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Our Nation’s health care facilities (HCFs) are entrusted with providing expert medical care in
safe and secure environments for patients, staff, and visitors. HCFs include hospitals, health
clinics, hospices, long-term care facilities, academic medical centers, group medical care
facilities, and physicians’ and other health care providers’ offices. HCFs are faced with planning
for emergencies of all kinds, ranging from active shooters, hostage situations, and other similar
security challenges, as well as threats from fires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and
pandemics of infectious diseases. Many of these emergencies occur with little to no warning;
therefore, it is critical for HCFs to plan in advance to help ensure the safety, security, and general
welfare of all members of the health care community.

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