Planning and Response

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HSEEP Preparedness Toolkit This is a link to FEMA's page dedicated to emergency preparedness exercises and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). The CMS Emerg. Preparedness Rule includes requirements for providers to conduct training and testing of their emergency plans and procedures, and mentions HSEEP as a resource (there is not a requirement to use HSEEP - it is mentioned as a resource only). Providers may find HSEEP's doctrines and principles helpful in developing training and exercises required by CMS. HSEEP provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Exercises are a key component of national preparedness—they provide elected and appointed officials and stakeholders from across the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement. Recommendations & Guidance, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Training Resources
HIPAA and Disasters: What Emergency Professionals Need to Know (HIPAA Communications) Knowing what information can be released, to whom, and under what circumstances, is critical for healthcare facilities in disaster response.This guide is designed to answer frequently asked questions regarding the release of information about patients following a emergency/disaster incident. Recommendations & Guidance, Regulations and Mandates
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
Help Your Employees Be Prepared - Personal Preparedness This is a link to the USA.gov 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
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
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 and Public Health Cybersecurity Primer: Cybersecurity 101 This resource was developed by the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector Cybersecurity Working Group (CSWG). The Healthcare and Public Health Cybersecurity Primer is a tool intended for use by sector members, owners and operators, as well as Federal, State and local partners who may not be cyber experts, but wish to improve the sector’s level of understanding of cybersecurity. Reports & Articles
Healthcare Active Shooter Planning (PowerPoint Presentation) This resource is a PowerPoint handout from a session conducted by Dr. Paul Ford at the Florida Health Care Association's annual conference in 2015. Training Resources
Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events (Discussion Paper) In this discussion paper, members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Disasters examine some of the issues and potential best practices during responses to terrorist incidents. This paper is designed to explore the key issues and is not intended as a comprehensive or expert review of each topic area. This paper should serve as a prompt for responders and planners to consider areas where their community could address potential gaps. Reports & Articles
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Risk Assessment Tool This hazard vulnerability tool was developed by the Big Ben Health Care Coalition (Tallahassee, Florida), and is based primarily on a Kaiser Permanente instrument, and other resources. The tool was adapted and modified specifically for the Big Bend Healthcare Coalition. This resource is a PDF file, including page 1 of a multi-tab Excel File that represents the actual tool. To download the Excel file from www.LTCprepare.org, search for the companion resource named HVA Risk Assessment Tool in Excel Format. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare & Social Workers This publication updates OSHA’s 1996 and 2004 voluntary guidelines for preventing workplace violence for healthcare and social service workers. OSHA’s violence prevention guidelines are based on industry best practices and feedback from stakeholders, and provide recommendations for developing policies and procedures to eliminate or reduce workplace violence in a range of healthcare and social service settings. These guidelines reflect the variations that exist in different settings and incorporate the latest and most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in the workplace. Workplace setting determines not only the types of hazards that exist, but also the measures that will be available and appropriate to reduce or eliminate workplace violence hazards Checklist, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Recommendations & Guidance, Training Resources
General Procedures for Properly Putting On and Taking Off a Disposable Respirator (pdf) General Procedures for Properly Putting On and Taking Off a Disposable Respirator (pdf) Influenza
GAO 06826 Limitations in Federal Evacuation Assistance for Health Facilities Should be Addressed Hurricane Katrina demonstrated difficulties involved in evacuating communities and raised questions about how hospitals and nursing homes plan for evacuations and how the federal government assists. The Government Accountability Office assessed the evacuation of hospital patients and nursing home residents. They examined (1) the challenges hospital and nursing home administrators faced, (2) the extent to which limitations exist in the design of the National Disaster Medical (NDMS) to assist with patient evacuations, and (3) the federal requirements for hospital and nursing home disaster and evacuation planning. Research
Florida Environmental Control Rules (Emergency Power Rules) for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Information and resources regarding the Florida Emergency Environmental Control rule for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. Included: links to each rule (59A-4.1265 - for Nursing Homes, and 58A-5.036 for Assisted Living Facilities). Incident Response, Policy, Power Outages, Recommendations & Guidance, Regulations and Mandates, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Florida Environmental Control Rules (Emergency Power Rules) for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Information and resources regarding the Florida Emergency Environmental Control rule for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. Included: links to each rule (59A-4.1265 - for Nursing Homes, and 58A-5.036 for Assisted Living Facilities); sample Emergency Power Plan formats; other sample tools. Incident Response, Policy, Power Outages, Recommendations & Guidance, Regulations and Mandates, Sample Templates & Toolkits