Collaborative Disaster Planning Processes

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Building Collaborative Disaster Planning Processes Between Hospitals and Emergency Management

Successful disaster preparedness occurs through strong collaboration, detailed and well-understood plans of action, and written agreements in place before a disaster occurs. Coordination between those responsible for the safety and care of disaster victims and those responsible for the larger community is essential to providing the best quality of care to the greatest number of patients during a large-scale incident.

This free first-of-its-kind awareness-level integrative training covers the development and maintenance of pre-incident plans ensuring the efficient distribution of patients, the sharing of information and resources, and the coordination between state and local agencies with hospitals and others responding to the medical needs of disaster victims. Additional topics include patient and resource tracking, credentialing systems, deployable federal resources, principles of community emergency planning, and more.

This course is directed toward those working in emergency management agencies and healthcare organizations, especially in small communities and rural areas, who have primary job responsibilities other than disaster preparedness. It is also useful for those in public health, EMS, fire services, and other organizations involved in disaster preparedness.

Training Details

The four-hour online training is part of a training portal that has several components to it. Each state has its own virtual community to foster collaboration. Each virtual community includes a members section, the training modules, a Q&A section and a Forum section.

After course registration, each participant will take a pre-test to evaluate existing knowledge, skills, and abilities. Once each training module is viewed, a post-test and course evaluation will need to be completed before the Certificate of Completion becomes available to download and print.

There will be live Q&A webinars in each state featuring a panel of state subject matter experts (SMEs). The SMEs will discuss collaborative disaster planning/response from their perspectives (emergency management, hospital preparedness, public health, EMS), and about how the training relates to how things are done in that state. The webinar will be less than an hour long, and a notice will be posted to the virtual community page when it is scheduled, pending availability of SMEs.

Who Should Participate

Local, regional, and state representatives and staff from:

  • Governmental Administrative (elected officials and administrators)
  • Emergency Management Agencies (Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Safety agencies)
  • Healthcare (Administration and staff responsible for disaster planning in hospitals and/or hospital systems)
  • Public Health
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Other organizations involved in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery

Additional information about the course can be found under AWR-205-W of the NTED Course Catalog

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