Site updated March 23, 2009
Federal, state, and local officials are developing plans to respond to a variety of bioterror threats.
The cost of not getting it right is extremely high—community outrage, civil unrest, and unnecessary loss of life.
Planning the local response to a public health emergency is difficult because:
- Each locality needs its own unique responses—communities differ in population, geography, climate, transportation capabilities, resource and financial constraints, concerns about security, etc.
- Clinical processes are complicated.
- Integrating clinic operations with client transportation systems and supply chain logistics is complex.
- Response operations are very dynamic--developing staffing and resource plans may be beyond the capability of familiar tools such as spreadsheets.
- The threat is vague.
The Center for Emergency Response Analytics is helping state and local planners improve preparedness by developing, applying, and promoting tools, techniques, and standards for designing effective emergency response plans.
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