Business continuity planning is critical for hospitals and health
care systems as they are a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year
business. Any event or disaster that interrupts normal work
processes must be planned for and have a continuity plan
that explains how a business recovers operations.
The primary objective of this presentation is to assist other
health care facilities with improving their own response and
business continuity plans in the event of a wildfire evacuation.
Presenters share lessons learned from the full-scale evacuation
of Barton Memorial Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility in
response to the Caldor Fire. We will discuss the logistical
challenges of evacuating and repopulating a bistate rural health
care system, explore staffing and personnel challenges and
considerations, and review lessons learned.
April Boyde, MSSM, CPP, Safety
and Security Manage
Elizabeth Stork, Chief Human Resource
Officer, Barton Health
This Operational Continuity-Cyber Incident (OCCI) checklist
provides a flexible template for operational staff and executive
management to respond to and recover from an extended enterprise
outage due to a serious cyber attack.
The checklist’s suggested operational structures and tasks can be
modified or refined according to an organization’s size,
resources, complexity and capabilities.
The checklist represents the best collective thinking of
private-sector cybersecurity and emergency management executives
of the HSCC Incident Response/Business Continuity (IRBC) Task
Group of the Health Sector Coordinating Council’s Cybersecurity
Working Group (CWG). It is not associated in any way with any
regulatory compliance program.
To help members plan for and respond to a disaster’s financial
impacts, CHA has prepared the attached guide that outlines
considerations for developing a financial preparedness and
response plan. The guide includes a business stability and
financial health planning checklist, as well as detailed
information on the disaster declaration process and reimbursement
Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program was
developed to assist hospitals with organizing, developing, and/or
refining their recovery capabilities in accordance with federal
guidance. The intent of this document is not to replace federal
guidance but to help hospitals formulate comprehensive hospital
emergency operations plans.
When a disaster strikes, access to services becomes even more
critical. And yet hospital staff and emergency services providers
can be victims of that same disaster. ASPR TRACIE has released an
updated version of its Tips
for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster to guide
facility executives in assisting staff through the recovery
These Business Continuity Plan (BCP) templates and instruction
manuals are provided by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) Agency as a resource to assist healthcare
facilities develop their business continuity plans and meet the
Hospital Preparedness Program’s Healthcare Preparedness
Capability 2: Healthcare System Recovery, whose focus is an
effective and efficient return to normalcy or a new standard of
normalcy for the provision of healthcare delivery to the
community. The Los Angeles County EMS Agency has conducted
several business continuity-related webinars and workshops.
These resources, including BIA tools, interviewing tips, and more
are available at: http://ems.dhs.lacounty.gov/.
As part of the federal hospital preparedness program grant, the
California Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Office hosted a one-hour business continuity webinar for hospital
executive leaders on March 5, 2015. The webinar is intended to
help health care organizations build on their efforts to continue
operations and maintain services during disasters, using
real-world incidents as the context for strengthening a
hospital’s capacity and strategic planning.
This presentation was delivered as part of the
pre-conference workshop at the 2012 Disaster
Planning for California Hospitals Conference on October 15, 2012.
This portion of the workshop was designed to educate hospitals
on establishing and maintaining a
continuity program that will allow the continuation of
essential clinical, research, business and administrative
operations in the event of natural, technological, man-made or
public health emergencies.
This software was created for any business with the need to
create, improve, or update its business continuity plan. The
Suite is scalable for optimal use by organizations of any size
and consists of a business continuity plan (BCP) training,
automated BCP and disaster recovery plan (DRP) generators, and a
self-directed exercise for testing an implemented BCP. Businesses
can utilize this solution to maintain normal operations and
provide resilience during a disruption.
The Stafford Act encourages the development of comprehensive
disaster preparedness assistance plans, programs
and capabilities by State and local governments. It also
provides grants and other assistance to state and local
governments in the development of preparedness plans and
This template is designed to assist long term care providers in
developing an effective continuity of operations (COOP) plan
for emergency scenarios. While this template is
designed for long term care, small and rural hospitals may find
the template useful and adaptable.
Getting businesses, big and small, back into a community and
keeping them viable after disaster is an issue that affects the
Listen to Karl Matzke, a Stanford Graduate School of Business
alumnus and volunteer first responder, as he has a conversation
with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate. Prior to FEMA, Fugate also
worked in emergency management at the local and state level and
brings insight to his role at FEMA.
The audio covers availalble resources for corporations and small
to medium-sized businesses to prepare and protect themselves from
the impact of disaster. For a community to maintain a healthy
recovery, Fugate asserts that private and public groups must work
collaboratively to help stabilize an environment after disaster.
YNHHS-CEPDR has developed “A Quick Guide: FEMA Reimbursement for
Acute Care Hospitals” that provides an overview of FEMA’s
reimbursement process and outlines the tasks and corresponding
timelines that must be met by acute care hospitals to
successfully apply to FEMA for reimbursements of declared