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Preparedness Library and Links

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Coalitions 

Local Health Department Coalition Development Tools - Information and tools to assist local health departments establish, participate in, and maintain local or regional public health preparedness coalitions or networks.

SERVFL 

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

SERVFL, The State Emergency Responders and Volunteers of Florida, is the online system for managing public health and medical disaster responders (volunteers and staff teams). This site supports a variety of personnel who may be utilized during disasters, all-hazard response efforts, and public health activities. SERVFL also serves as the Health Alert Network which provides users with a wide range of methods to send and receive information on a variety of communication devices. 

  • We are in the process of loading the FDENS/SERVFL users into the new system. You will be notified when this is complete.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the SERVFL team members at SERVFL@flhealth.gov

Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) 

HSIN Florida is a secure U.S. Department of Homeland Security web network supporting all levels of domestic security preparedness and response, and is accessible via the Internet.

Florida will use HISN Florida to house all key emergency preparedness and response plans, as well as meeting calendars, agendas, and other domestic security and regional task force information.

If you have questions about HSIN or to request access, please contact the designated FDLE Florida Service Representative for your region.

Community Resilience Resources 

Resilience is defined as the ability to quickly recover, rebound or bounce back. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response described community resilience as "the sustained ability of communities to withstand and recover from adversity." Programs and projects supported by the Bureau of Preparedness and Response Community Resilience Unit demonstrate the importance of working as a team with county health departments and stakeholders to assure communities succeed in this endeavor.

This section contains links to state, federal and other resources and publications to assist county health departments and local communities in their "whole community" approach to becoming resilient.

Florida Department of Health Resources

Community Resilience Webcasts  -  Webcasts and presentations hosted by the Community Resilience Unit sharing new information, experiences, and best practices.

Family Preparedness Guides  -  Help individuals make a plan and get the right supplies that can help minimize risks to known hazards.

Florida CHARTS  -  The Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set with community tools and data on a variety of issues and health indicators.

Local Health Department Coalition Development Tools  -  Information and tools to assist local health departments establish, participate in and maintain local or regional public health preparedness coalitions or networks.

Special Needs Shelter Program  -  The page contains a collection of tools and resources to assist local officials and planners, special needs shelter consultants, shelter unit leaders, nurses or others who may have a role in sheltering activities. Information and resources are also available for Discharge Planning.

Special Needs Shelter Public Service Announcements (PSA)  - Individuals with special needs are encouraged to make arrangements, in advance, for sheltering and evacuation transportation, if needed. Communities can use these informative 30 second PSAs to promote registration for special needs shelters.
PSA 1 with American Sign Language

PSA 2 with American Sign Language

Reports and Publications

A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action  - The document "presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging with members of the community as vital partners in enhancing the resiliency and security of our nation through a whole community approach." FEMA, December 2011.

Building Community Resilience for Children and Families  -  A guidebook that provides information about building community resilience and helping communities improve their capacity to respond effectively to natural or man-made disasters or acts of terrorism. The Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, February 12, 2007.

Coastal Resilience Index  -  A community self-assessment tool "to provide community leaders with a simple an inexpensive method of predicting if their community will reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning after a disaster." After completing the self-assessment, communities can calculate their resilience index. Cooperative multi-state project funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, November 2010.

Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative  -  This book addresses the issue of increasing the nation's resilience to disaster. It provides "goals, baseline conditions or performance metrics for national resilience and outlines additional information, data, gaps and/or obstacles that need to be addressed to increase the nation's resilience to disasters." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, 2012. Free download is available from the National Academies Press.

Homeland Security Advisory Council Community Resilience Task Force Recommendations  -  Report from the task force providing findings and recommendations for building national resilience, June 2011.

Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-21  -  Public Health and Medical Preparedness  -  Presidential directive establishing a National Strategy for Public Health and Medical Preparedness. President George Bush, October 18, 2007.

National Health Security Strategy of the United States of America (NHSS) and Implementation Plan 2015-2018 - The document provides strategic direction to ensure that efforts to improve health security nationwide over the next four years are guided by a common vision; based on sound evidence; and carried out in an efficient, collaborative manner. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) led the development of the NHSS in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders.

Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8: National Preparedness  - Presidential directive aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation. President Barack Obama, March 30, 2011.

Resilience "Whole of Community" Approach  -  August 2012 edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Ten authors discuss various aspects of the "Whole of Community" approach to resilience. Visit the Domestic Preparedness website to read other editions and register to receive an online subscription to the journal, free to qualified preparedness professionals.

Informational Websites

At-Risk, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience (ABC)  -  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Emergency Web page that provides subject matter expertise, education and coordination to ensure that the functional needs of at-risk individuals and behavioral health issues are integrated in public health and medical emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities. ABC works to promote strategies for building inclusive individual and community resilience.

Community & Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI)  -  Web site for CARRI whose mission is to "help develop and then share critical paths that any community or region may take to strengthen its ability to prepare for, respond to and rapidly recover from significant man-made or natural disasters with minimal downtime of basic community, government and business services." The site contains presentations, publications and other resources.

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Terrorism and Disaster Center, Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit (CART)  - Web page with information and resources to bring community stakeholders together to address issues. CART is "a community intervention designed to enhance community resilience through assessment, group processes, planning and action."