COVID-19 preparedness planning guide
Create and implement a COVID-19 preparation and response plan to protect the clients and employees of your organization.
- Reduced staffing for a prolonged period due to staff illness
- What are the core functions of your agency?
- Can these continue with reduced staff and resources?
- Can you cross train staff to help maintain the core functions?
- What services might be suspended during a prolonged outbreak?
- How might service hours be impacted?
- How will you communicate these changes to your clients?
- Extra supplies – purchase and storage
- Creating Isolation areas – how to separate sick people from healthy ones
- Networking with partner agencies and volunteers
- Can employees work from home or other isolated sites?
- Update sick and medical leave policies to encourage self-quarantine in times of emergency?
- Time is of the essence – have gear and policies in place before an outbreak
- Encourage staff to have a personal plan
Sign-up for the Community Communications Network
- The Community Communications Network (CCN) is designed to improve Public Health's ability to outreach to vulnerable communities during an emergency.
- The CCN includes more than 600 agencies and community leaders and provides after hours contact information for the majority.
- In a crisis, Public Health will use the CCN to contact agencies that provide services to vulnerable populations who may not have access to traditional communication channels.
- Community agencies pass this information to the vulnerable populations that they serve.
- For more information or to sign-up go to the Community Communication Network Page.
- Public Health –Seattle & King County:
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Sanitation and Hygiene Guidance for Homeless Service Providers
- Preparedness Resources for the Community
- WA State Dept of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
- Healthcare for the Homeless Network (HCHN): HCHN Homepage