Planning and Response

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PREPARE Disaster Plan Template and Guidelines This document was developed in 2008 by Mather LifeWays with funding from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The document provides templates to assist long term care organizations plan and prepare to meet the needs of both residents and staff in the event of a disaster/emergency. The Disaster Plan is compliant with current (2008) federal guidelines for disaster planning (National Incident Management System). Included are templates for mutual aid agreements, and other examples. Sample Templates & Toolkits
Continuity of Operations Planning for Healthcare Organizations - Training PowerPoint This is a PowerPoint presentation used in COOP training conducted by the Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition on February 24, 2015, "Continuity of Operations Planning for Healthcare Organizations." Training Resources
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
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
Evacuation Plan Development Tool Kit - Colorado This website of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides several downloadable tools for providers. Included is an Evacuation Decision Tree and a tool for rating residents’ evacuation capabilities. Evacuation Planning, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Nursing Home and Assisted Living Hazard and Vulnerability Analysis Tool This Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Tool is based on the Kaiser Permanente model, re-designed specifically for nursing homes and assisted living residences. The tool is a downloadable Excel Spreadsheet in which you record your information and it automatically calculates your HVA scores. The HVA provides a systematic approach to recognizing hazards that may affect demand for nursing home or assisted living residences or the center's ability to provide services. The risks associated with each hazard are analyzed to prioritize planning, mitigation, response and recovery activities, and serves as a needs assessment for the Emergency Management program. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Emergency Preparedness Guide for Assisted Living Communities Developed in collaboration with the National Center for Assisted Living, this guide is based on FEMA's Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 (CPG 101). This resource supports assisted living facilities to build emergency operations plans that local emergency management offices will immediately recognize. The guide includes a template using the traditional FEMA functional emergency plan format and demonstrations on how to complete various sections. This resource is available to FHCA members, or to members of the American Health Care Association/NCAL. Key Words: Emergency Preparedness Guide, Assisted Living Communities, Assisted Living Facilities, CPG 101, Emergency Operations Plan Template Evacuation Planning, Recommendations & Guidance, Sample Templates & Toolkits
CMS Survey and Certification Emergency Preparedness Initiative: Emergency Preparedness Checklist Revision This CMS recommended tool, originally developed in 2007 and updated in 2009, was revised in December 2013 and was accompanied by Survey & Certification Letter 14-12-ALL, issued February 28, 2014. This is a link to the Survey & Certification Letter and the Revised Checklist. Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Recommendations & Guidance
The Joplin Tornado - A Long Term Care Perspective This is a handout from a presentation given by Jon Dolan with the Missouri Health Care Association at the University of Nebraska Medical College 2011 Conference, "Public Health and Medical Disaster Response in Action: The Joplin Story". The handout highlights the impact to long term care facilities, strategies employed and lessons learned. Evacuation Planning, Incident Response, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles
Ethical Guidelines for the Development of Emergency Plans Planning processes that include careful consideration of ethical principles for disasters and emergencies in long term facilities will assist staff in responding to crisis situations from a perspective that is fair and just. This document developed by the American Health Care Association presents an ethical framework to assist long-term care facilities as they review their emergency and disaster plans to ensure that they have taken into account ethical values and process elements. Policy, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Research
Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health The Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is a database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience. Materials selected are from non-commercial publishing sources and supplement disaster-related resources from PubMed (biomedical journal literature) and MedlinePlus (health information for the public). Evacuation Planning, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Research, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Training Resources, Vulnerable Populations
Minnesota Long Term Care Preparedness Toolkit Developed for LTC providers in Minnesota, this toolkit can be used by facility owners, administrators, and staff. Information includes: sample templates, forms and suggested resources to develop and/or enhance facility emergency preparedness plans within LTC throughout the state of Minnesota. It should not be viewed as a static document but one that provides a foundation for an All Hazards approach to preparedness, planning, and response activities. While the tool was developed for Minnesota providers, the information provided may serve as a general guide for use by readers in other states. Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Recommendations & Guidance, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Group Homes This tool was developed by the Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. The checklist is designed to help ensure that health care facilities are not only well prepared but also able to shelter-in-place and remain self-sufficient during a variety of emergencies. The author states that the checklist has proven to be a useful tool in emergency preparedness training, planning, and assessment; annual quality-of-care surveys; follow-up inquiries and consultation; and efforts to contact facility administrators during actual emergencies. Although licensing and quality standards vary by jurisdiction, public health professionals and local, state, and federal regulators can view the checklist as a template that is readily adaptable to their needs and uses. [Citation: Montgomery County, Maryland. Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, “Emergency Preparedness Checklist,” June 2005.] Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Recommendations & Guidance
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
Communication Strategies for Emergency Situations This guide, drafted for Skilled Nursing and Post-Acute Care Centers, Assisted Living Communities, and Centers for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, outlines a clear communications plan. It consists of policies, procedures, and an incident command structure, as a primary tool management may use to ensure employees follow protocols during an emergency. It also includes a Media Outreach plan, an essential part of the Communications plan. Policy