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Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities
Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities
The threat of mass casualty incidents (MCIs) or medical surges to the Nation’s hospital and healthcare system has always been present. For many trauma systems and emergency departments, it is simply part of normal day-to-day operations. Preparing hospitals, healthcare systems and their Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 partners to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from these threats is critical for protecting and securing our Nation’s healthcare system and public health infrastructure.
Through the HHS/ASPR National Hospital Preparedness Program (NHPP) Cooperative Agreement,  funding and technical assistance is provided to state, local, and territorial public health departments to prepare their healthcare systems for disasters. The NHPP provides approximately $350 million annually to 50 states, four localities, and eight U.S. territories and freely associated states for building and strengthening their abilities to respond to incidents.