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  • 2019 Peace Officers Memorial - NDMS Prepares to Provide Behind-The-Scenes Support: During the annual Peace Officers Memorial, responders from the National Disaster Medical Service stand ready to provide medical care if it is needed. Before the event, NDMS ensures that all of its personnel and teams are prepared to handle a wide range of medical emergencies, so they review and rehearse the latest medical procedures before deploying. 
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  • Mapping the Capacity of Healthcare in Puerto Rico:  Captain Betty Hastings, Recovery Field Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at the Joint Recovery Office in Puerto Rico, is showing how ASPR is helping to assess the capacity and capabilities of private and public healthcare services across the island through mapping.
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  • The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program: The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program, or EPAP, helps people in a federally-identified disaster area who do not have health insurance get the prescription drugs, vaccinations, medical supplies, and equipment that they need. This program helps people and communities better cope with a disaster and reduces stress on the healthcare system.
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  • Medical Teams Support Hospitals following Hurricane Michael: Hurricane Michael destroyed hospitals and drove an overwhelming surge of patients to remaining facilities. Learn how a Florida hospital system collaborated with Disaster Medical Assistance Teams from the National Disaster Medical System to meet the area’s medical needs after the historic storm devastated the panhandle.
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  • HHS medical teams provide care after Hurricane Michael: More than 400 medical personnel from the HHS National Disaster Medical System deployed after Hurricane Michael to provide emergency medical care in some of the hardest hit communities in Florida. These teams set up temporary medical facilities outside severely damaged hospitals and are working alongside local medical professionals to care for patients. NDMS brings the best of care in the worst of times. View Video | View Description

  • Byron Mason - Benefits of an Early Start to Health and Social Services Recovery Operations: Recovering from Hurricane Michael will be a marathon, not a sprint. Byron Mason, HHS’s Disaster Recovery Coordinator, talks about the importance of bringing in disaster recovery experts during response operations to help communities recover.
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  • Byron Mason - Disaster Recovery Coordination: It takes a lot of subject matter expertise, planning and partnerships to help communities recover from the health and social services impacts of disasters. Public health partners across federal, state and local governments are working with private-sector partners to help communities become stronger after a disaster.
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  • Dr. Kevin Yeskey - Regional Disaster Health Response System:  Dr. Yesky explains the advantages of using a tiered multi-state, regional system to get patients the care they need in the time that they need it following a disaster. View Video | View Description

  • Dr. Robert Kadlec - National Biodefense Strategy: The biosecurity threats our nation faces are both real and very serious. Dr. Kadlec explains how the new National Biodefense Strategy strengthens our ability to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological incidents, from attacks using biological weapons to infectious disease outbreaks. ​
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  • Dr. Gaither - NDMS Supports Urban Search and Rescue Teams:  Josh Gaither, a Medical Officer with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), explains how NDMS responders are able to work with urban search and rescue teams to provide urgently needed care to survivors. NDMS responders are specially trained and they can help with anything from ICU care to surgical care, enabling them to operate in a many different settings. 
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  • CARB-X:  In this video, Dr. Rick Bright, Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, states what an honor it is to have two power-house organizations join the CARB-X partnership in the fight to accelerate global antibacterial motivation.
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  • Exercise - Tranquil Terminus:  The video shows the Tranquil Terminus Exercises in Spokane, WA, Boise, ID, and Los Angeles, CA.  These are three of the participating patient debarkation locations where patients will be received and transported to their treatment facilities.  The exercise ​is an opportunity for federal and local health agencies and organizations to both prepare and practice for any kind of possible contagion.
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  • Dr. Scott Needle - Introduction to the National Advisory Committee (NACCD): Dr. Scott Needle, Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD), provides an overview of the committee's activities. The NACCD provides advice directly to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response nd the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on comprehensive planning and policies to meet the unique medical and public health needs of children before, during and after a disaster or other public health emergency. 
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  • ​Prabhavathi Fernandes, PhD - Introduction to the National Biodefense Science Board: Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., Chairperson of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), provides an overview of the board's activities. The NBSB provides advice directly to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on preventing, preparing for, and responding to adverse health effects of emergencies and disasters. The NBSB also provides expert guidance on current and future chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents and the threats they may pose to our nation. 
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  • Introducing DRIVe: At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ASPR is always on the lookout for innovative ways to save lives and protect Americans, especially during national emergencies. Now, BARDA has a solution: DRIVe.  View Video  | View Description.

  • DRIVe - Addressing Systemic Healthcare Problems: Too many lives are lost to sepsis every day. If a disaster strikes, sepsis will surely take more. Through DRIVe, BARDA is focusing on solving sepsis in our lifetime and addressing other systemic healthcare threats. ​To learn more about DRIVe and how ASPR and BARDA are involved, visit DRIVe.hhs.gov.
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  • DRIVe - Spurring Innovation:  Find out how BARDA is spurring innovation in lifesaving medical technologies. To learn more, visit https://drive.hhs.gov.
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  • DRIVe - Personal Devices: This video teaser announces one of three, cross-cutting problems the DRIVe program will tackle on June 5th, "Personal Devices that know BEFORE you get sick". To learn more about DRIVe and how ASPR and BARDA are involved, visit DRIVe.hhs.gov. View Video | View Description.

  • DRIVe -  Sepsis:  This video teaser announces one of three, cross-cutting problems the DRIVe program will tackle on June 5th, "Solve sepsis in OUR lifetime". To learn more about DRIVe and how ASPR and BARDA are involved, visit DRIVe.hhs.gov.
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  • DRIVe - Transforming Health Security: This video teaser announces one of three, cross-cutting problems the DRIVe program will tackle on June 5th, "Transforming Health Security". To learn more about DRIVe and how ASPR and BARDA are involved, visit DRIVe.hhs.gov.
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  • HPP Turns 15In this video, ASPR takes a look back at the Hospital Preparedness Program on its 15 year anniversary. Over the years, the program has taken the lead on hospital preparedness by helping patients receive the right care at the right place at the right time. Visit www.phe.gov/HPP for more information.
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  • Patient Surge Strategies 2018 Lehigh Valley Health System:  In this interview with ASPR TRACIE, Ryan Hay, Director of Emergency Preparedness for Lehigh Valley Health System, describes their surge management strategies for the 2018 seasonal illness surge. Visit asprtracie.hhs.gov for more information.
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  • Patient Surge Strategies - NYC Health + Hospitals 2018:​ In this interview with ASPR TRACIE, Drs. Madad and Studer discuss the development of surge sites, tents, and mobile medical units to help decompress their emergency departments during this year's seasonal illness surge. Visit asprtracie.hhs.gov for more information.
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  • Tranquil Terminus Kadlec: In this interview, Dr. Kadlec, the HHS' Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, describes Tranquil Terminus as the largest patient movement exercise in HHS history. And, testing patient movement procedures for seriously ill or injured patients is fundamental to ASPR's mission of saving lives and protecting Americans in a disaster.  ​
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  • This page last reviewed: May 15, 2019