Health centers are also actively involved in helping those individuals who are disproportionately affected by disasters and have carved out specific emergency management roles and responsibilities based on the needs of the community in which they operate.
To align ourselves with the need for emergency planning, NCCHCA is working with many local, state, and national partners to assist community health centers in emergency preparedness planning and response. NCCHCA also provides information to partners about the role of community health centers in their community at all times, and the potential role of community health centers in the event of an emergency.
Health Center Emergency Management Policy
What HRSA Expects from Health Centers
Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2007-15
Updated Process for Requesting a Change in Scope to Add Temporary Sites in Response to Emergency Events
Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-05
Emergency Management Planning Resources
Kaiser Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
Use this tool to create a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis for your health center.
Staffing Levels Algorithm
Emergency Operations Planning Template for CHC's (developed by the California PCA)
Ready.gov Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Template
CDC Guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment in Heatlh Care Settings
Emergency Risk Communication
Med-8/Med-10 North Carolina Medical Communications Network Online Training Module
Quick Start Guide: Using the VIPER Medical Network
Quick Start Quide: Using the Med-8/Med-10 Radios
Communicating in a Crisis: Guidelines for Public Health Officials
North Carolina Emergency Management Resources
Regional Advisory Committees
Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) were initially established for the purpose of regional trauma planning, to include establishing and maintaining a coordinated trauma system. Following September 11, 2001, RAC responsibilities/members significantly expanded to account for increased disaster and terrorism related activities. The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) oversees the RACs in North Carolina and works with them to coordinate their responsibilities regarding the state's trauma/terrorism initiatives.
North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management is part of the Department of Public Safety (DPS.) DPS serves as the coordinating agency for North Carolina's homeland security preparednes, and is tasked with focusing public and legislative attention on public safety issues like preparation for natural disasters. In addition, the department is updates plans and provides training for local officials to respond to emergencies such as terrorism, communicable diseases, nuclear power plant incidents and civil unrest.
North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services
"The mission of the Office of Emergency Medical Services is to foster emergency medical systems, trauma systems and credentialed EMS personnel to improve in providing responses to emergencies and disasters which will result in higher quality emergency medical care being delivered to the residents and visitors of North Carolina."
North Carolina Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
North Carolina Health Alert Network (NCHAN)
University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness
Helping North Carolina Spanish Speakers Deal with Natural Disasters
The NC Disaster Information Center offers several resources in Spanish regarding natural disasters in North Carolina. Information includes preparation checklists, explanations of what to do during a storm, and information on health and safety that will help the Hispanic/Latino community before, during, and after a natural disaster.
National Emergency Management Links
HIPAA privacy and disclosures in the event of an emergency
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Homeland Security
CDC - Emergency Preparedness and Response
American Red Cross
Ebola Virus: Detect. Protect. Respond.
Preparing for Ebola
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges all community health centers to coordinate with local public health departments on their Ebola response preparations. CDC posted interim guidance on evaluating patients for the Ebola virus, including a checklist on evaluating returned travelers to the US. They have also created an Ebola readiness self assessment to assist local and state officials in planning a response. Because of the high profile Ebola now has in the media, health centers may receive queries from the media. NACHC has prepared a few message points to consider.
The following CDC resources, among others, are available for use:
Treating Ebola Patients in the US, Lessons Learned Presentation
The Infectious Diseases Society of America has released a summary of a presentation on caring for Ebola patients in the US. View the Lessons Learned video.