Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
On January 15, the ASPR Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection and the Healthcare and Public Health Sector offered a webinar with Healthcare and Public Sector leaders titled
Maintaining Resilient Communications in Healthcare: Lessons Learned from Nashville and Planning for the Inauguration. The webinar briefed on the impacts from the Nashville bombing on the HPH Sector and to shared planning considerations for potential disruptions related Presidential Inauguration and future civil unrest.
On December 25, 2020, a suicide bomber detonated a recreational vehicle (RV) bomb in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, United States, injuring eight people and damaging dozens of buildings. It took place at 6:30 am, adjacent to an AT&T network hub, resulting in days-long communication service outages. Cellular, wireline telephone, internet and U-verse television service were affected, as were many 911 call centers. These interruptions in service had significant negative impacts on the local hospitals and health systems, disrupting their ability to communicate, resulting in significant challenges to patient care, including the OCVID-19 response.
Following the civil unrest and riot at the U.S. Capitol, open source media reported plans for additional protests across the country for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, which could have led to more violence and unrest. Civil unrest may last beyond the Inauguration, and has the potential to lead to similar disruptions in communications capabilities, which would lead to disruption of healthcare. This webinar informed healthcare organizations on how to best prepare and manage disruptions caused by civil unrest.
Representatives from healthcare facilities and systems impacted by the Nashville bombing will share their experiences and lessons learned
Representatives from the Communication Sector will share best practices on how to prepare for and mitigate risks from disruptions in communications capabilities
Unclassified Threat Briefing and Considerations for Healthcare and Public Health
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