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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Key Accomplishments: Regional Emergency Coordinators

  • Enabled a faster more effective federal response by understanding the health issues that face each region and state before a disaster strikes.
  • Helped states assess the number of patients emergency departments could treat in a disaster and the number of medical shelters the states need to support in a response.
  • Constantly working with states to build health resilience. The RECs have been called on to respond to 177 incidents and national special security events over the last 8 years.
  • Ensured communities were better prepared to quickly evacuate hundreds of patients in a disaster to hospitals across the U.S.
  • Drove the development of plans to handle the thousands of injuries and deaths that are expected after catastrophic earthquakes in the 10 most vulnerable states.

  • This page last reviewed: December 13, 2016