Activating the Disaster Plan

The plan must designate an individual and alternate who have the responsibility of putting the hospital's disaster plan into effect. Situations that warrant activation of the plan should also be defined (see " Definitionof Disaster," above). For example, the emergency department disaster manual must define how the on-duty physician and nurse determine when to mobilize staff from other departments and when to involve the hospital administrator and nursing supervisor.

Following activation of the plan, there must be immediate mobilization of anticipated disaster resources: personnel, supplies, equipment, communications, and transportation.

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