Planning and Response

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The Stafford Act - Federal Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207, and Related Authorities. Regulations and Mandates
Tips for Evacuating Vulnerable Populations Tips for Evacuating Vulnerable Populations Evacuation Planning
Tips for Retainng & Caring Staff After a Disaster When disasters strike, the ripple effects are significant. Survivors may be injured or displaced, or may have loved ones in similar situations. Healthcare providers and staff who maintain facility operations are no exception, and yet they are a critical component of the response phase and expected to care not only for their own loved ones, but community members and the facility, too. Leadership plays a vital role in ensuring staff feel cared for and safe. ASPR TRACIE has developed Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster to provide general promising practices—categorized by immediate and short-term needs—for facility executives to consider when trying to retain and care for staff after a disaster. Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles
Topic Collection: Workplace Violence (healthcare settings) The resources in this Topic Collection on the T.R.A.C.I.E website highlight some of the most current information and guidance that can assist emergency managers tasked with developing and maintaining workplace violence prevention programs and other guidelines to ensure the resiliency of their facilities. There is a specific category for Healthcare Settings. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Research, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Training Resources
TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) TRACIE is the acronym for the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange, a website established June 2015 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HSS), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR). TRACIE was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of regional ASPR staff, healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness. TRACIE includes resources and information for all public health preparedness partners. Checklist, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Preparedness Exercise, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Training Resources
Twelve-Fatality Nursing Home Fire This technical report series looks at a nursing home fire in Norfolk, VA. Many patients restrained to beds with cotton cravats or connected to life support systems made evacuation by firefighters extremely difficult. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Active Shooter - How to Respond This booklet from the Dept. of Homeland Security highlights and explains how to respond to an active shooter situation; an active shooter situation is one type of workplace violence. Recommendations & Guidance
U.S. Dept. of Transportation: Guidance for the Safe Transportation of Medical Oxygen for Personal Use on Buses and Trains This guidance was developed in the aftermath of a bus accident during Hurricane Rita in 2005. The guidance explains current regulatory requirements applicable to the transportation of medical oxygen on buses and trains and includes recommendations for handling oxygen cylinders. Regulations and Mandates
Use of Mental Health Services by Nursing Home Residents After Hurricanes The authors of this report discuss the findings of their study on the evaluation of pre- and post-hurricane mental health service use in Florida nursing homes. Results indicated that although most nursing homes provided some type of mental health service during normal operations, disaster-related mental health services were not routinely provided to residents. The authors also found that receiving facilities were more likely than evacuating facilities to provide treatment to evacuated residents. Research
Video: Cybersecurity and Healthcare Facilities Cybersecurity is a critical issue facing healthcare facilities. In this video webinar, a distinguished panel of experts describe lessons learned from recent experiences, planning considerations, and steps the federal government is taking to address cybersecurity and cyber hygiene. Length: 33 minutes. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Incident Response, Recommendations & Guidance, Training Resources
Weathering the Storm: A Hurricane Planning, Response and Recovery Toolkit Although designed for hospitals, LTC providers may also find this toolkit informative. Developed by the New Jersey Hospital Association, the Hurricane Planning, Response and Recovery Toolkit is designed to assist hospitals in preparing for, responding to and recovering from the potential consequences of a hurricane. The toolkit focuses on sheltering-in-place planning and planning for recovery. It enhances current hospital all-hazards disaster plans and is not to be used in lieu of existing plans, but rather as a primer for a facility preparing for the specific challenges presented by a hurricane. Sample Templates & Toolkits
Webinar Recording - Continuity of Operations and Business Continuity Planning for Long Term Care Facilities This 45-minute webinar recording on Continuity of Operations Planning for Long Term Care is available on the website of the California Association of Health Facilities. Recommendations & Guidance, Training Resources
Webinar Recording: Improving Disaster Planning in Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies This webinar recording discusses the results of a study conducted by the Emory University Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC). The study examined disaster preparedness in nursing homes and home health agencies, which have typically not been included in disaster planning efforts. Available are: slides; webcast recording; audio recording; transcript. Research
Working Without Technology: How Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations Can Manage Communication Failure This document outlines recommendations and steps that a healthcare organization and/or facility cab take to alleviate issues associated with a breakdown in traditional forms of communication. Recommendations & Guidance
Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses This free, interactive course is designed to help healthcare workers better understand the scope and nature of violence in the workplace. Upon successful completion of the course, healthcare professionals can earn continuing education units. By completing the course, healthcare workers will be able to: identify institutional, environmental, and policy risk factors for workplace violence; recognize behavioral warning signs of violence in individuals; employ communication and teamwork skills to prevent and manage violence; identify appropriate resources to support injured healthcare workers; and take steps to implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program. Incident Response, Training Resources