Advanced Practice CentersSan Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Centers - Tools for Infectious Disease Emergencies

How to Get Started

The Infectious Disease Emergency Response (IDER) Toolkit provides a compilation of resources that a local health department may use to create or enhance current emergency response plans. Here are some tips on how to get started using the Toolkit:


  1. Use the Current Plan Needs Assessment to review your own infectious disease emergency response plan and identify gaps.
  2. Decide how you want to use the Toolkit. Do you want to adopt the entire plan or merge specific sections into your existing one?
  3. See how other health departments have used the Toolkit.
  4. Modify the Plan, Annexes, and Appendices templates to reflect your local situation, using the project management guidance to stay on track.
  5. Have stakeholders review the contents of your revised plan.
  6. Finalize and share your plan.
  7. Train staff on your plan using the Toolkit training materials.
  8. Use your plan for future exercises and real events and modify it as needed.


View more detailed instructions on getting started with the IDER Toolkit. 

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The San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center represents a partnership between the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness.  This program is funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.