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2018 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities – National Standards for State and Local Planning

These are the national standards for public health preparedness capability-based planning and will assist planners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities,…

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Healthcare Coop and Recovery Planning – Concepts Principles Templates and Resources

This document is a collection of resources, ideas, templates, references and hyperlinks to additional information relating to Healthcare Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Healthcare Disaster…

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Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capablities 2017-2022

This document outlines the high-level objectives that the nation’s health care delivery system, including individual health care organizations, should undertake to prepare for, respond to,…

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HIPAA Emergency Fact Sheet

This guide is designed to answer frequently asked questions regarding the release of information about patients following an incident. This guide does NOT replace the…

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National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan 2015-18

The NHSS 2015–2018 seeks to inform policies and programs; encourage coordinated planning and activities; and guide prioritization of investments of time, talents, funds, and other…

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Nerve Agent Information

Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. The US Department…

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Planning Considerations for Electricity-Dependent Durable Medical Equipment Users

This ASPR TRACIE fact sheet provides information on general durable medical equipment (DME) categories and focuses on electricity-dependent DME that may be affected by disasters…

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EMS Infectious Disease Playbook

This document was created by subject matter experts working for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The aim was not to develop novel…

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EMS Pre-Hospital Statewide Treatment Protocols 2018 v.2

These protocols are developed and approved by the Department of Public Health, based on the recommendations of Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board (EMCAB) and its…

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Meningitis B Clinical Advisory from MA DPH March 2018

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Nerve Agent Information

Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. The US Department…

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US HHS Guidance Regarding Hurricane Evacuees and CMS

A series of FAQs regarding Medicaid and SSI benefits for evacuees from Purto Rico and the US Virging Islands.

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CMS Rule for Community Health Centers with marked up Interpretive Guidance

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Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for Community Health Centers

This toolkit is intended to be used by leadership of community practice sites to (1) assess vulnerability, create an emergency preparedness plan, train staff to…

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Healthcare Organization and Hospital Cybersecurity Discussion Guide

This guide is intended to help participants identify issues, strengths, and weaknesses associated with response capabilities, communication and information sharing for their healthcare organization or…

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CMS Preparedness Rule for ESRD facilities with marked up Interpretive Guidance

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Post-Disaster Lessons Learned: Dialysis Patient Management

ASPR TRACIE staff compiled resources and references related to post- disaster dialysis operations in response to numerous requests for technical assistance. They have also attached…

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EMS Infectious Disease Playbook

This document was created by subject matter experts working for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The aim was not to develop novel…

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EMS Pre-Hospital Statewide Treatment Protocols 2018 v.2

These protocols are developed and approved by the Department of Public Health, based on the recommendations of Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board (EMCAB) and its…

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Nerve Agent Information

Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. The US Department…

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Promoting Innovation in Emergency Medical Services

The objective of this project was to engage a diverse group of stakeholders in a national dialogue about common challenges toward EMS innovation faced at…

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected – Public Health Pearls of Wisdom

This project aimed to preserve the institutional memory of former health department employees with over 250 years of combined experience. These video-driven trainings serve to…

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Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans

This document provides Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidance on the fundamentals of planning and developing emergency operations plans (EOP). This guide integrates key concepts…

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Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Healthcare Systems 2nd ed.

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National Incident Management System 3rd Edition

This guide is designed to answer frequently asked questions regarding the release of information about patients following an incident. This guide does NOT replace the…

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National Response Framework

The National Response Framework is a guide to how the Nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. This Framework describes specific authorities and…

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Online Independent Study Resources through FEMA

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Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide

Every community should understand the risks it faces. By understanding its risks, a community can make smart decisions about how to manage risk, including developing…

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Emergency Dispensing Sites: A Guide for Planning for Medical Countermeasures Dispensing Operations

Each city and town should be covered by a written plan to dispense emergency MCM to its residents, workers, and visitors. This EDS Planning Guide,…

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Adult Care Emergency Preparedness Exercise Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed specifically for adult care providers so they can quickly and efficiently: Select an exercise type based on your facility’s needs…

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Healthcare Organization and Hospital Cybersecurity Discussion Guide

This guide is intended to help participants identify issues, strengths, and weaknesses associated with response capabilities, communication and information sharing for their healthcare organization or…

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Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Quick Reference Guide

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Quick Reference Guide

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HSEEP-Compliant After Action Report and Improvement Plan Template

A Word document of the HSEEP After Action Report and Improvement Plan Template to be modified to fit your own exercise evalution.

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HSEEP-Compliant Exercise Concept and Objectives Presentation

A slideshow format template to introduce and guide exercise planning team discussions.

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HSEEP-Compliant Exercise Plan Template

A Word document of the HSEEP ExPlan Template to be modified to fit your own exercise plans.

