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Preparedness Policies and Position Statements

NACCHO Preparedness Policies and Strategies
NACCHO's 2011–2012 Preparedness Priority Areas
NACCHO's 2011–2012 Preparedness Priorities are now available and include the following: (1) Strengthen local public health preparedness infrastructure; (2) Develop evidence-based performance metrics for public health preparedness;(3) Promote all-hazards preparedness; (4) Strengthen public health preparedness workforce development; and (5) Build and strengthen community resilience. More »
NACCHO's 2010–2011 Preparedness Priority Areas
NACCHO has outlined five preparedness priorities for 2010–2011 including Strengthen Local Public Health Preparedness Infrastructure, Develop Evidence-based Performance Metrics for Public Health Preparedness, and more. More »
Federal Preparedness Policies and Strategies
NHSS Implementation Plan Released
 The first National Health Security Strategy Implementation Plan (NHSS IP) was recently released. The NHSS IP is based on the NHSS, which addresses 10 specific strategic objectives for U.S. health security. The tasks mentioned in the plan are meant to serve as models and catalysts for action in communities nationwide. Local health departments, public health agencies, and other community partners are encouraged to initiate and complete the actions in the plan—every individual has a role in national health security.

For more information about the NHSS IP, please click here.

To view a PDF copy of the NHSS IP, please click here.

PPD-8 National Preparedness Goal—First Edition (Sept. 2011)
The Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8) describes the Nation’s approach to preparing for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States. The core capabilities contained in the Goal are the distinct critical elements necessary for our success. They are highly interdependent and will require the use of existing preparedness networks and activities, improve training and exercise programs, promote innovation, and ensure that the administrative, finance, and logistics systems are in place to support these capabilities.

Click here to view the PPD-8 National Preparedness Goal document.
President's Executive Order on Medical Countermeasures
Read the President's Executive Order on Medical Countermeasures (released December 2009). More »
National Health Security Strategy
View the National Health Security Strategy released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in December 2009. More »
Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA)
View the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act. More »
Presidential Policy Directive 8
On March 30, 2011, the Presidential Policy Directive 8 was released. More »
Other Organization and Agency Preparedness Policies and Position Statements
Policy Challenges in Supporting Community Resilience
A multinational group representing the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand is looking at how governments and the community form partnerships to build and strengthen the ability of those communities to be resilient in the face of disaster. The paper looks at some examples taken from the United Kingdom and the Untied States, one of which is the Golden Triangle Project. More »
Government Reports
Lessons from the H1N1 Pandemic Should Be Incorporated into Future Planning
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report on the spending
and lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. The full report, “Lessons from the H1N1
Pandemic Should Be Incorporated into Future Planning,” is available at

A one-page summary is available at www.gao.gov/highlights/d11632high.pdf.