Hazard-Specific Resources

Hospital Reception Sites and Family Reunification

Mass Casualty

Armed Violent Intruder Planning Resources

In light of the increased instances of active shooter situations impacting our nation recently, below are several resources available related to preparing for an appropriate response.

Active Shooter Planning and Response: Learn How to Survive a Shooting Event in a Healthcare Setting
The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, a public/private partnership under the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, has developed a guide for health care organizations to prepare for active shooter emergencies. Active collaboration with local law enforcement - including planning for exercises, on-site communication and sweeps, re-entry following an incident, etc. - is described in detail. Read More.

Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events - Discussion Paper
A discussion paper from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Disasters that examines issues and potential best practices during responses to terrorist shootings, bombings, and similar mass casualty events. Read more.

Quick Safety - Issue Four, July 2014 - Preparing for active shooter situations
It is an unfortunate fact that violence occurs in health care facilities. The Joint Commission has received reports from its accredited organizations of violent criminal events including assault, rape, homicide and suicide. Since January 2010, The Joint Commission has received reports of 16 shootings that resulted in 27 deaths. Read full issue.

Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program

Active Shooter Preparedness Resource Guide for Hospitals - A resource for mitigating active shooter situations in health care settings. Learn more.


Infant Abduction

For Healthcare Professionals: Guidelines on prevention of and response to infant abductions, 10th edition
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides guidance regarding environmental, procedural, and human risk factors for infant abduction in health care settings. Mitigation and response activities are described, along with family and staff support strategies during investigation and recovery. Learn more.


Medical Surge


Communications/Continuity of Operations Resources