Planning and Response

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Healthcare COOP and Recovery Planning This document describes the concepts, principles, templates and resources available to assist non-federal healthcare entities to align their planning methodologies with current federal continuity and recovery framework guidelines. Healthcare organizations can copy and paste needed planning information captured from this document into their own proprietary Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) or Recovery plan. This document can be used as a research tool for collaborative planning efforts with other preparedness partners. This document is a collection of resources, ideas, templates and references and hyperlinks to additional information relating to Healthcare Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Healthcare Disaster Recovery. It may be used to develop plans, checklists, concepts of operations and other documents and tools related to Healthcare COOP and Recovery planning. Checklist, Recommendations & Guidance, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Healthcare Workplaces Classified as Very High or High Exposure Risk for Pandemic Influenza OSHA Fact Sheet: Healthcare Workplaces Classified as Very High or High Exposure Risk for Pandemic Influenza Influenza
Help Your Employees Be Prepared - Personal Preparedness This is a link to the page with many resources to help staff of LTC centers be more personally prepared when a disaster hits. Use these resources, plus tools from the American Red Cross, to help your staff be prepared. Training Resources
Helping Nursing Homes Prepare for Disasters This article published in the journal Health Affairs, describes the findings and outcomes of the John A. Hartford Foundation funded initiative called Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness for Long Term Care Facilities. The project was awarded to the Florida Health Care Association. The authors of this paper describe the planning, research, and dissemination efforts of the Hartford grantees. This paper also provides insights into successful disaster grant making, noting foundations’ unique flexibility, strategic and long-term view, and ability to be a neutral convener of stakeholders that can help grantees work toward achieving major policy change. Evacuation Planning, Reports & Articles
HVA Risk Assessment Tool in Excel Format This is the companion resource in Excel Format to the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Risk Assessment Tool developed by the Big Bend Health Care Coalition ( To download a copy of the main resource in, type the full name of the resource in the search bar (Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Risk Assessment Tool). Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
Improving Long Term Care Resiliency: Using Proven Mutual Aid Concepts for Disasters This is a presentation handout of a workshop conducted at the 2015 Really Ready 5 Conference of the California Association of Health Care Facilities. The presentation describes, an emergency planning system that some states are using to complement local, regional and state emergency response strategies. In the planning system, participating healthcare facilities commit to helping each other in an emergency to support resident evacuation or provide resources and assets to avoid evacuation through participation in the mutual aid plan. Evacuation Planning
Incident Response Guide - Utility Failure This tool, Incident Response Guide - Utility Failure, is available on the California Association of Healthcare Facilities Emergency Preparedness Program website. Checklist, Incident Response, Power Outages, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Incorporating Active Shooter Incident Planning into Health Care Facility Emergency Operations Plans Health care settings represent a very unique set of challenges for active shooter planning and workplace violence. This document is primarily designed to encourage health care facilities (HCFs) to consider how to better prepare for an active shooter incident. Though hospitals and many other HCFs have emergency operations plans (EOPs), this document provides emergency planners, disaster committees, executive leadership, and others involved in emergency operations planning with detailed discussions of unique issues faced in an HCF. This document also includes discussions on related topics, including information sharing, psychological first aid (PFA), and law enforcement/security. Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Letter to Families/Reps to Inform of Emergency Plans (template) This resource from the California Association of Health Facilities provides a same one-page letter to families/representatives to advise of the facility's emergency plans. Sample Templates & Toolkits
Long Term Care and Other Residential Facilities: Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist This CDC checklist helps long-term care and other residential facilities self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of their plans for responding to pandemic influenza. This tool also provides links to websites with helpful information. Checklist, Influenza, Recommendations & Guidance
Long Term Care Facilities Evacuation Tips - Minnesota Department of Health This resource is a link to the Minnesota Department of Health's page for healthcare emergency preparedness, including evacuation tips. Evacuation Planning
Long Term Care Facility Evacuation Resident Assessment Form for Transport and Destination This page on the California Association of Healthcare Facilities is dedicated to evacuation planning resources and tools. Included is an Incident Response Guide for Evacuation. Evacuation Planning, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide for Public Health Emergencies This 280-page Planning Guide focuses on six topic areas identified by stakeholders: situational awareness, continuity of operations, facility or agency operations, crisis standards of care, staffing, and fatality management. Each topic area is addressed using the terminology and the framework outlined in the National Response Plan and the National Response Framework, which are Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) documents prescribing the national response to man-made emergencies and natural disasters. Additionally, each topic area is presented in a manner that allows the user to develop needed sections in a long-term, home health, or hospice care facility's or agency's public health emergency preparedness and response plan. Several worksheets are included. Recommendations & Guidance
LTC Emergency Operations Plan Evaluation From the California Association of Health Facilities, this evaluation tool helps LTC facilities evaluate their disaster plans and identify opportunities for improvement and enhancement. Checklist
Management of Dead Bodies After Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders Though not written specifically for LTC facilities, this document from the Pan American Health Organization provides guidance in several sections that are applicable to LTC facilities that must manage human remains during disaster situations when a proper morgue or funeral home is unable to provide assistance. Recommendations & Guidance