CMH Disaster Preparedness 1) Decon/HazMat – Requires patient decontamination 
prior  to treatment (nuclear, chemical, biological exposure)


2) non-Decon – No patient decontamination (earthquake, 
train crash, conventional bomb)
Decon Disaster Staging
Home. References. Physician Call-In. Disaster Command. Standards of Care. Disaster Staging. START Triage.
For simplicity, CMH differentiates two disaster-response scenarios, a Decon Disaster and
a non-Decon Disaster. During a Decon Disaster, patients are contaminated with some
hazardous-material (chemical, biological, nuclear), requiring physical decontamination prior
to treatment and entrance to the hospital. In a non-Decon Disaster, no decontamination
precautions are required. Please review:
Facility staging for a Decon Disaster is complex and labor-intensive, requiring specialized
equipment, personnel, site security, and safety precautions. CMH has trained a specific
Decon Team to respond to such emergencies.
With inclement weather, staging will occur within the Loma Vista parking garage, with
contaminated patients on the first level, and non-contaminated patients on the second
level.
CMH Decon Staging 2011.jpg Decon Safety non-Decon Staging