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Emergency Response Planning


Emergency Response Planning covers the organization of emergency response efforts on the federal, state and local levels. It defines public health priorities for effective consequence management, and it explains the concepts around ICS (Incidence Command Structure). Finally, it details an example of how ICS was used in a live situation by a local health department. The concepts behind an Emergency Operations Plan—and future directions for such plans and the role of the CDC in providing leadership for emergency preparedness—will be discussed.


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Topic 1: Emergency Response Planning

  • Part 1: The Basis of Emergency Response
  • Part 2: Emergency Response on the Ground
  • Part 3: The Plan and its Implementation


Dave BlodgettDavid Blodgett is the Director/Health Officer of the Soutwest Utah Public Health Department and is also a consultant with the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Blodgett is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency, where he was also chief resident, and is also board certified in Preventive Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine, holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins, and completed clinical training at the Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y. Dr. Blodgett’s primary areas of focus include all hazard emergency preparedness training and bio-terrorism response, risk communication, and public health emergency response. As are all General Preventive Medicine physicians, Dr. Blodgett is a generalist, dealing with a wide range of issues facing the health of the population, including Chronic Disease Prevention, Clinical Services, Environmental Health, Health Promotion in addition to Emergency Preparedness.

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