PA-ASE 7 - Emergency Response Preparedness*
The agency plans for and coordinates emergency response preparedness.
Interpretation: The network management entity is expected to plan for, and coordinate emergency preparedness across the network.
The agency develops an emergency response plan that addresses:
Interpretation: Emergency situations include accidents, serious illness, fire, medical emergencies, water emergencies, natural disasters, emergencies associated with outdoor activities, hostage situations, bomb threats, unlawful intrusion, assaultive behavior, and other life threatening situations.
Interpretation: For networks, in emergency situations where service recipients are likely to be evacuated, it is critical that the emergency response plan address arrangements for the provision of medications for persons who require them in order to remain healthy. Such persons can include individuals with psychiatric conditions, individuals taking opioid treatment medications, and older adults. Arrangements can include maintaining a list of service recipients likely to be effected, and pre-arranging for services outside the area likely to be evacuated.
The agency is prepared to treat injuries and respond to medical emergencies by:
Interpretation: When conducting off-grounds outdoor activities such as overnight camping, the standard requires first-aid supplies, emergency response kits, and other emergency supplies and medications needed by participants to be under the control of the senior trip leader or other designated group leader at all times.
Note: Please see Checklist: Facility Observation in the Tools Index for additional assistance with this standard.
The emergency response plan includes arrangements for:
Interpretation: To ensure preparedness in the event of an emergency, communication with service recipients in residential settings should include informing service recipients about the agency's emergency response plan, including evacuation procedures.
All personnel are trained on how to respond to medical threats and emergencies, including:
Update: Added Note - 06/01/10
related PA-RPM 2.01
Note: Element c does not apply to credit counseling agencies.