|Health Services Organization in the Event of Disaster (PAHO, 1989, 129 pages)|
|Chapter 6: Implementing the plan in hospitals|
|Activating the plan|
1) The chairman of the disaster committee or his assistant will be notified of the disaster by the switchboard operator and will receive the following information:a) name and number of the person that called;
b) nature of the disaster;
c) location of the disaster;
d) number of victims that will be sent to the hospital;
e) approximate time of arrival;
f) mode of arrival (example: by ambulance, helicopter, other).
2) The chairman of the hospital disaster committee, after putting the plan into effect, will:a) instruct the switchboard operator to initiate disaster notifications according to established procedures;
b) immediately notify the highest local authority where the disaster site is located;
c) make sure that the shift on duty in the emergency ward is assigned to the initial triage group and to the major and minor treatment areas;
d) check that a person has been assigned to handle the telephone during the disaster;
e) make sure that the communications system is operative in all the areas of the disaster zone;
f) begin compiling a disaster area telephone directory.
3) When the chairman of the emergency committee has determined that the disaster situation no longer exists:a) he will notify the communications department and reserve staff to institute procedures for terminating the operation;
b) the chairman of the committee will be responsible for collecting the information forms from the hospital departments that have participated, for review at the next meeting of the disaster committee.