Four Foundations of Emergency Management
A wide variety of disaster-related events could occur at any time which may impact patient care operations within Upstate University Hospital. Emergencies may be internally or externally based, including, but not limited to mass casualty incidents, chemical spills, weather related events such as snow and severe weather, utility failures, bomb threats, pandemics, and natural disasters.
The Department of Emergency Management and the Emergency Management Committee maintain a procedural manual that establishes University Hospital's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). This "All Hazards" approach to Emergency Management includes policies, procedures and plans which follow the four pillars of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
All Hazards Approach
Upstate University Hospital uses an All Hazards approach to Emergency Management. This approach addresses a wide variety of disasters through the implementation of a unified plan and the use of the Incident Command System. The plan employs an integrated response initiative in cooperation with emergency response agencies and hospitals in Onondaga County, as well as with 21 other hospitals in the Central New York Regional Resource Area. The plan is universal, so it can be applied to manage a wide range of risks, situations, incidents, and disasters—in other words, "all hazards."
Upstate University Hospital follows and maintains compliance with the 11 elements contained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives for Healthcare Organizations as a foundation of our disaster planning and response system.