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Emergency preparedness for Ohio hospitals and health care systems


Fire/Emergency Medical Services Dept. Operational Considerations and Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents

Resources Available for Local and State Public Health Officials: Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events

Guidance for Protecting Responders’ Health Following Aerosol Anthrax Attack

Two New Policies Related to Critical Infrastructure Protection

Earlier this week the White House released two new policies related to critical infrastructure protection and cyber security.  The first document is a Presidential Policy Directive #21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (PPD-21).  It replaces Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7), which had served previously as the policy basis for the national critical infrastructure protection enterprise.  PPD-21 provides a framework for the Federal Government to work with private sector, State, and local partners to protect our Nation’s critical infrastructure against all hazards.  The Executive Order builds on PPD-21 and focuses specifically on the protection of critical infrastructure from cyber threats. 


By issuing the EO and PPD together, the Administration is taking an integrated approach that strengthens the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against all hazards, through an updated and overarching national framework that acknowledges the increased role of cybersecurity in securing physical assets and calls for enhanced information sharing and public-private partnerships.

Ohio Hospitals Prevail During Power Outages

(COLUMBUS, OH)— Despite the power outages in many communities around Ohio caused by the severe thunderstorms on Friday, June 29 and Sunday, July 1, Ohio hospitals were able to continue providing vital health care services to their communities during this state of emergency. Eleven hospitals functioned with generators during the power outage and were able to continue their health care services to patients.

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A new report from the Missouri Hospital Association shares lessons learned by hospitals responding to an exceptional series of natural disasters in the state last year, including a catastrophic tornado that struck the city of Joplin May 22.

“During storms that brought unprecedented snow, ice, floods and tornadoes to Missouri in 2011, hospitals throughout the state once again demonstrated their ability to serve their communities,” said MHA President and CEO Herb Kuhn. “In times of emergency, communities depend on hospitals for immediate, lifesaving medical assistance. This report demonstrates that Missouri’s hospitals fulfilled that role and more, especially following the Joplin tornado. Sharing the experiences of 2011 will help every hospital prepare for the unexpected.”

The report focuses on nine key areas of hospital and health system preparedness: planning, communications, resources and assets, safety and security, staffing, volunteers, utilities, medical surge and evaluation.

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Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing Their Protection during All-Hazards Emergencies

CDC Website: Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

Administration Takes Another Step Toward Strengthening Resilience for all Hazards

Regional Exercise Examples

Mercy St. Charles Hospitalization Utilization of HICS for Construction Project

Preparedness and Response to a Rural Mass Casualty Incident

Web site Offers Online Training and Team Lead Support for Contaminate Patient Management and Decontamination Processes 

Framework for Improving Ohio's Trauma System
Overview letter
     - Draft version of framework