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Healthcare System Preparedness Overview

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Hospitals and other healthcare system partners play a key role in the event of a disaster or health emergency and are crucial to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the community. Statewide, they are partners in response to disasters and public health preparedness. The ongoing threat and occurrence of both natural and man-made events continues to reinforce the need to increase our capacity to respond. The community depends on our healthcare system to be prepared to deal with all types of events that can impact its citizens. Hospitals need to be prepared to respond to both traditional disaster threats and potential terrorist attacks, including the use of chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear weapons or explosives. Hospital emergency preparedness is a priority!
The resources provided in this section will help all health care providers and hospital emergency personnel plan, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural or man-made disasters and other public health emergencies.

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Mass Casualty Incidents
- This guidance provides planning recommendations for Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI) as related to hospital and health care facility emergency preparedness planning. It is for public and private health personnel who are involved in emergency management, disaster preparedness, planning, response, mitigation, protection, and/or recovery.

Preparedness Tools
Provides links to specific areas of interest including Catastrophic Planning, Discharge Planning, Hospital Surge, Mass Casualty, and Pediatric Preparedness
Hospital Contracts
Hospital Contracts information can be found on the Healthcare Coalitions webpage.
Preparedness Partners
Links to organizations and State-Federal agencies who provide preparedness and response information for healthcare systems
Provides a comprehensive list of Training and Exercise resources
Reports and Publications
Provides links to reports such as the mid-year and end-of-year hospital survey reports and annual hospital performance reports.
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Are you ready? Hurricane Season begins June 1.  Visit for more information for hospitals and staff on creating a disaster business plan and personal family plans.

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