Initial Response

  • What is the scope of the incident and the response?
  • How will it affect service delivery?
  • Where are the impacted communities?
  • What population is impacted?
  • What is the anticipated medical surge?
  • Determine communication means
  • Evaluate healthcare organization, staff and supplies
  • Healthcare facility status
  • Consider healthcare facility incident command status
  • Determine health department status
  • Identify who need to know
  • Identify resources to be deployed
  • Consider healthcare facility decompression initiatives

Public Information

Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services


ASPR TRACIE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway

Iowa Health Alert Network

EMResource Login

Hospital Alliance for Preparedness in Iowa

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule