Planning Topics


The Preparedness Cycle
The Preparedness Cycle is achieved and maintained through a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, exercising and taking steps to improve. For more on FEMA based emergency planning, here.

Hospital Preparedness Advisory Group – The Hospital Preparedness Advisory Group (HPAG) was established in 2008 to advise the Association’s Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program (HEP) and CHA membership on hospital emergency preparedness matters. The mission of HPAG is to improve hospital emergency preparedness and response through effective all-hazards planning, coordination and collaboration between health care organizations, health care coalitions and state-level health and medical advisory committees. For more information, please contact Lyle Moore, CHA director of hospital emergency preparedness.

The Health Alert Network
The Health Alert Network (HAN) is the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE), Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response’s (OEPR) primary method of disseminating public health alerts and prevention guidelines to partners, providers and key stakeholders.  HAN communications can be initiated by authorized personnel at the federal, state or local public health level. The goal is to continuously strive to improve the effectiveness of health related communications. To join the HAN distribution list, email

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) – COOP improves an organizations ability to continue functioning when a disaster or event disturbs normal operations.

CHA Emergency Code Implementation Documents – The CHA Emergency Code is a set of standardized codes using plain-language that simplifies the alert and notification process when specific events occur within a hospital setting.

Colorado Health Care Coalition Integrated Evacuation Plan Guide and Template – These documents provide a recommended approach to planning for a coordinated and collaborative response when evacuation and reception of patients is necessary.

Colorado Hospital Memorandum of Understanding – The Colorado Hospital Memorandum of Understanding is a voluntary agreement among Colorado hospitals to provide assistance at the time of an event that overwhelms the capability of the hospital to respond.  Use this link to find out more information and to see if your facility participates in this agreement.

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis – Hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA) and risk assessment are systematic approaches to identifying hazards or risks that are most likely to have an impact on a healthcare facility and the surrounding community.  Use this link to connect with multiple tools and resources to assist in conducting an HVA for your facility.

Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) – HICS is an incident command system designed for hospitals and intended for use in both emergency and non-emergency situations.  Use this link to connect with multiple tools and resources to assist in implementing HICS in your facility.

American Academy of Family Physicians – Personal Preparedness Guide
Once you have planned for the safety of yourself, your family, and your possessions, you will have peace of mind and be able to help others. This guide will help you establish a plan for your personal preparedness. The checklists and inventories provided should not be considered complete. Every family is different and each will have its own needs and concerns. As you use this guide, consider any unique needs, including mobility, disability, special needs, and other medical needs for your family.


Major Earthquakes & Cascading Events: Potential Health and Medical Implication – This ASPR TRACIE resource provides an overview of the potential significant health and medical response and recovery needs facing areas affected by a major earthquake with or without additional cascading events. The focus of this document is on human health and the healthcare system response to earthquakes, however, the health of people, animals, and the environment are all interconnected, so general considerations for animals and the environment are included. The list of considerations is not exhaustive, but does reflect a thorough scan of publications and resources available that describe past incident effects and response.

Durable Medical Equipment in Disasters – This ASPR TRACIE fact sheet provides information on general DME categories and focuses on electricity-dependent DME that may be affected by disasters and emergencies, including power failures. It also includes information to assist healthcare system preparedness stakeholders plan for medically vulnerable populations who rely on DME.