Framework for Improving Cross-Sector Coordination for Emergency Preparedness and Response: Action Steps for Public Health, Law Enforcement, the Judiciary and Corrections   [open pdf - 916KB]

In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (DOJ/BJA) convened a Workgroup on Public Health and Law Enforcement Emergency Preparedness, consisting of experts in public health, law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections. This document is "designed to be a starting point for the four Workgroup sectors, setting forth the major gaps and problems in cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional emergency preparedness planning as well as some key opportunities for addressing them." The following principles guided the analysis of the Workgroup: balancing federal, state, and local power and responsibilities; balancing the common good with safeguarding of individual liberties; preserving the rule of law; and building on existing emergency response coordination mechanisms and structures whenever possible. The document analyzed the relationships and overlapping responsibilities of the four sectors, then identified a set of specific action steps in the following four categories: Organizing to Implement Opportunities for Action; Roles and Responsibilities; Communication and Information-Sharing; and Education, Training and Exercises. Appendices contain lists of commonly used acronyms, the Workgroup members, CDC and DOJ/BJA technical consultants, examples of joint investigation topics from 1975-2003, and a bibliography.

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