Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides products, services, technical assistance, and capabilities to support state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in 23 key areas of the public health and medical response. These services are provided as part of HHS’s responsibilities under the National Response Framework (NRF). Under the NRF, HHS leads the public health and medical response to disasters and emergencies.
Information and tools related to public health and medical issues, including the status of the healthcare system and facility infrastructure.
Monitoring and technical assistance programs related to the health of the general public, response workers, and special medical needs populations.
Public health and medical care professionals from the National Disaster Medical Service and the U.S. Public Health Service for short-term medical care, typically to decompress overwhelmed hospital emergency departments.
Procurement and movement of equipment and supplies such as diagnostic tests, radiation detecting devices, and medical countermeasures.
Transportation for seriously ill or injured patients, including patients with special medical needs, from patient collection points to designated reception facilities, typically from hospitals in disasters zones to hospitals in unaffected areas.
Pre-hospital triage and treatment for disaster survivors, including those who suffer from chronic conditions.
Outpatient services, including support from medical teams and prescription assistance, for survivors.
Expert resources to assist with patient decontamination following chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear events.
Support to private industry to promote the safety and efficacy of drugs, biologics, medical devices and other products.
Assistance monitoring and ensuring the safety and availability of blood and tissue products, including support for logistical requirements.
Ensuring the safety and security of federally regulated foods.
Supporting the health, safety, and security of food-producing animals as well as the food and veterinary medicine required for their care.
Subject matter expertise and resources including training to support worker safety and health.
Services and technical assistance tools to support behavioral health care including the Disaster Distress Helpline staffed by behavioral health professionals.
Public health, behavioral health, disease, and injury prevention information for the general public as well as responders.
Support assessing the threat of vector-borne diseases, conducting field investigations, and providing technical assistance.
Help with assessing potable water, wastewater, solid waste disposal, and other environmental public health issues.
Assist in identifying, tracking and the documentation of human remains and establishing temporary morgue facilities.
Provide veterinary support and treatment of ill or injured service/working animals, and technical assistance with zoonotic diseases.
Provide services and technical assistance to help communities’ health and social services systems recover from disasters and emergencies.
Technical assistance and training in effective risk communication.
Assistance with other disaster-related medical and behavioral health needs through direct services and/or referrals.
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