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CASE STUDY QUESTIONS
1. Contingency planning requires an understanding of the crises that
are most likely to occur, the potential impacts of those events, the
resources that are needed to address those situations, and the most
efficient means of accessing those resources. How has the center
addressed each of these concerns?
2. The center’s contingency planning strategy is based on collabora-
tive partnerships. List the center’s local and state partners. What
other organizations would you add to this list of partnerships?
3. Why is an integrated planning approach necessary for building
healthcare capacity and providing a coordinated response to emer-
gencies and disasters?
4. What is a needs assessment? What role did this play in the center’s
ability to provide disaster planning, education and training, clin-
ical strategies, and logistical solutions to Connecticut’s healthcare
5. What is the difference between a tabletop exercise and a full func-
tional disaster recovery drill? Identify the advantages and disad-
vantages of each.
6. What is a Hospital Emergency Incident Command System? Iden-
tify, and explain the functions of, the five sections of an HEICS.
Explain how an HEICS provides unity of command and helps to
improve the quality of communication during disaster response.
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