Emergency Preparedness

May 04, 2011
The Containment and Mitigation Annex directly addresses non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) strategies for an influenza pandemic in Louisiana. A variety of NPI have been used during past pandemics with varying degrees of success. Containment and mitigation strategies included in this Annex include isolation of ill individuals; self care / home care for ill individuals; policies and procedures for advising voluntary quarantine of household contacts to known or suspected cases, with monitoring; and social distancing practices within the school, workplace and community settings.
May 04, 2011
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Office of Public Health (OPH) has created this Pandemic Influenza Guidance as a comprehensive containment and treatment plan to assist in the control of an outbreak of a novel influenza virus, such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (“swine flu”) or avian influenza.
May 04, 2011
This Infectious Disease Epidemiology (IDEpi) Pandemic Influenza Annex is designed to explain virologic epidemiology procedures, review investigative requirements for epidemiological surveillance in humans, components of veterinary surveillance, and communications regarding IDEpi findings. In order to support a coordinated approach, steps have been taken to ensure that IDEpi pandemic influenza plans are consistent with Federal, State, and local guidance, plans, and policies.
May 04, 2011
The U.S. Health and Human Services section has established ¨Data framework for developing a unified comprehensive system of response that provides the most good for the greatest number of people while using limited resources and integrates easily into the Federal Response plan¡¬. This document provides guidance to hospitals on those critical planning elements needed to manage such an event. In addition, this document includes sections developed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Pandemic Flu Clinical Forum intended to further assist Louisiana Hospitals in responding to a pandemic by providing guidance in other areas including but not limited to surge capacity, healthcare education and training, resource tracking, and mortuary needs. As additional guidance is developed at the state or the federal level, relevant sections of this document shall be updated.
May 04, 2011
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications Plan details the actions that will be implemented in the event of a natural disaster, disease outbreak, man-made emergency including bioterrorism, nuclear, or chemical event or other public health emergency. Timely, consistent, and accurate communications can impact how the media, public and clinical health care communities react to an event.
May 04, 2011
Mass fatality planning is part of an overall, all-hazards emergency preparedness and responseii performed in Louisiana by the Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH). DHH handles Emergency Support Function #8, and is inclusive of support agency in managing human remains, including victim identification and mortuary affairs. This Framework is refined and fully developed with the guidance of DHH staff, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), volunteers with DMORT experience, and the 64 parish coroners.
May 04, 2011
Continuity of Operations Planning provides details on operational guidance in the event a facility is incapacitated and/or a percentage of personnel are unavailable or incapable of performing their essential functions. COOP planning is simply "good business practice" and essential for all reliable and responsible public organizations. Prior to the attacks in the United States of America on September 11, 2001, individual agencies and government departments were responsible for compartmentalized COOP planning, content, and format.
May 04, 2011
This Containment and Mitigation Annex directly addresses non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) strategies for an influenza pandemic in Louisiana. A variety of NPI have been used during past pandemics with varying degrees of success. Containment and mitigation strategies included in this Annex include isolation of ill individuals; self care / home care for ill individuals; policies and procedures for advising voluntary quarantine of household contacts to known or suspected cases, with monitoring; and social distancing practices within the school, workplace and community settings.
May 04, 2011
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Office of Public Health (OPH) considers the use of antiviral medications as one component of a comprehensive containment and treatment plan to assist in the control of an outbreak of a novel influenza virus. Medications will be used in compliance with international and national recommendations.
August 28, 2008
Hurricane Katrina struck the US Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, causing unprecedented damage to numerous communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. Our objectives were to verify, document, and characterize Katrina-related mortality in Louisiana and help identify strategies to reduce mortality in future disasters.