Preparedness Resources

  • Along with comprehensive prevention and early intervention strategies, preparedness and response measures are instrumental in minimizing the extent of injuries and potential loss of life during incidents involving firearms.

  • Creating Model Emergency Management Plans for Schools, Institutions of Higher Education and Houses of Worship

    From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    On Jan. 16, 2013, the President directed the Departments of Homeland Security, Education, Health and Human Services and Justice to create model emergency management plans for schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship. As part of that effort, these agencies solicited input on what should be included in these plans. Read more »

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  • Disaster Mental Health for States: Key Principles, Issues and Questions

    What should happen in the first four weeks following an event, as well as the types of government roles and reactions that may be encountered during a crisis. Read more »

  • Post-Event: Leading Your Community Towards Recovery and Resiliency

    From the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

    Officials and leaders can take important steps to promote societal post-crisis recovery. Read more »

  • Responding to a High-Profile Tragic Incident Involving a Person with a Serious Mental Illness

    From the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

    A toolkit for state mental health commissioners. Read more »

  • Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy

    From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, a partnering center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

    In the aftermath of traumatic events, people need to hear guidance from their community’s leaders. In this acute phase, leaders must communicate effectively to people who have questions, seek reassurance, and want to take action. Read more »