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Public Health Preparedness & Response


North Carolina's state and local public health and preparedness capabilities are tested, evaluated and strengthened on an ongoing basis. PHP&R main and regional office staff experts in disaster response, preparedness planning, epidemiology, pharmacy and industrial hygiene work with local health departments, hospitals, clinics and university medical departments to meet state accreditation requirements and national standards. In alignment with the 15 PHP&R capabilities for state and local public health preparedness planning developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, training focuses on the following areas:

  • Planning and implementation
  • Medical logistics
  • Emergency communications protocols
  • Strategic National Stockpile logistics
  • Disaster epidemiology
  • Public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation
  • Responder safety and health

For more information about training, contact the PHP&R main office at 919-715-0919.

Learn more about the PHP&R capability standards developed by CDC. External link

For information on public health laboratory preparedness and related training opportunities, visit the website for the State Laboratory of Public Health or call 919-733-7834.

Tool Kit
N.C. Preparedness Coordinator Tool Kit External link
Brings together preparedness resources and trainings in a central location for North Carolina Preparedness Coordinators, including topics such as preparedness planning, medical countermeasures management, HSEEP, risk communication, responder health and safety and disaster epidemiology.
Online Training
UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness Training External link
Free short Internet-based trainings on national public health preparedness competencies such as disease surveillance, basic epidemiology, bioterrorism and new/emerging disease agents. Some trainings provide continuing education credit.