Public Health/Preparedness Resources


Coronavirus Related Federal/International reference websites:

General Federal and International Government Public Health & Emergency Preparedness Websites:

  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry:  ATSDR serves the public by providing trusted health information on exposure to toxic substances and related diseases. Go to:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) main website:
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Provides information on the family of federal agencies which fall under the HHS umbrella. These include CDC, FDA, Indian Health Service, NIOSH, etc. Go to:
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS):  Provides information on prevention & protection, preparedness & response, travel security, and more. Go to:
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency/Emergency Management Institute:  Provides educational classes related to the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as well as general emergency preparedness training. Go to: 
  •  Provides resources for EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, HAZMAT, and other emergency preparedness related groups.  Go to:
  • Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB):  Comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for about 5,000 chemicals. Includes data on human health effects, emergency medical treatment, animal toxicity studies, metabolism/pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, environmental fate & exposure, environmental standards & regulations, chemical/physical properties, chemical safety & handling, occupational exposure standards, manufacturing/use information, laboratory methods, and more. Go to:
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM):
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Pubmed Search Screen:  To perform a subject search for peer review medical/public health journal articles:
  • National Response Center (NRC):  The primary function of the NRC is to serve as the sole national point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological, and etiological discharges into the environment anywhere in the United States and its territories. The NRC is managed by the DHS and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Go to:
  • National Response Team (NRT):  The NRT is responsible for providing technical assistance, resources and coordination on preparedness, planning, response and recovery activities for emergencies involving hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants, hazmat, oil, and weapons of mass destruction in natural and technological disasters and other environmental incidents of national significance. Go to:
  • Toxnet:  To review databases and obtain information on specific chemicals and related toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Go to:
  • Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of regional ASPR staff, healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness.  Go to: 
  • World Health Organization (WHO):  WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Go to: