Personal Emergency Preparedness: Planning for the Public Health Worker

Public Health Preparedness Basics
Online Course
1 hour
Columbia University
Columbia Regional Learning Center

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The public health workforce increasingly provides direct and indirect roles and functions during their agency’s emergency response. A most critical element of being professionally prepared is to be personally prepared. This course introduces the learner to a variety of public health roles during a wide range of emergencies. Using an interactive, 5 action-step preparedness model learners will become better prepared for emergencies and disasters, personally and professionally. Three emergency scenarios allow the learner to think through each situation and identify the action steps most helpful to get through the emergency.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify the known hazards and emergency risks known in your area
  • List the 5 action steps in thinking and planning for disasters
  • Name the two principle possibilities your emergency plan should account for
  • Describe the importance of stockpiling water, calculate daily water needs, and purify water
  • Describe basic, essential emergency supplies for staying at home during an emergency or in case of evacuation
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness
Community Recovery
Responder Safety and Health