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  • Rural Maryland Health Care Coalition Accelerates Information Sharing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    A relatively small incident in an urban area can be a large disaster for a small rural region. As the rate of hospitalizations increased due to COVID-19, health care facilities in all regions of Maryland, and particularly those in rural areas, began to experience elevated demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).

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HPP In Action: Stories from the Field

The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) plays a vital role in providing the funding that hospitals need to prepare themselves to respond in emergencies. These preparedness activities have strengthened the capabilities of hospitals throughout the country to support events that require special resources and respond to floods, hurricanes, wildfires, infrastructure collapse. Are you a grantee with a success story to share? Please share your story with us!

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Rural Maryland Health Care Coalition Accelerates Information Sharing during the COVID-19 Pandemic NEW!

November 2020
A relatively small incident in an urban area can be a large disaster for a small rural region. As the rate of hospitalizations increased due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), health care facilities in all regions of Maryland, and particularly those in rural areas, began to experience elevated demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).
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2020 Election
HPP Proved Critical in Reducing Spread of COVID-19 during Historic 2020 Presidential Nominating Conventions NEW!

November 2020
For the first time ever, the DNC and RNC– which historically welcomed large, in-person crowds to formally support & present a Presidential nominee for their respective party – hosted a mix of virtual and smaller in-person events  to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
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Utah HCC's Rockin Roundup Mass Casualty Exercise  NEW!
November 2020
The time allowed to prepare for an emergency or disaster - whether natural or manmade - is unpredictable, and in many cases, not enough.  Even in the best of circumstances, it is difficult to feel prepared to address the uncertainty of an emergency.  
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Healthcare professionals shaking hands
HCC & MRC Partnership in New Mexico Prevents Hospital Surge
October 2020
The New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps (NMMRC), which has been established through ASPR’s Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) program, has statewide and inter-coalition mutual aid partnerships with its health care coalitions (HCC). 
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Train derailment
HPP Propels the Evolution of a Tennessee Health Care Coalition
October 2020

The Hospital Preparedness Program’s emphasis on convening a diverse group of stakeholders has helped the Knox/East TN Healthcare Coalition mature and more effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters, including a train derailment and gas leak. 
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Burn patient
HCCs Help Utah Prepare for Burn Mass Casualty Incidents
October 2020

Utah leverages health care coalitions (HCC) to provide statewide emergency preparedness and response resources across its regions, such as trainings to improve first responder and receiver readiness for a burn mass casualty incident.
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Hurricane damage
​A Florida HCC’s Preparedness Activities Enhance Response during Hurricane Michael
October 2020

When Hurricane Michael made landfall on Mexico Beach, Florida as a Category 5 hurricane, it caused catastrophic damage across the region. However, thanks to HPP funding, the Emerald Coast health care coalition (HCC) was well prepared for the disaster.
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Liquid oxygen tank with a hazard sign HPP Supports Coordination and Resource Deployment Following a Liquid Oxygen Spill
January 2019

The Los Angeles County’s Disaster Resource Center (DRC) program used Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funding to proactively assess the needs of the community and built a solution that was later deployed to assist a DRC member in a liquid oxygen crisis.
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doctors and nurses moving a patient

Responding to Hurricane Florence: Coordinating State Medical Support Shelters through an HCC-centered State Medical Response System
September 2018

In September 2018, North Carolina’s health care coalitions teamed up to establish a 100-bed State Medical Support Shelter to provide critical medical care for patients that had lost their community health care support due to Hurricane Florence. Learn More >>
Derailed passenger train

Regional coordination and patient tracking during passenger train derailment response
December 2017

When a passenger train traveling a new route from Seattle to Portland derails, the Northwest Healthcare Response Network led a critical role in coordinating the health care system's response. Supported in part by the HPP, the Network leads the health care coalition encompassing three counties, and serves the largest concentration of health care organizations in Washington State. Learn More >>
Harvey command center

Responding to Harvey: How a Houston-area health care coalition modeled success
August 2017

HPP provided federal funding, guidance, and technical assistance to promote health care system preparedness and response. The program brought together key players in health care and emergency response disciplines to prepare for, respond to, and recover from Harvey. Learn More >>
gas and electric heaters used as alternate sources for heating

HCC Response to Heating Crisis Keeps 2,000 Residents Warm and Home for the Holidays
December 2016

A predominately tribal community in L'Anse, Michigan was left without heat after a car crashed into a natural gas pipe station. As temperatures dropped to 25 degrees, Michigan's Region 8 HCC coordinated a supplemental heating plan for the long-term care facility using heating equipment acquired with HPP funding. Learn More >>
HPP members

Answering the Tough Questions: Kentucky’s Region 7 HCC Ebola Response Exercise
October 2016

Two years after the first outbreak of Ebola began, Kentucky's Region 7 HCC continues to train, exercise, and plan together for the possibility of a patient with a highly infectious disease at a local health care facility. With HPP funding, Region 7 members collaborate so that each member has the necessary tools and trained health care personnel to respond to such emergencies. Learn More >>
hand holding a small U.S. Flag

