Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Before the disaster struck or was even predicted, HPP was helping Massachusetts plan for disasters. HPP funding helped hospitals, community health centers, regional EMS agencies, and long-term care facilities revise operational plans; purchase equipment and supplies; and design and conduct preparedness related trainings and exercises.
HPP also supported the development of mutual aid agreements and resource inventories for long-term healthcare facilities. When some of these facilities lost power during the storm, they relied on those agreements to help them provide the care that their patients needed.
HPP funding also supports the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Health and Homeland Alert Network (HHAN), which is the primary alert notification tool that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, state emergency management and state police during emergency situations. These partners used the HHAN extensively throughout Hurricane Irene to stay in contact with one another and improve situational awareness.
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