The National Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder has information available on line at: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/index.html
When I did a search on hospital planning there were many hits. Here are two:
Hospitals and Community Emergency Response: What You Need to Know. Publication #PB98-130321INF. 1997. 32 pp. $12.00, microfiche; $25.50, paper. Copies can be obtained from the National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161; (800) 553-6847 or (703) 605-6000; fax: (703) 321-8547; e-mail: email@example.com; WWW: http://chaos.fedworld.gov.
Hospitals must be prepared to protect health care workers who respond to emergencies involving hazardous substances. Of special concern are situations where contaminated patients arrive for triage or treatment following a major disaster. In many localities, hospitals have not been firmly integrated into the community disaster response system and may not be prepared to safely treat multiple casualties that include victims who may be exposed to toxic substances. This document discusses emergency response planning principles that hospitals can adopt to help reduce the risk to health care workers.
Emergency Preparedness in Health Care Organizations. Linda Young Landesman, Editor. 1996. 194 pp. $35.00, plus $7.95 postage and handling. Available from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, P.O. Box 75751, Chicago, IL 60675-5751; (630) 792-5800; fax: (800) 676-3299. This book is designed to help hospitals and other health care organizations get ready to face major disasters and emergencies. It covers how to: develop a proactive emergency management plan; gain a clear understanding of key disaster planning issues, including command center operation, communications, community interaction, and emergency department operation; make critical decisions regarding implementation of the disaster plan; train staff; and comply with accreditation standards. Almost half of the book recounts various actual hospital emergency response situations.
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