The Emergency Management Readiness Series consists of four courses that explain the importance of advanced planning to ensure a robust emergency response. Topics covered include an explanation on how to conduct a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)/Risk Assessment; the steps taken to develop a comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan; and, the importance of planning for disruptions to normal operating procedures during a disaster covered by a Continuity of Operations plan. The final course, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Management, addresses the administration of an EOC during the response phase of a disaster.


The Medical Countermeasures Readiness Series consists of three modules that explain the public health response to an incident that requires mass prophylaxis. Topics covered include an in-depth review of the Strategic National Stockpile Program, the policies and procedures needed to run a Mass Dispensing campaign, and the requirements for the implementation of Isolation and/or Quarantine.
The Mass Care Readiness Series consists of four modules presenting different aspects of the public health response to a significant emergency incident. Topics covered include the management of Mass Casualties and Mass Fatalities events, coordination of Evacuation and Sheltering operations, and utilization of Volunteers in emergency response.

The Functional Needs and Psychosocial Support Readiness Series consists of three courses that cover advanced planning and response considerations in emergency management. Individual courses cover the need to understand Disaster Mental Health issues when responding to disasters, the importance of Vulnerable Populations considerations when planning your response, and the significance of adhering to the principles and strategies of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication when addressing both the public and the media.

The Introduction to Public Health Preparedness Series was created in 2005 by the Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness (AZCPHP), the predecessor of the Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (MWPERLC). It was designed to provide an overview for public health professionals new to the field of emergency preparedness, planning, and response. While the information presented was current as of 2005, some of the terminology and policies have undergone subsequent changes and refinement. None the less, the materials provide a strong foundation for gaining the skills and perspective needed to understand how best public health practices are integral to the creation of policies endorsed by the emergency preparedness community.