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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 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 Preparedness Policy Committee to assist public health agencies responding 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, advocacy, resources, research, and technical assistance to member local health departments.
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National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
Provides leadership, advocacy, resources, and education for EMS physician members responsible for medical care in the pre-hospital setting. Include rural EMS, community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare, 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)
Develops and provides training and resources following an all-hazards approach in support of rural homeland security requirements. Training is specifically for rural emergency responders and certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
Helps prepare states, territories, tribes, and local entities plan and deliver behavioral health services after a disasters.
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Last Reviewed: 6/29/2017