Resources & Tools

The EPREP Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has developed a range of tools and resources to assist responders prepare for emergencies. The resources listed below are intended for use by hospitals, public health departments, and other responders.


Hospital Based Decontamination Preparedness Resources

These resources have been designed to assist hospital based contamination during all phases of the emergency management cycle. Each document can be used to facilitate improvement and is provided as individual PDFs below; however, the resources are most effective when used in combination, accessible here.

Proposed Decontamination Capabilities for Hospitals
The purpose of this document is to suggest common capabilities that all hospitals in Massachusetts should target in their provision of care to patients who may present to their facilities after contamination with hazardous substances.

Hospital Decontamination Self-Assessment Tool
This document was developed to provide a structured critique that hospitals may use when evaluating their decontamination plans and capabilities considering current regulatory standards, recommendations from subject matter experts, and national and international best practices.

Strategies for First Receiver Decontamination
This is a collection of tactics and scalable considerations intended to assist hospitals facing common challenges planning for hospital based decontamination of patients.

Hospital Evacuation Resources

MDPH Hospital Evacuation Toolkit
This toolkit is a comprehensive guide that hospitals can use to prepare for and execute a hospital evacuation.

Additional Resource – AHRQ Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide
Hospital executive leadership teams and emergency planners should also consider reviewing the Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide which is available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Public Health Preparedness Archive. This guide contains organized and systematic guidance on how to consider the many factors that bear on the decision to order an evacuation.

Exercise Evaluation Resources

Exercise Evaluation Toolkit

The Public Health Exercise Evaluation Toolkit contains information for exercise planners and evaluators to use when preparing to conduct and evaluate any form of emergency preparedness exercise. The elements of the Exercise Evaluation Toolkit address the lack of reliable and valid evaluation tools that meet the unique needs of healthcare emergency preparedness programs.

Exercise Evaluation Database

The web database accessible here is a searchable interactive catalogue of over 600 exercise performance measures that were selected, written, and validated by the HSPH-LAMPS program for use in emergency preparedness tabletop and functional exercises. This web-based catalogue is also supported by an online tool that can format specific measures selected by the user into an evaluation tool that can be used to observe and grade performance in emergency exercises.

Exercise Evaluation Instruments
These instruments were developed to collect performance data during emergency preparedness exercises; they have been tested by public health experts for content validity and field tested by trained exercise evaluators in various exercises.

Hospital Recovery Resources

Essential Functions and Considerations of Hospital Recovery
Most recently, EPREP has developed ‘Essential Functions and Considerations of Hospital Recovery’ in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. This document was written for hospitals and is intended to serve as a resource for hospitals to use as they prepare to manage their recovery from emergencies of all types, intended to complement the ongoing efforts of federal, state, and local agencies that are similarly committed to enhancing healthcare recovery capabilities.