Altered Standards of Care in Mass Casuality Events    Guidelines for officials on how to plan for delivering health and medical care in a mass casualty event are outlined in a new report released this week by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report, Altered Standards of Care in Mass Casualty Events, provides a framework for how to provide optimal care during a potential bioterrorism or other public health emergency and reviews such areas as triage guidelines for specific types of events and allocation guidelines for the use of scarce resources, such as ventilators, burn beds, or surgical suites.

Chemical Agents: Sheltering in Place  Some kinds of chemical accidents or attacks may make going outdoors dangerous. Leaving the area might take too long or put you in harms way. In such a case it may be safer for you to stay indoors than to go outside. Shelter in place means to make a shelter out of the place you are in. It is a way for you to make the building as safe as possible to protect yourself until help arrives. You should not try to shelter in a vehicle unless you have no other choice. Vehicles are not airtight enough to give you adequate protection from chemicals.

Pediatric Trauma Preparedness modules to assist individual in responding to traumatic events affecting children, including bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies.

OSHA Best Practices for Hospital-Based First Receivers of Victims This document is designed to provide hospitals with practical information to assist them in developing and implementing emergency management plans that address the protection of hospital-based emergency department personnel during the receipt of contaminated victims from mass casualty incidents occurring at locations other than the hospital. Among other topics, it covers victim decontamination, personal protective equipment, and employee training, and also includes several informational appendices.

Preparing for a Disaster The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is a provider of research-based, educational materials to help individuals, families, communities and businesses. Each year, millions of people are affected by natural disasters and their consequences. This site has been produced to offer assistance in dealing with natural disasters.

FEMA Incident Command System Forms this website has severaly ICF forms in PDF format. Click here for HERT (Hospital Emergency Response Training) information

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan On August 26th, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson unveiled the department's draft plan, which outlines a coordinated national strategy to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. Please follow the link for the plan.

White Powder Protocol - Procedure for the discovery of suspicious packages or substances. The link is provided by the Public Health Regional Surveillance Team - Region Two  (PHRST2) of North Carolina.

Talking About Disasters: Guide for Standard Messages (2004)  - Representatives from National Disaster Education Coalition participating agencies ensure accuracy, consistency, and appropriateness of messages provided in this guide.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) - Homeland Security assists emergency responders with unveiling of new internet course on America's new national incident management system.

Plague Outbreak Training Module - From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, this web-based module teaches how to deal with plague as a natural disease and bioterror attack. A series of eight lessons appear in order for the participant.