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Standard 5.4: All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan


 

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Standard 5.4: Maintain an all hazards emergency operations plan

Health departments plan important roles in preparing for and responding to disasters, including preventing the spread of disease, protecting against environmental public health hazards, preventing injuries, assisting communities in recovery, and assuring the quality and accessibility of health and health care services following a disaster. Disasters include: natural disasters (such as floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes), manmade or technological disasters (such as bridge or building collapses, nuclear accidents, and chemical releases), and terrorism (such as anthrax or other biological or chemical terrorism, or bombings). Plans for responding to emergencies are critical to being prepared for effective action during disasters and similar emergency events.

 
Required documentation by measure
Keep these considerations in mind when selecting documentation for this standard:
  • Emergency drills or exercises must include de-briefing and After Action Reports (AARs)
  • LHD must provide evidence of revision to EOP after evaluation
Measure 5.4.1 A: Participate in the process for the development and maintenance of an All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

Required Documentation Examples
1. Collaborative planning through meetings with other governmental agencies
 
2. Collaborative testing of the All Hazards EOP
Earthquake drill description
3. Collaborative revisions of the All Hazards EOP


Measure purpose: to assess the department's collaborative activities to organize coordinated responses to emergencies.
Measure 5.4.2 A: Adopt and maintain a public health emergency operations plan (EOP)

Required Documentation
Examples
1. EOP, as defined by state/national guidelines
 
2. Documentation of testing public health EOP
2011 statewide pandemic influenza exercise                                  
3. Documentation of revision of public health EOP
 

Measure purpose:to assess the health department's EOP and the maintenance of the plan for the public health response in an emergency.