A critical part of handling any serious emergency situation is in the management of the Disaster Recovery Phase. By definition, the Disaster Recovery Phase is likely to involve, to a significant degree, external emergency services. The priority during this phase is the safety and well being of the employees and other involved persons, the minimization of the emergency itself, the removal or minimization of the threat of further injury or damage and the re-establishment of external services such as power, communications, water etc. A significant task during this phase is also the completion of Damage Assessment Forms.
In addition to the emergency services, the Disaster Recovery Phase may involve different personnel depending upon the type of emergency and a Disaster Recovery Team should be nominated according to the requirements of each specific crisis.
When a disaster strikes, access to services becomes even more critical. And yet hospital staff and emergency services providers can be victims of that same disaster. ASPR TRACIE has released Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster to guide facility executives in assisting staff through the recovery period.
The Essential Functions and Considerations for Hospital Recovery document was developed by the Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (HSPH-EPREP) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Emergency Preparedness Bureau.
This resource was developed for hospitals to use as they prepare to manage their recovery from emergencies of all types. It was written for hospitals and is intended to complement the ongoing efforts of federal, state, and local agencies that are similarly committed to enhancing healthcare recovery capabilities.
The Stafford Act was designed to bring an orderly and systemic means of federal disaster assistance for state and local governments in carrying out their responsibilities to aid citizens.
The act was designed to encourage states and localities to develop comprehensive disaster preparedness plans, prepare for better intergovernmental coordination in the face of a disaster, encourage the use of insurance coverage, and provide federal assistance programs for losses due to a disaster.
The purpose of the Family Information Center (FIC) Planning Guide for Healthcare Entities is to support healthcare partners in the development of a detailed plan to provide information, support services and reunification assistance to family members of disaster patients.
Development of the Family Information Center Planning Guide for Healthcare Entities was led by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and developed in coordination with a multi-disciplinary Project Oversight Group. Project Oversight Group members provided strategic guidance regarding guide development, validation, and implementation.
YNHHS-CEPDR has developed “A Quick Guide: FEMA Reimbursement for Acute Care Hospitals” that provides an overview of FEMA’s reimbursement process and outlines the tasks and corresponding timelines that must be met by acute care hospitals to successfully apply to FEMA for reimbursements of declared disaster-related expenses
Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) has gathered the following information to assist you in this time of need. Action on some of the suggestions will need to be taken immediately. Some actions may be needed in the future while others will be on going. The purpose of this information is to give you the assistance needed to assist you as you begin rebuilding your life.
The Public Assistance Section provides assistance to state agencies, local governments, special districts and eligible private non-profit organizations that have been impacted by a disaster in order to achieve a safer future for all California communities. The Public Assistance Section ensures that state and federal support are provided to applicants in an efficient and timely manner to assist in recovery from a major disaster or emergency.
CalOES responds to and aids in the recovery from emergencies within the State of California under the authorities of the California Emergency Services Act (ESA), the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA), the federal Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and other legislation.
Within CalIES, the Recovery Branch is responsible for managing disaster recovery and providing assistance to local governments and individuals impacted by disasters. The Recovery Branch ensures that state and federal support are provided in an efficient and timely manner throughout the recovery process. The Recovery Branch acts as the grantee for federally funded disaster assistance programs, as grantor for the state CDAA program, and coordinates recovery assistance for individuals, businesses and the agricultural community. The Recovery Branch provides technical support to reduce the costs and streamline the process of future recovery efforts. Additionally, the Recovery Branch ensures that proposed recovery projects are reviewed for environmental concerns and that historical preservation activities are considered.
In support of these responsibilities, the Recovery Branch performs extensive liaison activities with local, state and federal agencies, legislators, various volunteer and nonprofit organizations, as well as the general public. The Recovery Branch emphasizes recovery preparedness through the coordination of recovery planning efforts, the development of recovery training programs and the involvement in emergency management exercises and drills.