All-Hazards Emergency Management Planning
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All-Hazards Emergency Management Planning

Emergency preparedness is a unique entity. It requires hospitals to work with different people, solving different problems and using different resources and strategies than those for routine emergencies. Simply having an emergency operations plan does not always equate to having a prepared institution, that is why DQE provides an all-hazards approach to emergency management to create a Hospital Emergency Operations Plan and a Hospital Emergency Management Program.

DQE All-Hazards Emergency Management Planning provides healthcare facilities and regional planning groups with an affordable and comprehensive planning process that helps them build a dynamic and functional emergency management program that fully incorporates the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) and enhances compliance with national standards and hospital accreditation requirements. These cost-effective emergency management consulting services are supported with key training, exercise and sustainment initiatives.


All hazards planning has a structured methodology that includes comprehensive planning tools designed to lead a hospital planning team through a structured process that starts with a template and ends with a highly functional and practical Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that is facility-specific and an Emergency Management Program (EMP) that supports and enhances the facility’s readiness capability.

Assistance includes:

  • Consultative guidance and plan development
  • Instructional guidebooks that take you step-by-step through the planning process
  • Planning documents, decision trees, and job action sheets to enhance the finished product
  • DQE-On-Demand® online education


The All-Hazards EMP and integrated EOP encompasses the four phases of emergency management and fully incorporates the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). The planning process includes a series of proprietary tools that will assist the management team in framing their emergency response:

  • Activation Matrix – Defines the framework for activating the EOP
  • Order of Succession – Maps the senior leadership of the Incident Management Team chart contained in HICS
  • Incident Facilities Matrix – Lists and identifies operational areas within the facility to enhance response capacity
  • Department Emergency Operation Plans (DEOP™) – Describes each department’s role in an emergency and what employee actions are expected
  • EMP/EOP PowerPoint™ Training Presentation – Assists facility in implementing EMP/EOP hospital wide
  • Compliance Matrix – Crosswalks between the hospital’s EMP/EOP and all applicable accreditation standards and implementation activities


DQE All-Hazards Emergency Management Planning is compliant with the following standards:

  • The Joint Commission & Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)
    • Covers NIMS implementation activities for hospitals and healthcare systems
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), National Hospital Preparedness Program (NHPP)
    • Overarching Requirements
      • National Incident Management System (NIMS)
      • Education and Preparedness Training
      • Exercises, Evaluation, and Corrective Actions
    • NHPP Level 1 Sub-Capabilities
      • Interoperable Communications System
      • Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP)
      • Fatality Management Plans
      • Hospital Evacuation Plans
    • NHPP Level 2 Sub-Capabilities
      • Alternative Care Sites