Domain 5 - Policies and Plans

Standard 5.4

Maintain an all hazards emergency operations plan.

Health departments play important roles in preparing for and responding to disasters, including preventing the spread of disease, protecting against environmental public health hazards, preventing injuries, assisting communities in recovery, and assuring the quality and accessibility of health and health care services following a disaster. Disasters include: natural disasters (such as floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes), manmade or technological disasters (such as bridge or building collapses, nuclear accidents, and chemical releases), and terrorism (such as anthrax or other biological terrorism, chemical terrorism, radiological/nuclear terrorism, or bombings). Plans for responding to emergencies are critical to being prepared for effective public health action during disasters and similar emergency events and for building community resilience over time.

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This Standard does not yet have any examples submitted. If your state health agency has identified high-quality documentation that conforms to these Measures, please consider submitting for inclusion in the Accreditation Library. 

To submit example documentation, please download and complete the Submission Form, and forward, along with the documentation to accreditation@astho.org. ASTHO staff will review submissions on a rolling basis and contact you if your document is selected for posting.

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