Planning and Response

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HVA Risk Assessment Tool in Excel Format This is the companion resource in Excel Format to the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Risk Assessment Tool developed by the Big Bend Health Care Coalition ( To download a copy of the main resource in, type the full name of the resource in the search bar (Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Risk Assessment Tool). Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Risk Assessment Tool This hazard vulnerability tool was developed by the Big Ben Health Care Coalition (Tallahassee, Florida), and is based primarily on a Kaiser Permanente instrument, and other resources. The tool was adapted and modified specifically for the Big Bend Healthcare Coalition. This resource is a PDF file, including page 1 of a multi-tab Excel File that represents the actual tool. To download the Excel file from, search for the companion resource named HVA Risk Assessment Tool in Excel Format. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
Ransomware Attacks on the Healthcare and Public Health Sector: A Message from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (2016) This resource is the June 20, 2016 letter from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services regarding ransomware attacks on the healthcare and public health sector. Included is a U.S. Government inter-agency technical guidance document, "How to Protect Your Networks from Ransomware" with links to other cybersecurity resources. Government Emergency Contacts, Recommendations & Guidance, Training Resources
Cybersecurity for Healthcare Facilities This resource is a link to the Cybersecurity Topics Collection in the Technical Resources Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE). Recent cyber attacks on healthcare facilities have had significant effects on every aspect of patient care and organizational continuity. They highlight the need for healthcare organizations of all sizes and types to implement cybersecurity best practices and conduct robust planning and exercising for cyber incident response and consequence management. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Incident Response, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Training Resources
Video: Cybersecurity and Healthcare Facilities Cybersecurity is a critical issue facing healthcare facilities. In this video webinar, a distinguished panel of experts describe lessons learned from recent experiences, planning considerations, and steps the federal government is taking to address cybersecurity and cyber hygiene. Length: 33 minutes. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Incident Response, Recommendations & Guidance, Training Resources
Protecting the Air We Breathe - A Deeper Look at Legionnaires’ Disease CDC investigations of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks show that the most common places for getting the disease are hotels, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. The most likely sources for spreading water droplets contaminated with Legionella germs are showers and faucets, cooling towers that are part of large, centralized air conditioning systems, hot tubs, and decorative fountains and water features. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Reports & Articles, Research, Vulnerable Populations
Healthcare Active Shooter Planning (PowerPoint Presentation) This resource is a PowerPoint handout from a session conducted by Dr. Paul Ford at the Florida Health Care Association's annual conference in 2015. Training Resources
Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events (Discussion Paper) In this discussion paper, members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Disasters examine some of the issues and potential best practices during responses to terrorist incidents. This paper is designed to explore the key issues and is not intended as a comprehensive or expert review of each topic area. This paper should serve as a prompt for responders and planners to consider areas where their community could address potential gaps. Reports & Articles
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) Nationwide Network NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Weather-Related Services
Planning for Water Supply Interruptions: A Guide for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities This information sheet highlights some of the impacts of a water interruption and poses questions to ask to help prepare for an interruption. Additionally, it provides some information on existing resources that can help to develop and implement a preparedness strategy. Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles
Findings of the National Long Term Care Evacuation Transportation Summit This is a report of the 2009 National Long Term Care Evacuation Transportation Summit, sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation and hosted by the Florida Health Care Association and the American Health Care Association. The Summit convened leaders from diverse industries to deliberate about how to ensure that nursing homes have access to appropriate and sufficient transportation resources during a disaster. Among the forty delegates were representatives from the federal and state governments, transportation industry, public health, emergency operations, and long-term care. Evacuation Planning, Reports & Articles
Sample Policy for Emergent Infectious Diseases for Skilled Nursing Care Centers To provide guidance to long term and post-acute care providers on how to prepare for infectious diseases that have the potential to pose a significant public health threat to the residents, families and staff of the skilled nursing care center. Incident Response, Influenza, Recommendations & Guidance
Shelter in Place: Planning Resource Guide for Nursing Homes This guide provides examples, references, and comparisons to what a care center has already built into its existing Emergency Management Program. Recommendations & Guidance
5 Tips to Keep Emergency Generators Performing in LTC Facilities This article lists provides tips to for helping to ensure top performance of generators. Checklist, Power Outages
Planning Templates and Checklists This is a link to the California Association of Healthcare Facilities' Disaster Preparedness Program website, which provides extensive resources, guides, templates, exercises and materials related to long term care emergency preparedness. Checklist, Sample Templates & Toolkits