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1. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) National Network Learning Session: Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning
Date Published: 5/14/2020
Format: Video or Multimedia
Annotation: This one-hour, 25-minute webinar focuses on the 2019 California Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS), including stories from the community, barriers experienced, coordination across public and private agencies, and effective strategies that could become best practices. Speakers discuss how the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and Independent Living Centers (ILC) are partnering with other stakeholders across the state to support people with disabilities and older adults during different types of disasters....[more] [less]
Authors: Mills, Christina; Acton, Ana
Type: Instructional/Training Material
ID: 22271. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
2. Exchange Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 10: Preparing for and Responding to Wildfires and Planned Outages
Date Published: 3/2020
Format: PDF
Annotation: This 32-page issue of The Exchange from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) highlights lessons learned (from the responder, practitioner, and planner perspectives in Colorado and California) specific to wildfire evacuation, patient tracking and repatriation, managing planned power shutoffs, and planning for the future. Article topics include Challenges and Considerations for Healthcare Facilities and Residents Affected by Planned Power Outages; and Challenges Associated with Wildfires and Planned Power Outages....[more] [less]
Authors: McGraw, Dave; Bryant, Karen; Fitzgerald, Susan; Weil, Joshua; Relucio, Karen; et al.
Type: Report
ID: 21079. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
3. Disaster Response: Federal Assistance and Selected States and Territory Efforts to Identify Deaths from 2017 Hurricanes
Date Published: 9/2019
Format: PDF
Annotation: This 49-page report discusses how Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico identified and documented deaths related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017, and any challenges they experienced; the support selected federal agencies provided to Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico involving disaster-related deaths; and the number of Funeral Assistance applications the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) received, approved, and denied for the 2017 hurricanes. Puerto Rico officials said damaged roads, power outages, and shortages of medical examiner staff and equipment initially made it harder to identify deaths and certify them as disaster-related....[more] [less]
Authors: Currie, Christopher
Type: Report
Access Notes: Direct link to document: https://www.gao.gov/assets/710/701332.pdf
ID: 19996. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
4. PrepTalks: Left in the Dark: Power Outages in an Interconnected World
Date Published: 9/2019
Format: Video or Multimedia
Annotation: This 26-minute presentation discusses the fundamentals of electricity, vulnerabilities and power outages, and consequences of power outages. Emergency management considerations mentioned include establishing relationships with utility companies, conducting community outreach to educate the community on the impact of an extended power outage, and determining how an emergency management team is preparing for an extended power outage....[more] [less]
Authors: Konschnik, Kate
Type: Instructional/Training Material
ID: 20777. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
5. Healthcare Facilities and Power Outages: Guidance for State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Sector Partners
Date Published: 8/2019
Format: PDF
Annotation: This 44-page document, published with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, provides guidance and resources on improving healthcare facility resilience to power outages. It informs state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; first responders; utility companies; and healthcare facilities on healthcare facility preparedness standards and challenges; ways to integrate emergency preparedness efforts throughout the whole community; and methods for prioritizing assistance to hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities during power outages....[more] [less]
Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool
ID: 19908. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
6. Topic Collection: Utility Failures
Date Published: 7/17/2019
Format: Text
Annotation: This Topic Collection from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange, updated in July 2019, provides resources about utility failures, and include lessons learned from recent disasters, case studies, and toolkits designed to help healthcare planners prepare to respond to, continue functioning during, and recover from post-disaster utility failures. Resources are in categories that include Education and Training, Guidance, Lessons Learned, and Plans, Tools, and Templates....[more] [less]
Type: Bibliography/Resource List
Access Notes: Link to resource from February 2017 in a PDF file: https://files.asprtracie.hhs.gov/documents/utility-failure.pdf
ID: 14351. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
7. Building Resilient Home Health Care with Energy Storage
Date Published: 6/27/2019
Format: Video or Multimedia
Annotation: This one-hour webinar, co-sponsored by the Clean Energy Group, features a discussion of how resilient backup power technologies could benefit medically vulnerable households, and how battery storage and solar technologies can mitigate risks when power outages due to storms, fires, or other disasters impact the home medical devices that the medically vulnerable need to survive. A speaker also presents a case study from Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria of PV-battery storage systems for powering critical loads during emergencies....[more] [less]
Authors: Mango, Marriele; Shapiro, Annie; Finne, Kristen; Ahumada-Paras, Mareldi
Type: Instructional/Training Material
Access Notes: This training can be found in the Public Health Foundation TRAIN Learning Network at: https://www.train.org/main/course/1087656.
ID: 20152. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
8. Home Health Care in the Dark: Why Climate, Wildfires and Other Risks Call for New Resilient Energy Storage Solutions to Protect Medically Vulnerable Households From Power Outages
Date Published: 6/4/2019
Format: PDF
Annotation: This 34-page report examines the risks associated with power outages for individuals reliant on electricity for in-home medical and mobility equipment. It discusses how natural disasters and severe weather are resulting in more frequent and longer duration power outages, and current energy security technologies and policies will need to adjust to meet the needs of the home health care community. The report includes concrete recommendations for policymakers and public health professionals....[more] [less]
Authors: Shapiro, Annie; Robinson, Marrielle
Type: Report
ID: 20176. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
9. How it Works: The Supply Chain in Disasters and Disease Outbreaks
Date Published: 6/2019
Format: Text
Annotation: When a disaster causes facility damage, transportation issues, power outages, and related generator fuel shortages, the pharmaceutical supply chain is threatened. This web page details in text and illustrations how private companies, nonprofits, and the government collaborate in the wake of disasters to protect and stabilize the healthcare supply chain. It includes an interactive graphic to view more information about the supply chain during disasters and disease outbreaks....[more] [less]
Type: Web Page
ID: 19473. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
10. Accident and Incident Reporting Policies and Procedures
Date Published: 2/2019
Format: PDF
Annotation: The purpose of this six-page Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is to describe the procedures for reporting all laboratory accidents and incidents (e.g., spills, potential exposures to biological materials, failure of biosafety cabinet and other equipment, power failure, medical emergencies) that occur in and around the laboratory. It includes a three-page Accident and Incident Report Form to be filed after all near-misses, spills, accidents, and incidents....[more] [less]
Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool
ID: 19132. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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