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On The Safe Side - A Security Planning Toolkit for Public Health Emergencies

Advanced Practice Centers (APC)NACCHO Advanced Practice Centers

The Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Program is a part of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). It is comprised of a network of local health departments that exist to serve the public health community. Currently, eight APC sites around the country develop resources and training for preparedness and other public health concerns that affect many communities.

The mission of the APC Program is to promote innovative and practical solutions that enhance the capabilities of all local health departments and the public health system to prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. The program offers a range of toolkits to assist local health departments with their preparedness planning. They also offer webinars and other training opportunities.

All APC-developed tools and resources are freely available and can be tailored to fit your community’s unique needs. Visit the APC Product page and search for resources by topic or state or select a resource. All APC tools are free of charge. Many of the tools are available for download in PDF format. Others may need to be ordered from the NACCHO Bookstore. In this instance, shipping and handling charges may apply.

Every tool and resource produced by the APCs is continually and independently evaluated to ensure that it effectively meets the needs of those working to prepare America's communities. In fact, a recent survey found that APC tools have not only helped public health departments standardize the work they perform and train their communities, but also can:

  • Save time and money by increasing organizational capacity;
  • Heighten awareness about emergency preparedness issues; and
  • Help staff better understand roles in a public health emergency.

For more information about the Advanced Practice Centers, visit their APC Website or send an email to