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During public health emergencies, maintaining the continuity of services and resources that are essential to health and safety is important. Organizations, including community-based, faith-based, rural, and tribal organizations, can play a vital role during a public health emergency response given their familiarity with the community’s unique needs and resources.
This Action Plan provides background information on public health emergency preparedness and describes four phases to help organizations to assess the needs of the population and select, adapt, implement, and evaluate public health interventions. Each phase includes a checklist of topics covered, a summary of the steps involved, and links to resources to learn more.
This plan is for leaders and staff in organizations who are involved in selecting, adapting, implementing, and evaluating public health interventions in preparation for or during public health emergencies.