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Public Health, Medical and Mental Health Annex

This annex describes the courses of action that the IHE will implement to address emergency medical (e.g., first aid), public health, and mental health counseling issues. IHEs should coordinate these efforts with the appropriate emergency medical services, public health, mental health, law enforcement, fire department, and emergency management representatives. Mental health needs after an emergency will be addressed in the Recovery Annex.

The planning team should consider the following when developing its goals, objectives, and courses of action:

  • What is the role of staff members is in providing first aid during an emergency
  • Where emergency medical supplies (first aid kits, AEDs, etc.) will be located and who is responsible for purchasing and maintaining those materials
  • Which staff have relevant training or experience such as first aid or CPR
  • How the IHE will secure a sufficient number of counselors and others trained in psychological first aid in the event of an emergency
  • How the IHE will promptly share and report information about outbreaks or epidemics or other unusual medical situations to the local health department
  • How the IHE will support the needs of students, faculty, and staff identified by the threat assessment team (TAT)