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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Linking Partners to Resources

The ASPR Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continuously supports direct and open communication with all federal, state, local, tribal, territorial and non-governmental organization stakeholders.  OEM helps these stakeholders save lives, mitigate suffering, and preserve health through planning and training for emergencies, and coordinating the response to public health and medical emergencies.

Planning and Training for Emergencies

OEM’s Division of Planning develops plans with several federal partners to ensure the transition to a national-level response during public health and medical emergencies.

OEM conducts exercises across the nation to enhance preparedness efforts, and implements lessons learned to help coordinate a more efficient federal response. 

Coordinating Response to Public Health and Medical Emergencies

OEM helps to coordinate federal public health and medical preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. The Secretary’s Operations Center (SOC) operates 24/7/365 maintaining situational awareness of incidents and events of public health significance. The SOC is the focal point for synthesis of critical public health and medical information on behalf of the United States Government.

Partnering with Public Health and Emergency Management

OEM has established networks of local, state, regional, and international public health and emergency management partners who help communities plan for and recover from disasters. The Partner Readiness and Emergency Programs (PREP) Division  engages with partners at all levels of governance to enhance preparedness and partnerships by providing subject matter knowledge, a cadre of regional emergency coordinators located across the nation, and special operations support through coordination with the Department of Defense. ​

  • This page last reviewed: January 18, 2019