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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 play 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 terrorism, chemical terrorism, radiological/nuclear terrorism, or bombings). Plans for responding to emergencies are critical to being prepared for effective public health action during disasters and similar emergency events and for building community resilience over time.

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: Process for the development and maintenance of an All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

Required Documentation Examples
1. Collaborative planning with other government agencies
2. Collaborative testing of the All Hazards EOP:

a. Description of a real emergency or exercise

b. Debriefing of After-Action Report (AAR)

Earthquake drill description
3. Collaborative revision of the All Hazards EOP that includes:

a. A collaborative review meeting

b. Updated contact information

c. Coordination with emergency response partners

d. Revised ALL Hazard/EOP

Measure purpose: to assess the health department’s collaborative activities to organize coordinated responses to emergencies.
Measure 5.4.2 A: Public health emergency operations plan (EOP)

Required Documentation
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 development and maintenance of the emergency operations plan.