As a result, rural local public health departments and hospitals may lack the capabilities to respond adequately to emergencies, leaving communities vulnerable.
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To be well prepared, it is important to connect with emergency management officials both at the county and state level.
For more information and resources on rural public health agencies and the challenges they face, see RHIhub's Rural Public Health Agencies topic guide.
Frequently Asked Questions Emergency preparedness refers to actions performed before an emergency.
The results of this survey, as well as previous research, demonstrate the need to improve the education of nurses so they may meet the demands of the population in the most urgent of situations.
When emergencies happen in rural communities, especially disasters that are severe or prolonged, the demands on local response agencies and healthcare facilities can quickly consume available resources.
Rural residents, communities, local governments, and others involved in emergency preparedness and response face challenges that can include: As stated in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy's document Rural Communities and Emergency Preparedness, rural communities preparing for and responding to emergencies depend on assistance from healthcare facilities, local public health departments, law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical services (EMS).
Some rural areas lack local public health departments and instead rely on state public health agencies.
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