Planning Resources by Setting
Below is a list of resources to help healthcare providers, staff, hospital administrators, and chief executive officers (CEO) plan for and respond to public health emergencies.
Reports and Guidance
- Health Care at the Crossroads: Strategies for Creating and Sustaining Community-wide Emergency Preparedness Systems (220 KB/52 pages)
- This white paper provided by the Joint Commission seeks to address broad issues that have the potential to seriously undermine the provision of safe, high-quality health care and the health of the American people.
- Hospital Incident Command System
- Developed by the Lousiana Hospital Association, this resource provides guidance for hospital and healthcare settings to improve their emergency planning and response capabilities and is consistent with the 14 National Incident Management System (NIMS) elements.
- Hospital Emergency Incident Command System: A guide to help unify hospitals with other emergency responders (379 KB/96 pages)
- This guide, created by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, describes a methodology for using Incident Command System (ICS) in a hospital/healthcare environment and is designed to assist hospitals in improving their emergency management planning, response, and recovery capabilities for unplanned and planned events. HICS products include a Guidebook and planning and training tools.
- PanFlu.gov: Summary of Roles and Responsibilities for Healthcare and Public Health Partners and Public Health (184 KB/30 pages)
- Developed by HHS, this resource provides healthcare partners with recommendations for developing plans to respond to an influenza pandemic.
- Hospital Discussion Guide
- This Guide is for use during a facilitated small group (8 to 12 people) discussion of a community’s current pandemic influenza planning efforts. Similar guides for public health and emergency management are available at the Communities page.
- Hospital All-Hazards Assessment Interactive Tool (alternate PDF version for screen reader)
- This interactive tool is designed to help you assess and identify potential gaps in your facility's all-hazards emergency plan(s). Upon completing the HAH you can print a summary of your responses, which you can use to modify aspects of these plan(s). You are encouraged to update the HAH as changes to your plan(s) are made, and to include the HAH with your preparedness planning documents. The tool is geared towards hospital preparedness staff, including planners, administrators, and other key personnel. It is suggested that this group complete the HAH in multiple sessions over a period of time.
(An alternate 508 compliant PDF for screen readers is also provided.)
- Health Emergency Assistance Line and Triage Hub (HEALTH) Model
- AHRQ designed this model to help planners determine the requirements, specifications, and resources needed to develop an emergency contact center similar to the one identified in the HEALTH model.
- Hospital Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist
- This checklist was developed by CDC, with input from other Federal partners, to help hospitals assess and improve their preparedness for responding to pandemic influenza. This checklist should be used as one of several tools for evaluating current plans or in developing a comprehensive pandemic influenza plan.
- Hospital 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza - Readiness Review Checklist (50 KB/5 pages)
- This checklist was developed by CDC and ASPR to supplement existing hospital emergency management plans. This list focuses on information hospitals can use in response to a surge in H1N1 and seasonal flu patients rather than the basic planning and regulatory considerations included in earlier checklists.