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Planning Resources by Setting

Hospitals and Healthcare Systems:

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


  • 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.)
  • The Disaster Preparedness Budget Model (55 KB)
    • The model is an Excel-based tool designed to assist healthcare executives in preparing their finances to withstand a large-scale public health emergency. This model estimates the resources needed by healthcare department (e.g., administration, emergency room, facilities, information and technology) during a disaster. It also calculates the amount of cash reserves an executive may need for maintaining operations while awaiting reimbursement from insurance companies or government agencies.
  • 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.

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