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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Supporting a Strong Recovery from Hurricane Sandy

The Hospital Preparedness Program Helps New York Enhance Key Capabilities

The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) understands that a robust recovery from Hurricane Sandy requires strong partnerships and support.  HPP has funded staff at New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene who are helping New York recover from the storm by supporting healthcare coalition building; improving healthcare provider education on coastal storm plans; and other activities aimed at improving health resilience.  
  • Coalition Building:  Healthcare coalitions have always been a vital part of the Hospital Preparedness Program, and HPP is working with its partners to seize the opportunities presented by Hurricane Sandy to further strengthen New York’s healthcare coalitions and improve emergency planning and response.  In addition, HPP is working to better integrate primary care providers into the overall response.
  • Improving Healthcare Provider Education on Coastal Storm Plans:  HPP funds are being used to make sure that New York City’s healthcare providers have the information and understanding they need regarding the city’s coastal storm plan.  The healthcare providers are learning more about the role and responsibilities of city and state agencies in a response and facility business continuity in a disaster.  The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator quarterly symposia will be used to share lessons learned and best practices. 
  • Citywide Planning and Response:  HPP funds are being used to improve planning for post-disaster response needs, including patient transport needs above routine patient transport agreements and improvements to the operations of the Healthcare Evacuation Center.  These improvements are consistent with the National Response Framework.
  • Improving Health Care System Capabilities:  HPP funds are supporting increased regional collaboration to improve the health care system capabilities, including real time bed tracking.  HPP is also supporting the development of robust systems to track patient and victims of an emergency event.
These activities will help New York be better prepared for and more resilient in the face of the next disaster.

  • This page last reviewed: November 20, 2013