Life-Saving Emergency Management Expertise

Sweeping the Nation to Share Life-Saving Emergency Management Expertise

Through interactive trainings, hands-on workshops, consultations and national conference presentations, BCFS Health and Human Servicesʼ Emergency Management Division (EMD) is sharing its disaster planning and response expertise with jurisdictions, government partners, and private companies nationwide.

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Trainings, exercises and consulting services by EMD subject matter experts: 

  • MASS CARE PLANNING: Mass care considerations across the entire spectrum of emergency management, from planning and preparedness to response and recovery
  • WHOLE COMMUNITY PLANNING: Key concepts of whole community planning, including incorporating those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs into emergency preparedness and planning efforts
  • BUSINESS CONTINUITY & ECONOMIC RECOVERY: Recovery planning for businesses, governmental agencies and community partners in the aftermath of a disaster
  • CONSIDERATIONS FOR OLDER ADULTS IN DISASTERS: Disaster planning and emergency preparedness for older adults, including medical, social and cultural issues
  • FUNCTIONAL NEEDS SUPPORT SERVICES (FNSS): Key elements for ensuring that jurisdictions and agencies are able to provide Functional Needs Support Services for all members of the community in a disaster
  • MASS FATALITY MANAGEMENT: Strategies for agencies who may participate in a mass fatality event, including the facilitation of body recovery, forensics, the identification process and establishing family assistance centers
  • EVACUATION PLANNING FOR HEALTHCARE FACILITIES: Evacuation planning processes for healthcare entities and tools for developing evacuation plans, including identifying pitfalls and addressing accountability issues
  • DISASTER MEDICAL TRAINING COURSE: How the provision of healthcare may change in disasters, including crisis standards of care, medical surge, integration into emergency management and personnel deployment planning
  • ALTERNATE CARE SITES (ACS) PLANNING: How to build and manage alternate care facility sites, including general population shelters, medical shelters, triage centers, palliative care sites, family assistance centers and more
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS & DECONTAMINATION: How healthcare entities and first receivers of victims of mass casualty incidents respond to incidents involving the release of hazardous materials, using OSHAʼs best practice standards
  • PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PLANNING AND OPERATIONS: Consultation for public health agencies on developing emergency management plans, such as high consequence disease plans and Points of Distribution (POD) plans
  • MEDICAL SURGE PLANNING: How healthcare entities can ensure continued operations when facilities are overwhelmed by a mass casualty event, expanding mass casualty triage, addressing staffing issues, crisis standards of care and ACS planning
  • HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT OF WMD EVENTS: Terrorism response training and strategies for first responders and hospital personnel to respond to weapons of mass destruction, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive devices
  • HOSPITAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLANNING: How to develop an emergency management program for a healthcare entity, including regulatory requirements, hazard vulnerability assessments, and Emergency Operations Plans (EOP)
  • EMERGENCY PLANNING FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES: Implementation of emergency management plans for long-term care and assisted living facilities, including the provision of templates and tools to develop compliant emergency operations plans
  • AGROTERRORISM: A THREAT TO AMERICAʼS FOOD SOURCE: Scenario-driven training on the likelihood of terrorists to utilize biological or chemical weapons to poison our nation's food source and the ramifications of such an act of agroterrorism to public health
  • DISASTER EXERCISE TRAINING: How hospital emergency planners can develop and conduct effective and realistic disaster exercises, including exercise objectives, exercise design process, plans, handbooks and evaluation
  • HEALTHCARE INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS): Healthcare ICS activities & exercises to hone ICS position skills for hospitals, healthcare systems, public health agencies, or long-term care/assisted living entities, including addressing regulatory & compliance issues