CHA News Article

Homeland Security Calls For Enhanced Vigilance After Paris Terrorist Attacks

Following the terror attacks in Paris, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a reminder to all health care providers to review with employees the importance of situational awareness and vigilantly watching for behaviors, objects and activities that depart from the norm of their experience. The call for enhanced vigilance also notes that early recognition and reporting of potential terrorist activity are the first lines of defense against harm intended for critical infrastructure.

As the attacks occurred at multiple sites, law enforcement and emergency services personnel were spread across the city and multiple hospitals experienced surge. CHA’s emergency preparedness website includes information and resources on preparing for a hospital surge, as well as planning for active shooter incidents. The DHS site also features additional preparedness information for health care providers at www.phe.gov/preparedness/planning/cip/Pages/default.aspx.

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