Resources for Developing an Emergency Operations Plan

Carrie Kotecki
Carrie Kotecki, RN, MSN
Director of Emergency Preparedness at ||

Carrie Kotecki has taught thousands of healthcare workers on prevention, tactics, and hands-on drill for workplace violence. She is a retired Director of Emergency Services at Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo Michigan after 38 years. 

Carrie trains nationwide on the topics of workplace violence, healthcare leadership, and frontline staff training, and performs on-site mock surveys as it relates to emergency preparedness to 1) assess the needs of a facility and 2) identify any deficiencies or areas of non-compliance with standards, codes, and laws.  

Last week, I shared a brief checklist for evaluating your hospital emergency operations plan and now, I’m here to share a couple of free resources with you to aid in this process.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ASPR TRACIE
This website, which is free to join, is a great national resource for templates and more. They also have a feature section titled “Beyond the Response: Experiences from the Field” which details organizations’ responses to emergencies.

California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
This website provides multiple tools and templates to assist you with the emergency preparedness process. You can find editable Word documents that cover topics such as active shooter, infectious disease, missing persons, utility failure, and more.

If you would like more information regarding hospital emergency operations plans, please contact me at