Four Phases of Effective Emergency Management
The Joint Commission defines emergency management as a process of:
Mitigation: Make plans ahead of time to lessen the severity and impact of an emergency.
Preparation: Build needed organization facilities, including supplies, equipment, agreement with vendors, staff orientation and training, a planning process and organization-wide drills.
Response: Define actions staff would take when confronted by an emergency, such as reporting to pre-arranged locations. Plan for a warning and notification process, priority setting, and liaison with other organizations.
Recovery: Take steps to restore a essential services and resume normal operations, plan for staff support and community response.
Click here for further discussion of the emergency management standards and what it entails, review the December 2001 issue of Joint Commission Perspectives on "Emergency Management In The New Millennium."


 Contact Numbers
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
NJ Dept of Health
Office of Emergency Management (NJ)
NJ State Police
US Dept of Health & Human Services,
Office of Emergency Preparedness
National Disaster Medical System



Code Triage
Your link to Online Disaster Preparedness Resources

Hospital Leadership Emergency Preparedness Incident Command/Management Training course now available
Forward any questions to Philip Solomon, Trinitas
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator 908-527-5222 x22






Hazardous Substance Data Bank (TOXNET)



Material Safety Data Sheets/Micro-organisms



NJ Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet


Emergency & 1st Responders



Eye Safety



Self-Care Tips for Emergency & Disaster Response Workers


Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Disaster (NBC)



Bioterrism Agent Wall Chart
This wall chart provides information for the more likely biological weapons, common presenting signs/symptoms, communicability, decontamination methods, recommended isolation precautions, prophylaxis for exposed persons and therapy.


Chemical & Biological Terrorism: Research & Development to Improve


Civilian & Medical Response (National Academy Press)


DOD Center for Biological Defense


Initial Management of Irradiated or Radioactively Contaminated


Managing Radiation Emergencies: Hospital Emergency Care


Managing Radiation Emergencies: Prehospital Emergency Services


Medical Management of Biological
Warfare Agent Casualties (Virtual Naval Hospital)


Medical Management of Radiological Casualties (Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Inst)Medical NBC Online


Medical NBC Online



Personnel Contamination Management (Virtual Navy Hospital)



Treatment of Biological Warfare
Agent Casualties (Virtual Naval Hospital)



US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense



USAMRICD Medical Chemical & Biological Defense





American Red Cross Home Page



Centers for Disease Control



APIC (Assoc Professionals in Infection Control Bioterrorism Resources)


Preparedness & Response



AHA Disaster Readiness



APIC Mass Casualty Disaster Plan Checklist



Biological & Chemical Terrorism: Strategic Plan
This plan developed from the CDC addresses deliberate dissemination of biological or chemical agents. Success of the plan relies on strengthening relationships between medical and public health professionals and building partnerships with emergency management, the military and law enforcement professionals.



Bioterrorism as a Public Health Threat



Bioterrorism fact sheets



CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Response


CDC Strategic Plan for Readiness & Response



ER Procedures in Chemical Hazard Emergencies: A Job Aid



MMWR Biological & Chemical Terrorism Strategic Plan for Preparedness & Response



National Hurricane Center


Video Links (Real Player or Windows Media Player)



Dark Winter



Medical NBC Online (US Army) [Click on Training]



What Every Clinician Should Know: Anthrax (CD)



What Every Clinician Should Know: Smallpox (CDC) updated July 2003




Additional Resources



Applying Lessons from Anthrax Case History to Other Scenarios
CDC uses a Baltimore hospital as a test case



Joint Commission newsletter



UMDNJ & Coriell Research Library Biological, Chemical & Nuclear Disaster website


Articles: JAMA (HTML & PDF)



Aftermath of a Hypothetical Smallpox Disaster, CDC, Special Issue, July/Aug 2002



"Anthrax as a Biological Weapon"



Anthrax Facts: Reemergence of ancient disease calls for update of management, Postgraduate Medicine January 200



"Botulinum Toxin"



How to survive a "dirty bomb", Cohen, June 10, 2002



The Medical Impact of a Bioterrorist Attack: all media hype or clearly a potential nightmare?, Postgraduate Medicine August 1999





Bird Flu Information



Bird Flu



CDC Bird Flu Fact Sheets



Pandemic Preparedness Checklist


Emotional Well-being & Recovery



Coping After Terrorism (DOJ)



Helping Children & Adolescents Cope with Violence & Disasters



How Do I Deal With My Feelings?



How Do I Talk to My Children About Terrorism: 20 Tips for Parents



OVC Handbook for Coping After Terrorism



Recommended Books on Grief Trauma,
PTSD, Survivor Guilt: for adults (PDF/NJHA)



Self-Care & Self-Help Following Disasters Fact Sheet



Tips for College Students: Coping with Disaster




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