HHS ASPR TRACIE Resources for Responding to Mass Violence Events

PUBLISHED: Oct 16, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health, Community Mental Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office/Clinic

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) has collected multiple resources to assist in response to mass violence events like the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV.

Mass violence incidents require efficiency and coordination among multiple response entities. Efforts may need to be directed toward doing the greatest good for the greatest amount of people, which is counter to day-to-day trauma triage. ASPR TRACIE-developed resources can help prepare for, respond to, and help their communities recover from these traumatic events.

Preparing for mass violence incidents is vital to swift and effective response. An organization’s Emergency Operations Plan should be up-to-date and reviewed at regular intervals.

The Emergency Managment Program provides the framework for the Emergency Operations Plan. The Emergency Management Program is developed based on facility- and community-based risk assessments that assist a facility in anticipating and addressing facility, patient, staff and community needs and support continuity of business operations. Health care organizations should be sure to address the six critical areas of emergency response as they train staff to respond to incidents:

  • Communication
  • Resources and assets
  • Security and safety
  • Management of staff
  • Utilities management
  • Management of patients

Included with today’s notice is an example Emergency Preparedness Program policy as well as a link to ASPR TRACIE resources.

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