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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for developing operational plans, analytical products, and training exercises to ensure the preparedness of the Office, the Department, the Federal Government and the public to respond to and recover from domestic and international public health and medical threats and emergencies.

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Program Areas

Doctors with patient

Hospital Preparedness Program

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Regional Emergency Coordinators

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Secretary's Operations Center

Chemical, biological, nuclear and explosive hazard symbols
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or High-yield Explosive (CBRNE)
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ASPR Fusion Cell

Labratory equipment

Critical Infrastructure Protection

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International Response Programs



OEM Divisions

  • Division of Recovery
  • Division of Infrastructure Coordination
  • Division of Hospital Preparedness
  • DIvision of National Disaster Medical System
  • Division of Operations
  • Division of Regional Emergency Coordinators
  • Division of Logistics
  • Division of Planning
  • Division of Fusion
  • Division of Tactical Programs
  • This page last reviewed: May 28, 2013