EMS and Disaster Preparedness
Until Help Arrives
The American College
of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is excited to help announce the Until Help Arrives program, which was
developed to educate and empower the public to take action and provide
lifesaving care before professional help arrives. We hope that you will
find this information helpful in preparing to act when the need arises.
Help Arrives program encourages the public to take these five steps in
situations where someone may have a life-threatening injury due to trauma:
- Call 9-1-1
- Protect the injured from harm
- Stop bleeding
- Position people so they can breathe
- Provide comfort
You can find more information on the Until Help Arrives program at www.ready.gov/untilhelparrives
Resources on hospital evacuation, shelter-in-place, and patient surge
California Hospital Association resources for hospital evacuation, shelter-in-place, and repopulation
FEMA video on techniques hospitals can use to prepare for hurricanes
Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy (PDF)
Disaster Planning Toolkit for the Elderly and Special Needs Persons with Guidelines for Making a Checklist to be Prepared and Allow Healthcare Providers Access to the Patients Healthcare Needs During a Disaster.
Disaster Planning Toolkit for Special Needs Person (PDF)
When tragedies occur, members, non-members and other organizations need help to determine action needed to assist in disaster relief.
Disaster and Volunteering Resources (PDF)
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.
Download NDLSF PDF
Active Shooter and Complex Attack Resources
New information and resources on the planning and response to active shooter events from the Department of Homeland Security-Office of Health Affairs.
Guidelines for responding to active shooter incidents
ACEP joined with several other national organizations to develop guidelines for responding to and treating victims from active shooter incidents.
ACEP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer 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
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.
EMS Week 2018
EMS Week for 2018 will be May 20 - 26 and Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day is May 23.
For more information, please visit theEMS Weekpage 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.