Planning Resources 

This section contains several types of planning resources: comprehensive planning guides for developing, revising, and/or evaluating existing response plans; publicly available infectious disease response plans from public health and healthcare organizations; information on legal and regulatory considerations, and reporting and surveillance resources.



  • EMS Infectious Diseases Playbook  EMS
    The purpose of this playbook is to unify multiple sources of information in a single planning document addressing the full spectrum of infectious agents, in order to create a concise reference resource for EMS agencies developing their service policies. It includes guidance on Dispatch/Responder Actions; Standard, Contact, Droplet, Airborne, Special Respiratory, and EVD-VHF precautions; and a section with resources and special considerations.

  • Managing Solid Waste Contaminated with a Category A Infectious Substance
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ASPR
    The main component of this guidance addresses planning for Category A waste management activities, including considerations for developing, evaluating, and revising organizational (e.g., hospital) or jurisdictional (e.g., state, territorial, or local) plans. Several accompanying appendices provide users with information about pathogens classified as Category A infectious substances, decision-making for waste treatment and disposal activities, communicating effectively about safe waste management and associated issues, and additional related resources.

  • Hospital All‐Hazards (HAH) Self‐Assessment   Hospitals
    This self-assessment is designed to help assess and identify potential gaps in a facility's all-hazards emergency plans. It is suited to evaluating an already trained hospital staff. Upon completing the HAH, it can be use it to modify aspects of these plan(s). Individuals are encouraged to update the HAH as changes to plan(s) are made, and to include the HAH with preparedness planning documents. The HAH is geared towards hospital preparedness staff, including planners, administrators, and other key personnel. Facilities may share this information with community partners (such as local public health, emergency management, and other healthcare entities) to integrate all plans into a coordinated community plan. 

  • 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities  
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ASPR
    Intended to assist state, local, Healthcare Coalition, and ESF #8 planners identify gaps in preparedness, determine specific priorities, and develop plans for building and sustaining healthcare specific capabilities. Capability 4 is Medical Surge: Health care organizations—including hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS), and out of-hospital providers—deliver timely and efficient care to their patients even when the demand for health care services exceeds available supply. Objective 2 of Capability 4 is Respond to a Medical Surge: Health care organizations and the HCC will need to respond to a surge in demand for health care services because of an emergency. Activity 9 (page 53) is Enhance Infectious Disease Preparedness and Surge Response: Both health care organizations and the HCC have roles in planning for and responding to infectious disease outbreaks that stress either the capacity and/or capability of the health care delivery system.

  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities   Public Health
    The 2018 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: National Standards for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Public Health recognizes the maturity and experience jurisdictional public health emergency preparedness and response programs have gained since 2011. As with the 2011 version, technical content is informed by applicable guidance, science, practice, and input from subject matter 



  • Infectious Disease Emergency Response Plan   Public Health
    San Francisco Department of Public Health
    This Infectious Disease Emergency Response (IDER) Plan is a functional response guide for the Incident Commander and other responders. The IDER Plan includes a Core Plan, four scenario-based Annexes, and Appendices. The Core Plan is modular and provides overall guidance for infectious disease emergencies. Depending on the situation parts of the plan can be activated and deactivated as necessary. The Annexes include specific recommendations for the following situations: Respiratory Aerosol Transmissible Diseases, Bioterrorism Events, Biological Agent Detection in the Environment, and Waterborne Outbreaks or Threats.

  • Ebola Virus Disease Incident Response Guide   Hospitals
    Bellevue Hospital 
    This response guide provides a protocol to screen, isolate, and treat patients who present to the facility with suspected or confirmed Ebola Virus Disease while minimizing the risk of transmission to health care workers and others.

  • NYC Health + Hospitals Ebola Virus Disease Concept of Operations 
    NYC Health + Hospitals
    This document provides NYC Health + Hospitals a strategic high-level overview based on the health care facility tiered approach to safely and effectively manage and respond to persons/patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).  

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