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Citizen and Community Resources

Publications

Family Communication Plan for Kids
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2013

Family Communication Plan for Parents
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2013

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

Personal Preparedness In America: Findings From the 2009 Citizen Corps National Survey
Citizen Corps, December 2009

Community Participation in Homeland Security: Report of the National Watch Groups Summit
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, July 2008

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities
U.S. Department of Education, January 2007

Chemical Agents: Facts About Sheltering in Place
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2006

Campus Public Safety Preparedness for Catastrophic Events: Lessons Learned from Hurricanes and Explosives
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, June 2006

Food and Water in an Emergency (English or Spanish)
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2004

Helping Children Cope with Disaster (English or Spanish)
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2004

Preparing for Disaster (English or Spanish)
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2004

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (English or Spanish)
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2004

Citizen Corps
Bureau of Justice Assistance, June 2004

School Crisis Response Initiative
Office for Victims of Crime, September 2003

Preparing Makes Sense: Get Ready Now
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2003

United for a Stronger America: Citizens' Preparedness Guide
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, January 2002

OVC Handbook for Coping after Terrorism: A Guide for Healing and Recovery
Office for Victims of Crime, September 2001

Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book
Federal Emergency Management Agency, October 1993

Related Resources

Campus Safety Awareness Special Feature
This NCJRS resource provides links to publications and related Web sites that focus on crime and safety at campuses of higher education.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Emergency Preparedness and Response
This section of the CDC site is intended to help increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

Citizen Preparedness Reviews 
Citizen Preparedness Reviews are published periodically by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to summarize research findings in the field of disaster preparedness and to support local efforts to achieve greater community resilience.

Citizen Corps
Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to emergency situations.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community.

Disaster Assistance
DisasterAssistance.gov provides information on how to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster, including biological, chemical, and other terror events.

National Neighborhood Watch Program
Neighborhood Watch was created to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a massive effort to reduce residential crime.

Ready.Gov
One of the primary mandates of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is to educate the public, using tools such as Ready.Gov, about how to be prepared in case of a national emergency - including a possible terrorist attack. Ready.gov also provides useful resources in multiple languages including: Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Ready Business
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this Web site outlines common sense measures business owners and managers can take after a disaster. It provides practical steps and easy-to-use templates to help plan for a company's future. It also provides useful links to resources providing more detailed business continuity and disaster preparedness information. A Spanish version of the Web site, Listo Negocios, is also available.

Ready Kids
Ready Kids is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready campaign and is designed to help parents and teachers educate children about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. The Ready Kids Web site features age-appropriate, step-by-step instructions on what families can do to be better prepared and the role kids can play in this effort. A Spanish version of the site, Listo Ninos, is also available.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Public Health Emergencies
This Web site provides information broken down by categories relating to terrorism and other forms of disasters.

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Responder Resources

Publications

Coping When Technology Goes Off-line
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2013

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

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, February 2012

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

Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors
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

Benchmarks for Developing a Law Enforcement Pandemic Flu Plan
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 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: Action Steps for Public Health, Law Enforcement, the Judiciary and Corrections
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, July 2008

National Emergency Communications Plan
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, July 2008

National Response Framework
Federal Emergency Management Agency, January 2008

Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response (English or Spanish)
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

Agroterrorism - Why We're Not Ready: A Look at the Role of Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice, December 2006

An Assessment of the Preparedness of Large Retail Malls to Prevent and Respond to Terrorist Attack
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2006

Defining Law Enforcement Role in Protecting American Agriculture from Agroterrorism
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2005

Role of Law Enforcement in Public Health Emergencies: Special Considerations for an All-Hazards Approach
Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2006

Pre-Incident Indicators of Terrorist Incidents: The Identification of Behavioral, Geographic, and Temporal Patterns of Preparatory Conduct
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, May 2006

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement, Volume 5: Partnerships To Promote Homeland Security
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, November 2005

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement, Volume 4: The Production and Sharing of Intelligence
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, February 2005

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement, Volume 3: Preparing for and Responding to Bioterrorism
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, September 2004

National Policy Summit: Building Private Security/Public Policing Partnerships To Prevent and Respond to Terrorism and Public Disorder
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2004

Bioterrorism: A Threat to Agriculture and Food Supply
Government Accountability Office, November 2003

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement, Volume 1: Local-Federal Partnerships
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, March 2003

Combating Terrorism: Intergovernmental Cooperation in the Development of a National Strategy to Enhance State and Local Preparedness
U.S. Government Accountability Office, April 2002

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

Bomb Threat Response: An Interactive Planning Tool for Schools  (CD-ROM)
Developed by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, this is a free interactive planning tool for schools that includes staff training presentation and implementation 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 Web site 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 Web site provides a list of publications, FAQ and related resources pertaining to counter-terrorism and domestic preparedness.

Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps gives health professionals the opportunity to volunteer their time and skills to assist their communities before and during a large-scale emergency and with ongoing public health needs.

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.

National Response Framework Resource Center
This Web site provides information to Federal, state, and local officials, as well as other concerned stakeholders relating to preparing for and providing a unified response to disasters and emergencies.

SchoolSafetyInfo.org
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
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center created this interactive learning opportunity for those seeking and introduction to the issue, planning for prevention, and effective response to sexual violence perpetrated during disaster situations.

U.S. Department of Education: Emergency Planning
This Web page provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

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

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