CHC Emergency Program
The CHC Emergency Management Program (EMP) is an ongoing process
to preventing, preparing for, managing and recovering from disasters and
other emergency incidents that occur internally or externally that
impact CHC operations. The EMP should include a Comprehensive Emergency
Management (CEM) approach to planning, including "all hazards" planning
and recognition of the four phases of disaster and emergencies. CEM
addresses disasters in a cycle of four phases: mitigation, preparedness,
response and recovery. Each phase includes definitive actions. This
table lists the four phases and examples of activities. Click here for CEM Phases table
Developing Your CHC Emergency Management Plan
To be successful, the EMP should be deliberate and follow an
organized process. The CHC Executive Director (ED) should establish
his/her direction for the CHC's EMP and provide oversight for the
program development. The ED, however, does not realistically become
involved in every detail of the program. Instead, the ED should assign
trusted staff members to organize the program and provide oversight for
its development. This diagram cites the nine steps essential in
developing an EMP.
Click here for Nine Phases diagram
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
The Indiana State Department of Health Hospital Preparedness Program has created this updated HVA.
The ISDH would like to have as many health care delivery providers as
possible complete the same HVA tool so that the information is
consistent. Completion of this tool will help create a common
understanding among localities, districts and the state.
For local assistance on the risks in your area, consider contacting your
local Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director. If you are
unfamiliar with your EMA director, they can be found using this link: http://www.in.gov/dhs/2797.htm on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security site.
Standard Operating Procedures and Templates
Once the initial HVAs are completed by the individual CHC,
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will need to be developed for each
hazard that scores a 2 or higher. SOPs on all significant hazards will
become part of the EOP and should be reviewed by all CHC staff at least
annually. More SOPs may be developed as additional hazards emerge or are
An information guide for evacuation plans for CHCs has been developed.
This guide is intended to provide CHCs with a template to enhance their
ability to respond to an emergency that requires evacuation of their
premises. Please click here for the Evacuation Plan Guide.