Department: Maintenance
Schedule: PRN
Shift: Varied Shifts
Job Details:
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred

    Position is responsible for providing organization, structure and training for planning, developing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness program for Huntsville Memorial Hospital.   


    Emergency Preparedness training required, practical experience in emergency management of 1 – 2 years preferred.   Documented leadership skills.  Demonstrates commitment to the Behavioral Expectations in all interactions and in performing all job duties.  Performs duties in a manner to promote quality patient care and customer service/satisfaction, while promoting safety, cost efficiency, and a commitment to the CQI process.

    A.   Education

      1. Bachelor Degree preferred, 1 – 3 years of experience in emergency preparedness may be used in lieu of degree.  

    B.   Certifications and Professional Affiliations  

      1. NIMS certifications – IS 100.HC, 200.HC, 300, 400, 700, and 800.B

    C.   Communication Skills:

      1. Able to read, write and speak English.


    Work is of medium to moderate demand; walking and standing most of the time on duty.  Reaches for, handles and fingers reports and charts, instruments, and equipment.  Talking and hearing essential in instruction and supervising nursing personnel and in receiving physician orders and patient requests.  Near visual acuity required to work with charts, records and observe patients.  Color vision to perceive changes in patients and skin color and colors of medicines and solutions.  Advanced computer and software application knowledge.


    1. Emergency Preparedness Officer will chair the Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee and reports to EOC monthly.
    2. Reviews  and updates Emergency Preparedness Manual to ensure accuracy.
    3. Develops response plans for various types of disasters/hazards using risk analysis tools.
    4. Identifies and documents response agencies and resources involved in disaster relief.
    5. Keeps changes to plan pertinent to internal changes within the building or organization as well as to current events.
    6. Communicates all updates in a timely and “user friendly” fashion to all who “need to know”.
    7. Plans, develops, implements, and maintains a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness program.
    8. Reviews and updates Emergency Preparedness Plans to ensure their adequacy
    9. Remains a “Content expert” knows the plan well and can articulate that plan to others when asked.
    10. Addresses all steps of Emergency management in the plan – from pre-hospital to Hazmat to debriefing.
    11. Coordinates and conducts training of staff in emergency preparedness, response and recovery practices.
    12. Conducts mock Emergency Preparedness drills.
    13. Coordinates and conducts training of staff in hospital decontamination and develops the decon team from across all areas of the hospital departments on all shifts.
    14. Assesses training needs and develops/arranges training programs.
    15. Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments
    16. Forecasts both short-term and long-term needs for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies. Monitors expenditures.
    17. Coordinates, in collaboration with CFO, fund recovery efforts during declared disasters. Coordinates with FEMA representatives and prepares and submits required documents.
    18. Researches and prepares grants related to emergency preparedness.
    19. Conducts disaster drills in accordance with State and Federal requirements.  Operates, maintains, and tests Emergency Operations Center (EOC) equipment and systems.  Develops activation and operation procedures.
    20. Maintains procedures and checklists for positions in the Incident Command System for training programs and tabletop drills.
    21. Evaluates each drill for strengths and weaknesses and documents appropriately.
    22. Ensures follow-up on improvements and/or changes identified during drills.
    23. Interfaces with department personnel, neighboring agencies, local business, the Red Cross, EMS, Fire and Police Departments, gas and electric companies, the County, TDH, FEMA, OES and other local, State and Federal representatives in the implementation of regional training and emergency preparedness/response programs.
    24. Attends required meetings with SETTRAC, North Corridor and all ASPR grant fund requirements.
    25. Interacts with staff development.
    26. Coordinates drills with other response agencies, and maintains community relationships/networks.
    27. Adheres to all policies, procedures, and standards, within budgetary specifications, including time management, supply management, productivity, and accuracy of practice.
    28. Promotes individual professional growth and development by meeting requirements for mandatory/continuing education, skills competency, supports department-based goals which contribute to the success of the organization; serves as preceptor, mentor, and resource to less experienced staff.
    29. Abides by the HMH Legal Compliance Code of Conduct.
    30. Maintains a safe work environment and reports safety concerns appropriately.
    31. Performs other related duties as assigned.

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