Planning and Response

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Protecting the Air We Breathe - A Deeper Look at Legionnaires’ Disease CDC investigations of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks show that the most common places for getting the disease are hotels, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. The most likely sources for spreading water droplets contaminated with Legionella germs are showers and faucets, cooling towers that are part of large, centralized air conditioning systems, hot tubs, and decorative fountains and water features. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Reports & Articles, Research, Vulnerable Populations
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
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) Nationwide Network NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Weather-Related Services
Planning for Water Supply Interruptions: A Guide for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities This information sheet highlights some of the impacts of a water interruption and poses questions to ask to help prepare for an interruption. Additionally, it provides some information on existing resources that can help to develop and implement a preparedness strategy. Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles
Findings of the National Long Term Care Evacuation Transportation Summit This is a report of the 2009 National Long Term Care Evacuation Transportation Summit, sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation and hosted by the Florida Health Care Association and the American Health Care Association. The Summit convened leaders from diverse industries to deliberate about how to ensure that nursing homes have access to appropriate and sufficient transportation resources during a disaster. Among the forty delegates were representatives from the federal and state governments, transportation industry, public health, emergency operations, and long-term care. Evacuation Planning, Reports & Articles
Sample Policy for Emergent Infectious Diseases for Skilled Nursing Care Centers To provide guidance to long term and post-acute care providers on how to prepare for infectious diseases that have the potential to pose a significant public health threat to the residents, families and staff of the skilled nursing care center. Incident Response, Influenza, Recommendations & Guidance
Shelter in Place: Planning Resource Guide for Nursing Homes This guide provides examples, references, and comparisons to what a care center has already built into its existing Emergency Management Program. Recommendations & Guidance
5 Tips to Keep Emergency Generators Performing in LTC Facilities This article lists provides tips to for helping to ensure top performance of generators. Checklist, Power Outages
Planning Templates and Checklists This is a link to the California Association of Healthcare Facilities' Disaster Preparedness Program website, which provides extensive resources, guides, templates, exercises and materials related to long term care emergency preparedness. Checklist, Sample Templates & Toolkits
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 MutualAidPlan.org, an emergency planning system that some states are using to complement local, regional and state emergency response strategies. In the MutualAidPlan.org 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
Protecting the Healthcare Digital Infrastructure: Cybersecurity Checklist The computer networks, databases, and wireless systems that make up the digital infrastructure within healthcare organization are unfortunately prone to attack. This resource provides a checklist of considerations and strategies that organizations should consider and implement to protect their digital infrastructure. Checklist, Recommendations & Guidance
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
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
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