Emergency Management Resources and Reminders

March 16, 2021

With this bulletin, GNYHA is pleased to share resources and reminders that our membership may find helpful.

Reminder: DOH Facility Evacuation Planning Application Submission for New York City Facilities Due March 31

As noted in a December 2020 “Dear Administrator Letter,” all hospitals, nursing homes, and adult care facilities in New York City are required to review, update, and verify information in the Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) and the underlying data in the Critical Asset Survey by March 31. For more information about the FEPA process, please review the New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) Office of Health Emergency Preparedness FEPA v3.1 User’s Guide for New York City (attached). Members can also access recorded training sessions (attached) to familiarize themselves with the FEPA application process.

National Hurricane Center: Virtual Hurricane Readiness and HURREVAC Training, March 30-April 1 or May 4-6, 2021

This training webinar (attached) will introduce the National Hurricane Center’s forecast products and the National Hurricane Program’s (NHP) tools for how to incorporate them into planning and response. Topics include hurricane hazard and hurricane forecast products, hurricane evacuation planning, and the hurricane decision process. Participants will also learn about HURREVAC (short for Hurricane Evacuation), the NHP’s decision support tool.

New Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange Report: The Storm After the Storm – Health Care in Texas Recovers from Severe Winter Weather

The recent winter storm in Texas was compounded by the massive infrastructure failures this followed. This report, which focuses on the experiences of two health care systems in managing through this crisis, offers much to consider.

Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

The recent winter storm in Texas, and subsequent power and water crisis, highlight the importance of a clean water supply to health care operations. This guide (attached), authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Water Works Association, offers a water plan development process, key steps and considerations for each part of the process, and case studies and exercise scenarios.

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