Emergency Preparedness - American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

ASA offers support and sympathy to those affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters
The American Red Cross is accepting donations to help aid the communities that have suffered tremendous devastation as a result of hurricanes.

Anesthesia Foundation working to provide relief for anesthesia residents
The Anesthesia Foundation wishes to note the hurricanes’ impact on anesthesiologists in training who may be particularly vulnerable to disruption in their education. We would like to remind affected residents that, for more than 60 years, the Anesthesia Foundation has existed to provide needed financial relief to anesthesia residents. For some, this may be an especially valuable resource in these unusual times.

ASA's Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness offers the following hurricane preparedness resources

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, resources for community response and recovery with up-to-date HHS information

Recommendations for actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service. Includes tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.

ASPR TRACIE-Hurricane Resources at Your Fingertips
The office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) created this document to provide numerous hurricane-related resources for a variety of stakeholders and audiences.

ASPR TRACIE-Resources for Professionals
Resources to assist in planning for community response and recovery in the event of a hurricane or flood in your area. Designed for disaster health professionals and emergency managers. 


Emergency Preparedness for Anesthesiologists
Section on Emergency Preparedness from the perspective of an anesthesiology department. The entire manual is also available here.

OR Mass Casualty Checklist
The step-by-step checklist was developed by COTEP to assist anesthesiologists and operating room personnel in preparing for a mass casualty situation. 

Operating Room Power Failure Checklist
This checklist and discussion was published in the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter. Loss of hospital power during a natural or man-made disaster has the potential to cause significant disruption of patient care activities. Proper planning and rapid response minimizes the risk to patients.

In preparation for an emergency, it is recommended that you develop a family plan for sheltering in place and evacuation. The documents below will assist in developing your personal plan.

Personal and Family Preparedness:

Ready.gov is a site that contains information on personal preparedness special areas are Ready America, Ready Business, and Ready Kids. It is sponsored by Homeland Security and the Citizen Corps.

Family Preparedness Guide
State of Florida Family Preparedness Guide, available in several languages

A child-friendly, age-appropriate preparedness guide for children.

Sesame Workshop 
An activity booklet for young children.

American Academy of Pediatrics Family Readiness Kit
Parent’s Guide to family preparedness.

Hospital and Departmental Preparedness:

Centers for Disease Control
This planning guide addresses emergency water supply planning for hospitals and health care facilities.

Hospital Preparedness Exercises Pocket Guide
Prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to assist with the planning, conduction, and assessment of hospital preparedness exercises.

Hospital Preparedness website
Extensive set of frequently updated references. One of the best resources on all aspects of hospital preparedness.

Hospital Disaster Surge Modeling
Detailed logistical analysis of personnel and equipment over time for various scenarios.

Health Disaster Management: Guidelines for Evaluation and Research
Supplement of Prehospital and Disaster Management-2003

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
Prepared by the University of North Texas. Details specific hazards for a variety of disaster scenarios.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
This site which specifically addresses pediatric considerations in emergency preparedness has now been archived but many of the links are still valid and current.

Hospital Incident Command System 2014 Guidebook 
The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) produces a Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) 2014 Guidebook. This Fifth Edition has been expanded to meet the needs of all hospitals, regardless of their size, location or patient care capabilities. 

Emergency Manuals Implementation Collaborative (EMIC) 
The Emergency Manuals Implementation Collaborative (EMIC) fosters adoption and effective use of emergency manuals to enhance our patients’ safety. Includes free tools such as the Emergency Manual: Cognitive Aids for Perioperative Critical Events from the Stanford Anesthesia Cognitive Aid Group.

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