Performing a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) is a recognized necessary first step toward building a meaningful site specific emergency plan. Long Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) of all sizes can and should conduct an HVA to help them focus on the most urgent and real world hazards that their facility may be exposed to.
The second step is to write an Emergency Response Plan for your facility; one that addresses at least the most probable hazard scenarios. Planning for every possible emergency event is almost impossible; however, even with limited resources, a facility can build an emergency plan that is focused on those hazard situations that have the highest probability, have the greatest potential impact or that have the least planning effort applied.
An HVA is a tool that will help identify the relative risk of any number of natural and man-made hazards for any facility in any given community environment.
With input from an Expert Panel made up of Long Term Care Facility representatives; the Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program will offer three identical HVA Workshop opportunities’ in April 2013.
The dates and general locations are:
April 23, 2013 – La Crosse area
April 25, 2013 – Milwaukee area
April 26, 2013 – Madison area
The general agenda topics will be:
- Learn the HVA Tool sections and header definitions
- Learn how the HVA Tool is used and applied
- Identify who (LTCF partners) should be invited to provide input into a facilities’ HVA
- ACTIVITY: Perform an analysis of one natural hazard scenario and one man-made hazard scenario.
- PRESENTATION: On an Emergency Plan template and checklist that can be used to write an emergency response plan for your facility.
Please consider saving one of these dates so that you can participate. Watch for more information and registration instructions from WALA in the future.