Developing and Implementing an Emergency Management Plan for Your Health Center
This information discusses reasons why Health Centers should develop a comprehensive Emergency Management Plan; explores activities typically included in EM plans; provides a step-by-step approach to assist Health Centers in developing, implementing, and executing EM Plans that are appropriate in terms of organization size and composition, while taking into consideration the environment in which the organization operates; and provides and overview of “business interruption insurance” as well as a list of outside resources, which may provide further assistance to Health Centers in preparing their EM plans.
- Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
- CMS Final Emergency Preparedness Rules
- HRSA Emergency Preparedness Resources
- HRSA Form 10 Emergency Preparedness Report
- Mississippi Emergency Management Plan (Note: ESF-8 Public Health and Medical Services Response Section)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) EP Webpage
- Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
- Mississippi County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Contacts
- Mississippi Department of Health (MDH)
- Department of Homeland Security
- Mississippi Office of Homeland Security
- National Association for Community Health Center (NACHC) EP Webpage
- FEMA Free Training Sessions
- American Red Cross
- Kaiser Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Tool
- OSHA Preparedness and Response Guide for Healthcare Workers
- Disaster Community Resilience Group
- Mississippi State Department of Health Hepatitis A in Mississippi: Outbreak Information
- Mississippi State Department of Health Epidemiology
- CDC’s Ebola Virus Checklist
- Ebola Guidance and FAQs for Health Center Preparedness
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Mississippi Hospital Association
- Hurricanes- Ready.gov
- Hurricane Preparedness: Make a Plan
- Hurricane by American Red Cross
- Family Communication Tips
- Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit by The Texas Health Institute Please click here for a useful Toolkit
- The latest public health preparedness report from Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism. The report includes a state-by-state analysis of progress in preparing the nation to respond to a disaster, as well as recommendations for the federal government to modernizing our ability to prepare and respond. This report is available at www.healthyamericans.org.
- American Red Cross Releases Fact Sheet on Coping and Emotional Well Being Related to the H1N1 Influenza Outbreak – Click here for full details
- Mississippi Gulf Oil Spill Health Guidance and Information. Click here for information
- Emergency Drill Toolkit
Key Emergency Preparedness roles and responsibilities for CHC’s
- Plan ahead for an emergency/disaster
- Activate necessary alarm
- Get connected with local emergency management and response officials.
- Follow the response per local emergency management officials.
- Consider having an evacuation plan in the event that you have to leave the area
- Have a backup communication system
- Have a safer location to evacuate to in the event that a warning of the emergency is not given.
- Surveillance of unusual occurrences in the workplace/surrounding area.
- Staff, administration, community and patient education
- Understand and recognize responsibilities in the community as a CHC during an emergency
- Understand the CHC roles on all level in the event of an emergency
- Have a plan to reopen your health center after the emergency/disaster.
- Prepare and stockpile equipment and other general necessities in the event of an emergency or disaster
NACHC-National Association of Community Health Centers
The intent of this Health Center resource guide is to provide Health Centers with detailed information and resources, including various approaches to assist Health Centers in developing and implementing and Emergency Management component to their established risk management program.
Planning , development, and implementation of all emergency functions necessary to prevent, prepare for, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters caused by any threat to the environment. It may be man-made, natural, or technological.
Primary Care Office Pandemic Plan Template available from CDC. ” The template provides a good outline for putting together a basic plan– this may be a great start if your health center doesn’t currently have a pan flu plan.” – Mollie Melbourne, Health Center Emergency Management
Emergency Management Policy: This page contains links to emergency management policy that affects health center planning. Also useful for policy planning is the Essential Components of an Emergency Management Plans – FQHCs
Personal Preparedness: All disasters are local and preparedness for them starts with YOU. Follow this link to find information, resources, and templates to build a plan for you and your family.
Hazard Specific Information: Follow this link to find information for specific bioterrorism or chemical agents, emerging infectious diseases, weather related events, and more.
We are providing links to the following videos that can be viewed by your organization while planning for this type of event.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event (Video Link)
For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact CHCAMS at 601-981-1817.