NEW! Hurricane Preparedness:
Recommendations for actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service. Includes tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.

ASPR TRACIE-Hurricane Resources at Your Fingertips

The office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) created this document to provide numerous hurricane-related resources for a variety of stakeholders and audiences.

Emergency Preparedness for Anesthesiologists

Section on Emergency Preparedness from the perspective of an anesthesiology department. The entire manual is also available here.


OR Mass Casualty Checklist
The step-by-step checklist was developed by COTEP to assist anesthesiologists and operating room personnel in preparing for a mass casualty situation. 

Personal and Family Preparedness:
In preparation for an emergency, it is recommended that you develop a family plan for sheltering in place and evactuation. The documents below will assist in developing your personal plan. is a site that contains information on personal preparedness special areas are Ready America, Ready Business, and Ready Kids. It is sponsored by Homeland Security and the Citizen Corps.

Family Preparedness Guide
State of Florida Family Preparedness Guide, available in several languages
A child-friendly, age-appropriate preparedness guide for children.

Sesame Workshop 
An activity booklet for young children.

American Academy of Pediatrics Family Readiness Kit
Parent’s Guide to family preparedness.

Hospital and Departmental Preparedness:

Centers for Disease Control
This planning guide addresses emergency water supply planning for hospitals and health care facilities.

Hospital Preparedness Exercises Pocket Guide
Prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to assist with the planning, conduction, and assessment of hospital preparedness exercises.

Hospital Preparedness website
Extensive set of frequently updated references. One of the best resources on all aspects of hospital preparedness.

Hospital Disaster Surge Modeling
Detailed logistical analysis of personnel and equipment over time for various scenarios.

Health Disaster Management: Guidelines for Evaluation and Research
Supplement of Prehospital and Disaster Management-2003

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
Prepared by the University of North Texas. Details specific hazards for a variety of disaster scenarios.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
This site which specifically addresses pediatric considerations in emergency preparedness has now been archived but many of the links are still valid and current.

Hospital Incident Command System 2014 Guidebook 
The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) produces a Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) 2014 Guidebook. This Fifth Edition has been expanded to meet the needs of all hospitals, regardless of their size, location or patient care capabilities.