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Interim Healthcare Coalition Checklist for Pandemic Planning

In conjunction with other tools, the Healthcare Coalition Checklist for Pandemic Planning can help a Healthcare Coalition expand its pandemic influenza emergency response plan to include a diverse mix of partners including schools, businesses, community organizations, and government agencies. Cover Letter | Checklist 

Coronavirus

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Guidance from the Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs

In response to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its partners to gather more details on this virus and methods to detect and manage it.  Cover Letter | Guidance 

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Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities:
National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness

The Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness will help state, local, Healthcare Coalition, and ESF #8 planners identify gaps in preparedness, determine specific priorities, and develop plans for building and sustaining healthcare specific capabilities. These capabilities are designed to facilitate and guide joint ESF #8 preparedness planning and ultimately assure safer, more resilient, and better-prepared communities.  Learn More >>
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From Hospitals to Healthcare Coalitions
Transforming Health Preparedness & Response in Our Communities

Since the creation of the HPP in 2002, States and hospitals, along with the public health and emergency management communities, have worked tirelessly to improve the State of medical and public health preparedness.  This report provides an up-to-date snapshot of their progress. HPP is also at a point in its evolution where significant enhancements are necessary in order to more broadly include the entire healthcare community and to make preparedness a community attribute instead of a facility one. Learn More >>
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Medical Surge Capacity and Capability Handbook
A Management System for Integrating Medical and Health Resources During Large-Scale Emergencies

The Medical Surge Capacity and Capability (MSCC) Handbook describes a systematic approach for managing the medical and public health response to an emergency or disaster. The MSCC handbook identifies recent changes to the Federal emergency response structure, particularly the Federal public health and medical response. It also expands on several concepts described in the first edition of the MSCC handbook to facilitate their implementation. While the tiered approach described in this handbook is consistent with NIMS and the NRP, this revision addresses terminology and concept descriptions to assure consistency with Federal guidance. Learn More >>

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Medical Surge Capacity and Capability
The Healthcare Coalition in Emergency Response and Recovery

MSCC:  The Healthcare Coalition in Emergency Response and Recovery provides guidance to healthcare planners on how to develop, implement, and maintain cost-effective and response-oriented Healthcare Coalitions. It describes the common elements of an effective Healthcare Coalition that may be applied in any locale to operationally support individual healthcare organizations and the larger community response to emergencies or disasters. The Coalition is highlighted as an emergency response organization in order to distinguish this handbook from other efforts that are underway across the U.S. that primarily coordinate emergency preparedness. Learn More >>

  • This page last reviewed: April 10, 2014