Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

The CDC has various resources available to help you prepare emergency response plans.
The CDC provides a list of general resources for families, businesses, healthcare facilities, and government organizations that helps them prepare for disasters and different types of public health emergencies. They also provide links to external state and local emergency planning, training, response tools, legal preparedness, and more.
The CDC outlines plans for specific emergencies. These emergencies are categorized into six main types:
  • Recent outbreaks and incidents (initial COVID-19 incidents, vape-related lung injuries)
  • Natural disasters and severe weather (hurricanes, flooding)
  • Radiation emergencies (nuclear power plant accidents)
  • Bioterrorism (anthrax)
  • Pandemic influenza
  • Chemical emergencies (arsenic poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning)
The CDC also describes specific laboratory emergency preparedness plans for clinical and research laboratories. It categorizes emergency plans into three types: biological agent emergencies, chemical agent emergencies, and radiological emergencies. These plans focus on how to properly identify, collect, package, and ship specimens in those emergency events. It also provides an important document called Adapting Standards of Care Under Extreme Conditions: Guidance for Professionals During Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Extreme Emergencies. This document reviews issues associated with limiting care from a nursing perspective.
4. Gathany, James. "Tom Harkin Global Communications Center." Wikimedia Commons, 23 June 2013,

The CDC's Tom Harkin Global Communications Center in Atlanta, GA (4).