Basic Emergency Preparedness for Staff of Community Health Facilities


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Course Description

This course is provided by University at Albany - School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

Community-based clinicians (physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and others) have been identified as essential to a community’s emergency preparedness, referred to as needed components of preparedness planning and training in Joint Commission hospital standards and in Center for Disease Control & Prevention and HRSA grants. All staff members in community-based healthcare facilities should be able to identify and respond appropriately to potential clinical signs of an emergency situation and to communicate with patients and partners in a way that supports an effective response system. You should also understand the importance of understanding your facility’s emergency operations plan and where you fit into this plan.

This course provides information about basic emergency preparedness including the main components of a family disaster plan, the basic components of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS), and the roles your healthcare facility might play in a community-wide emergency.                                                                                         

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Target Audience

This course is designed for community-based physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and others working as staff members in such facilities as community health centers, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and private practice sites.

Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe some benefits of emergency preparedness
  2. List the main components of a family disaster plan
  3. Describe the basic concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS)
  4. Describe at least three roles your healthcare facility might play in a community-wide emergency.

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

None listed 

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Public Health Preparedness and Reponse Core Competencies

Plan for and Improve Practice

  1. Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA)
  2. Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans
  3. Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws and workforce training)
  1. Refer matters outside of one’s scope of legal authority through the chain of command 

Protect Worker Health and Safety

  1. Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans
  2. Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats
  3. Report unresolved threats to physical and mental health through the chain of commend

Healthcare System Preparedness Capabilities

Healthcare System Preparedness

  1. Function 1: Develop, refine, or sustain Healthcare Coalitions
  2. Function 2: Coordinate healthcare planning to prepare the healthcare system for a disaster
  3. Function 3: Identify and prioritize essential healthcare assets and services
  4. Function 4: Determine gaps in the healthcare preparedness and identify resources from mitigation of these gaps
  5. Functions 5: Coordinate training to assist healthcare responders to develop the necessary skills in order to respond
  6. Function 6: Improve healthcare response capabilities through coordinated exercise and evaluation
  7. Function 7: Coordinate with planning for at-risk individuals and those with special medical needs 


Online/ Self-study 

Credit /CEU

  1. 1.0 Nursing-Continuing Education Credit
  2. 1.0 Physician AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


1 hr.


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