Emergency Preparedness and Response

A collection of key perspectives, research, and lessons learned in becoming more prepared for the next health emergency.

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Events like natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks can pose a major threat to our health and well-being. Across the nation, RWJF supports efforts to help communities become more prepared for the next health emergency, and to strengthen capacity for a strong response and recovery. This collection provides insight to the Foundation's work in this area.

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American Red Cross

RWJF supports the development of new information systems for managing disaster relief and mobilizing lifesaving resources.

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Security Preparedness Index

The National Health Security Preparedness Index provides a comprehensive national and state-level picture of health security.

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The Latest on Emergency Preparedness and Response

Is the Nation Ready for an Emergency?

April 25, 2016 | Blog Post

The 2016 findings from the National Health Security Preparedness Index aim to help local governments, public health departments and others find ways to better protect communities across the nation from the health impacts of disasters.

Rebuilding Healthier and More Resilient Communities Together

December 7, 2015 | Blog Post

It's an unfortunate reality that our nation spends billions of dollars to respond to disasters, which is why disaster planning must move beyond a narrow focus and instead create an optimally healthy community.

What Hurricane Katrina Taught Us About Community Resilience

August 27, 2015 | Blog Post

Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction, death, and suffering in its wake. Its uneven recovery has taught us valuable lessons about community resiliency that will help us prepare for the next storm and beyond.