Emergency Preparedness

 

While 9/11 redefined hospital emergency preparedness across the nation, GNYHA has always devoted significant resources to our members’ emergency preparedness infrastructure and is deeply committed to ensuring that they are prepared to respond to the wide range of emergencies and disasters that could take place in the New York region. When events do occur, GNYHA works with members, other provider groups, and New York State, Federal, and local health and emergency management agencies to ensure a coordinated, comprehensive response.


Contacting GNYHA in the Event of an Emergency

The following are telephone numbers that GNYHA members may use to contact GNYHA in the event of an emergency.

Click read all to access telephone numbers that GNYHA members may use to contact GNYHA in the event of an emergency. To assist members, GNYHA provides staff coverage at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) whenever the EOC is activated.

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Data Collection and Communication Systems

Communication before, during, and after emergencies is key to providing situational awareness, seeking and offering

assistance, and providing instructions on preparedness and response activities. GNYHA offers resources for maximizing the ability to communicate. 

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Emergency Contact Information for Agencies

GNYHA provides its members with contact numbers for many local, state, and Federal agencies that GNYHA members may need to contact in an emergency.

Note that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have indicated that GNYHA members should not call them directly; they must first call their comparable local agency in the event of an emergency.

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Drills and Exercises

An essential part of emergency preparedness is undertaking drills and exercises to identify areas for improvement

and to practice existing plans. GNYHA helps members by compiling resources to help plan, conduct, and evaluate the effectiveness of various types of drills and exercises.

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Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

EMTALA is one of the most significant pieces of Federal legislation that affect operations for hospitals that participate in

the Medicare program. GNYHA has a number of resources to help members understand EMTALA’s requirements.

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Emergency Preparedness Training Resources

To help members prepare to respond to all types of emergencies, GNYHA has compiled a number of Federal, State, and private training resources.

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General Emergency Preparedness for Providers

GNYHA has prepared resources to facilitate emergency preparedness and response activity by health care providers and their communities.

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Incident Command Systems and Response Frameworks

GNYHA, its members, and agencies involved in emergency management place great emphasis on adopting a framework

that will enable their organizations to respond to and manage many types of events, incidents, and disasters. For this purpose, emergency management agencies and providers often use a framework known as the “incident command system” or “ICS.” This system provides a framework for effective incident management by organizing agencies, facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications under a common set of response principles, roles, and terms to facilitate the application of resources during emergencies.

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Security Issues

Protecting buildings against potential threats is important to the well-being of all who enter them. GNYHA provides resources

that can aid hospitals in protecting and securing buildings against certain types of events.

Find resources on these topics:

  • Package and Mail Handling
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Threat Alert Systems

Federal,state and local governments have adapted to the public’s changing communications tools over the years. GNYHA provides

information and resources regarding the Federal threat advisory system and offers resources to help people receive alerts through a variety of methods.

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Workforce/Volunteer Issues

During an emergency, localities and health care facilities may need to supplement their workforces to adequately protect

the public’s health and care for patients. To continue providing high-quality patient care, health care facilities that use volunteers should ensure that volunteer staff are appropriately credentialed before granting them privileges to provide services. GNYHA provides resources to assist members in preparing for the need to staff or provide volunteers in the event of an emergency.

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Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Events

GNYHA supports members’ emergency preparedness efforts by providing information on a number of national, State, and local

resources related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Events (CBRNE) events.

Find resources on these topics:

  • Biological Events
  • Chemical Events
  • Explosive Events/Burn Injuries
  • Radiological/Nuclear Events
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Evacuation and Sheltering Issues

Evacuating health care facilities is a complex operation usually conducted under difficult time constraints. Determining whether

to “shelter in place” during an emergency is a decision that requires the consideration of myriad factors. GNYHA provides resources that can help providers prepare evacuation plans, decide whether to evacuate in a particular emergency, and prepare to receive patients during evacuations.

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Influenza

GNYHA has a number of resources to help hospitals prepare for and respond to seasonal influenza and pandemic influenza.

Find resources on these topics: 

  • Pandemic Influenza
  • Seasonal Influenza
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Power Disruptions

Health care facilities rely heavily on their ability to use their power sources without service disruptions. When large-scale disasters

occur, electrical and other power systems may be disrupted, and back-up power becomes essential to maintain critical health care operations.

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Weather-Related Events

Agencies and providers must have plans for addressing weather-related emergencies such as excessive heat, severe winter

weather, coastal storms, and hurricanes that could potentially create health emergencies and disrupt health care facility operations. GNYHA has worked with members and planning and response agencies to prepare for a variety of weather-related emergencies. Planning for weather-related emergencies should include a review of staffing plans, communication systems, power systems, supply and other resource needs, and evacuation and/or sheltering plans.

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Emergency Preparedness for the Community

To help the public prepare for emergencies, GNYHA has compiled information made available by the Federal

Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, and other agencies.

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Mental Health Resources

The aftermath of catastrophic events can take its toll both mentally and physically. GNYHA supports its members

by providing links to Federal, State, and private resources on coping with disasters, for both response workers and the public.

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Pediatric Issues

GNYHA provides Federal, State, and private resources to help hospitals respond to children’s needs during natural

or man-made disasters, as well as to help them and their families cope with the aftermath of such events.

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