Hospitals are the community’s safety net 24 hours a day, every day of the year. When disaster strikes, hospitals must be ready to respond—not only by treating the sick and injured, but also by coordinating with community and regional partners to ensure that medication, supplies, and personnel are deployed to meet the demand for medical services. Government support helps to ensure that hospitals are able to provide an immediate and effective response.
In 2002, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (“DHS”) established the Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program (“WHEPP”) through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As administered by DHS in partnership with the WHA and other stakeholders, WHEPP’s mission is to support the emergency preparedness efforts of hospitals and other health care partners by providing equipment, supplies, resources, training and infrastructure.
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