"The purpose of this program is to upgrade and integrate State and local public health jurisdictions preparedness for and response to terrorism and other public health emergencies with Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). These emergency preparedness and response efforts are intended to support the National Response Plan (NRP) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). In addition, the activities described in this cooperative agreement guidance are designed to develop emergency-ready public health departments in accord with the Interim National Preparedness Goal (NPG), the Interim Public Health and Healthcare Supplement to the NPG, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Preparedness Goals. Associated with the Interim NPG are two broad-gauged resources to help guide preparedness planning and implementation: a set of scenarios and the Target Capabilities List. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) developed the Interim NPG and the associated resources in concert with the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies of the Federal Government as well as with representatives of State and local public health departments and other stakeholders. All of these documents will be refined and extended from time to time to capture lessons learned and to introduce new concepts as appropriate."
North Dakota Dept. of Health: http://www.health.state.nd.us/