Fostering collaboration across the Federal government to enhance readiness for catastrophic incidents
Large-scale catastrophic incidents such as natural disasters, epidemics, air or rail crashes, infrastructure/utility outages, extreme weather and terrorist attacks, can happen anywhere, with little or no warning, and can have devastating effects on communities. Experience has shown that EMS systems are essential to the nation’s preparation for emergency medical response to such incidents.
Preparedness requires a coordinated national effort involving every level of government, as well as the private sector, nongovernmental organizations and individuals. In recognition of this fact, the Federal Interagency Council on EMS (FICEMS) recently designated improving EMS system all-hazard preparedness as one of four key focal areas.
To help meet this critical need, NHTSA’s Office of EMS is part of a national focus on integrating EMS into planning and preparedness initiatives. Our role is one of vision, information-sharing, coordination and fostering collaboration among the many different stakeholders.
Emergency Preparedness Grant Coordination
Information on Emergency Preparedness Grant Coordination
The Emergency Preparedness Grant Coordination effort is a multi-agency activity that identifies preparedness activities and areas for collaboration across federal grants with public health and healthcare preparedness components. Each agency has a unique role in supporting essential activities for preparing the Nation for public health emergencies and disasters. Together, these agencies strengthen accountability, strategic alignment, and strategic connectivity across programs, policies and activities.
Infographic on Emergency Preparedness Grant Coordination
A visualization of the coordination among five Federal agencies engaged in emergency preparedness grant funding.
Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Triage
FICEMS Report on the National Implementation of the Model Uniform Core Criteria (MUCC) for Mass Casualty Incident Triage
This report provides background on the national implementation of the MUCC principles and provides recommended strategies and action steps to be taken by FICEMS member agencies to support national implementation of the MUCC.
Efficacy of Prehospital Application of Tourniquets and Hemostatic Dressings
This report analyzes the military's use of tourniquets and hemostatic dressings and its potential benefits for civilian use.
Pediatric Disaster Triage Training Course (free and online)
This disaster triage course will discuss how to recognize a disaster, the rationale for pediatric disaster triage, and common triage strategies applicable to disaster response. Application of the information through the use of several case studies and embedded quizzes will illustrate the concepts discussed in the training.
Mass Casualty Triage Training Course (free and online)
The National Disaster Life Support Foundation developed a training program to teach mass casualty triage to first responders. This on-line training program consists of a 22 minute video, links to articles on SALT Mass Casualty Triage and a downloadable powerpoint set for teaching SALT Triage to others. The program has a short 5 question quiz that upon successful completion will result in a certificate of completion.
Ebola Virus Disease Guidance
FICEMS Report on EMS System Ebola Preparedness
Released by the FICEMS Technical Working Group in 2014, this memorandum lists several specific actions for FICEMS to take to ensure preparedness for Ebola and other infectious diseases.
Guidance for Interfacility Transport of Persons with Ebola Virus Disease
EMS officials, managers, and medical directors can use this information to develop transport networks, transport plans, and standard operating procedures, protocols, and training for interfacility transport of persons under investigation or confirmed patients with Ebola Virus Disease.
Pandemic Influenza Guidance
State EMS System Pandemic Influenza Preparedness - A Report of the FICEMS
This FICEMS report was designed to improve coordination among FICEMS member agencies on EMS system pandemic influenza preparedness.
Preparing for Pandemic Influenza: Recommendations for Protocol Development for 911 Personnel and Public Safety Answering Points
This document provides specific recommendations for 911 personnel and Public Safety Answering Points in preparing for and responding to an influenza pandemic.
EMS Pandemic Influenza Guidelines for Statewide Adoption
This document is intended to be used as a framework for pandemic influenza planning. It provides general guidance, considerations, references and ideas that can enhance the optimal delivery of emergency care and 911 services during an influenza pandemic.
EMS Infectious Disease Playbook
This document, developed at the request of HHS ASPR, unifies multiple sources of information in a single planning document addressing the full spectrum of infectious agents to create a concise reference resource for EMS agencies developing their service policies
Emergency Response Guidebook
PHSMA's 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help quickly identify emergency response procedures to deal with hazmat transportation accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.
Coping with and Mitigating the Effects of Shortages of Emergency Medications
This document summarizes coping strategies and tactics to reduce the effect of emergency-care drug shortages on patient care.