Emergency Preparedness in Pennsylvania
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
Hospitals and health system staff, 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's Emergency Management Staff Can Help
HAP’s emergency management team helps Pennsylvania's hospitals and health systems prepare for public health emergencies and serves as a national model for best practices in health care coordination for emergent and disaster events. HAP's emergency management staff have the experience and knowledge necessary to help providers prepare for the next disaster.
Meet HAP's EM Staff