Emergency Preparedness Resources for Home Care

Staff Education

Register Now for Free April Programs on Emergency Preparedness

Sessions to discuss prominent issues, including recent advancement of ‘essential personnel’ legislation, local experiences, regulatory changes and more

HCA reminds members that we are holding a series of free programs on home care emergency preparedness in regions throughout the state, including Long Island (April 1), New York City (April 1), Syracuse (April 9), the Capital Region (April 17), and the Hudson Valley (April 25).

These sessions are a great way for your entire emergency preparedness teams to get the latest information on major new policy and regulatory developments affecting your organization.  

Amid a particularly intense winter – and following recent large-scale weather disasters like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene – emergency-preparedness issues remain at the forefront of state policy-making. HCA’s upcoming regional briefings on emergency preparedness will examine these policy issues as well as concerns specific to your region.

During the upcoming emergency preparedness briefings, HCA will not only discuss pending legislation like the ‘essential personnel’ bill but we will also update participants on several areas of work we have conducted with the state Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) including: the connection between providers and regional Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPCs); addressing regulatory barriers in emergency conditions; identifying and addressing special issues associated with flood/coastal zones and other geographic challenges; training, competency and use of the Incident Command System in home and community based care; and Transportation Assistance Level (TAL) categories for planned evacuation of patients before an emergency.

Member suggestions are welcome in advance of the meetings for any additional items you would like addressed. Please e-mail HCA Executive Vice President Al Cardillo at acardillo@hcanys.org, and please register for these sessions today.

>Register for this program

State Department of Health Online Training: Personal Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that health care employees are provided with education about many types of safety issues encountered in the workplace. During this training, participants will learn the most up-to-date information about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), N-95 respiratory protection, OSHA and Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) requirements.

Course objectives:

-Determine when and why to use PPE
-Identify OSHA Standard Requirements
-Identify jobs and tasks that require PPE
-Examine various types of PPE
-Complete a hazard assessment
-Understand respirator use requirements


Eileen M. Franko, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Director, Bureau of Occupational Health, NYS Department of Health; former OSHA Compliance Officer

How to Register:

Participants should enroll in training through the New York State Department of Health Learning Management System (LMS). Click on https://www.nylearnsph.com. Further instructions can be found by downloading the course flyer below.

>PPE Training Course Flyer (PDF)

Questions Regarding Training:

Direct questions to prepedap@health.state.ny.us.

Emergency Preparedness 101 Webinar Handouts and Audio

The following handouts are for use in conjunction with HCA’s Emergency Preparedness 101 Webinar, which took place on June 19, 2012. To hear audio of the session, download the mp3 here.

[audio: http://homecareprepare.com/preparesite/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/EP101audio.mp3]

Full Page Slides

EP 101 Slides
Emergency Sheltering Slides
RDD Tabletop Slides

Documents for Tabletops

“Plan Checker” (for note
taking during exercise)

Plan Checker docx
Plan Checker pdf

After Action Report

AAR Template docx
AAR Template pdf


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