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The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its mission is to safeguard health and save lives through appropriate public health preparedness and emergency response. It has four major divisions. The Division of Emergency Operations is responsible for coordinating all of the efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in preparedness, assessment, response, recovery, and evaluation before and during an event of public health emergency status. It is responsible for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Operations Center. The Division of Strategic National Stockpile manages and maintains critical medical assets that are needed at the site of a national emergency and provides technical assistance to state and local areas. The Division of State and Local Readiness has provided billions of dollars to public health departments throughout the country to upgrade their ability to respond to hazards including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical nuclear and radiological incidents. The Division of Select Agents and Toxins regulates all units that possess, use or transfer biological agents or toxins to make sure that everything is done safely and in compliance with regulations. (See endnote 70.)

 
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