chapter  17
Preparedness and Resilience in Public Health Emergencies
WithRebecca Katz, Erin Sorrell
Pages 14

A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.– US National Preparedness Goal. The US government should lead efforts to detect and conquer emerging infectious disease with the same energy it devoted to tackling polio in this country during the last century– The Trust for America’s Health, 2008 – Germs Go Global: Why Infectious Diseases Are a Threat to America. National-level plans are essential for public health preparedness; and no matter the breadth, all disasters are local. Therefore, preparedness planning and community resilience are most important at the local level. Public health emergency preparedness and response on an international scale includes detection systems, skilled and properly equipped personnel, authorities, methods, and tools to coordinate different governing bodies, which possess varying levels of preparedness, capacity, and resources in a timely manner to prevent additional events.