disaster planning


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disaster planning

A procedure for coping with mass casualties or massive disruptions of normal health care services as a result of human or natural catastrophes. In the U.S., the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) requires that all hospitals have a written plan in place and that drills be performed twice a year to assess the plan's usefulness. The plan should address major problems such as airplane crashes, contamination of the water supply, earthquakes, electrical power failures, explosions, famine, fire, flood, or terrorist attacks. The plan may be for a local community, region, or state and should link health care resources with other public services and the media. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also requires disaster planning and drills at airports on a regular basis.
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This could include utilizing i-Tree tools or development of urban tree risk management plans using the Tree Emergency Plan Worksheet and other currently available disaster planning tools.
The absence of disaster planning prior to an incident practically guarantees undue delay, the inefficient allocation of resources, and increased costs once the event occurs.
Also in March 2011, Save the Children and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies jointly released detailed disaster planning standards for child care providers.
The International Society for Burns Injuries (ISBI) guidelines for the management of large numbers of burns casualties recommend that 'each country has or should have a disaster planning system that addresses its own particular needs'.
PSI members have access to the most extensive benefits, including PSI's Accreditation Program which includes extensive and thorough training on disaster planning.
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Kramer is emergency services educator and former fire chief, and he has written this guide for disaster planning and control for anyone involved with disaster response such as firefighters, urban planners and policymakers.
Any bumps along the way were minor and are now part of the learning process that agencies face when it comes to disaster planning.
Although disaster planning is a topic the NCUA and individual state regulators continue to emphasize, it still gets too little attention until a major event occurs.
Citing the feared outbreak of Avian Flu in the United States as an example, disaster planning experts and corporate real estate executives at the CoreNet Global Summit in Philadelphia this week urged companies to be prepared for catastrophes as a best practice.
Los Angeles, an epicenter for urban disaster planning, is building up one of the country's leading municipal "homeland security" operations, but little of this emergency planning and resources is reaching those most likely to be left behind, according to many local organizations and experts.
While HHS does not have the authority to require states to develop child welfare disaster plans, it has assisted states in developing child welfare disaster plans by issuing guidance in 1995 and funding technical assistance on disaster planning through its network of national resource centers.

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