The Office of Emergency Preparedness is a separate group from Ambulatory Safety and is tasked with developing and testing responses to internal emergencies within the UCLA Health (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, and the entire affiliated network). This office is also responsible for developing plans and capabilities to respond to external emergencies and disasters in order to support the patient population of the local and regional community. Business Continuity Planning also plays a key role to look at mission sustainment for long-term or catastrophic emergencies. In this mission, the Office supports several unique functions:
Emergency kits are intended for use immediately following a sizeable earthquake for activities such as opening jammed doors (crowbar), clearing light debris (gloves, dust masks, goggles) and working without lights (light sticks, flashlights). The plastic bags can be utilized in the event the toilets stop working. It is up to the clinic to select the kit that best suits their needs. Additional items may be purchased at the discretion of the clinic as needed (e.g. food, water etc.) Keep in mind that some items may expire so it is important if you add perishable items that you routinely check the kit and replace expired items as needed.
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Utilizing the UC Ready Business Continuity Tool, the Office works with individual departments to establish business continuity plans. These plans help departments identify critical functions, dependencies, and strategies to overcome reduction in available resources, space, and infrastructure. The process also encourages the development of action items to allow the department to become more resilient to emergencies and disasters.
Office of Emergency Preparedness