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Recorded Webinar – 15 ’til 50
“15 ‘TIL 50” MEDICAL SURGE WEBINAR
“15 ‘TIL 50” MEDICAL SURGE WEBINAR
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Is your facility prepared for a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) by strategically pre-positioning supplies and training staff on their roles…

15 ’til 50 – Mass Casualty Incident Toolkit
15 ’til 50 – Mass Casualty Incident Toolkit: Toolkit Library
15 ’til 50 – Mass Casualty Incident Toolkit: Multimedia
Active Shooter How to Respond
Active Shooter How to Respond
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This pamphlet provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, who may be caught in an active shooter situation, and discusses how…

FBI – Active Shooter Tent Card
FBI – Active Shooter Tent Card
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Download “ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE” from the Federal Bureau of Investigation  

Run Hide Fight – Active Shooter Brochure
Run Hide Fight – Active Shooter Brochure
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Download a tri-fold brochure created by the City of Los Angeles Police Department “Surviving An Active Shooter – Run, Hide,…

The ABC’s of Disaster Response
The ABC’s of Disaster Response
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O’Neill PA Abstract The readiness of our healthcare facilities to respond to terrorist acts or naturally occurring epidemics and disasters…

Hospital Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
Hospital Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
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Perry RW, Lindell MK Abstract As terrorists attacks increase in frequency, hospital disaster plans need to be scrutinized to ensure…

Organizational Self Assessment: Hospital Bomb Threat / Suspicious Package Event
Organizational Self Assessment: Hospital Bomb Threat / Suspicious Package Event
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The Organizational Self-Assessment Tool is developed according to the Homeland Security Core Capabilities. Assessments are categorized by the four phases…

The Ebola Fighters
The Ebola Fighters
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By David von Drehle, with Aryn Baker / Liberia Time December 2014 – “On the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital…

Dark Night in Denver: Performance Violence and the Aurora Massacre
Dark Night in Denver: Performance Violence and the Aurora Massacre
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By Eric Stern Emergency Management July 2012 – “As the dust settles and the facts begin to emerge regarding the…

Colorado Theater Shooting Plunged Hospitals into Turmoil
Colorado Theater Shooting Plunged Hospitals into Turmoil
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By Ashley Powers and Amina Khan Los Angeles Times July 2012 – “Dr. Tien Vu was fixing up a child’s…

Current Ebola Treatment Centers
Current Ebola Treatment Centers
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The 55 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers as of 2/18/2015 are: Maricopa Integrated Health Systems; Phoenix, Arizona University of Arizona…

CDC Ebola Resources
CDC Ebola Resources
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What Is Ebola? Ebola is a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees) that has…

Ebola Preparedness Resources
Ebola Preparedness Resources
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As travel continues between West Africa and the rest of the world, the possibility increases that more individuals exposed to…

HIE Supports Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Services
HIE Supports Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Services
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By Lee Stevens, Rachel Abbey Health IT Buzz Blog As we approach 2014 National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-31), it…

Expecting the Unexpected
Expecting the Unexpected
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By Karen B. DeSalvo, Gregg S. Margolis Health IT Buzz Blog The question isn’t whether or not we will have…

Nurse Administrator Discusses How EHRs Helped Patients in Joplin
Nurse Administrator Discusses How EHRs Helped Patients in Joplin
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By Parmeeth M.S. AtwaL Health IT Buzz Blog Dottie Bringle, R.N., was on her way to Ireland when the tornado…

Electronic Health Records Prove to be Invaluable After Crisis
Electronic Health Records Prove to be Invaluable After Crisis
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By Nicole Lurie, Dr. Farzad Mostashari Health IT Buzz Blog On May 22, a devastating tornado struck Joplin, Mo., killing…

In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy: Health IT 1, Paper Records 0
In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy: Health IT 1, Paper Records 0
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By Brett Coughlin Health IT Buzz Blog Many people in New York and New Jersey have much to be thankful…

Disaster Preparation and Recovery
Disaster Preparation and Recovery
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Preparing for a disaster can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that disasters cause. A disaster can be a natural…

SARS in Hospital Emergency Room
SARS in Hospital Emergency Room
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Yee-Chun Chen, Li-Min Huang, Chang-Chuan Chan, Chan-Ping Su, Shan-Chwen Chang, Ying-Ying Chang, Mei-Ling Chen, Chien-Ching Hung, Wen-Jone Chen, Fang-Yue Lin,…

