A disaster can occur at any time. It may be limited to a small area or a large area. The agency must always be prepared to service those clients who may be affected by the disaster. Therefore, it is important for you to know what a disaster/emergency is, the chain of command, the agency's response process, and your responsibilities during a disaster.
DISASTER: any occurrence, natural or man-made causing widespread or local destruction and/or distress.
EMERGENCY: any occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action.
The Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Plan may be evoked for any emergency/disaster situation including but not limited to the following situations:
" Natural Disaster: hurricanes, snow storm/blizzard, severe cold, floods, fire, heat wave, etc.
" Civil/Industrial Disaster: gas leaks, chemical spills, explosions, bomb threat, etc.
" Community Disaster: blackout, transportation disruption, telephone outage, strike, etc.
" Agency Disaster: damage to facility, work stoppage, etc.
DOH/HRA Protocol: any situation deemed an emergency by a representative of
DOH/HRA (agency receives a call).