Emergency Preparedness

Louisiana is all too familiar with the tragedy that an emergency situation can bring. Natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods are common in our state, and hospitals and healthcare facilities need to prepare to address the challenges for continuing care to our residents during these difficult situations.

Preparing for the Unexpected

Preparing Healthcare Facilities for Emergency Situations

Hurricane season is June 1-November 30 each year, and with a hurricane comes high-speed winds and flooding that can often be disastrous. It is imperative that your clinic or hospital develops and regularly reviews emergency checklists and plans in order to mitigate damages to all property and monitor weather activities in your area through weather alerts.

Our Provider Education Network provides the resources and training necessary to help your hospital or healthcare facility act quickly and cohesively to protect the wellbeing of your patients. The state requires all Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to participate in two emergency preparedness trainings each year and have a written emergency plan.

Within the emergency plan, all staff members are to be knowledgeable of:

  • Their assigned role
  • Who to contact for the clinic including community responders and state contacts
  • Methods of communication to use in the event of a disaster
  • Gathering and storing important documents and essential supplies

Stay up-to-date and connected with emergency updates and contacts!

We Can Help You Plan Ahead

The team at Well-Ahead Louisiana is here to provide you training, guidance and technical assistance in preparing your facility for emergency situations. Your staff can participate in our Virtual Emergency Preparedness Training or fill out this form at the bottom of the page to request additional assistance or in-person trainings from our experts. 

Virtual Emergency Preparedness Training Series

In the case of an emergency or natural disaster, facilities must be aware of proper protocols and regulations needed in order to defuse the crisis. The virtual training series is used to teach facilities how they should respond in a crisis and provides tools that facilities can utilize to help build out their emergency plan. The series is open to all facility types in any state. 

In the training series, participants will learn to:

  • Conduct a tabletop exercise 
  • Complete an After Action Report (AAR)
  • Complete a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) 
  • Update an Emergency Operations plan (EOP)
  • Develop a facility exercise 

Upon completion of the series, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Facilities must keep record of certificates in order to be in compliance with Rural Health Clinic regulations. To obtain a certificate of completion after a virtual series, please email wellahead@la.gov. The Tabletop Exercise and Completing an AAR Webinar has been postponed! Please check back for new scheduled date.

Check out the available 2021 Virtual Emergency Preparedness Trainings: 

FEMA Guidance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing information and guidance for emergency managers and public health officials on FEMA plans to adapt hurricane response and recovery operations related to COVID-19.

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These resources that may valuable to your facility in the event of a natural disaster. We encourage you to share these resources with your staff and patients. 

  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Providers: The Emergency Preparedness Checklist provides a breakdown of recommended tasks and can be utilized as a tool for effective emergency planning.
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Hazard and Vulnerability Analysis (Emergency Preparedness): The Hazard and Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) for emergency preparedness planning can be used to determine the types of disasters clinics may face. The worksheets provide a method to rate the possibilities of natural disasters, technological hazards, human hazards, and hazardous material that may impact the clinic. 
  • Sample Emergency Preparedness Plan for RHCs or FQHCs: The Emergency Preparedness Plan for RHCs or FQHCs provides a guidance for facility staff members before, during, and after any type of emergency crisis.
  • Sample Medical Center Hazard and Vulnerability Analysis: The Hazard and Vulnerability Analysis is a tool health facilities can use to determine their risk factor for specific emergencies/disasters. The sample provides an opportunity to evaluate every potential event in each of the three categories of probability, risk, and preparedness. Note: This document is not a substitute for the Emergency Operations plan but instead helps to determine the top three emergency situations a clinic may face.
  • Get a Game Plan: Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
    • Keeping your facility afloat during a natural disaster or emergency situation can be difficult without a plan. Utilize this link to help plan in advance to manage any emergency condition and keep your facility operating.