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Disaster Response Helpful Links

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
ACF, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for Federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.

Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI)
CIDI is a center that uses its information management resources to implement targeted public awareness activities to address the issues of appropriate donations and volunteer practice in order to (1) reduce the burden they cause for relief organizations, host governments, and disaster victims and (2) lessen the frustration experienced by the public donor community. Exit Disclaimer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC's mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health; this is accomplished through health promotion; prevention of disease, injury, and disability; and preparedness for new health threats.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Clinician Outreach and Community Activity (COCA)
COCA has established partnerships with national clinician organizations in order to quickly communicate information on disease outbreaks, terrorism events, and disaster response.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
ASPR serves as the HHS Secretary's principal advisory staff on matters related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. It also coordinates interagency activities responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS is the U.S. Government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: First Responders
The Department of Homeland Security Web site for first responders provides a portal that allows Federal, State, local, and tribal first responders to easily access and leverage Federal Web services, information on resources, products, standards, testing and evaluation, and best practices in a collaborative environment.

U.S. Public Health Service Office of Force Readiness and Deployment (OFRD)
OFRD is America's Uniformed Service of Public Health Professionals; the Commissioned Corps achieves its mission through rapid and effective response to public health needs, leadership and excellence in public health practices, and the advancement of public health science.

Deployment Guidance

After Deployment
This page is geared toward military families but contains useful information on reintegration after deployment.
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Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project
The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project promotes an awareness and understanding of compassion fatigue. Exit Disclaimer

Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals
The CDC posted this page to advise that the risk for injury during and after a natural disaster is high. Any wound or rash has the potential for becoming infected and should be assessed by a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Force Health Protection and Readiness: Family Support During Deployment
This page is geared toward military families but has very helpful information regarding coping with deployment.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

PFA Approaches
This SAMHSA Web-based video provides a brief introduction to the PFA model.

PFA Competencies for Public Health Workers
This training tool examines the change in public health policies regarding PFA after September 11, 2001. Exit Disclaimer

PFA Field Operations Guide, Second Edition
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National  Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder developed this evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disasters and terrorism. Exit Disclaimer

PFA Online Training
PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. Exit Disclaimer

Last updated: 10/272010

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