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Healthcare System Preparedness

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Healthcare system preparedness ensures that there is capacity and capability for provision of critical public health and medical services in order to reduce the potential for adverse health outcomes during an event.

Disaster Behavioral Health
Preparedness Library and Links
Special Needs Sheltering
Preparedness Training and Exercise
Vulnerable Populations

Health Preparedness Partners
Reports and Publications


This section provides links to organizations and agencies who provide preparedness and response trainings and exercises.  The Exercise Resources provides links to information related to the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).  Information includes tools and resources to meet Homeland Security exercise requirements.

Training Resources

Exercise Resources

Reports and Publications

2012 Hospital Preparedness Survey—October 2012 report provides summary information from the End-of-Year hospital survey

2011 Recommended Disaster Core Competencies for Hospital Personnel—This update to the 2006 version reflects the latest in federal and state guidance. The document is designed to assist hospitals with planning for response to all hazards. It contains tools and tips for determining job specific competencies and training personnel for response. The document is formatted for double-sided printing.

  • An accompanying PowerPoint presentationText Equivalent provides an overview of the recommended competencies and how hospitals can use the information for planning and training. The PowerPoint can also be used to introduce hospital staff to core competencies and performance expectations.

FDOH Hospital Preparedness Program 2002-2010—This report provides a statewide and regional overview of efforts and progress toward all hazards preparedness in the hospital setting. Data compiled for this report looks at the partnership from the statewide, regional, county, and individual hospital perspective. Information in the report can assist with future planning and preparedness activities.

Florida Hospital Preparedness Program Summary of Mid-Year and End-of-Year Surveys—September 2011 report provides summary information of Mid-Year and End-of-Year reporting for the past three grant cycles.

Report on DOH Funded Hospital Disaster Exercises—2002-2010

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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. Also, visit FloridaHealth to create your personal family emergency preparedness plan.

Resources are provided for information only. The inclusion of sites outside the Florida Department of Health does not constitute endorsement by the Florida Department of Health. The department is not responsible for content on any linked website.

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