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness Exercise Evaluation Toolkit

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Emergency Managers Toolkit – Meeting the Needs of the Latino Community

This Tool Kit is and effort to develop and disseminate practical and simple tools that will assist emergency managers to improve their responsiveness to Latinos…

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Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations – a Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response

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MA DPH Access and Functional Needs Resource Guide

A compilation of resources to assist in public health preparedness planning for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

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Planning Considerations for Electricity-Dependent Durable Medical Equipment Users

This ASPR TRACIE fact sheet provides information on general durable medical equipment (DME) categories and focuses on electricity-dependent DME that may be affected by disasters…

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Planning For an Emergency – Strategies for Identifying and Engaging At-Risk Groups

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Public Health Workbook to Define, Locate, and Reach Special Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations in an Emergency

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Region 1 2018 Jurisdictional Risk Assessment Report

This is the final report from a risk assessment process sponsored by the MA DPH Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. This risk assessment report…

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Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide

Every community should understand the risks it faces. By understanding its risks, a community can make smart decisions about how to manage risk, including developing…

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Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting

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Emergency Disclosures and HIPAA

A flowchart to asisst protected health information sources gauge what they can disclose for public health preparedness/response purposes.

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Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Healthcare Systems 2nd ed.

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Healthcare Coop and Recovery Planning – Concepts Principles Templates and Resources

This document is a collection of resources, ideas, templates, references and hyperlinks to additional information relating to Healthcare Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Healthcare Disaster…

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Healthcare Organization and Hospital Cybersecurity Discussion Guide

This guide is intended to help participants identify issues, strengths, and weaknesses associated with response capabilities, communication and information sharing for their healthcare organization or…

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Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capablities 2017-2022

This document outlines the high-level objectives that the nation’s health care delivery system, including individual health care organizations, should undertake to prepare for, respond to,…

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MA DPH Access and Functional Needs Resource Guide

A compilation of resources to assist in public health preparedness planning for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

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Memo and Flowchart for NIMS Compliance

Technically formal guidance from MA DPH based on their interpretation of federal law for hospital staff, this flowchart provides informal guidance to help all preparedness…

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CMS Preparedness Rule for Home Health Agencies with marked up Interpretive Guidance

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Emergency Preparedness for Hospice Providers

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Emergency Preparedness Packet for Home Health Agencies

The materials in this packet, developed by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Emergency Preparedness Workgroup, consist of templates of tools to assist…

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Homecare and Hospice Topic Collection

The resources in this Topic Collection include reports, toolkits, and guidance specific to homecare for providers and patients.

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Long-Term Care Home Health and Hospice Planning guide for Public Health Emergencies

Long-Term Care Home Health and Hospice Planning guide for Public Health Emergencies

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Healthcare Organization and Hospital Cybersecurity Discussion Guide

This guide is intended to help participants identify issues, strengths, and weaknesses associated with response capabilities, communication and information sharing for their healthcare organization or…

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Nerve Agent Information

Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. The US Department…

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Memo and Flowchart for NIMS Compliance

Technically formal guidance from MA DPH based on their interpretation of federal law for hospital staff, this flowchart provides informal guidance to help all preparedness…

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Nursing Home Incident Command System Guidebook with Planning and Response Toolkit

In partnership with the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), the California Department of Public Health directed federal grant-funded resources to revise the Nursing Home…

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Online Independent Study Resources through FEMA

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CMS Preparedness Rule for Long Term Care Facilities with marked up Interpretive Guidance

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Long-Term Care Home Health and Hospice Planning guide for Public Health Emergencies

Long-Term Care Home Health and Hospice Planning guide for Public Health Emergencies

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Nursing Home Incident Command System Guidebook with Planning and Response Toolkit

In partnership with the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), the California Department of Public Health directed federal grant-funded resources to revise the Nursing Home…

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A Guide to Minimizing Stress in Crisis Response Situations

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Disaster Planning Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

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Psychological First Aid – Field Operations Guide 2nd edition

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informedapproach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster. Psychological First Aid is designed to…

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2018 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities – National Standards for State and Local Planning

These are the national standards for public health preparedness capability-based planning and will assist planners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities,…

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Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting

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Adult Care Emergency Preparedness Exercise Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed specifically for adult care providers so they can quickly and efficiently: Select an exercise type based on your facility’s needs…

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Disaster Planning Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

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Emergency Dispensing Sites: A Guide for Planning for Medical Countermeasures Dispensing Operations

Each city and town should be covered by a written plan to dispense emergency MCM to its residents, workers, and visitors. This EDS Planning Guide,…

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Emergency Managers Toolkit – Meeting the Needs of the Latino Community

