Plan Elements

Purpose & Scope

The Plan itself provides guidance and structure to all involved stakeholders regarding initiation, continuance and release from I & Q. The purpose of the Plan describes the circumstances, authority and events that may necessitate specific leadership decisions, response actions, and communications mechanisms. The scope of the plan is to describe specific responsibilities for key response partners are included to highlight points of coordination between agencies during situations involving I&Q.

Detailed Purpose and Scope sections are illustrated in the I & Q Response Plan Sample in the Tools & Samples section.

Assumptions

Planning assumptions for the process of developing a plan are different then the assumptions that are listed in the plan itself.

Assumptions listed in the Plan help clarify what the Plan does and does not include as a part of I & Q implementation. Be sure to identify and include assumptions that fit for your local jurisdiction.

A detailed Assumption section is illustrated in the I & Q Response Plan Sample in the Tools & Samples section.

Authorities

It is essential to clearly state the State laws and regulations that provide your jurisdiction with the authority to take action to control diseases that are threats to public health. In Washington, state laws and rules do not contain procedures governing Local Health Officers" activities to achieve voluntary compliance with instructions for isolation and/or quarantine. However, the Local Health Officer must follow specific procedures when initiating involuntary detention for purposes of isolation and/or quarantine. These procedures must be clearly identified in the Plan.

A detailed Authorities section is illustrated in the I & Q Response Plan Sample in the Tools & Samples section.

Response Continuum

Identification of I & Q as only two of a number of measures that may be used to stop or slow the spread of communicable disease is important to include in the Plan. This section should clarify that response measures may be applied to individuals and to groups, on a voluntary or involuntary basis.

For a detailed list of response measures and to se a sample Continuum section is illustrated in the I & Q Response Plan Sample in the Tools & Samples section.

Responsiblities

The Responsibilities section specifically states the role of each involved organization in an I & Q response. Responsible parties identified are:

A detailed Responsibilities section is illustrated in the I & Q Response Plan Sample in the Tools & Samples section.

Operations

In addition to the Responsibilities, the following operational actions must be defined in the Plan and assigned to the appropriate involved agency for action.

  1. Concept of Operation
  2. Direction and Control
  3. Establishment of Isolation or Quarantine
  4. Voluntary Compliance with Isolation or Quarantine
  5. Involuntary Detention
  6. Release from Isolation or Quarantine
  7. Communications

A detailed Operations section is illustrated in the I & Q Response Plan Sample in the Tools & Samples section. Learn more about Operations in the I & Q Response .

Health & Medical

Public Health must ensure that the healthcare needs of those isolated or quarantined are met expeditiously and described in the Plan. Coordination with the local healthcare delivery system is vital for effective I & Q response and should also be described.

The Health and Medical section of the Public Health I & Q Response Plan is handled by the Isolation and Quarantine Response Center (IQRC). The IQRC staff determines if the person has a provider, if not Public Health becomes the provider. Transportation, home health care, and hospitalization needs are also assessed and provided if necessary.