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Emergency Preparedness




Hospitals are required to conduct and annually review their Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA). The HVA provides a systematic approach to recognizing hazards that may affect demand for the hospitals services or its ability to provide those services. The risks associated with each hazard are analyzed to prioritize planning, mitigation, response and recovery activities. The HVA serves as a needs assessment for the Emergency Management program. This process should involve community partners and be communicated to community emergency response agencies.

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) – California Hospital Assoc.

HPH Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit 1.0

AHCA HVA Worksheets (2022)

Emergency Management Glossary of Terms

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.

The Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) is an NOAA facility located in Mobile, Alabama, and establishes an unprecedented regional presence for the Gulf of Mexico region. Working under OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program, experts at the DRC use tools and science to advise decision-makers.

Over the past decade, the Gulf of Mexico has faced both natural and human-caused disasters, including hurricanes, oil spills, tornadoes, droughts, harmful algal blooms, and wildfires. While we cannot prevent these severe events, we can reduce their impacts. The need for timely and accurate information has never been greater. Recognizing this, OR&R continues to lead the way in the science of preparedness.

The DRC expands the federal capacity to plan for and respond to hazards of all types in the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is designed to survive up to Category 5 hurricane winds; contains a Force-5 tornado shelter, and has backup power systems to continue operations in the midst of severe weather. Intended to serve as a safe and ready command center during major disaster responses in the Gulf, the DRC also offers the facility for exercises, trainings, workshops, and other preparedness activities.

This facility brings together NOAA-wide resources to improve preparedness, planning, and response capacity for natural and human-caused disasters along the Gulf Coast. Dedicated in 2012, the DRC has since become the bedrock for NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program — a program that builds on the DRC’s existing operational capabilities and knowledge to ensure that commerce, communities, and natural resources can recover from disasters as quickly as possible.


Disaster Response Center

National Integrated Heat Health Information System

Weather and climate resources

CHEMM – Chemical Hazards and Emergency Management

Enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals.

Provide a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

CHEMM was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, Tactical Programs Division, Office of Emergency Management, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, and many medical, emergency response, toxicology, and other types of experts.


Quick Response Guide

In the First Minutes of an Incident — The Basic Overview

Information for the First Responders

Information for the Hospital Providers

Information for Incident Preparedness


Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that is responsible for strengthening cybersecurity and infrastructure protection across all levels of government, coordinating cybersecurity programs with U.S. states, and improving the government’s cybersecurity protections against private and nation-state hackers. Its activities are a continuation of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), and was established on November 16, 2018, when President Donald Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018.

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency


National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) Version 2.01

What to Do – Bomb Threat

Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP)

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)


Emergency Communications Coordination Program

ICS Training Available Through CISA

Operation Flashpoint Program

Priority Telecommunications Services

Center for Domestic Preparedness (FEMA)


The Center for Domestic Preparedness provides advanced, all-hazards training to approximately 50,000 emergency responders annually from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as the federal government, foreign governments, and private entities, as available. The scope of training includes preparedness, protection, and response.

Since it opened its doors in 1998, the CDP has trained more than 1.3 million responders.

Responders in 17 different disciplines – Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Works, Agriculture, Education, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Information Technology, Security and Safety, Search and Rescue, and Transportation – train at the CDP.

The responders come from all 50 states and territories, as well as a number of foreign countries.

Center for Domestic Preparedness

Emergency Management Institute

National Preparedness Course Catalog

Emergency Preparedness Self Assessment Tool




This assessment tool was developed to assist hospitals in revising and updating existing disaster plans or in the development of new plans. The tool was originally used by a subject matter expert survey team to collect data for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant so it is constructed in a survey format. The data was then used to develop a specialized instruction program for that facility that addressed any areas needing improvements. We feel this assessment tool can also be utilized in a self-assessment format by the institution in the review of their disaster plans.

This assessment tool was based on two resources, the Hospital Emergency Analysis Tool (HEAT) with the assistance of Dr. Neill Oster and the ACEP text Community Medical Disaster Planning and Evaluation Guide. When used to revise or update existing disaster plans, the items can be used to systematically review each aspect of the current disaster plan. The facility can determine if any items are not applicable to their particular facility. When used to assist in the development of a new disaster plan, the tool provides an excellent check list to assure every aspect of disaster planning is addressed.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has several other resources such as our on-line Hospital Evacuation Planning training program and our Hospital Patient Surge Planning Templates.

Hospital Disaster Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool

Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare




These free online trainings include five units that describe key principles in healthcare emergency management. Units include Emergency Management Program; Incident Command System, Multiagency Coordination System, and the Application of Strategic NIMS Principles; Healthcare System Emergency Response and Recovery; and Emergency Management System Evaluation and Organizational Learning for Healthcare System. These free online trainings include five units that describe key principles in healthcare emergency management.

Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Healthcare Systems

ASPR Hospital Surge Evaluation Tool

Surge Planning Checklist

Family Information Center Planning Guide for Healthcare Entities

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) – 15 minutes until 50 patients





Train emergency department staff, physicians and ancillary/support personnel to be ready to receive a surge of patients within 15 minutes of notification.

Determine the healthcare facility’s capacity and layout to set up supplies and equipment to manage 50 patients within 15 minutes.

Utilize HICS and strengthen communication between disaster patient care areas and the Hospital Command Center

Webinar hosts Chris Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and Terry Stone, RN, of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital led the development of this program. Our hosts will guide participants through the 15 ‘til 50 MCI Toolkit, made available free of charge through grant funds. The Toolkit contains videos, slide decks, checklists, a planning guide, plan template and much more!

15 ’til 50 – Mass Casualty Incident Toolkit: Multimedia

15 ’til 50 – Mass Casualty Incident Toolkit: Toolkit Library

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)




The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is an internationally recognized leader in emergency response training, workforce training and technical assistance. Last year, TEEX served more than 174,000 people from every U.S. state and 109 countries worldwide. Major TEEX programs include Fire and Emergency Services, Infrastructure and Safety, Law Enforcement and Protective Services and Business and Cyber Solutions.

As part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and home to the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center, TEEX has also been a leader in homeland security training since 1998, providing federally funded homeland security training and exercises for communities across the nation.

Full Course Catalog

Online Courses

TRAIN Florida



TRAIN Florida is a gateway into the TRAIN Learning Network, the most comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities for professionals who serve the citizens of Florida. TRAIN is a free service for learners from the Public Health Foundation.

TRAIN Florida

Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

Public Health and Dementia Caregiving

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