Public health threats are always present. Public health emergencies can be natural and unintentional or manmade and intentional. Regardless of the cause the result is the same: an overwhelmed public health system. Preparedness efforts since 9/11 and Katrina have helped local communities and their state level partners and respond to incidents that impact the health of our citizens. Arkansas has experienced firsthand the need to implement its medical surge, mass care, and fatality management plans.
Disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation must look beyond the traditional, “government-centered” approach to emergency management and maximize resources and strengthen abilities by moving towards the “whole of community concept.” Whole of Community means that when a disaster strikes everyone in the community has a role, and everyone must take responsibility for some part of the response and recovery.
The resources provided on this webpage are designed to help communities respond to and recover from disasters.
All documents listed below are in PDF format unless noted otherwise.