Republican National Convention
July 2016
In incredible numbers, media personnel and masses of tourists and visitors congregating in Cleveland for the RNC. The city began planning over a year ago for emergencies and to safely accommodate the anticipated visitors. The NortheastOhio Regional HCC, funded by ASPR’s HPP, proved critical to coordinating the city’s medical preparations.   Learn More >>
American football stadium

HPP Impact: The Super Bowl and the College Football National Championship
June 2016
Each year, avid football fans gather to support their favorite teams at the heart of professional and college football competitions. For emergency preparedness professionals, highly visible mass gatherings like these sporting events require significant planning, coordination, and organization.   Learn More >>
Kids holding a safety sign

Exercising for Preparedness-Pediatric Safety and Planning
December 2015
Children have special needs that must be incorporated into emergency preparedness and response efforts and in order to adequately protect them, the health care community requires opportunities to learn new information, collaborate, and share best practices to ensure children are appropriately cared for during emergency events.   Learn More >>
Medic preparing a syringe for vaccination.

Umpqua Community College Shooting – Integrating long term needs into response
October 2015
On October 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Oregon at Umpqua Community College, students gathered for a writing class and tragedy struck. A mass shooting by a fellow student occurred that left a profound and lasting effect on the local community. The Umpqua Wellness Center was opened to provide grief and behavorial health counseling and support for those navigating the tragic shooting.  Learn More >>
Medic preparing a syringe for vaccination.

Virginia Flu Vaccine Campaign
October 2015
Every year, the Virginia Department of Health conducts mass drive-thru influenza point of dispensing vaccination exercises held across the state. The event featured personnel and resources, including influenza vaccine, POD trailers, and other materials, supported entirely by HPP and PHEP funds.   Learn More >>
Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA

The Story You Haven’t Heard: How the Northwest Healthcare Response Network Saved Lives After a Tragic Tour Vehicle Crash
September 2015
A tour bus crash killed and injured foreign national students & tourists on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge. Within an hour of the incident, the NW Healthcare Response Network triaged and moved the injured to area hospitals demonstrating the HCC's role during disasters and emergencies.  Learn More >>
Pope Francis in his motorcade

Papal Visit Preparations
September 2015
The Southeast Pennsylvania Health Care Coalition, which was formed as a result of HPP’s efforts in the region, participated in planning activities and brought together the medical community to prepare for any disruption during the papal visit.   Learn More >>
Cargo train of chemicals

Tennessee Chemical Spill
July 2015
On a rainy July night in rural Blount County, TN., a cargo train carrying hazardous materials passed through a residential area. During that trip, a wheel on the train rubbed a whole in one of the tankers carrying the flammable and toxic chemical acrylonitrile. The chemical began leaking and sinking into the soil.  Initially, the train operator was unaware of the chemical leak.  Learn More >>
Derailed train

Pennsylvania Train Derailment
May 2015
In May 2015, en route from Washington DC to NYC, an Amtrak train carrying 238 passengers derailed. Over 200 were injured and eight killed. The large volume of patients highlighted the need for a coordinated and regional approach to preparedness.  Learn More >>
Ebola virus

Ebola Preparedness and Response
October 2014
HPP has provided funding to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2002. This sustained investment, along with the Ebola emergency supplemental funding, allowed NYC and its partner health facilities and emergency management organizations to successfully respond to one of only a few confirmed patients with Ebola in the U.S.   Learn More >>
Preparedness training exercise.  Patient moved in pickup truck.

Preparedness and Response Training, Colorado
November 2013
An almost eerily timed mining accident struck outside of the small south western town of Ouray, CO, where only hours earlier the emergency response community had gathered together to be part of a special training on the Mass Casualty Incident Command System.   Learn More >>
Neyland Stadium

Disaster Drill, Tennessee
November 2013
Fifty-four hospitals across Eastern Tennessee drew together Nov. 6 to stage one of the nation’s largest disaster drills.  The scenario opened with two coordinated explosions at the Neyland Stadium, where large crowds gathered for an event in Knoxville.   Learn More >>
Police officer

Active Shooter Response Training
September 2013
In an active shooter situation in a hospital, the last thing you want is for the hospital staff to freeze. The staff needs to know what to do and how to respond in different situations - and HPP-sponsored training is helping them learn to do that.  Learn More >>
Colorado Wildfires

Wildfires, Colorado
June 2013
As wildfires erupted in the San Juan mountain range of Colorado, a small rural hospital found an immediate use for plans and equipment funded through the Hospital Preparedness Program. Due to proximity of the massive fires, the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte, Colo., had to evacuate two associated clinics in South Fork and Creede, Colo.  Learn More >>
West Texas Fertilizer Plant Explotions

West, Texas Explosion
April 2013
On April 17, 2013, a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas. Hundreds of residents and responders were injured, testing the community’s ability to handle a surge in demand for medical services. Immediately, community and state response agencies put medical surge plans – local and regional – into action. Learn More >>
Nebraska Hospital Preparedness Program

Decontamination Training
, Nebraska
No hospital stands alone, which is why the Hospital Preparedness Program emphasizes building coalitions that involve the entire health care system, emergency management agencies, non-government organizations and others in the community in planning for and responding to disasters.  Learn More >>
Devistation in New York following Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy in New York

