Emergency Management

Pennsylvania hospitals are essential in public health and medical emergency response. They have plans in place to deal with everyday emergencies and unexpected disasters, and work to improve their response capabilities by reviewing and testing their plans, holding disaster drills, and working with first responders.

Emergency Preparedness in Pennsylvania

Emergency Preparedness Training Exercise

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

Subscribe to Keystone Health Preparedness Digest

Keystone Health Preparedness Digest is a compilation of current news articles and related information pertaining to public health threats, both in the United States and worldwide. It is published twice a month by HAPevolve, a subsidiary of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. Subscribe below.


Related News

October 29, 2020

Hospital Community Closely Monitoring New Health Care Cybersecurity Threat

Hospitals across the country and within Pennsylvania are closely monitoring a new credible cybersecurity threat issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The threat is through ransomware known as “TrickBot” and “Ryuk” and could impact hospitals and health care providers. The American Hospital Association is in close communication with federal agencies and is serving as a source of information and support to the hospital community.

October 28, 2020

Pennsylvanians Urged to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

Today HAP, in partnership with more than 50 other organizations and entities, released a statement encouraging Pennsylvanians to get their flu shot. As the flu season rapidly approaches, this effort aims to bring awareness to the importance of getting vaccinated. 

Featured Resource

HAPevolve's COVID-19 PREP

HAPevolve's COVID-19 PREP, a Complimentary and Portable Resource Tool Portable Response Emergency Plan (PREP) is a web-based, mobile app created to house health care facilities’ Emergency Plans. 

HAPevolve is offering a temporarily modified COVID-19 version of PREP at no cost to health care facilities for the global pandemic. COVID-19 PREP has a single-point access to up-to-date pandemic information and resources. 

HAPevolve's PREP app for COVID-19

Available on both iOS and Android! Sign up to access instructions on how to download the app.

Related Links

Media Inquiries

Please direct all media inquiries to Rachel Moore, HAP's media relations director.

Thank You Health Care Heroes

Visit HAP's Resource Center