Hospital All-Risk Emergency Preparedness in Ghana
Hospital All-Risk Emergency Preparedness in Ghana
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By ID Norman, M Aikins, FN Binka, KM Nyarko Abstract Introduction: Ghana needs a realistic national hospital and medical emergency…

Emergency Departments in Crisis: Opportunities for Research
Emergency Departments in Crisis: Opportunities for Research
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Carolyn M Clancy Health Services Research Although large-scale events such as the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina have heightened…

Hospital Emergency Preparedness: Push-POD Operation and Pharmacists as Immunizers
Hospital Emergency Preparedness: Push-POD Operation and Pharmacists as Immunizers
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Veltri K, Yaghdjian V, Morgan-Joseph T, Prlesi L, Rudnick E Abstract Objective: To describe Montefiore Medical Center’s participation in a…

Defining Disaster: The Emergency Department Perspective
Defining Disaster: The Emergency Department Perspective
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Joseph Zibulewsky Abstract Thou shalt be visited by the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquakes and great noise,…

Hospital All-Risk Emergency Preparedness in Ghana
Hospital All-Risk Emergency Preparedness in Ghana
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Norman ID, Aikins M, Binka FN, Nyarko KM Abstract Objective: This paper assessed the emergency preparedness programs of health facilities…

Assessing Levels of Hospital Emergency Preparedness
Assessing Levels of Hospital Emergency Preparedness
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Adini B, Goldberg A, Laor D, Cohen R, Zadok R, Bar-Dayan Y Abstract Introduction: Emergency preparedness can be defined by…

Health Information Exchange Services In Support Of Disaster Preparedness And Emergency Medical Response
Health Information Exchange Services In Support Of Disaster Preparedness And Emergency Medical Response
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By Scott Afzal, Genevieve Morris, Stephen Palmer Assessment of Opportunity in California and the Gulf Coast Executive Summary: Over the…

The Crisis in United States Hospital Emergency Services
The Crisis in United States Hospital Emergency Services
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Harrison JP, Ferguson ED Abstract Purpose: Emergency services are critical for high-quality healthcare service provision to support acute illness, trauma…

Wireless Priority Service (WPS)
Wireless Priority Service (WPS)
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During emergencies cellular networks can experience congestion due to increased call volumes and/or damage to network facilities, hindering the ability…

Blast Injuries: Fact Sheets for Professionals
Blast Injuries: Fact Sheets for Professionals
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In an instant, an explosion or blast can wreck havoc; producing numerous casualties with complex, technically challenging injuries not commonly…

Boston Marathon Bombing
Boston Marathon Bombing
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April 15, 2013 While hospitals along the Boston Marathon route typically prepare for a surge of patients on race day,…

Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters (HAvBED)
Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters (HAvBED)
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2013 HAvBED Drill HAvBED is a federally-mandated program that requires states to collect and report local hospital available bed data.…

Statewide Medical Health Exercises
Statewide Medical Health Exercises
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Archived Information Select previous exercises to access available information by year: 2014: Emerging Infectious Disease 2013: Food-borne Event 2012: Loss…

The Great California ShakeOut
The Great California ShakeOut
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With earthquakes as an inevitable part of our future, healthcare partners should make plans and take actions to ensure that…

FCC Adopts Rule to Allow Hospital Use of Amateur Radios during Disaster Drills
FCC Adopts Rule to Allow Hospital Use of Amateur Radios during Disaster Drills
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Consistent with the blanket waiver request submitted by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Federal Communication Commission has adopted an…

AHRQ Tool for Evaluating Core Elements of Hospital Disaster Drills
AHRQ Tool for Evaluating Core Elements of Hospital Disaster Drills
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Hospitals must be prepared to respond to public health emergencies that that may…

2014 CHA Disaster Planning Conference Recap
2014 CHA Disaster Planning Conference Recap
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2014 CHA Disaster Planning Conference More than 800 people — including hospital staff, local, state and federal officials – gathered…

Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
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The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as…

Active Shooter Event Response: Interactive Tabletop Exercise (UCSD)
Active Shooter Event Response: Interactive Tabletop Exercise (UCSD)
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University of California, San Diego   Click to download.  Master Scenario Events List  Injects A1 – A6    Injects…

Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
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  The Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities was developed jointly by the Centers for…

NIMS Implementation Objectives
NIMS Implementation Objectives
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Hospital Compliance Tracking This updated document reflects upcoming changes which will take place on July 1, 2012. This tool was…

NIMS Hospital FAQ
NIMS Hospital FAQ
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All hospitals and healthcare systems receiving Federal preparedness and response grants, contracts or cooperative agreements (e.g., Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program,…

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
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Improving Access to Disaster Health Information The core purpose of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to develop…

Cal OES Training Division
Cal OES Training Division
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The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ Training Division provides support to the First Responder community of California by providing training…

California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI)
California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI)
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California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) Under the recent reorganization of Cal OES, the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) has evolved…

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
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Through its courses and integrated programs, EMI serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency…

FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED)
FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED)
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The National Training and Education Division (NTED) serves the nation’s first responder community, offering more than 150 courses to help…

FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)
FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)
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Train at the nation’s premier all-hazards training center! FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama, is the…

National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI)
National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI)
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The George Washington University The National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI) is a $2 million grant awarded by the Department…

Exercise Program for Hospitals Checklist (CHA)
Exercise Program for Hospitals Checklist (CHA)
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This tool was was developed by the CHA Hospital Preparedness Program to assist hospitals in development, implementation and evaluation of their exercises.…

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP): Quick Reference Guide
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP): Quick Reference Guide
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UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness This quick reference guide was developed by the UC Berkeley Center…

The Stafford Act
The Stafford Act
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The Stafford Act encourages the development of comprehensive disaster preparedness assistance plans, programs and capabilities by State and local governments.…

Business Continuity for Small Hospitals
Business Continuity for Small Hospitals
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Soup to Nuts, OB to IT, Business Continuity for Small Hospitals By: Barbara Dodge, University of Nebraska Medical Center This workshop was…

CAHF Continuity of Operations Plan Template
CAHF Continuity of Operations Plan Template
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PURPOSE This template, written for long-term care facilities, is designed to assist providers in developing an effective continuity of operations…

FEMA Reimbursement for Acute Care Hospitals Guide
FEMA Reimbursement for Acute Care Hospitals Guide
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A Quick Guide: FEMA Reimbursement for Acute Care Hospitals Author: The Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and…

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications Toolkit
Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications Toolkit
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This “Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Tool Kit” provides detailed resource materials to assist in effectively managing and communicating during…

Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS)
Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS)
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During emergencies, the public telephone network can experience congestion due to increased call volumes and/or damage to network facilities, hindering…

Redundant Communications
Redundant Communications
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During community catastrophies, regular and cell phone service may be disrupted. Without availability of these services, alternate forms of communication must be relied…

Terrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies
Terrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies
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A Reference Guide for Media The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created this guide to provide information for…

CAHAN Enrollment Letter
CAHAN Enrollment Letter
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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with California’s 61 local health departments (LHDs), is enrolling all licensed…

Emergency Alert System (EAS)
Emergency Alert System (EAS)
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The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems,…

Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP)
Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP)
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Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) is a program that authorizes national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) organizations to receive priority treatment…

California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)
California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)
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The California Health Alert Network (CAHAN) is a secure web-based system accessible anytime and anywhere for emergency planning and response…

Hospital Continuity Resources
Hospital Continuity Resources
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A Toolkit for Healthcare Providers The Hospital Continuity Planning Toolkit was developed by the California Hospital Association (CHA) Hospital Preparedness…

Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation (NYPD)
Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation (NYPD)
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This resource, the 2012 Edition of the “New York City Police Department’s Active Shooter:Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation” was…

Handling Suspicious Envelopes or Packages
Handling Suspicious Envelopes or Packages
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Law enforcement agencies and emergency responders are charged with investigation of suspicious letters and packages in the United States. Those…

CDC Bioterrorism Resources
CDC Bioterrorism Resources
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What Is Bioterrorism? A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause…

Bioterrorism Syndromes Reference Poster
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE)
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE)
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What is CBRNE? CBRNE is an acronym for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield Explosives. CBRNE events refer to…

Terrorism Agent Information and Treatment Guidelines for Hospitals and Clinicians
Terrorism Agent Information and Treatment Guidelines for Hospitals and Clinicians
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Also Known As The Zebra Book Updated in October 2012, this tool was developed to be a comprehensive resource for…

