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Public Health Preparedness Planning (Basics of Public Health Preparedness, Module 2)

Length: 40 minutes
Description:This module provides background about public health preparedness planning and discusses different types of planning. It discusses strategic planning to achieve public health preparedness capabilities and introduces several ways to format plans. Finally, strategies for overcoming barriers to planning are listed.
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This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415). The UNC PERLC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness and the North Carolina Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch in shaping the content and framework for this training.

Learning Objectives

Training Personnel


Meredith Davis, MPH, CPH


Jessica Southwell, MPH

NCIPH Reviewer:

Allison George, MPH, MCHES

Subject Matter Expert Reviewers:

Susan Sullivan, RN-BC, MS, Public Health Nurse Consultant, Training/Exercise Facilitator, Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch Central Regional Office, North Carolina Division of Public Health

Martha Salyers, MD, MPH, CEM, Public Health Preparedness Consultant, Health and Medical Division, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Additional Expertise Provided by:

Christina Richmond, Emergency Planner, Center for Threat Preparedness, WV Bureau for Public Health

Jerry Rhodes, Director, Center for Threat Preparedness, WV Bureau for Public Health

The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose. Author, narrator, reviewer affiliations listed were current at the time of training development.

Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed

This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions. (Please note: The competencies included on this site are just a few of the public health competencies which have been established. Training participants may find alignment between this training and other competency sets not included on this site.)

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
Capability 1, Function 4: Coordinate training or guidance to ensure community engagement in preparedness efforts
Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies
3.2. Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
3.3. Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training).


National Association of County and City Health Officials. Project Public Health Ready 2012 criteria. September 2011. Updated September 29, 2011. http://www.naccho.org/topics/emergency/PPHR/upload/PPHR-Criteria-2012_FINAL.pdf. Accessed October 11, 2011.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health preparedness capabilities: national standards for state and local planning. Updated March 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/capabilities/. Accessed November 3, 2011.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Comprehensive preparedness guide 101: developing and maintaining emergency operations plans, version 2.0. November 2010. http://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/divisions/npd/CPG_101_V2.pdf. Accessed March 2, 2012.

North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management. State of North Carolina emergency operations plan. http://www.ncdps.gov/div/em/documents/NCEOP-2010-PublicVersion.pdf. Accessed August 15, 2012.

Goode, B. Talk presented at: Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas; November 30, 2006. http://www.cpaccarolinas.org/docs/Symposium06/SymPres06-Goode.pdf. Accessed August 15, 2012.

North Carolina Division of Public Health. Pandemic influenza plan. http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/flu/plan.html. Accessed August 15, 2012.