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Rural Emergency Response

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Providing resource information for rural communities and first responders.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"A website that enables Federal, State, Local, and Tribal First Responders to easily access and leverage information on research and development to help responders become better protected, connected, and fully aware, along with resources, products, standards, testing and evaluation, and best practices. The site also provides information on and links to key DHS programs, such as System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) (a program that provides objective, practitioner-relevant, and operationally focused assessments and validations of commercially available, emergency response equipment), and Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP)."

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium. 

Training Tailored for Emergency Responders in Rural Communities

"All training delivered by the RDPC is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Plan, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators."

Courses are offered in-person and online. They are provided at no cost. 

U.S. Health and Human Services. 

Tools for Responders:

  • Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) "The core purpose of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster and public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Our intent is to connect people to quality disaster health information and foster a culture of community resiliency." (National Library of Medicine).
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response - "a leader in preparing the nation and its communities to respond to and recover from public health and medical disasters and emergencies."
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (2018) -  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) "Toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths."

Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.

"This EMS Toolkit is a set of resources developed for rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, which are often run by volunteers. The toolkit addresses common issues that these important community entities face to keep their organizations staffed, funded and running smoothly."