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Disaster Response

East West Protection (EWP) offers a customized, systematic evaluation of public health and medical effects concerning potential threats. All-Hazards Preparedness System (APS) allows clients to fully implement a collaborative incident command system, assuring adequate situational awareness, operational command and control including: action planning, logistics management, financial management, and the ability to recover assets efficiently upon completion of the response.

The All-Hazard Preparedness System (APS) also provides clients with the needed training to optimize emergency management, assuring that clients have systematic and comprehensive abilities to save lives, reduce the burden of suffering, and rapidly recover from threatening events.

All-Hazards Preparedness System (APS)

A public health and medical emergency management system that includes four core elements:

  • Preparedness
  • Detection
  • Response
  • Communications, Command and Control

The EWP Advantage:

  • Experience in leading and managing public health and medical disasters
  • Assistance to a major hospital system in response to disasters
  • Establish and utilize Alternate Care Site (ACS) for COVID-19 patients

Emergency Management

The four phases of Emergency Management make up a continuous cycle of planning and action undertaken by public health and health care systems, communities, and/or individuals. These phases ensure the ability of systems and facilities to mitigate, prepare, quickly respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies, particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine healthcare capabilities.

The EWP Advantage:

  • Assess individual facility's or healthcare system's, compliance with Emergency Preparedness rules and regulations (e.g., CMS; JCAHO; ASPR; State and local jurisdictions)
  • Develop and deliver HSEEP compliant exercises to test and validate plans and procedures

Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical information about an incident. More simply, it is knowing what is going on around you and what the information means to you now and in the future. Situational Awareness requires continuous monitoring of relevant sources of information regarding actual incidents and developing hazards.

Connectivity of data systems in public health, EMS agencies and hospitals to each other and other community partners is paramount to ensure effective emergency response management.

The EWP Advantage:

  • Review and provide recommendations on the processes and systems used to collect, analyze and validate essential elements of information (EEI)
  • Recommend standard operating procedures (SOP), memorandums of understanding (MOUs), and training to support information/knowledge management
  • Research and recommend secure and adaptable systems for gathering and sharing data

Supply Chain Management

The supply chain is an essential component of a healthcare provider’s emergency management plan. Supply chain specialists should be involved in a hospital’s Hazard Vulnerability Assessment process as well as in its Emergency Management Plan review and updating process.

Disaster response planning is a much more difficult task than preparing for the day-to-day emergencies that a healthcare facility or system faces. Disaster planning goes beyond the healthcare facility walls. It involves coordination with community partners and federal and state responders. Disaster planning calls for everyone to work together for a common goal: to meet the needs of the community in a time of extreme devastation.

The EWP Advantage:

  • Review, design and help implement efficient logistics warehouse setup and flow to optimize allocated space and operational agility
  • Design and deliver various trainings and exercise support targeted at Supply Chain management

Emergency Operations Center

An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency management functions at a strategic level to ensure continuity of operation of a company, political subdivision or other organization.

An EOC is responsible for strategic direction and operational decisions and does not normally directly control field assets, instead leaving tactical decisions to lower commands. The common functions of an EOC are to:

  • Collect, gather and analyze data
  • Make decisions that protect life and property, and maintain continuity of the organization, within the scope of applicable laws
  • Disseminate those decisions to all concerned agencies and individuals

The EWP Advantage:

  • Assess current protocols for EOC operation outlining strengths, weaknesses, opportunities for improvements
  • Identify potential alliances with other health and safety partners and broker introductions for planning and response opportunities

Risk Assessment

Hospitals typically have a general emergency management plan in place but may not have a program that specifically prepares staff for a large-scale incident or a smaller hazardous materials situation, such as an industrial accident. To adequately provide care and ensure patient and staff safety during disaster preparedness and response, (e.g. A public health emergency or other natural disasters) the planning process should address the four phases of emergency management to include:

Facility Risk Assessment – This multidisciplinary process should include representatives from all services involved in disaster planning and response including infection control, infectious disease, and safety staff.

Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) – Conducting a HVA is a requirement in the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. The Joint Commission Emergency Management standards and NFPA (Healthcare 99-101, Chapter 12, Emergency Management) also require an HVA. Multiple tools and resources are available to help healthcare organizations and public health departments prioritize their planning efforts based on these identified hazards. 

The EWP Advantage:

  • Possesses up-to-date knowledge of CMS, ASPR and JCAHO regulations to ensure healthcare facility compliance with regulatory standards, help identify gaps and provide recommendations
  • Provide assessments of HVAs and associated emergency management response plans to the largest non-governmental hospital system in the US
  • Engagement with several healthcare systems during the COVID-19 Pandemic in response to needs for Alternate Care Site and Crisis Standards of Care planning