Strengthening National, Sub-Regional and International Capacities to Prepare for and Respond to Deliberate Use of Biological Weapons

The Implementation Support Unit of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC ISU) organized a seminar on “Rapid International Response to Biological Incidents: Lessons for the BWC.” The seminar speakers discussed national, regional, and international rapid response mechanisms and capacities. The seminar also addressed interoperability and standardization and training for rapid response teams. This report summarizes the main seminar discussions.

2019 Preparedness Summit

The event is a unique learning and networking opportunity for emergency preparedness officials and their partners to share perspectives and engage in dialogue on key public health preparedness issues.

Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, 2019

This report examines the United States' level of public health emergency preparedness on a state-by-state basis using 10 priority indicators. Taken together, the indicators are a checklist of priority aspects of states’ readiness for public health emergencies. 

Building Cultures of Preparedness: A report for the emergency management higher education community

This report presents a culture-based approach to the preparedness goals laid out in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) 2018–2022 Strategic Plan. It lays out four Guiding Principles for building Cultures of Preparedness, followed by practical strategies and examples that demonstrate successful outcomes in real-world settings.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: National Standards for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Public Health

The capability standards serve as a state, local, tribal, and territorial resource to assess, build, and sustain jurisdictional public health agency preparedness and response capacity by further defining the jurisdictional public health agency ESF #8 role while guiding program improvement initiatives to address preparedness and response planning gaps.