Emergency Planning

Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill highlight the importance of scientifically sound emergency management plans. It is also key to effectively and swiftly communicate such plans, including technical materials and support. RESOLVE develops emergency plans cooperatively, with input and buy-in from every party who will play a role in implementation. This ensures that the plan is realistic, that all parties are clear on their roles and responsibilities, and that there are well-established channels of communication.

RESOLVE manages the entire process of developing an emergency plan, from convening the different parties to helping test the plan and revising it iteratively.

RESOLVE Selected Projects:

Community Values and Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources
RESOLVE is partnering with the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute, JHU School of Medicine, JHU School of Public Health, the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the Johns Hopkins Health System Office of Emergency Management to hold a series of community engagement meetings across the state of Maryland, to gather community input on how to allocate scarce medical resources in an emergency, such as pandemic flu. This process is planned to feed into a larger effort to develop a state-wide plan.

Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases
The Continental Dialogue focused on how to address the spread P. ramorum, a disease also known as Sudden Oak Death that kills oaks and other trees. The pathogen is mainly spread through infected nursery stock, and through water. Once the pathogen has entered the water supply and into forested land, it is virtually impossible to eradicate. RESOLVE convened and facilitated a meeting focused on addressing P. ramorum, where interested parties began a conversation about developing emergency management plans for the scenario P. ramorum is discovered in a new area.

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