Evacuation and Shelter in Place Guidance for Healthcare Facilities: Part III: Tabletop Exercises   [open pdf - 0B]

"Evacuation of a healthcare facility may be necessary following an emergency such as a facility fire or damage from a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flooding. The decision to evacuate a healthcare facility will be based on the ability of the facility to meet the medical needs of the patients/residents and/or the ability to ensure life safety of patients/residents, personnel, and visitors. Immediate threats to life, such as internal fires or unstable structures, will require emergent evacuation, while other situations may require a shelter‐in‐place or allow for a planned and phased evacuation. […] The purpose of this exercise is to provide an open environment for participants to have an opportunity to identify key response activities and identify resource and planning needs as they pertain to shelter in place and/or evacuation. In addition, it is an opportunity to better understand the roles, relationships, and responsibilities, and expectations of facility departments (or community response partners, if engaging outside agencies), and to coordinate and integrate plans."

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