Continuity 101
Continuity 101
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Angela Devlen, Wakefield Brunswick, Inc. This presentation was delivered as part of the pre-conference workshop at the 2012 Disaster Planning for…

CDC Botulism Resources
CDC Botulism Resources
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What is Botulism? Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by…

CDC Anthrax Resources
CDC Anthrax Resources
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What Is Anthrax? Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax can…

Resources For Volunteers
Resources For Volunteers
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Volunteers help deliver important resources to the right place at the right time during disaster. Please follow the links to access…

Plague: From Natural Disease to Bioterrorism
Plague: From Natural Disease to Bioterrorism
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Stefan Riedel, MD, PhD Abstract Yersinia pestis is the causative agent of plague, an enzootic vectorborne disease usually infecting rodents…

Release of Patient Information
Release of Patient Information
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Cooperating with other hospitals and disaster relief organizations Hospitals may release individually-identifiable patient information to another hospital or health facility…

Hospital-Based Shootings in the United States: 2000 to 2011
Hospital-Based Shootings in the United States: 2000 to 2011
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Kelen GD, Catlett CL, Kubit JG, Hsieh YH Abstract Study Objective: Workplace violence in health care settings is a frequent…

Active Shooter Resources for Law Enforcement & Trainers
Active Shooter Resources for Law Enforcement & Trainers
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Countering Violent Extremism and Active Shooter Web Portal The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a Countering Violent Extremism…

Active Shooter Webinar
Active Shooter Webinar
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A 90-minute Webinar can help the private and public sector understand the importance of developing an emergency response plan and the need…

Active Shooter: What You Can Do (Interactive Web Based Course)
Active Shooter: What You Can Do (Interactive Web Based Course)
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DHS has developed an independent study course entitled Active Shooter: What You Can Do. This course was developed to provide…

Hospital Code Silver Activation – Active Shooter Planning Checklist
Hospital Code Silver Activation – Active Shooter Planning Checklist
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In the wake of the recent Newtown, Connecticut shooting, the CHA Hospital Preparedness Program (CHA-HPP) is releasing its most recently…

Active Shooter Situation Response
Active Shooter Situation Response
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These sample plans provide guidance in the event an individual is actively shooting persons in the hospital or on the campus. …

Plague as a Biological Weapon: Risk of Person-to-Person Transmission
Plague as a Biological Weapon: Risk of Person-to-Person Transmission
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Kool JL Abstract Plague has received much attention because it may be used as a weapon by terrorists. Intentionally released…

Ricin Resources
Ricin Resources
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What is Ricin? Ricin is a poison found naturally in the beans of the castor plant (Ricinus communis). If castor…

Active Shooter Resources
Active Shooter Resources
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An active shooter is defined as an individual who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in…

Coroners’ Mutual Aid & Mass Fatality Management Planning Program
Coroners’ Mutual Aid & Mass Fatality Management Planning Program
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The Coroners’ Mutual Aid & Mass Fatality Management Planning Program is an integral component of the California Law Enforcement Mutual…

Regional Emergency Coordinators Overview
Regional Emergency Coordinators Overview
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Regional Emergency Coordinators (RECs) serve as ASPR’s primary representatives throughout the country at the regional level. Building relationships with federal,…

Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act
Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act
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The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services…

Hospital Preparedness Program (HHP)
Hospital Preparedness Program (HHP)
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The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) provides leadership and funding through grants and cooperative agreements to States, territories, and eligible municipalities…

Model Hospital Mutual Aid MOU
Model Hospital Mutual Aid MOU
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The mutual aid support concept is well established and is considered “standard of care” in most emergency response disciplines. The…

Hazards Vulnerability Analysis
Hazards Vulnerability Analysis
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Hospitals are required to conduct and annually review their Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA). The HVA provides a systematic approach to recognizing…

Core Competencies
Core Competencies
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This core competencies list provides the disaster preparedness and response knowledge, skills and abilities needed by relevant types of hospital…

Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors
Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors
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What is it? Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors is a coordinated effort to ensure that…

Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Healthcare Systems
Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Healthcare Systems
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  Emergency Management Principles and Practices Unit 1: The Emergency Management Program Emergency Management Principles and Practices Unit 2:…