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Section 2: Redundant Communications Drill Performance Measures

This section contains PMs that use data produced by a Redundant Communications Drill (RCD) that is a requirement of the 2019 FOA. For a crosswalk of PMs to the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities, see Appendix 3: Crosswalk of Performance Measures to 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities.

Each HCC will conduct an RCD semiannually to test redundant forms of communication among its members. Redundant communications refers to having multiple back-up communication modalities and is imperative in emergency preparedness planning. Past exercise and real-world event experience demonstrate that HCCs cannot depend on just one, or even two, means of communication.

The following table lists the data entity—the organizational level at which the data are captured (recipient or HCC)—and PM type for each PM:

Measure (PM)

Performance Measure (PM) Definition​​

Data Entity

PM Type

12Percent of HCCs that have drilled their primary communications plan and system/platform and one redundant communications system/platform (not connected to the commercial power grid) at least once every six months​HCC Activity
13 Percent of HCC member organizations that responded during a redundant communications drill by system and platform type used​ HCC Outcome

The definitions for the PM types are:

  • Activity: Actions that use or involve HPP inputs; and,
  • Outcome: Changes or benefits resulting from program activities and outputs. Outcomes can be intended or unintended, positive or negative, and are often divided into short-, intermediate-, and long-term timeframes.

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  • This page last reviewed: November 05, 2020