Scanning the Headlines: Disaster Preparedness

A bibliographic listing of recently published material related to disaster preparedness.

Updated on November 16, 2017

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(2017, Sept. 13). Hurricane Season Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guidance for Health Care Providers, Response and Recovery Workers, and Affected Communities - CDC, 2017. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from:

Morris, N. (2017, Sept. 13). Disaster Recovery Guidelines for Textile Care Released. Richmond, KT: Association for Linen Management. Retrieved from:

Fink, S., and Burton, A. (2017, Sept. 6). After Harvey hit, a Texas Hospital decided to evacuate. Here's how patients got out. The New York Times. Retrieved from:

Blau, M. (2017, Sept. 6). In preparation for Hurricane Irma, hospitals in Floriday Keys evacuate patients. STAT. Retrieved from:

Minemyer, P. (2017, Apr. 27). Deadly 'superbug' fungus hits U.S. hospitals. FierceHealthcare. Retrieved from:

(2017, Apr. 21). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza - United States, 2017. Vol. 66/No. 1. Washington: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from:

(2017). Supply Chain Disaster Preparedness Manual. Washington: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from:

Cummings, K., and others. (2016, May 10). Addressing infection prevention and control in the first U.S. community hospital to care for patients with Ebola Virus Disease: Context for national recommendations and future strategies. Annal Internal Medicine. Retrieved from:

(2016, Apr.). National Health Security Preparedness Index. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Retrieved from:

Garman, L. (2015, Nov.). Ebola Preparedness One Year Later: A Poll of APIC Members. Washington: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Retrieved from:

Garcia Cano, R. (2015, June 22). NATO working with South Dakota telemedicine hub. Kansas City Star. Retrieved from:

Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Technical Resources Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE), accessed June 19, 2015 at

(2015, June 8). Emergency Management Resources - Leadership through Crisis. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission. Retrieved from:

(2015, June 8). Emergency Management Resources - Legal/Ethical Issues. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission. Retrieved from:

(2015, May). Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit. Washington: U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved from:

Pecci, Al. (2015, Apr. 22). Pediatric emergency readiness improving in hospitals. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved from:

Barr. P. (2015, Apr. 1). Hospitals play big role in plan to battle antibiotic resistence. H&HN Daily. Retrieved from:

Brown, J.I. (2015, Feb. 16). Colleagues in disaster recovery: Hospital CEO humbled by outpouring of support following tornado. Modern Healthcare, 45(7), 12-15.

(2015, Feb.). Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcomes: Surge Management-Workshop in Brief. Washington: Institute of Medicine. Retrieved from:

Eagle, A. (2015, Jan.). Hard lessons: hospitals turn to resilient design in wake of major disasters. Health Facilities Management, 28(1), 16-21.

Hicks, J., and Glick, R. (2015, Quarter 1). A meta-analysis of hospital evacuations: Overcoming barriers to effective planning. Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, 34(3), 26-36.

Brubaker, T.W. (2015). Use of force in the healthcare setting. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 73-80.

Green, M. (2015). Security basics for long term care facilities. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 81-89.

(2015). Hospital emergency preparedness and response during superstorm Sandy: Findings of the OIG report. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 31-50.

Mains, P. (2015). Incident reporting: the bureau investigation. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 106-110.

Prosper, D. (2015). Boosting fire drill participation in hospital settings. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 23-30.

Ramsey-Hamilton, C. (2015). How to use security risk assessments to manage risks, prevent violence and deal with new threats. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 14-22.

Vellani, K.H., Emery, R.J., and Reingle, J.M. (2015). A data-driven model for estimating industry average numbers of hospital security staff. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 51-63.

Warren, B. (2015). Security planning for public health emergencies. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 1-13.

Yanucil, M., and Propati, M. (2015). Violence throughout the healthcare continuum. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 31(1), 64-72.

Choffnes, E., and Mack, A. Emerging Viral Diseases: The One Health Connection: Workshop Summary (2015). Washington: The National Academies Press, 2015. Retrieved from:

(2015). Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcomes. Washington: National Academies Press, 2015. Retrieved from:

Office of the Inspector General. DHS Has Not Effectively Managed Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Medical Countermeasures. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 26, 2014. [Press release: DHS Ill-prepared for Pandemic Response.]

Gean, Alisa. Preparing for Mass Casualties. H&HN Daily. August 21, 2014.

Interim Guidance for Speciman Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Patients with Suspected Infection with Ebola Virus Disease. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aug. 11, 2014.

Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrahagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aug. 5, 2014.

Stark, C. What the Joplin, Missouri, tornado taught us about disaster preparation. Spectrum:8-9, July-Aug. 2014.

Nears, M.A. Lessons learned: how Hurricane Floyd prepared us for Superstorm Sandy. Inside ASHE:48-50, Summer 2014.

Wheeler, H. A long road: a hospital damaged in Hurricane Katrina and its journey to recovery. Inside ASHE:42-47, Summer 2014.

Commins, J. Recovering from tornado damage, hospital seeks normalcy. HealthLeaders Media. July 9, 2014.

(2014, June). Crisis Standards of Care: Lessons from Communities Building Their Plans-Workshop in Brief. Washington: Institute of Medicine. Retrieved from:

A Prescription for the 21st Century: Improving Resilience to High-Impact Weather for Healthcare Facilities and Services. American Meteorological Society, Apr. 2014.

Perna, G. HIT execs: Our infrastructure isn't prepared for disaster recovery. Healthcare Informatics. Feb. 3, 2014.

Preparing for disaster: Boston hospitals know the drill but keep practicing. OR Manager;30(2):16-17, Feb. 2014.

Hospital Incident Command System. Guidebook 5th ed. 2014. Chicago: American Hospital Association, 2014.

Aguillard, D.C. Teams take their expertise on the road: Catholic Charities, Baton Rouge. Health Progress;94(6):29-34, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Barrett, C.C., and Whaley-Martin, A.T. Connections matter when disaster hits. Health Progress;94(6):37-40, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Cohen, G. Healthy climate, healthy people: combating global warming. Health Progress;94(6):68-69, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Hector, D., and Hewitt, D. Designing for safety and beauty. Health Progress;94(6):6-11, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Hopkins, K., Walley, C.F., and Wilhelm, D. Good planning pays off for PACE. Health Progress;94(6):50-51, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Hyer, K. For long-term care, readiness gaps abound. Health Progress;94(6):43-49, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Levi, J., Lieberman, D.A., and Lang, A. Preparedness must permeate health care: yet still has a long way to go. Health Progress;94(6):53-56, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

McLean, M.R. Allocating resources: a wicked problem. Health Progress;94(6):60-67, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Morrissey, J. Embattled survivors give lifesaving advice. Health Progress;94(6):13-19, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Rohde, M. Official’s focus shifts to the vulnerable at home: interview with Nicole Lurie, MD. Health Progress;94(6):57-59, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Trocchio, J. Strategies for disaster readiness. Health Progress;94(6):4-5, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Wave, C. Rising above Iowa’s 2008 flood. Health Progress;94(6):20-26, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Evans, M. NY hospitals shift focus to preparing facilities for future superstorms. Modern Healthcare;43(43):14, Oct. 28, 2013.

Influenza vaccination coverage among health-care personnel - United States, 2012-13 Influenza season. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 62(38);781-786, September 27, 2013.

Surviving a disaster: nurses recall Moore’s fierce tornado. OR Manager;29(8):5, 12, Aug. 2013.

Crisis Standards of Care: A Toolkit for Indicators and Triggers. Chicago: Institute of Medicine, July 31, 2013.

Kellermann AL. What should we learn from Boston [bombing]; testimony submitted before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. RAND Health, July 10, 2013.

Katz, A. The (Virtually) tornado-proof hospital: what moore can learn from joplin. Science Time. June 1, 2013.

Lee, J., and McKinney, M. Preparedness under assault: while Boston’s response to bombing showed crucial role of planning ,strides elsewhere in emergency readiness could be undermined by budget cuts. Modern Healthcare;43(16):6-7, 16, Apr. 22, 2013.

Baker, S., Shupe, R., and Smith, D. Advance your emegency department: leading a new era. Mar. 25, 2013. Gulf Breeze, FL: Fire Starter Publishing.

May, G. Disaster readiness for ES departments. Health Facilities Management;26(3):32, Mar. 2013.

Fluview. 2012-2013 Infuenza season week 2 ending January 12, 2013. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jan. 12, 2013.

Stymiest, D. After the storm. Health Facilities Management;26(1):21-24, Jan. 2013.

Welter, G., and others. Cross-sector emergency planning for water supply utilities and healthcare facilities. Journal of Healthcare Risk Management. 32(4):5-14, Q2 2013.

Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Care Centers During Disasters. Washington, DC: APIC. 2013.

Hospital Decontamination Self-Assessment Tool. Harvard School of Publc Health, 2013.