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Communities must be prepared for special pathogen threats
The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented global crisis, taking millions of lives worldwide, overrunning the world’s health care systems, and upending the economy. The pandemic exposed gaps and injustices in our health care and public health arenas that cannot be ignored. The nation needs a system that prevents information siloes, shares resources, and invests in enhanced clinical care capabilities.
The National Special Pathogen System of Care (NSPS), including the system’s Regional Emerging Special Pathogen Treatment Centers (RESPTCs), was established to shape the future of special pathogen preparedness.
Public Safety Agencies, such as Law Enforcement, are in the best position to deter, detect, and investigate unauthorized or unsafe UAS operations. While drones can serve as a useful tool, these agencies also have an important role in protecting the public from unsafe and unauthorized drone operations. This information will help law enforcement and public safety professionals understand safe drone operations and their authority.
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health will be the United States’ academic center of excellence leading disaster health education and research. In collaboration with our federal partners, we will facilitate science and education to inform policy, operations, and funding decisions that improve our readiness, save lives and mitigate injuries in disasters.
The Mission of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is to improve the United States disaster health readiness through advancements and improvements in education, research, practice, and policy.
NCDMPH is uniquely positioned as a bridge between federal agencies and academia.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 established NCDMPH in 2007 to be an academic center of excellence in disaster medicine and public health under five federal agency partners: the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, and Department of Veterans Affairs. NCDMPH is both a federal organization and an academic center located in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences working with military, nonprofit, private and federal collaborators to advance the mission.
The President of the United States manages the operations of the Executive branch of Government through Executive orders. After the President signs an Executive order, the White House sends it to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR).
The OFR numbers each order consecutively as part of a series and publishes it in the daily Federal Register shortly after receipt. For a table of Executive orders that are specific to federal agency rulemaking, see https://go.usa.gov/xv9cZ.
This page contains documents that have been published in the Federal Register. Because the White House cannot deliver a document to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) until after the President signs a document, there is always a delay (of at least one day, typically of several days) between when the President signs a document and when it is published. Once received, OFR gives presidential documents priority processing and documents will appear on public inspection the business day before publication.
Over 2.7 million Medicare beneficiaries rely on electricity-dependent durable medical and assistive equipment and devices, such as ventilators, to live independently in their homes. Severe weather and other emergencies, especially those with prolonged power outages, can be life-threatening for these individuals. The HHS emPOWER Map is updated monthly and displays the total number of at-risk electricity-dependent Medicare beneficiaries in a geographic area (i.e., state, territory, county, or ZIP Code), as well as near real-time natural hazard data.
Map users can select different geographies, as needed, to identify at-risk populations and download selected data results to inform emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation public health activities. Users can also access near real-time natural hazard data layers to anticipate and address the needs of at-risk community members in emergencies. For more information, review the job aids in the top right corner.
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.
NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.
The Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) is an NOAA facility located in Mobile, Alabama, and establishes an unprecedented regional presence for the Gulf of Mexico region. Working under OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program, experts at the DRC use tools and science to advise decision-makers.
Over the past decade, the Gulf of Mexico has faced both natural and human-caused disasters, including hurricanes, oil spills, tornadoes, droughts, harmful algal blooms, and wildfires. While we cannot prevent these severe events, we can reduce their impacts. The need for timely and accurate information has never been greater. Recognizing this, OR&R continues to lead the way in the science of preparedness.
The DRC expands the federal capacity to plan for and respond to hazards of all types in the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is designed to survive up to Category 5 hurricane winds; contains a Force-5 tornado shelter, and has backup power systems to continue operations in the midst of severe weather. Intended to serve as a safe and ready command center during major disaster responses in the Gulf, the DRC also offers the facility for exercises, trainings, workshops, and other preparedness activities.
This facility brings together NOAA-wide resources to improve preparedness, planning, and response capacity for natural and human-caused disasters along the Gulf Coast. Dedicated in 2012, the DRC has since become the bedrock for NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program — a program that builds on the DRC’s existing operational capabilities and knowledge to ensure that commerce, communities, and natural resources can recover from disasters as quickly as possible.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR protects communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances. We do this by responding to environmental health emergencies; investigating emerging environmental health threats; conducting research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites; and building capabilities of and providing actionable guidance to state and local health partners.
Prior to opening a healthcare facility that has undergone extensive water and wind damage, inspections need to be conducted to determine if the building is salvageable. If the decision is made to proceed with recovery and remediation, building and life safety inspections must be completed before any restoration work is done to the facility. Parts I – IV describe those activities that need to be completed. Parts V – VII provide guidance for infection control review of facilities to be done before the hospital can reopen.
Prior to opening any portion of a facility such as emergency rooms or clinics, adequate support services need to be available to provide quality care in a safe environment. Contracting with outside services could be considered.
Certification for occupancy must be obtained prior to reopening the facility. Regulations regarding healthcare facility certification and licensing differ from state to state. Refer to specific state and local government resources for more information.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of healthcare for all Americans. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the healthcare system and help consumers, healthcare professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.
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