EMS and Disaster Preparedness
Whether they are the result of an act of terrorism, an accident, or a natural disaster, mass casualty events require certain preparedness and response by health professionals.
ACEP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers resources that may help local or state health officials prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the health effects of bombings and other mass casualty events. They also have information for health professionals about treating injuries and stress in patients affected by mass casualty events.
Hospital Disaster Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool
This DHS/FEMA funded project is a self-assessment that helps hospitals review and plan for any disaster using the all-hazards approach.
In A Moment’s Notice: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings
This CDC-funded project contains 10 templates that help EMS and various hospital departments prepare for patient surge from bombings.
Bombings: Injury Patterns and Care
The project – which includes fact sheets, webinars, power point presentations, podcasts and other downloads – presents the minimum content that should be included in any all-hazards disaster response training program.
Other CDC Resources
Guidance and Planning Documents
Data Collection and Planning Tools
Coping with Trauma
The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long-lasting, and the resulting trauma can affect those not directly impacted by the disaster. CDC’s “Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event” web page, available at http://emergency.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/, lists resources that provide general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience. These materials were developed by various organizations on the basis of experiences in prior emergencies.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Resources
The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline, available at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/, provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support for persons experiencing signs of distress as a result of disaster:
- Call 1-800-985-5990
- Call TTY for deaf/hearing impaired 1-800-846-8517
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SAMHSA has additional resources on dealing with disaster at the SAMHSA website, http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/.
ACEP does not coordinate physician relief efforts. However, we do offer guidence for health care professionals interested in assisting disaster medical response.
This year's week is May 19-25 and the theme is "One Mission. One Team." Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day is May 22.
For more information, please visit the EMS Week page and "like" the National EMS Week Facebook page.
ACEP EMS Department Committees
ACEP EMS Department Sections
Stroke Education for EMS Professionals
ACEP, the National Stroke Association, and Genentech have partnered to develop a FREE stroke education course for EMS professionals. The course covers the basics of stroke, pre‐hospital assessment, stroke systems of care, and case studies.
EMS educators may also download the slides and use them in their EMS education.
Access the course today at www.EMS4Stroke.com.