees several program areas, including Regional Emergency Coordinators and the Hospital Preparedness Program, which facilitates coordinated preparedness and response activities for public health and medical emergencies at the local and regional level.
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Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC)
Provides training and resources for emergency first responders, with an emphasis on rural areas. Training is free and is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Rural LISC)
Helps rural Americans transform distressed rural communities into healthy and sustainable communities. Provides grants, loans, and equity investments to community development corporations (CDCs) for neighborhood redevelopment.
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SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
Helps prepare states, territories, tribes, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance misuse response to disasters.
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Last Reviewed: 6/29/2017