Advanced Practice Toolkits for Emergency Preparedness

Family Assistance Center Planning – More Tools Available

More family assistance center (FAC) tools and resources are available to you! Two years of planning by Public Health – Seattle & King County and the King County Healthcare Coalition generated a number of new templates, tools and sample protocols to help with FAC planning. These tools, developed as part of the Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant, are now available on the Advanced Practice Center website and include:

• Partner roles and responsibilities matrix.
• Checklists for activation and demobilization.
• Multiple documents related to the different functions of and services available in a FAC, with an eye for cultural and religious considerations.
• A family resource packet, to be given to family members upon arrival at the FAC, filled with information on the FAC, services available, and forms to complete.
• Media FAQ, PIO information and family briefing protocols to ensure consistent and respectful communication with family members.
• Multiple new tools to assist with victim information services, including records requests forms, interview and notification protocols, and suggestions for creating family liaison teams.
• Health tools, including behavioral health annex and psychological first aid worksheets.
• Multiple logistics tools, including organization charts, staffing overviews, equipment and supply lists, and a sample floor plan.

A recent toolkit user had to say of the Site Scaling Guide,” I’ve searched for a scaling guide since 9/11 and hadn’t found one, till this one. In its current state, it is not all inclusive of all the functions our organization would use; however, it provides a paradigm, and a useful starting point with calculated metrics for space, equipment, and some personnel, already identified.”

This toolkit was referenced as a Resource Element in the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities so, checkout the Site Scaling Guide and the many other tools available to help you with the Fatality Management Public Health Preparedness Capability (PHEP).

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