Hospitals have always been central to a community’s ability to respond to a natural disaster or a pandemic. Because emergency preparedness is an important capability for a hospital, WHA has long played a leadership role with the Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program (WHEPP). The WHEPP program, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) in partnership with WHA and other stakeholders, was developed in 2002 to bolster the state’s disaster/emergency response. For the past 12 years, WHEPP has assisted hospitals with the purchase of equipment and medical supplies to help defray expenses associated with training, testing and plan development.
Watch a video from the Emergency Preparedness Conference held September 20, 2017 in Madison: New & Emerging Threats: A to Zika, Peter Shult, PhD, Associate Director, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene