CDC's Capacity Inventory for Emergency Preparedness Worked Relatively Well in Three States

Assessing local emergency preparedness using a common assessment tool

From April 2005 to November 2007, the National Network of Public Health Institutes collaborated with public health institutes in Illinois, Kansas and Michigan to compare how those states assessed local emergency preparedness using a common assessment tool, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Preparedness and Response Capacity Inventory.

Key Findings:

  • The CDC's capacity inventory proved to be a relatively good tool for measuring many preparedness functions.
  • Users of data from the capacity inventory reported that it assisted them in a variety of ways, including:
    • Planning
    • Priority setting
    • Resource allocation.
  • Despite differences in the ways the states adapted and used the capacity inventory, analysis of data from the three states using different scoring methods produced surprisingly consistent results.