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Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Response Plans

Thank you for taking an interest in the Public Health Emergency Response Plans of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Use the links below to access our plans.

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  • ADHS Public Health Volunteer Coordination Plan, December 2013, Version 1.1
    The purpose of this plan is to establish a statewide approach to effectively facilitate the use of volunteers in local, tribal, state, and federal emergency responses. This plan supports the Arizona Emergency Systems for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (AZ ESAR-VHP) and promotes coordination with other volunteer health professional and emergency preparedness entities to support the employment of health professionals and lay volunteers.
  • ADHS Suspicious Substance Protocol SOG
    This plan details the recommended procedures to ensure coordination between law enforcement, public health officials and first responders in response to and management of suspected terrorism/suspicious substance incidents.
    • The “Punch List” is a self-assessment guide to assist those involved in following the ADHS Suspicious Substance Protocol. The Punch list does not need to be submitted or transferred outside of individual use. The list is intended to facilitate the management of a suspicious substance incident that may potentially have an impact upon public health and is a process guide for those involved.
    • The ASPHL Submittal Form must accompany all samples submitted to the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory for testing. As a reminder, all suspicious substance submitted to ASPHL for testing requires a “TIPS number.
  • Arizona Crisis Standards of Care Plan
    The purpose of this plan is to provide clear and consistent guidance for allocating scarce healthcare resources during a catastrophic disaster. The plan details tactics for managing a medical surge response at the state level and includes indicators for activating the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC).
  • Arizona Pandemic Influenza Response Plan
    This plan is an all-encompassing, detailed public health response plan to a pandemic influenza event. Highlights include; surveillance and epidemiology, laboratory diagnostics, infection control, clinical guidelines, public health communications and pandemic influenza information management.
  • Arizona Training & Exercise Plan (2015-2020)
    The five year ADHS Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan (MYTEP) is the result of annual Training and Exercise Planning (TEP) among jurisdictional partners statewide. The MYTEP is updated annually and describes the methodology and approach to address gap-based trainings and exercises to meet public health emergency preparedness capabilities among public health, healthcare, and community partners. The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the approach used to guide all preparedness efforts within this plan reinforcing the National Response Framework (NRF) as the structure for incident management training and exercise activities to meet preparedness objectives and priorities.
  • Flooding Response Plan
    The ADHS Flooding Response Plan provides the concept of operations about the various responsibilities of the health department, that include; providing technical assistance and resources in public health matters such as safe food and water, proper sanitation, and communicable disease prevention.
  • Heat Emergency Response Plan
    The ADHS Heat plan provides educational information and resources, along with appropriate protection and interventions to the citizens and visitors of Arizona; it also details what ADHS’s role and response would be during an extended heat-related event.
  • Mass Fatality Management Plan
    The Arizona Department of Health Services’ Mass Fatality Management Plan has been developed to address the public health response in managing a mass fatality incident where local decedent storage capacity would be exceeded. This plan looks into disease control and prevention, surge capacity and capabilities, and logistical measures to ensure public health is preserved and all necessary steps are taken to maintain chain of custody and documentation.
    • Mass Fatality Management Planning Toolkit
      Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Mass Fatality Management Planning Toolkit (MFMPT) is a guide to provide a framework to local public health agencies (counties, tribes, and healthcare facilities) in the development of a comprehensive mass fatality response plan for the management of a mass fatality incident (MFI) during scalable disasters, or a localized incidents or long‐term events.
  • Radiological Emergency Response Plan
    This plan provides the guidance for healthcare and public health professionals responding to a radiological event. This document goes into great detail describing radioactive materials, protective measures, sheltering guidelines, along with patient management, decontamination and transportation.
  • Wildfire Emergency Response Plan
    The ADHS Wildfire plan defines what ADHS’s roles and responsibilities are during Arizona’s wildfire season or in the event of a specific wildfire event. It details ADHS’s management of the response that includes air and water quality, waste cleanup and behavioral health issues.

Note: Information provided in PDF files, unless otherwise indicated.