Functional Capabilities: Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues

  • Contractual issues; Human resource and personnel issues; Information from/coordination with regulators; Privacy issues; Ethical issues; Environmental issues; Waivers; Liability associated with vaccine distribution and administering and volunteerism.
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Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families: Workshop SummaryPreparedness, Response and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families is the summary of a workshop convened in June, 2013 by the Institute of Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events to discuss disaster preparedness, response, and resilience relative to the needs of children and families, including children with special health care needs.
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
  • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
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Emergency Authority and Immunity Toolkit: Liability Issues in EmergenciesConcerns about liability: A finding of legal responsibility for an act or failure to act, regularly arise during emergency response situations. Individual government employees, volunteers, and healthcare professionals, as well as entities such as businesses and nonprofits, worry about potential liability for their actions during an emergency. Existing and new federal and state protections against liability have been created to address the concerns of volunteers and others involved in emergency responses.
  • Legal, liability, and regulatory issues, constraints/waivers
  • Management of non-governmental support and volunteers
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
Health and Climate Change Policy Responses to Protect Public HealthThe 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change has been formed to map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international in nature, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China.
  • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
  • Plans and Integration
  • Response Challenges
Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health DirectorsThis guide is intended to be used by state, local, and tribal public health professionals who are responsible for initiating public health response activities during the first 24 hours (i.e., the acute phase) of an emergency or disaster. It has templates.
  • Damage assessment
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
Comprehensive Community Bio-Event Resilience Action Plan for the Puget Sound RegionCovers the need to have an effective regional organizational structure for recovery and long-term restoration after a major bio-event or disaster with a well-defined decision-making process that involves the range of key stakeholder organizations necessary to make informed decisions on priority issues, taking into account health and safety, economic, and political considerations. Includes priorities.
  • Debris removal and disposal
  • Effective multi-jurisdiction/cross-sector integrated command structure for response and initial recovery
  • Emergency mutual assistance agreements
  • Health, Emergency Services workforce recruitment, availability, maintenance, occupational health and safety, and certification
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  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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Blue Cascased VI Regional Tabletop Exercise: Focus - Pandemic and Severe Flooding Challenges to Health & Safety Community Resilience in the Puget Sound RegionPuget Sound stakeholders with state and federal agency partners conducted a regional tabletop exercise focused on ways to improve community health and safety for a significant flood during a pandemic. Puget Sound stakeholders with state and federal agency partners conducted a regional tabletop exercise focused on ways to improve community health and safety for a significant flood during a pandemic.
  • Financial resources for public and private sector restoration
  • Pet and animal management, veterinary stockpiles, and dead animal disposal
  • Public outreach, information, and education
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Financial and Broader Resourcing Challenges
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
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Medical Surge Capacity and Capability: A Management System for Integrating Medical and Health Resources during Large-scale EmergenciesThe Medical Surge Capacity and Capability (MSCC) handbook was published in August 2004 to describe a systematic approach for managing the medical and public health response to an emergency or disaster.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • Emergency mutual assistance agreements
  • Health resilience assessment and measurement approaches for facilities, assets, and communities
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
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  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
State of Illinois Disaster Recovery PlanThe Plan aims to provide a conceptual overview of state recovery operations, identifying the responsibilities and resources of each agency participating in disaster recovery. It also identifies short- and long-term recovery tasks
  • Damage assessment
  • Debris removal and disposal
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
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  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
  • Recovery and Long-Term Restoration Issues
Arizona Pandemic Influenza Response PlanTo lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic, the State of AZ has created this Influenza Pandemic Response Plan to promote an effective response throughout the pandemic. The AZ Department of Health Services, AZ Division of Emergency Management, local health departments and other partners and stakeholders. It is also an annex to the AZ State Emergency Response and Recovery Plan. In keeping with the national model, the Plan identifies responsible parties and prescribes necessary actions, based on the World Health Organization /U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Legal, liability, and regulatory issues, constraints/waivers
  • Medical waste management
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
  • Response Challenges
Wyoming volunteer reception center builds rural first responder workforce and tackles liability issuesThis is an "article" from the CIDRAP site. In Wyoming's rural Natrona County, the local health agency and a volunteer commission partnered to define clear roles and responsibilities during a disaster. The partnership created a center for recruitment, training, liability coverage, and management of disaster volunteers.
  • Management of non-governmental support and volunteers
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
Public Assistance: Debris Management Guide (FEMA-325)FEMA encourages State and local governments, tribal authorities, and private non-profit organizations to take a proactive approach to coordinating and managing debris removal operations as part of their overall emergency management plan. This guide provides applicants with a programmatic and operational framework for structuring their own debris management plan or ensuring that their existing plan is consistent with FEMA’s eligibility criteria.
  • Debris removal and disposal
  • Emergency mutual assistance agreements
  • Environmental health management
  • Legal, liability, and regulatory issues, constraints/waivers
  • Pet and animal management, veterinary stockpiles, and dead animal disposal
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Legal, Policy, and Liability Issues
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