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Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources

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

Hurricane Response: CMS Waivers and Exceptions for Facilities
Outlines the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' response to Hurricanes Nate, Maria, Irma, and Harvey. The actions are focused on maintaining access to care for affected Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Includes information about administrative actions and waivers for Critical Access Hospitals, Medicare-dependent small rural hospitals, low-volume providers, and other participating facilities.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Ready or Not: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism
A review of state and federal public health preparedness, including state-by-state indicators and scores. Offers recommendations for a strategic capabilities system that can effectively respond to health threats.
Author(s): Laura M. Segal, Dara Alpert Lieberman, Kendra May
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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All-Hazards Preparedness for Rural Communities: A Guide to Help Rural Agriculture Communities Prepare for Threats to Their Families, Farms, Animals and Businesses
Guide for individuals, farmers, and businesses in rural agricultural communities preparing for an all-hazards approach for their communities and commodities. Includes preparedness information and plans for families, homes, pets, farms, livestock, crops, and businesses regarding threats, such as biological, man-made, or technological threats.
Author(s): Jessica Platts, Shaine Devoe, Ashley Osborn, Stellena Nelson, Glenda Dvorak
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Food Security and Public Health
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Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events
Explores key issues in responses to active shooter and bombing events, and serves as a prompt for responders and planners to consider areas where their communities can address potential gaps. Addresses challenges specific to crisis situations in rural areas.
Author(s): John L. Hick, Dan Hanfling, Bruce Evans, et al.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
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Emergency Preparedness Handbook for Tribal Governments
Describes strategies for developing and implementing plans for disaster management on American Indian lands. Includes sample emergency plans and a list of federal and tribal online resources for emergency preparedness.
Author(s): Jon Mielke, Dick Winchell, Ashley Murphy
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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How EMS in Rural Methow Valley, Washington, Coped with a Devastating Wildfire
Describes an incident that occurred in a rural valley, where patients and providers were cut off from hospitals, 911 coverage, and power. Shows the importance of advanced preparedness and planning by rural EMS agencies.
Author(s): Cindy Button
Location: JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services), 39(10), 46-9
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
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Responding to Medical Surge in Rural Communities: Practices for Immediate Bed Availability
Describes strategies and practices that enable local health departments and healthcare organizations serving rural areas to help their communities during emergencies resulting in medical surge. Explores ways to ensure adequate levels of care for all patients, including telehealth services and integrated information sharing systems.
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Tips for Disaster Responders: Cultural Awareness When Working in Indian Country Post Disaster
Provides information for disaster response workers to build cultural awareness for supporting Native Americans before, during, and after a traumatic event. Discusses cultural values, types of traumatic events, traditional teachings, and talking circles.
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Emergency Medical Services Response to Motor Vehicle Crashes in Rural Areas: A Synthesis of Highway Practice
Identifies potential factors that may help reduce the time needed to provide effective medical care to crash occupants on rural roads. Includes rural statistics and data.
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
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Picking Up the Pieces: Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster
Outlines a guide intended to inform and identify resources for rural survivors, local organizations, and communities to rebuild housing and communities after a disaster with an emphasis on housing assistance.
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Determinants of Emergency Response Willingness in the Local Public Health Workforce by Jurisdictional and Scenario Patterns: A Cross-Sectional Survey
Examines four urban and four rural local health departments' willingness to respond to naturally-occurring and terrorism-related emergency scenarios. Includes data on respondent characteristics and comparison of willingness-to-respond between urban and rural.
Author(s): Daniel J. Barnett, Carol B. Thompson, Nicole A. Errett, et al.
Location: BMC Public Health, 12, 164
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
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Regional Resilience: Research and Policy Brief
Summarizes research on disaster resiliency. Provides a framework for assessing current policy and practice as it relates to regional resilience. Includes rural areas.
Author(s): Brian Dabson, Colleen M. Heflin, Kathleen K. Miller
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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2011 National EMS Assessment
Provides a comprehensive description of emergency medical services, EMS emergency preparedness, and 911 systems at state and national levels. Chapters 9, 10, 158, and 194 discuss rural EMS, including rural status, rural patient transports, and Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Greg Mears, Beth Armstrong, Antonio R. Fernandez, et al.
