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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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In particular, they provide various decision analysis theories and support tools in disaster planning and preparedness.
Of course, everyone hopes there is never a need for disaster planning, but in south Louisiana we know that Mother Nature has a mind of her own.
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.
This serviceable manual, Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery, provides a common-sense overview of the methods used to prepare any library for a variety of worst case scenarios: "Utilizing a model that focuses on continuity of core resources and services while enhancing the library's role through partnering with emergency planners, [this book] is designed primarily for libraries; however, the content and resources contained within can easily be adapted to any business or agency in search of a well-structured approach to readiness and disaster response" (p.
-- Table 2: Attitude regarding disaster preparedness among the study participants (n = 87) Agree Disagree Variables N (%) N (%) I need to know about disaster plans 70 (80.46) 7 (8.05) Management should be adequately prepared 82 (94.25) -- when a disaster occurs Disaster planning is for a few people in 3 (3.45) 79 (90.80) the hospital Potential hazards likely to cause disaster 70 (80.46) 2 (2.30) should be identified and deal with Training is necessary for all health 67 (77.01) 2 (2.30) workers Do you think it is necessary to have a 78 (89.66) 2 (2.30) disaster plan?
This is followed by "Disaster Planning and Risk Management with dPlan" (Donia Conn), which provides an overview of an online disaster planning tool developed by the Northeast Document Conservation Centre and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to streamline and support disaster planning.
Disaster Planning for Libraries: Process and Guidelines (ISBN: 978-1843347309, 232 pp., $68), by Guy Robertson, is a guide for libraries to use in disaster planning.
Halsted, Clifton, and Wilson demonstrate their extensive research and valued expertise concerning disaster planning, response, and recovery through clear writing, relevant examples, and well-constructed text features.
While the phrase "disaster planning" typically invokes images of floods, hurricanes or other fits of Mother Nature, disaster comes in many forms--from the death of a CEO to a data breach or system failure; from workplace violence to the loss of a vendor; from a mechanical breakdown to a top sales rainmaker leaving the company.
"Disaster planning and practice drills may seem tedious and time consuming," said Patrick Shaughnessy, administrator of MCH's Health and Rehabilitation Center.
An intangible like awareness can be a difficult thing to measure, yet recent calamities-hurricanes, shootings, power interruptions, data hacking-are making FMs more mindful of disaster planning.

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