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SE PA Zone Structure

Hospitals and government partners in the five-county region of southeastern Pennsylvania (SE PA) have created a zone structure to promote effective communication, coordination, and mutual support in the event of a disaster. Hospitals and other partners in each zone meet regularly.

Greater Philadelphia Mutual Aid Agreement

To facilitate the sharing of health care staff, equipment, and other support during a disaster, DVHC developed a mutual aid agreement open to all hospitals, health systems, and other health care facilities in Greater Philadelphia.

Public Information During Disasters

During an emergency, communicating accurate, relevant, timely, actionable information to the general public can save lives. To promote the flow of information and encourage consistent public messaging, DVHC established media protocols and maintains a list of government contacts for use by hospitals in the event of a declared disaster.

SE PA Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART)

A joint initiative of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, DVHC, and the region's health care community, SEPA SMART has portable equipment, supplies, and credentialed, volunteer team members for providing emergency health care services during disasters.

To Get Involved

Please 'Ask DVHC' (below) or contact HAP's emergency preparedness regional manager for Southeastern PA if your organization would like to participate in Greater Philadelphia disaster preparedness efforts.

Information about the web-based Knowledge Center System and HAP's emergency preparedness newsletter is available on the HAP Emergency Preparedness web page.

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Contact: Mark Ross at 610-656-2497

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