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2017 OSAP Annual Conference

Emergency Preparedness Issue Toolkit

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Emergencies can happen at any time, and they can vary in type. Are you prepared for an emrgency in your office, home, or community? Whether it be a fire alram and the need to promptly evacuate your office or an outbreak of pandemic flu, do you have an emergency action plan in place? Please take some time to review the resources that we offer on this page and make sure that you are prepared the next time that an emergency strikes!



Prepare. Plan. Stay informed.
Ready America Taking these steps can make a big difference in ensuring your safety and well-being and that of your loved ones.
Ready Business Being prepared means being ready for any kind of emergency, be it hurricane, utility disruption or manmade disaster.
National Preparedness Month Coalition

Sign up to be a Coalition Member!

We encourage all businesses, organizations, and individuals to join this national effort. Even if you registered last year, you need to do it again.

Earthquake disaster information. Includes what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Response Guide

This site is intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)

Our goal is to help clinicians offer optimal care to patients by providing them with the most current and reliable information available on emerging health threats.

Hurricane Readiness

You can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Offers links to information relevant to emergency preparedness and response.
Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool This eTool will help small, low-hazard service or retail businesses implement an emergency action plan, and comply with OSHA's emergency standards.
Emergency Planning and Disaster Recovery in the Dental Office
From the ADA Council on Dental Practice.
Office emergencies and emergency kits

Though rare, life-threatening medical emergencies can and dooccur in the dental environment. As health care providers, dentistsmust be prepared to recognize and properly manage patients whoare experiencing medical emergencies in the dental office.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
State Laws
Check the AED law in your state.

A new order for CPR, spelled C-A-B

Recommending that chest compressions be the first step for lay and professional rescuers to revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest, the association said the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) of CPR should now be changed to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing).

2010 Guidelines for CPR

This video explains the changes in the new 2010 Guidelines for CPR released on October 18. We're making CPR even easier so more people will perform it and more lives will be saved. For more information visit
The Florida Dental Association’s Five Step Guide for Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Floridians experience more tropical storm systems than any other state in the union. Thirty-six percent of all U.S. hurricanes hit Florida. More than half of those have been classified as "major” by weather experts. Thunderstorms and tornados strike us when the jet stream swings south during the late winter and early spring. Florida also claims the title of America's lightning capital.

NIEHS-Hurricanes and Floods This webpage provides documents and resources that address emergency preparedness in hurricane and flood situations. Documents found on this page primarily address issues in government preparedness and public preparedness. Some information has been taken from the Floods and Hurricane Katrina Emergency Preparedness Pages located on the National Clearinghouse Website.
Oral Health and Medical Response Teams Emergency Preparedness Protocols For State and Territorial Oral Health Programs, ASTDD 2010:
This resource highlights the essential operations and relationships that should be in place to enable effective recovery from a crisis event and advise the state's oral health community, state health agency officials and public health administrators in the development and operation of oral health emergency preparedness and response at the state level.
Guide for Safety and Infection Control for Oral Healthcare Missions OSAP's Guide for Safety and Infection Control for Oral Healthcare Missions contains 52 pages of advice, suggestions, and sample forms and worksheets (also supplied on CD) to help keep dental workers and patients safe while rendering humanitarian aid in nontraditional care settings in developing lands.
Hurricanes Information compiled by the National Library of Medicine.


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Cleaning and Sanitizing With Bleach after an Emergency Cleaning and sanitizing your household after an emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.
Slide Show: Emergency and Public Health Preparedness September is National Preparedness Month, so here's a look at the basics of healthcare facility preparedness as well as public health preparedness and emergency management.
HHS awards preparedness grants, cites program alignment The US government announced a total of $971 million in health emergency preparedness grants to states and territories yesterday, including $619 million for public health departments and $352 million for healthcare systems.
Red Cross Launches New Emergency Preparedness Online Tools An Emergency Response Plan Tool enables program members to build a customized plan to help their employees know their roles in the first 24-72 hours of an emergency.
Medical emergencies RDH Event speaker answers more questions about equipment and procedures used in emergencies
FEMA's first national preparedness report cites progress, gaps The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a report on the nation's progress in emergency preparedness, highlighting successes in all-hazards planning and gaps in cybersecurity efforts and disaster recovery.
Disabilities: Emergency Preparedness Training For the millions of Americans with disabilities, emergencies such as fires and floods present real challenges. Learn how people with disabilities, their families, and first responders can plan ahead for safety during a disaster.

9/11 plus 10: A look back on dentistry's response to tragedy

This week, the nation and the world mark the tenth anniversary of a day now often identified solely by its fateful date: 9/11.
US health-care system unprepared for major nuclear emergency, officials say US officials say the nation's health system is ill-prepared to cope with a catastrophic release of radiation, despite years of focus on the possibility of a terrorist "dirty bomb” or an improvised nuclear device attack.
New Emergency Preparedness Information Available For Dental Offices Best practices for managing medical emergencies in dental clinics have evolved over the past decade to account for advances in knowledge and the development of new medications and medical equipment.

Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: Conditions in Each Country, the Extent of Treatment by the Dentist

Professor and Associate Dean, Head of Dental Anaesthesia, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto Reprinted with permission from Journal of Japanese Dental Society of Anesthesiology (2005;33:153–157).
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs): Why Put One In A Dental Office? Information presented as part of a practice management toolkit.
AEDs in dental offices Practical considerations and risk-management strategies for the dental practitioner
A turnkey approach to AEDs Through an automated system of checks and balances, a full-service AED management program enhances emergency response and saves lives.
Emergency preparedness in the dental office The authors provide an overview of the issues, present basic principles and increase the awareness of the dental profession to the various responses available in an emergency. The key issue is that families, dental offices and communities should plan ahead. Dentists should be cognizant of their professional role and help educate the public in regard to emergency issues.
Bioterrorism update--information for the dentist

The United States was awakened to the perils of bioterrorism in October 2001 with the news that letters laced with anthrax had been mailed to the media and select politicians. At that time, it became evident that a widescale attack using a bioweapon of mass destruction could rapidly overwhelm the health care system. Dentists could make a tremendous contribution to the response of such an attack by gaining an understanding of the bioweapons that could be used, as well as the symptoms of their diseases and therapies for treatment. This article gives a general overview of the biological agents that terrorists are most likely to use and provides the dentist with information about how to contribute to an effective response in the event of such an attack.

Proposed educational objectives for hospital-based dentists during catastrophic events and disaster response The purpose of this project was to define education and training requirements for hospital-based dentists to efficiently and meaningfully participate in a hospital disaster response.
Dentists can contribute expertise in a major public health disaster Dentists and their dental auxiliaries can augment the existing medical professionals, in responding to a declared medical emergency. In order to be ready to respond, dentists and their dental auxiliaries must receive additional training through continuing education courses developed specifically to train them in recognizing symptoms of exposure to biological agents.

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