This Tool Kit is and effort to develop and disseminate practical and simple tools that will assist emergency managers to improve their responsiveness to Latinos…

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Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for Community Health Centers

This toolkit is intended to be used by leadership of community practice sites to (1) assess vulnerability, create an emergency preparedness plan, train staff to…

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Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capablities 2017-2022

This document outlines the high-level objectives that the nation’s health care delivery system, including individual health care organizations, should undertake to prepare for, respond to,…

Read + Download

Long-Term Care Home Health and Hospice Planning guide for Public Health Emergencies

Long-Term Care Home Health and Hospice Planning guide for Public Health Emergencies

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Nursing Home Incident Command System Guidebook with Planning and Response Toolkit

In partnership with the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), the California Department of Public Health directed federal grant-funded resources to revise the Nursing Home…

Read + Download

Planning Considerations for Electricity-Dependent Durable Medical Equipment Users

This ASPR TRACIE fact sheet provides information on general durable medical equipment (DME) categories and focuses on electricity-dependent DME that may be affected by disasters…

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Planning Considerations: Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks

Complex coordinated terrorist attacks represent an evolving and dynamic terrorist threat with the potential for mass casualties and instrastructure damage anywhere and at any time.…

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Planning For an Emergency – Strategies for Identifying and Engaging At-Risk Groups

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Preparing for Public Health Emergencies – A Planning Aid for Public Health and Healthcare Professionals

A compendium of descriptions of the possible consequences of disasters that would be useful for officials in public health, healthcare, and emergency management. This guide…

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness Exercise Evaluation Toolkit

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Public Health Workbook to Define, Locate, and Reach Special Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations in an Emergency

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Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide

Every community should understand the risks it faces. By understanding its risks, a community can make smart decisions about how to manage risk, including developing…

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W MA Spontaneous Volunteer Management Plan

Authored by the W MA Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in 2013, the Spontaneous Volunteer Management Plan provides guidance for safe, efficient and scalable volunteer management.…

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CMS Preparedness Rule – Resources at Your Fingertips

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CMS Preparedness Rule for Hospice with marked up Interpretive Guidance

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Emergency Dispensing Sites: A Guide for Planning for Medical Countermeasures Dispensing Operations

Each city and town should be covered by a written plan to dispense emergency MCM to its residents, workers, and visitors. This EDS Planning Guide,…

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EMS Pre-Hospital Statewide Treatment Protocols 2018 v.2

These protocols are developed and approved by the Department of Public Health, based on the recommendations of Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board (EMCAB) and its…

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HIPAA Emergency Fact Sheet

This guide is designed to answer frequently asked questions regarding the release of information about patients following an incident. This guide does NOT replace the…

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Memo and Flowchart for NIMS Compliance

Technically formal guidance from MA DPH based on their interpretation of federal law for hospital staff, this flowchart provides informal guidance to help all preparedness…

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National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan 2015-18

The NHSS 2015–2018 seeks to inform policies and programs; encourage coordinated planning and activities; and guide prioritization of investments of time, talents, funds, and other…

Read + Download

2018 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities – National Standards for State and Local Planning

These are the national standards for public health preparedness capability-based planning and will assist planners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities,…

Read + Download

Be Prepared for the Unexpected – Public Health Pearls of Wisdom

This project aimed to preserve the institutional memory of former health department employees with over 250 years of combined experience. These video-driven trainings serve to…

Read + Download

Emergency Dispensing Sites: A Guide for Planning for Medical Countermeasures Dispensing Operations

Each city and town should be covered by a written plan to dispense emergency MCM to its residents, workers, and visitors. This EDS Planning Guide,…

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Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations – a Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response

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MA DPH Access and Functional Needs Resource Guide

A compilation of resources to assist in public health preparedness planning for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

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Preparing for Public Health Emergencies – A Planning Aid for Public Health and Healthcare Professionals

A compendium of descriptions of the possible consequences of disasters that would be useful for officials in public health, healthcare, and emergency management. This guide…

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Public Health Workbook to Define, Locate, and Reach Special Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations in an Emergency

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Healthcare Coop and Recovery Planning – Concepts Principles Templates and Resources

This document is a collection of resources, ideas, templates, references and hyperlinks to additional information relating to Healthcare Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Healthcare Disaster…

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W MA Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps is a community-based, civilian volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure of communities nationwide. Each MRC unit is organized…

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W MA Spontaneous Volunteer Management Plan

Authored by the W MA Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in 2013, the Spontaneous Volunteer Management Plan provides guidance for safe, efficient and scalable volunteer management.…

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W MA HMCC Member Discussion Forums Guidebook

This guide is designed to assist HMCC members in getting setup to participate in member discussion forums by providing an…

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