Emergency preparedness for healthcare
Healthcare facilities and their staff play a key role in emergency preparedness and response efforts for all types of events, including natural or man-made disasters, pandemic outbreaks or terrorist attacks. The availability of healthcare services is essential to accommodate the surge in demand that accompanies an emergency or disaster. This website is intended to assist healthcare facilities with all aspects of emergency planning, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Included on these pages are basic tools and resources from Premier and federal governmental agencies.
With growing awareness of the significance of healthcare facilities’ response to emergencies, many are reassessing and upgrading their existing emergency preparedness plans. General elements of emergency management for healthcare facilities include mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Key planning resources
- Premier – Disaster Preparedness and Response Resources This site provides resources and tools for Premier members to support their preparation and potential response activities. Members will find preparation checklists, proposed disaster playbooks, monthly tips, supplier, regulatory and support offerings, and real-time updates during and immediately following a disaster (member log in required). Resources are available for the following disaster-specific situations:
- Active Shooters
- Biohazards and Epidemics
- Chemical and Hazardous Materials Emergencies
- Winter Storms
- CDC – The Healthcare Preparedness and Response website features healthcare preparedness tools and resources to help communities plan for public health emergencies. Resources for clinicians can be found under both the “Clinical Resources” and “Planning Resources”
- CDC – Public Health Preparedness Resources
- CDC – Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA). COCA prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant, timely information related to disease outbreaks, disasters, terrorism events and other health alerts.
- CDC – Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) training and tools
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – An online listing of state offices and agencies of emergency management is available here.
- FEMA – ASPR TRACIE – This website maintains information and technical assistance resources for healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, those working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness and public health emergency preparedness.
- U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) – The HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium site provides links to numerous tools, resources and situational awareness portals published by non-governmental and governmental partners.
Agencies of the U.S. government (specifically the CDC, FDA and FEMA) offer a considerable number of resources for emergency management preparedness and response. Public health professionals and clinicians can find training assistance for virtually all disciplines and levels of responsibility.
- Emergency Management Institute (EMI) – The EMI offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. To get a complete listing of courses, view the list of active courses.
Command and Coordination
- FEMA – READY.gov (updated April 27)
- The American Hospital Association provides a number of tools and resources that are both timely and useful in assessing and reassessing emergency readiness plans.