Emergency Preparedness and ResponsePublic health officials play a vital role in emergencies, working to prevent disease, protect the safety of other emergency personnel, and support the health care delivery system. Recent catastrophic events in the United States–including disease outbreaks and natural disasters–have underscored the importance of mounting an effective public health response to emergencies.
JSI provides technical assistance on all aspects of public health emergency preparedness and response. JSI works with state and local emergency officials to develop plans and implement health-focused hazard vulnerability assessments (HVAs) that respond to community needs and are based on national standards and guidance. JSI implements Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant exercises and skills-based training programs. JSI’s involvement with local preparedness and response efforts informs its work on the national level.
JSI helps clients strengthen capacity in areas such as community preparedness, infectious disease surveillance, emergency public information and warning systems, medical surge and countermeasures dispensing, non-pharmaceutical interventions, and volunteer management. JSI’s Incident Command System- and HSEEP-certified staff lend public health expertise to emergency preparedness planning, facilitation, training, communications, and systems development.
Learn more about JSI's work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to conduct a Jurisdictional Risk Assessment in each of the six Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition regions.
JSI is assisting the MA Department of Public Health to update and expand their All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan.
JSI and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are monitoring low-risk individuals traveling to Massachusetts from countries that have documented cases of Ebola.
JSI helped state health departments and emergency planning partners to assess the probability of natural and man-made hazards, and identify potential human and infrastructural impacts, to prioritize mitigation planning.
JSI provides technical assistance and training to New Hampshire’s 15 public health regions as they work to build emergency response capacity.
JSI provided training and technical assistance to the 62 state and territorial health departments and CDC staff on the collection and application of public health emergency preparedness performance measures.