Date: 12/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Rural Health Preparedness
Policy brief discussing the nation's critical needs for maintaining an adequate rural healthcare system and public health infrastructure that can effectively respond to both natural and manmade disasters.
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Rural and Suburban Population Surge Following Detonation of an Improvised Nuclear Device: A New Model to Estimate Impact
Results of a study to predict consequences of an urban-to-rural evacuation following a nuclear terrorist attack. Examines the adverse effects that a mass exodus would have on the existing resources and infrastructure of destination communities, and highlights the need for effective advance planning for potential rural population surges resulting from disasters in urban areas.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Irwin Redlener,Thomas W. Briggs, Mike Kwanisai
Location: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 5, Suppl. 1
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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Preparedness and Response to a Rural Mass Casualty Incident: Workshop Summary
Discusses problems in contacting emergency services when incidents occur in rural areas such as, delayed assistance, limited or no cell phone service, limited access to land lines, no 911 service, transportation, lack of hospital resources, and distances between hospitals and incident sites.
Author(s): Kristin Viswanathan, Theresa Wizemann, Bruce Altevogt
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Healthcare Facilities Partnership Program and Emergency Care Partnership Program Evaluation Report
Assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of two programs aimed at integrating public health and medical emergency planning and response. Includes several rural projects.
Author(s): Eric Toner, Richard E. Waldhorn, Crystal Franco, et al.
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
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From Hospitals to Healthcare Coalitions: Transforming Health Preparedness and Response in Our Communities
Summarizes progress that states and hospitals, along with the public health and emergency management communities, made from 2007-2009 in the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). Serves as a guide in healthcare preparedness and response successful models and as an educational tool for legislators, funding recipients and other key stakeholders. Mentions rural throughout.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Public Health Preparedness and Response for At-Risk Populations: Harnessing the Power of Health Information and Communication Technologies
Outlines the preparedness challenges for people with disabilities and other at-risk groups, describes the information and communications technologies being used by healthcare providers and consumers, and gives examples of ways state governments and local communities including rural areas are using technology to reach those who are most at risk.
Author(s): Anne Rader, Margo Edmunds, Joan Bishop
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
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Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities
Offers information to assist all levels of government to establish evidence-based policies and practices across the life cycle of disasters. Provides examples of effective community efforts with respect to people with disabilities and evaluates emergency preparedness, disaster relief, and homeland security program efforts deployed by public and private sectors in rural and urban locations.
Author(s): Elizabeth Davis, Brenda Phillips
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Urban to Rural Evacuation: Planning for Rural Population Surge
Analyzes the likelihood of urban evacuation to rural areas and provides recommendations for rural planning and response.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Alene Kennedy, Thomas Briggs
Date: 08/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Partnering to Achieve Rural Emergency Preparedness: A Workbook for Healthcare Providers in Rural Communities
Provides a tool to assist Rural Health Clinics, Community Health Centers and Migrant Health Centers plan effective community emergency preparedness plans. Encourages a team effort coordination between community leaders and healthcare facilities.
Date: 2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health
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FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority)
Information on the development of a national high-speed wireless broadband public safety network, supporting the work of first responders, including emergency medical services personnel.
Type: Website
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PubMed Search: Emergency Preparedness and Rural Health
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of emergency preparedness and rural health.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC)
Comprising 14 centers that provide training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities related to public health preparedness and response.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Emergency Preparedness & Continuity of Operations
Highlights HRSA's emergency preparedness programs and initiatives including federal financial assistance in declared emergencies, disaster responses, public assistance, individual assistance, response and recovery, hazard mitigation, and small business loans.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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All Hazards: Resources to Help Rural Communities Prepare for Disasters and Other Hazards
Provides resources to help citizens of rural agricultural communities prepare for and recover from a number of natural and man-made threats, including dangers related to agrochemicals.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Iowa State University
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Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response
Provides free, online cultural and linguistic competency education designed for emergency medical technicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social worker responding to disaster situations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
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WISER: Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
Assists first responders in hazardous material incidents. Provides information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management
Directory of state and territory offices of emergency management.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Disaster Assistance.gov
Federal site for registration of services for people affected by disasters in federally designated disaster areas. Includes rural housing repair and rental loans.
Type: Website
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Last Updated: 12/6/2017