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Hospital Preparedness Pocket Guide

This resource was developed by AHRQ as part of its Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011. Many of AHRQ's PHEP materials and activities will be supported by other Federal agencies. Notice of transfer to another agency will be posted on this site.

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This guide is designed to provide hospital evacuation decision teams with organized and systematic guidance on how to consider the many factors that bear on the decision to order an evacuation, and assist decision teams in identifying some of the special situations, often overlooked, that may exist in their facility or geographic area that could affect the decision to evacuation.

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Prepared by:
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

Melissa Cheung, MPH
Anh-Thu Vu, M.S.
Doris R. Varlese, Esq.
Wei Xiong, Ph.D.
Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH


Hospital Preparedness Exercises
Types of Exercises
Exercise Requirements
Exercise Documentation
Maximizing Efficacy And Efficiency of Exercises
HSEEP Exercise Methodology
Useful Web Sites
Commonly-Used Acronyms And Abbreviations


The Hospital Preparedness Exercises Pocket Guide was prepared for AHRQ by Weill Cornell Medical College with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response under Contract No. HHSA29020060000181.

The content of this document is intended to provide a resource for hospitals in planning, conducting, and evaluating exercises and should not be construed as representing standards of care or recommendations on how to respond to specific types of incidents. No statement in this document should be construed as the official position of AHRQ or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This document is in the public domain and may be used and reprinted without permission except those copyrighted materials noted for which further reproduction is prohibited without specific permission of copyright holders.

AHRQ Publication No. 10-0001-3
Current as of December 2010


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