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Resources for Disaster Preparedness and Response

NWCPHP offers training materials for disaster preparedness, recovery, and response.
Resources for Disaster Preparedness and Response

Displaced disaster victims, image courtesy of FEMA

NWCPHP offers training materials for disaster preparedness, recovery, and response.

October 17, 2017

Late summer and early fall 2017 have seen disasters strike our communities at what can seem like an unprecedented rate. With each new wildfire, hurricane, earthquake, and mass casualty event, public health has stepped up to respond. And while some communities face long roads to recovery, public health professionals everywhere have been reminded of the importance of learning and preparing for future emergencies.

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice offers training materials both for public health professionals actively responding to current disasters and for others who are planning for the future. These self-paced, no-cost trainings from NWCPHP and our partners can help public health professionals effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Online Courses

Emergency Preparedness Leadership Series

This three-part series helps public health agencies manage the transition to become a responder organization. Modules on Change Management, Decision-Making, and Risk Communication, which can also be taken as standalone courses, show how leaders at all levels of public health organization can develop the knowledge, preparation, and organizational agility to respond to emergencies.

Emergency Risk Communication

This online course helps public health professionals learn and plan to craft effective messages and communicate with the public and the media during an emergency.

Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

A collaboration with the Network for Public Health Law, this online course provides an overview of public health law in emergency preparedness, including how to plan and deliver public health or health care services during a large scale emergency, across different jurisdictions.

Disaster Behavioral Health

This course helps public health professionals respond to the mental health challenges of responding to a disaster, including understanding risks to victims and responders and common outcomes during the aftermath of disasters.

Workforce Resiliency Series

This three-part series provides information about individual and organizational resiliency in the face of stress, emergencies, and disasters.

Inclusive Just-In-Time Training

This 45-minute online course describes the framework, methods, and environment of Inclusive Just-In-Time Training (JITT). It illustrates the three principles of Inclusive JITT—learning dimensions, learning styles, and cultural context—and describes how local health departments can adopt and use the model to better train staff on the ground during an emergency.

Responding to Disasters: Mental Health Crisis Management

This one-hour course focuses on the mental health aspects of emergency response and helps public health professionals learn to anticipate the reactions of disaster survivors, identify those people at risk, and know how to connect survivors to appropriate resources.


In these sessions from NWCPHP’s monthly Hot Topics in Practice series, public health professionals and other officials share experiences and lessons learned from past disaster responses, offering hands-on impressions and insights.

Resources from Our Partners

NWCPHP developed the PERLC Training Catalog to provide access to 400 competency-based trainings developed by the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers. These trainings can be accessed individually or in curated "bundles," including:


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