The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Emergency Preparedness staff support Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health care facilities as well as regional health care coalitions’ preparedness activities as they train, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
When a disaster impacts a state, region, or community, the health care system plays a crucial first responder role. From large hospitals to smaller community health centers, these entities work with emergency professionals, law enforcement, and state and federal agencies to address immediate needs and to deal with longer term recovery. Disasters may include, but are not limited to:
- Natural disasters such as floods, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes
- Mass casualty incidents include multiple vehicle accidents, train accidents, active shooter incidents
- Environmental accidents such as chemical fires and spills
- Acts of domestic and foreign terrorism
- Public health threats such as the Ebola outbreak and flu pandemics
Often, health care and emergency personnel, as well as volunteers, are responding to life-threatening situations. They drill and train to make immediate situational assessments and practice critical decision-making to protect the public.
HAP and DOH Partner to Improve Emergency Response in Pennsylvania
A partnership between The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) began during 2012.
The coalition is a PADOH-initiated partnership with HAP to refine, enhance, and test individual health care facility preparedness activities and response plans. The partnership is a regional approach to health care preparedness and works with the existing nine regional task force health and medical structures.