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Disaster Planning Drills and Readiness Assessment

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Slide Presentation by Mary Massey

On April 15, 2003, Mary Massey made a presentation in the Web-Assisted Audioconference entitled Disaster Planning Drills and Readiness Assessment.

The is the text version of Ms. Massey's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (2.4 MB).

Disaster Planning Drills and Readiness Assessment

Mary Massey, R.N., B.S.N.
Disaster Coordinator
Anaheim Memorial Medical Center
Anaheim, CA

Slide 1

Disaster Planning Drills

Slide contains one graphic and three photographs. The graphic is of the State of California. Graphic pin-points the geographical location of Anaheim, California by using an icon of a baseball player. The three other photos were taken during various disaster drills and depict activities that took place during those drills.

Slide 2

Types of Drills

  • Facility.
  • Net/County.
  • MMRS (Metropolitan Medical Response System).
  • Statewide.

Text is accompanied by a photograph of two firefighters carrying a "victim" from an airplane during a drill.

Slide 3

Key Lessons Learned

  • Identify the objectives.
  • Bring all the players together.
  • Build the relationships.

Text is accompanied by an aerial photograph of a drill scene, including tents, emergency vehicles, victims lying on the road, and rescue workers.

Slide 4

Building Relationships

  • Bring all the players together.

Text is accompanied by three photographs. One showing fire-fighters sitting at a table. The second depicting a group of health care workers. Third with three members of a planning team.

Slide 5

Community-Wide Plan

  • JCAHO Emergency Preparedness standard 1.6

    Section O: alternate roles and responsibilities of personnel during emergencies, including who they report to within a command structure that is consistent with that used by the local community.

Slide 6

Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS)

Basic Incidence Command Structure

Slide contains an organizational chart of the Incidence command structure. The Incident Commander heads the structure, followed by the Liaison Officer, the Information Officer, and the Safety/Security Officer. The next level of command includes the Finance, Planning, Operations, and Logistics sections.

This chart is accompanied by two photos, one of a working group of four people and the other of a notebook, some papers, and a uniform vest.

Slide 7

HEICS: Emergency Management System Unifies Hospitals With Other Emergency Responders

  • Chain of command.
  • Common terminology.
  • Flexible.

Text is followed by two photos, one is of an ambulance, and rescue workers, and the other of a hospital emergency room during a drill.

Slide 8

Other Lessons Learned

  • Mistakes are OK.
    • Document the problems.
    • Find a solution.
    • Test it at the next drill.

Text is accompanied by a photograph of firefighters and "victims" in an outdoor triage area.

Slide 9

Standardized Forms

  • Patient tracking forms.
  • HEICS job action sheets.
  • Standardized critique forms.

Text is followed by a photograph of a drill participant reviewing paper work.

Slide 10


  • HEICS Web site:
  • HRSA funding.
  • MMRS funding.
  • Office of Domestic Preparedness classes.
  • Creativity and elbow grease.
  • Text is accompanied by a photograph of emergency responders in protective suits decontaminating a "victim."

Slide 11


Having the best disaster drill ideas in the world won't work unless everyone knows the plan

Text is accompanied by a photograph of one male addressing an audience of drill participants.

Slide 12

Standardized Forms

  • Patient tracking forms.
  • HEICS job action sheets.
  • Standardized critique forms.

Current as of July 2003

Internet Citation:

Disaster Planning Drills and Readiness Assessment. Text Version of a Slide Presentation at a Web-assisted Audioconference. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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