Emergency Preparedness

 

While 9/11 redefined hospital emergency preparedness across the nation, GNYHA has always devoted significant resources to our members’ emergency preparedness infrastructure and is deeply committed to ensuring that they are prepared to respond to the wide range of emergencies and disasters that could take place in the New York region. When events do occur, GNYHA works with members, other provider groups, and New York State, Federal, and local health and emergency management agencies to ensure a coordinated, comprehensive response.


Agency Communication & Coordination

Communication before, during, and after emergencies is key to providing situational awareness, seeking and offering

assistance, and providing instructions on preparedness and response activities. GNYHA offers resources for maximizing the ability to communicate. 

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CMS Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the “Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule” in September 2016 (it became effective November 15, 2016).

These resources are intended to help GNYHA members understand and comply with the final rule’s requirements.

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Emergency Contact Information

The following are telephone numbers for members to contact GNYHA in the event of an emergency, and contact numbers for many local, state, and Federal agencies.

To assist members, GNYHA provides staff coverage at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) whenever the EOC is activated.

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Emergency Preparedness Coordinating Council

GNYHA’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinating Council (EPCC) brings together providers, hospital

and health system representatives, and government agency officials to discuss current and emerging emergency preparedness and response topics.

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Getting Started with Emergency Preparedness

Preparation is the key to responding to an emergency. GNYHA has compiled numerous resources to help you implement preparedness and response plans in your facility.

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GNYHA Sit Stat System

The GNYHA Sit Stat System is a web-based data collection and reporting system for use during emergency incidents. Sit Stat comprises surveys used to collect data, and reports that summarize and aggregate those data.

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Evacuation and Sheltering Issues

Evacuating health care facilities is a complex operation usually conducted under difficult time constraints. Determining whether

to “shelter in place” during an emergency is a decision that requires the consideration of myriad factors. GNYHA provides resources that can help providers prepare evacuation plans, decide whether to evacuate in a particular emergency, and prepare to receive patients during evacuations.

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Explosive and Mass Casualty Events

GNYHA supports members’ emergency preparedness efforts by providing information on a number of national, State, and local

resources related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Events (CBRNE) events. 

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Other All-Hazards Preparedness

GNYHA has prepared resources to facilitate emergency preparedness and response activity by health care providers and their communities.

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Security Issues

Protecting buildings against potential threats is important to the well-being of all who enter them. GNYHA provides resources

that can aid hospitals in protecting and securing buildings against certain types of events. 

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Weather-Related Events

Agencies and providers must have plans for addressing weather-related emergencies such as excessive heat, severe winter

weather, coastal storms, and hurricanes that could potentially create health emergencies and disrupt health care facility operations. GNYHA has worked with members and planning and response agencies to prepare for a variety of weather-related emergencies. Planning for weather-related emergencies should include a review of staffing plans, communication systems, power systems, supply and other resource needs, and evacuation and/or sheltering plans.

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Workforce / Volunteer Issues

During an emergency, localities and health care facilities may need to supplement their workforces to adequately protect

the public’s health and care for patients. To continue providing high-quality patient care, health care facilities that use volunteers should ensure that volunteer staff are appropriately credentialed before granting them privileges to provide services. GNYHA provides resources to assist members in preparing for the need to staff or provide volunteers in the event of an emergency.

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Ebola

GNYHA has collected resources and information for members in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

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Pandemic

GNYHA has a number of resources to help hospitals prepare for and respond to seasonal influenza and pandemic influenza. 

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Zika Virus

GNYHA has gathered a number of resources to help hospitals prepare for and respond to Zika Virus

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