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