Hospitals have always been central to a community's ability to respond to an emergency. The community looks to the hospital not only to mobilize the resources necessary to care for the ill and injured, but also to coordinate relief and recovery.
The Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program (WHEPP) has been a critical resource to hospitals as they have improved their abilities to respond to disasters. The WHEPP annual report shows how hospitals have strengthened emergency preparedness throughout the state to better prepare health care facilities to address large-scale disasters. See the report at: www.wha.org/pubarchive/reports/2011wheppreport.pdf.
How do you prepare for the issue of access to health information during and after a disaster? Here are some resources: www.ahima.org
HHS launched an online collection of federal resources available to mitigate the health impacts of emergencies. Topics range from patient movement and hospital care to situational awareness and decontamination, with resources ranging from mapping tools and consultation services to personnel. The compendium is intended to support communities in emergency situations and help them find what is available and how to access those resources. The compendium will be updated as new resources become available. The press release is available at here. (2015)