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Emergency Procedures Handbook


This Emergency Procedures Handbook was created by Southwest District Health, ID, in 2005 as evidence for Goal 1 of Project Public Health Ready.  The handbook may serve best as a template, rather than an example of content, because the resource is relatively outdated.

This spiral-bound handbook is given to all public health staff as a resource to use during an emergency and is helpful as a guidance for how to handle emergency situations, including agency procedures, and appropriate persons to contact. It includes the following information:

  • Emergency phone numbers- For police, district director, state police, road conditions, poison control, and highway emergency.
  • News Media- Steps to follow regarding handling the news media and contact information for the agency's public information officer (PIO).
  • Fire- Steps to follow in case there is a fire in your building and if you are trapped in a room.
  • Earthquake
  • Evacuation- Includes general evacuation procedures, and evacuation of persons with special needs.
  • Flooding/ Public Disturbances- Steps to follow if there is flooding or a public disturbance, such as a riot, demonstration, etc. 
  • Medical Emergencies- Procedures to follow with unconscious victims if rescuer is or is not trained in CPR and with conscious victims.
  • Hazardous Materials/ Anthrax
  • Bomb/Other Threats- lists the characteristics that may indicate a suspicious or threatening letter or parcel; checklist of information to acquire in bomb threat;

Primary Toolkit:

PPHR Toolkit

Keyword Area:

All-Hazards, Project Public Health Ready


Institutional Author:

Southwest District Health, ID





Five most recent user comments

1 Stars of 5 - Not Useful
Emergency Handbook
By Amanda Bogard

Tool is not all-inclusive and does not address earthquke, floods, or severe thunderstorms.

1 Stars of 5 - Not Useful
Emergency Handbook
By Paula Anderson

As a handbook, content seems lengthy, disproportional and disorganized, although some information is valid (if somewhat dated). 

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