This paper addresses the need for effective coordination of legal authorities across local, state, tribal and federal jurisdictions, as well as across sectors such as public health, health care, emergency management, education, law enforcement, community design and academia to achieve effective public health emergency preparedness. It further discusses gaps in legal preparedness concerning the use of mutual aid agreements for preparedness and response and directing and enforcing social distancing measures to control transmission of communicable diseases.
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- Legal Issues: The particular focus of this paper in connection with emergency preparedness is coordination of legal authorities and strategies.
- Preparedness / Emergency Response: This article focuses on the legal aspects of preparation for emergency response – the need for legal coordination across jurisdictions and departments and legal agreements to be put into place.
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- Legal Issues/ Phase Two: This paper focuses on the coordination of legal authorities and strategies to achieve effective public health emergency preparedness.
- Logistical Issues / Phase Two: This paper addresses the need for coordination among legal authorities serving local, state, tribal and federal jurisdictions, and across sectors such as public health, health care, emergency management, education, law enforcement, community design and academia, to achieve effective public health emergency preparedness.
Bullard, C., Hogan, R., Penn, M., Ferris, J., Cleland, J. Stier, D., et. al. (2012). Improving cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional coordination for public health emergency legal preparedness. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Special Supplement, 57–63.