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Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: Toolkit


To help state and local public health departments develop emergency preparedness plans that address the unique issues of special needs populations living within the community, this RAND Public Health Preparedness toolkit distills the most relevant strategies, practices, and resources from a variety of sources, including peer-reviewed research, government reports, and the trade literature, to identify priority populations and critical strategies for addressing their needs. The toolkit also highlights several practices that local public health agencies have found to be effective for enhancing preparedness planning and response for special needs populations, the challenges they have faced in implementing those practices, and the strategies they have employed to overcome those challenges. Many of the strategies, practices, and resources provided here could be useful to other emergency response agencies and applicable to any emergency response.

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Primary Toolkit:

EQUIPh Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

Health and Disability Toolkit

Keyword Area:

All-Hazards, Disability, Mental Health, Natural Disaster, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

RAND Public Health Preparedness





The NACCHO Toolbox is a repository of available resources to help local public health practitioners. Tools are produced by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as academic institutions and other stakeholders. The contents of this Toolbox are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official recommendations of NACCHO. NACCHO makes no express or implied warranty with respect to the contents and disclaims liability for any damages arising from or connected to the use of the material in this Toolbox.