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2011 Hurricane Irene Response in New Hampshire

​HPP-Supported Partnerships, Planning, Communications and Training Help New Hampshire Weather the Storm

Hurricane Irene caused power outages in New Hampshire, putting stress on healthcare facilities and emergency management departments.  Using Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funding, New Hampshire had prepared for this kind of disaster by putting in place the interoperable communications systems, coalitions, and plans needed to help the state weather the storm.
 
HPP helped establish the Hospital Emergency Preparedness Group.  The team is comprised of representatives, known as Emergency Management Coordinators (EMCs), from all of the 26 acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals and State and community planning partners. The EMCs have a wide variety of expertise, including ED directors, ED physicians and nurses, EMS coordinators, infection control practitioners, emergency preparedness coordinators, and others.  The group also includes the HPP Coordinator, the state EMS Emergency Planner, a state Public Health Lab representative, and community Public Health representatives.  The EMCs worked together to implement a variety of existing emergency plans related to communications, implementation and sustainability of the response, and regional medical surge.
 
The Hospital Emergency Preparedness Group developed and implemented trainings, regional health coalition planning, plans for interoperable communications and incident management.  Through these trainings, hospital staff and responders learned to use personal protective equipment (PPE) if needed.  The regional health coalition plans developed by the Hospital Emergency Preparedness Group improved planning for certain key issues in emergency care, such as alternate care sites.  

  • This page last reviewed: May 16, 2012