Summer is over, and it is time to get serious about disaster health. September includes several major events:
- Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
- A new preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers
- National Preparedness Month, which concludes with the National PrepareAthon
Health effects of the September 11, 2001 Attacks
Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The NLM Disaster Health information guide for Health Effects from the Collapse of the World Trade Center has been recently updated with a Disaster Lit® search and new resources from the Federal Register, USGS, NIOSH, and the CDC World Trade Center Health Program.
New emergency preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid
On September 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized their Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The new rule ensures that affected health care providers and suppliers plan adequately for both natural and man-made disasters, in order to increase patient safety and establish a more coordinated disaster response. The providers and suppliers will need to meet four common industry standards: develop an emergency plan, implement policies and procedures based on the plan, maintain a communication plan, and maintain training and testing programs, including drills and exercises.
There are 30+ resources in Disaster Lit® related to Medicare and Medicaid, and ASPR TRACIE has more resources and technical assistance on the new rule.
National Preparedness Month
We are already at the end of week two—how have you been observing National Preparedness Month? The 2016 theme is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Ready.gov and CDC suggest weekly themes as reminders to take different types of action toward preparedness. Here at NLM Disaster Health, we’ve paired some of our best preparedness resources with the weekly themes:
Week 2: Preparing Family & Friends: Week 2 is almost over, but our Community and Personal Preparedness page is relevant throughout the month—and the year. Don’t forget your furry, feathered, and scaly friends when you prepare. Meanwhile, this week the CDC focuses on the critical role of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).
Week 3: Preparing Through Service: This week, focus on serving your larger community. Think about what your community can do to help prepare the very young, the very old, the disabled, and others with special needs. Meanwhile, the CDC suggests we learn more about what state and local health departments can do to be prepared.
Week 4: Individual Preparedness: Ready.gov suggests downloading disaster apps to your mobile devices. This would be a good week to check out our list of Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag. The CDC proposes studying what resilient communities have in common.
Week 5: Lead up to America’s PrepareAthon: As National Preparedness Month draws to a close, Ready.gov suggests you “be counted and register your preparedness event.” Consider listening to an archived NLM Disaster Health webinar in which librarians and other information specialists discuss their roles in the disaster life cycle. The CDC reminds us this week to prepare ourselves—just in time for America’s PrepareAthon on Friday, September 30.
What are you planning? Share your ideas and resources—and search for others’—on social media using the hashtag #NatlPrep.