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Active Shooter Guidance 

AHRQ Evaluation of Hospital Disaster Drills
This tool makes it possible to evaluate hospital disaster drills by using evaluation modules and addenda. The value of this approach is to identify specific weaknesses for improvement and to promote continuing efforts to strengthen hospital disaster preparedness. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/hospdrills/hospdrill.htm

Anatomy Atlases
A digital library of anatomy information.http://www.anatomyatlases.org/

CDC Preparedness for Health Care Facilities

2019 Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
Healthcare facilities, regardless of size, should develop an emergency water supply plan to prepare for a total or partial interruption of the normal water supply due to an emergency. This guide can provide a road map for health care facilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a total or partial water supply interruption.
Adapting Standards of Care under Extreme Conditions: Guidance for Professionals During Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Extreme Emergencies (2 MB/26 pages)
This policy paper can be used a basis for protocol development and refinement, especially in regard to ethics and standards that apply to decisions about care made during unusual or extreme circumstances such as those resulting from emergencies, disasters, or pandemics. Prepared for the American Nurses Association by the Center for Health Policy, Columbia University School of Nursing.
MMWR QuickStats: Percentage of Hospitals with Staff Members Trained to Respond to Selected Terrorism-Related Diseases or Exposures
National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2003–2004 MMWR 2007 Apr 27;56(16):401.

CDC Traveler's Health
Health Information for International Travel: Yellow Book 2005-2006, CDC


The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet
The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet is a free program you can use to find out about the reactivity of substances or mixtures of substances (reactivity is the tendency of substances to undergo chemical change). It includes:

  • a database of reactivity information for more than 6,000 common hazardous chemicals;
  • a way for you to virtually "mix" chemicals to find out what dangers could arise from accidental mixing.


Medical Textbooks - Emergency Medicine - Free Physician Reference Articles and Texts. http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/contents.htm

Emergency Response Guide 2016 (Searchable)
The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2016) was developed for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in (1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and (2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident.

Firefighter Quick Reference Card for Mass Casualty Decontamination
Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, US Army. September 2003 http://www.firescenesafety.com/documents/doc_details/39-firefighter-quick-reference-card-for-mass-casualty-decontamination.html

Firefighter Quick Reference Card for a Suspected Chem/Bio Attack
Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, US Army. September 2003 http://www.firescenesafety.com/documents/doc_details/40-firefighter-quick-reference-card-for-a-suspected-chem-bio-attack.html

Kentucky Hospital Association Medical Visual Language Translator This invaluable visual language tool enables instant communication with Spanish-only speakers, or the hearing impaired or those who speak in other languages, in situations where language barriers could seriously hinder effective emergency care and medical treatment in urgent situations.

Language Translator Online
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian & more https://translate.google.com/

MSDS Databases
The First Place to Look for a Material Safety Data Sheet, MSDS-SEARCH is the most comprehensive single Web site related to the document known as an MSDS.https://www.msdsonline.com/msds-search/

Merck Manuals

There are six manuals in the Merck series. Merck is committed to providing excellent medical information, and as part of that effort, Merck provides all of The Merck Manuals on a not-for-profit basis as a service to the community.

Medical and Pharmaceutical Search Engine
Medical - https://onlineultrasoundschool.com/2011/20-useful-pharmaceutical-search-engines/

Pharmaceutical  https://onlineultrasoundschool.com/2011/20-useful-pharmaceutical-search-engines/

Merriam-Webster Online Search

NIMS Implementation for Healthcare Organization Guidance

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The NPG does not contain an analysis of all pertinent data, rather it presents key information and data in abbreviated or tabular form for chemicals or substance groupings (e.g. cyanides, fluorides, manganese compounds) that are found in the work environment. The information found in the NPG should help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/

Overhead Paging Codes for Emergency Situations

Quick Reference Extracts from naval Virtual Library


Emergency Preparedness Resources

This library has been compiled by Dick Bartlett, Emergency Preparedness/Trauma Coordinator, Kentucky Hospital Association, for the Resource Library of EMSystem Users. To our knowledge, all references are in the public domain, and are searchable.If there is a valuable document or online tool that is in the public domain, and would make a valuable addition to the library, please contact [email protected].