Our Nation’s health care facilities (HCFs) are entrusted with providing expert medical care in safe and secure environments for patients, staff, and visitors. HCFs include hospitals, health clinics, hospices, long-term care facilities, academic medical centers, group medical care facilities, and physicians’ and other health care providers’ offices. HCFs are faced with planning for emergencies of all kinds, ranging from active shooters, hostage situations, and other similar security challenges, as well as threats from fires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and pandemics of infectious diseases. Many of these emergencies occur with little to no warning; therefore, it is critical for HCFs to plan in advance to help ensure the safety, security, and general welfare of all members of the health care community.
This document is primarily designed to encourage facilities to consider how to better prepare for an active shooter incident.
The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have excellent resources for planning, conducting and evaluating a Table Top or Full-Scale Exercise. They are an excellent starting point for you to build a exercise that meets your goals, is conducted safely and that will measurable outcomes.
The resources are free but can be overwhelming. If you have questions, let me know. I will be glad to help you get started.