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“Plans Are Useless, But Planning is Everything.”

 -Dwight D. Eisenhower

 
All-Hazards Emergency Management Plans are now required by most Healthcare accreditation bodies. Emergency Plans spell out important details such as the facilities Hazard Vulnerability Analysis, specific risk mitigation strategies, emergency response roles of staff, hazard-specific action plans, and disaster recovery processes.
 
The menu to the left has links to each of the broad categories a holistic emergency management program should address.
 
Health centers new to the world of Emergency Management are encouraged to first designate a core group of individuals responsible for your facility’s emergency planning and response activities. This group may be an existing Safety Committee, or even a risk management department, but regardless it is critical that members comprise perspectives from across the organization and include facilities management, patient care, executive leadership, and management/administration. Plans made behind closed doors without discussions across the organization are rarely effective.
 
Once this key group is identified the best place to start is by conducting a Hazards Vulnerability Analysis to ensure future preparedness time and resources are targeted at the most consequential risks facing the clinic. 
 
Clinics looking for specific guidance documents to build out the Emergency Management Program should start by clicking the Planning Guidance Documents link to the left. 
 
If you have any plans, policies, or procedures that would enhance our community of practice you are encouraged to submit them to Trevor Rhodes at trhodes@ccalac.org .