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Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Preparing your Organization for Disaster: A Guide to Rural Resilience
A webinar recording that discusses how to prepare organizations in rural areas for potential disasters such as fires, floods, and other issues. Discusses how to create plans and utilize tools to develop resources, support, and housing.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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2021 FEMA National Household Survey
Results of telephone interviews and web surveys conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from February-May 2021, to assess preparedness actions, attitudes, and motivations in America. Graphic on p. 25 shows a rurality preparedness summary, with breakdowns by rural, urban, and urban cluster communities.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars
Up-to-date guidance for clinicians from subject matter experts on key emergency preparedness and response topics. Many recent calls are focused on COVID-19 vaccination and related concerns. Slides and webinar recordings for past COCA calls are available.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Public Health Foundation: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Training
A list of COVID-19 training opportunities available through the TRAIN Learning Network. Includes training options for public health, healthcare, and emergency preparedness professionals addressing COVID-19, vaccination, contact tracing, crisis and emergency risk communication, infection control, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Date: 07/2022
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Foundation
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COVID-19 County Workforce Deficit Estimator
Online tool showing county-level projected COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) bed counts estimated to occur in the next 30 days, as well as estimated number of available critical care physicians in the county and the number available for each 12-hour shift. Intended to help state and federal planners ensure a sufficient heath workforce for COVID-19.
Additional links: Evidence Brief
Date: 05/2022
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity
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Building Trust in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) Science: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
Summarizes findings from a March 2022 workshop focused on trustworthiness of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) institutions and researchers. Discusses how to promote trust in public health agencies and establishing communication strategies to address misinformation. Includes cultural issues related to rural and tribal communities.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Disaster Recovery: School Districts in Socially Vulnerable Communities Faced Heightened Challenges after Recent Natural Disasters
Examines 5 school districts in socially vulnerable communities and describes problems faced by students after disasters, including housing instability, food insecurity, and lack of access to mental health services, especially in rural communities. Includes a state- and territory-level map showing school districts that received federal recovery grants for 2017-2019 presidentially-declared disasters.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Caring for People with Serious Illness: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Proceedings from a Workshop
Proceedings from a three-part workshop to explore the initial responses to the pandemic by healthcare teams providing care to people with serious illness, the impact of the pandemic on the healthcare workforce, use of telehealth, issues related to communicating with the public about health emergencies, and policy opportunities to improve care for people with serious illness. Mentions rural throughout.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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What a Pandemic Has Taught Us About the Potential for Innovation in Rural Health: Commencing an Ethnography in Canada, the United States, Sweden, and Australia
Examines success stories of rural communities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizes ethnographic research to explore healthcare response in communities with fewer than 7,000 inhabitants and not near large healthcare centers.
Author(s): Samuel Petrie, Dean Carson, Paul Peters, et al.
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
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2021 National Preparedness Report
Summarizes progress made and challenges that remain in building and sustaining capabilities needed to prevent and recover from threats and incidents that pose the greatest risk to the nation. Uses events of 2020, including the COVID pandemic, to draw conclusions about national risk and capabilities and identifies management opportunities to build those capabilities and reduce risk. Includes a section on inequities affecting rural residents, including longer response times for emergency medical services and healthcare facility closures.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Last Updated: 9/23/2022