October 2012
October 29, 2013, the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy struck New York City and its impacts were felt through out the healthcare system. Because of the funding and guidance that it received from HPP, New York’s healthcare system was able care for patients more safely and effectively before, during and after the storm.  Learn More >>
An EMT sits on a cooler near the rear door of an ambus   Texas’ Emergency Medical Task Force Program
October 2012
Wildfires tore across Texas in the late spring and summer of 2012, scorching tens of thousands of acres and forcing residents to evacuate rapidly. Firefighters battling the wildfires needed medical attention. The situation could have been overwhelming, but Texans put their newest emergency response resource into action—multi-patient vehicles, more commonly known as ambuses.  Learn More >>
Kentucy Tornado blows roof off hospital Tornadoes in Kentucky
March 2012
On March 2nd, 2012, numerous tornadoes swept across eastern Kentucky. There were disasters declared in 12 counties. There were 23 fatalities and more than 200 injuries. In West Liberty (Morgan County), the critical access hospital, Morgan County ARH (Appalachian Regional Healthcare), was severely damaged by the tornadoes. Learn More >>
Hurricane Irene. Photo courtesy of NASA Hurricane Irene
August 2011
Hurricane Irene brought flooding, widespread power outages and other challenges to many parts of the mid-Atlantic region through New England. HPP funding, training, coalition building and communications assets helped to prepare many healthcare facilities and state emergency response organizations to handle the public health concerns that came with the hurricane. Learn More >>
Devistation from the tornado in Joplin Tornadoes in Joplin, MO
May 2011
HPP-supported planning, training, equipment, communications support, mental health resources, and a Mobile Medical Unit were used in support of the response to the tornadoes that devastated Joplin, MO.  Learn More >>
Tsunami Evacuation Sign Hawaii Tsunami
March 2011

HPP funded preparedness efforts enhanced Hawaii’s response to the potential tsunami by working closely with state agencies to create a strong and effective healthcare coalition. Learn More >>
Home and car covered in snow Missouri Winter Storms
January and February 2011
The HPP-funded HAvBED system was activated to determine the number of hospital beds available and to collect other data in support of the medical response to the storms.  Learn More >>
Tornado 2011 Oklahoma Tornadoes
HPP funding allowed  hospitals affected by the tornadoes to utilize shelter-in-place during the storms along with interoperable communications in places the power was cut off. Learn More >>
Car on flooded road 2011 Mississippi Flooding
Mississippi drew on HPP-funded surge plans and resources after the Mississippi River flooded the 100-year flood plain destroying major roads, homes, businesses and natural resources.  Learn More >>
Aftermath of area affected by tornadoes 2011 Tennessee Tornadoes and Floods
ASPR-Funded HAvBED System gave the hospitals the capability to communicate to multiple emergency responders, other hospitals, and provide bed availability updates at least every hour during the floods and tornadoes.  Learn More >>
Street in Tennessee after flooding Middle Tennessee Flood
May 2010

Resources, services, plans and systems developed and sustained with Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grants were critical to the Middle Tennessee Flood response of May 2010. Learn More>>
Storms that cause flooding Rhode Island Flooding
March 2010
Rhode Island used Hospital Preparedness Program funds to purchase interoperable communication equipment that  proved critical in managing the health impacts of the 2010 floods. Learn More >>
Clinicians running in hospital Fort Hood Incident
November 2009

In central Texas, HPP funded preparedness efforts enhanced the regional hospitals’ response during the November, 2009 Fort Hood shooting incident. Learn More >>
Hands of surgeons in an operating room Heavy Rains in Kentucky
June 2009

Structural damage occurred in two hospital operating rooms during heavy rains in Kentucky. HPP worked with the hospital to rapidly deploy equipment that mitigated the effects of the incident. Learn More >>
Flooding in North Dakota North Dakota Flooding
March 2009

HPP funded evacuation plans were used to move 263 patients from 4 hospitals to 37 receiving hospitals located in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Learn More >>
Picture of crowd at the 2009 Inauguration Presidential Inauguration
January 2009
HPP funded evacVirginia Hospitals and the Regional Hospital Coordinating Center (RHCC) activated healthcare system incident command systems during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Learn More >>
Storm surge during Hurrican Gustav Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in Louisiana
September 2008

HPP funding supported mobile units that were deployed following hurricanes Gustav and Ike and were used to alleviate stress on local emergency rooms in Lafayette, Abbeville, Erath, Delcambre and Thibodaux. Learn More >>
Image of Hurricane Ike Hurricane Ike in Texas
September 2008
HPP funds have allowed Texas to establish a statewide system for tracking available hospital beds, which was a critical resource during the hurricane response. Learn More >>
Wildfires in California Southern California Wildfires
November 2007
HPP funds were used to purchase equipment that was used to mitigate smoke entering the facility by blowing smoke away from the entrances of the Placentia-Linda Hospital. Learn More >>
Picture of collapsed bridge Minnesota Bridge Collapse
August 2007
HPP funded technologies to improve emergency communications and hospital bed tracking. Learn More >>

  • This page last reviewed: November 25, 2020