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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The Los Angeles Children in Disasters Working Group, identified the need and together with Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Save the Children, aimed to create a short video which helps day care providers think about the disaster planning process in a more manageable way.
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The ISBI recommends that 'each country has or should have a disaster planning system that addresses its own particular needs.
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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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