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Safety and Preparedness

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Publications & Multimedia

National Preparedness Report
Department of Homeland Security, Annual

National Response Framework
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, October 2019

National Emergency Communications Plan
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, September 2019

Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, December 2017

Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2017

Preparing for the Unimaginable: How Chiefs Can Safeguard Officer Mental Health Before and After Mass Casualty Events
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, May 2016

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, September 2015

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources
Office for Victims of Crime, August 2015

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Justice, and Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2013

Homeland Security in Small Law Enforcement Jurisdictions: Preparedness, Efficacy, and Proximity to Big-City Peers
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2012

Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, October 2011

Volunteers in Police Service Add Value While Budgets Decrease
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, September 2011

Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors (English)
Guía de respuesta a emergencias de salud pública para Directores de salud pública estatales, locales y tribales (Español)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 2011

Interim Planning Guidance for Preparedness and Response to a Mass Casualty Event Resulting from Terrorist Use of Explosives
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2010

Volunteer Programs: Enhancing Public Safety by Leveraging Resources
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, 2010

Benchmarks for Developing a Law Enforcement Pandemic Flu Plan
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2009

Communication and Public Health Emergencies: A Guide for Law Enforcement
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, August 2009

Policing Terrorism: An Executive's Guide
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, October 2008

A Framework for Improving Cross-Sector Coordination for Emergency Preparedness and Response
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, July 2008

Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response (English)
La violencia sexual durante desastres: Guía de planificación para la prevención y respuesta (Español)

Office on Violence Against Women-sponsored, 2008

Incident Commander: A Training Simulation for Public Safety Personnel  (CD-ROM)
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2007

Securing America's Passenger Rail Systems
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2007

An ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Justice, No publication date indicated

Related Resources

Emergency Alert System (EAS)
The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service providers and direct broadcast satellite service providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a National emergency.

Emergency Preparedness and Response
This website from the Occupational Safety Health Administration focuses on national safety of and health standards for emergency responders. Special topics highlighted on the site include bioterrorism, chemical terrorism, biological attacks, radiation, personal protective equipment, and training and education.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The primary mission of FEMA is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Law Enforcement: Counter-Terrorism
This section of the NCJRS website provides a list of publications, FAQ and related resources pertaining to counter-terrorism and domestic preparedness.

National Center for Campus Public Safety
With funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Center for Campus Public Safety will be a resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers and key campus safety stakeholders.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)
NIMS provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP)
Through AEAP, OVC offers funding streams to provide timely relief for immediate and ongoing victim assistance services in the form of grants to qualifying applicants impacted by terrorism/criminal mass violence incidents.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Help for Crime Victims – Domestic Terrorism and Mass Violence
This section of the OVC site provides information about crisis counseling services, crime victim compensation, and additional information and resources for victims of mass violence incidents.

Funded through a grant from the National Institute of Justice, this site serves as a clearinghouse of information and contacts for law enforcement and other public safety officials to prepare, respond and recover as they work to keep schools as safe as possible.

Sexual Violence in Disasters: Understanding the Scope of the Problem
This interactive online course addresses the increased vulnerability to sexual violence that can occur during and after disasters. With case studies from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and examples from other calamities around the world, the course highlights the need for pre-planning to prevent and respond to sexual violence in future disasters.

U.S. Department of Education: Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)
Through REMS, schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education, along with their community partners, are supported in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
DHS's primary responsibilities include protecting the United States from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters.