HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec’s Vision for a Regional Disaster Health Response System
As the threat environment becomes more complex, ASPR continues to develop new and innovative ways to more effectively and efficiently respond to disasters. Dr. Robert Kadlec shares his vision for a regional disaster health response system to improve the nation’s response to disasters in the face of the ever-increasing array of 21st century health security threats. Read the blog>>>
Dr. Kadlec with colleagues at the University of Maryland Medical Center-Shock Trauma.
Flood Resources for Healthcare Facilities
Across the central United States, many river systems remain at or above flood stage following last week’s heavy rains. Flooding can wreak havoc on healthcare facilities and the communities they serve. Find out what you can do to protect your healthcare facility when floodwaters rise. Learn more >>>
Flooding presents unique challenges for healthcare facilities.
New! Social Media in Emergency Response
During a disaster, both survivors and responders rely on social media to communicate. ASPR TRACIE has developed a new collection of resources that focuses on lessons learned and best practices for social media in emergency management. View the collection >>>
Social media plays a critical role in communication before, during, and after a disaster.
Register Today! Webinar on Healthcare Response to a No-Notice Incident
Healthcare facilities must be ready to respond to mass shootings and other no-notice incidents. But preparing takes time, resources, energy, and well-coordinated, collaborative planning. Join the upcoming webinar from ASPR TRACIE to find out what healthcare facilities can do to prepare. Learn more >>>
Preparing for a no-notice incident or disaster requires planning and collaboration.
Responding to Hurricane Harvey: How a Houston-area Healthcare Coalition Modeled Success
Long before Hurricane Harvey struck, the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council, a Houston-area health care coalition, was building partnerships and enhancing disaster response capabilities with technical assistance and funding from the Hospital Preparedness Program. Find out how the coalition supported patient movement, hospital evacuation, and more in the wake of the storm. Read the story >>>
Members of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council worked together to respond to Hurricane Harvey.
Aging and Disability Task Force Focuses on Addressing the Needs of People with Access and Functional Needs
People with access and functional needs – especially older adults and people with disabilities – often need extra attention and help during a disaster. In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, ASPR created the Aging and Disability Task Force, a fulltime, onsite unit in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help protect health in the areas hardest hit. Learn more >>>
Older adults and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during and after an emergency.